BIG midweek fusion: Alain Perez & local talent – Latin Jazz, Rumba – Wed Nov 28 at Lula

Alain Perez – Direct from Madrid!

With: Robi Botos + Iya Ire + AfroLatino Dance + Dj Ysidro!
Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm
Tickets: $18 advance $25 at the door.

Limited number of advance tickets available for just $15 through paypal at

Dinner reservations guarantee seating and advance ticket price.
Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre and


Hot off an extensive North American tour with the legendary Jerry Gonzalez, Alain Perez is also known as the bassist for Paco de Lucia. A brilliant composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Perez brings his salsa project to to Canada for the very first time. Working with top local players, Perez will present material from his album, Apetecible which fuses traditional Cuban music, flamenco, rock, funk and soul with a whole lot of Cuban timba. The night will open with a set by Iyá Iré followed by a set of Perez’ latin jazz / flamenco fusion.

Now based in Madrid, Pérez was just seventeen when he was invited to play with Cuban super group Irakere, led by the great Chucho Valdez. Originally trained in classical guitar, Perez was encouraged to begin playing bass by the celebrated Cuban singer Isaac Delgado. Whether playing bass, keyboard, percussion, singing, or contributing compositions and arrangements, Pérez’s musical vision is at the centre of a revolution in contemporary Cuban music.

The featured performers are:

  • Robi Botos                 (Piano)
  • Roberto Linares Brown   (Piano)
  • Adis Rodriguez  (back up vocals)
  • Alex Brown           (Trumpet)
  • Michael Arthurs  (Sax)
  • Chris Butcher         (Trombone)
  • Eric St. Laurent  (Guitar)
  • Juan Pablo Domínguez   (Bass)
  • Aris Montenegro.   (Back up vocal +Bongos)
  • Jorge Molina (Congas)
  • Jalidan Ruiz (Drums+Timbal)

Is Toronto’s newest and most vibrant Afro-Cuban folkloric performance group. Comprised of a diverse group of young musicians and dancers, the traditions Iyá Iré perform represent the myriad of colourful gods, pulsating rhythms, and fascinating histories which gives Cuba its special energy. Recent successes include a sold-out show with Chucho Valdes, Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran and David Virelles and a feature on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” Watch for our upcoming CD!

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