Album Remarks & Appraisals:
In 2011, the charismatic bagpiper and pianist Cristina Pato invited me to participate in a music symposium in Santiago de Compostela. For this occasion, Cristina organized an eclectic group of instrumentalists as well as vocalists, and among those participants was Cimarron, a dynamic string quintet, made up of Cuban musicians residing in Galicia. I returned to Galicia to record with them my "Aires Tropicales," originally composed for a wind quintet, which recently had been arranged by Luis Rossi, for clarinet and string quartet. Later on, the violist-arranger Eduardo Cana added a part for the contrabass, and this version forms part of the selection of other Cuban composers that are featured in this project, and that takes us all on a trip back in time throughout the diverse musical styles that have passed through our "Perla de Las Antillas" or "Pearl of the Antilles" since the beginnings of the 20th century to the present time.
Adapter: Eduardo Flores.
Personnel: Paquito D'Rivera (clarinet, saxophone); Raymond Arteaga (viola).
Audio Mixers: Javier Ferreiro; Eduardo Coma; Raymond Arteaga.
Liner Note Author: Paquito D'Rivera.
Recording information: Estudios Mans De La Coruña, España (08/21/2012-08/22/2012).
Photographer: Jorge Luis Miranda Carracedo.
Arrangers: Eduardo Flores; Luis Rossi.