Born: March 21, 1977 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Cana Son practitioners of traditional Cuban son music.
deep Cuban music...the Oregonian
Cana Son is a Cuban son band that plays traditional son music. The group focuses on popular Cuban son from the turn of the last century through the nineteen fifties. Following son music's history out of the Eastern Provinces of Cuba to the Capital of Havana and beyond. Son is the forefather of contemporary salsa music and is said to be the most important genre of Cuban music. Cana Son covers material from favorite son giants such as Trio Matamoros, Guillermo Portabales, Celina y Reutilio (Celina Gonzalez), Ramon Veloz, Joseito Fernandez, Ignacio Pineiro (Septeto Nacional), Compay Segundo (Los Compadres), Eliades Ochoa (Cuarteto Patria), Nico Saquito, Arsenio Rodriguez, Felix Chapottin, Beny More, La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz, Cachao, and many others. Contemporary son revivalist such as Juan de Marcos Gonzalez (Sierra Maestra, Buena Vista Social Club and Afro Cuban All-stars) Albita Rodriguez, Polo Montanez, Jesus Alemany's Cubanismo, etc., are all excellent examples of what this band strives for. The group follows the classic conjunto de son line up of acoustic guitar, tres guitar, upright bass, trumpet and Cuban percussion.
Cana Son is rapidly gaining a loyal and dedicated fan base. Highlight Cana Son performances jam sessions with Jesus Alemany's Cubanismo band and the Poncho Sanchez Ensemble, 2006 Rose Festival, Oregon Bite, Bite of Salem, and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park 2006 Cinco de Mayo Festival. Committed to the son genre the band has an impressive and rapidly increasing repertoire of popular Cuban classics and has recently released it debut full-length CD Musica Tradicional Cubana.