Juan Álamo

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Juan Álamo, marimba, conga, guiro, egg shaker, cajon, timbales
Nelson Delgado, jam block, shakers, guiro
UNC Percussion Ensemble | Victoria Nelson, bells, chimes, bongo, tamborim, hand clapping; Matthew Kilby, snare drum, gong, triangle, congas, hand clapping; Avery Sullivan, cymbals, tambourine, bass drum, hand clapping; Patrick Smith, vibraphone, hand clapping; Vincent Povázsay, timpani

With a variety of musical flavors pulled from composers spanning Keiko Abe to Bach to Bill Evans, MARIMJAZZIA, composer and marimbist Juan Álamo's debut album on Big Round Records delivers a satisfying plate of music for the soul. Along with arrangements of two jazz standards, Waltz for Debby and Afro Blues, the album features original compositions for marimba and percussion ensemble by the composer. As to the concept behind the album, Álamo says, "It is a reflection of who I am as a human being and a synthesis of all the different musical influences and experiences I have had throughout my career." With accompaniments by the UNC Percussion Ensemble, MARIMJAZZIA brings together the warm airs of Álamo's native Puerto Rico and the influences that have kept his passion flourishing.

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