Luis Conte

Luis_Conte.jpgPerhaps no form of music is more
elemental than percussion. Be it rock, jazz, blues, or otherwise,
the heart of all rhythm is the drum. Spending the first 15 years of
his life absorbing the musical heritage of his native Cuba, Luis
Conte realized this early. What he did not realize, however, was
that by immersing himself in cultural music during his youth, he
was building the foundation for life as a world-class musician.

Conte’s hallmark ability to integrate Cuban rhythm with pop
music has earned him a spot in the pantheon of percussion. There’s
hardly a contemporary artist who hasn’t sought him out: Madonna,
Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Santana, Jackson Browne,
and Ozzy Osbourne are all colleagues. And the scores of such films
as Miami Vice, Mission Impossible, Drumline, Ocean’s
and Rain Man wouldn’t be the same without

Conte is now traveling with his clinic to teach musicians all
over the globe about the history and technique of Afro-Cuban
rhythm. Fortunately for us, this will land him in our own backyard
this weekend. On Saturday, March 3, Conte will be sharing the stage
at SOhO with Santa Barbara’s own Dancing Drum and Cuba L.A., a
collection of legendary Cuban musicians from Los Angeles. The show
begins at 9 p.m.

But Conte’s stay doesn’t end there. The next day he will be
hosting two seminars on Afro-Cuban drumming and percussion at the
Dancing Drum Rhythm & Art Center. Preregistration for this
event is highly recommended, as classes are limited to 20 people.
Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best!

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