London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project

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Last Show: Tuesday 17 th October 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

This year's London Latin Jazz Fest guest curator opens the festival with her 8-piece project that fuses Afro-Cuban folklore with the newest London jazz/soul sound. Tipped by Gilles Peterson as one of the freshest new sounds to come out of Havana, the result is a genre-defying melting pot of sounds. An intricate, passionate and large-sounding project that features some of the UK's top Cuban and international musicians. 

"A very strong album. Effortlessly marries tradition and authenticity with a contemporary edge"

Patrick Forge

Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project started as an experimental studio project in London in 2011, bringing together musicians from London's Cuban and jazz/funk scenes through Correa's compositions. Receiving great feedback both in London and Havana, the project eventually became an album, in which a pick of cream-of-the-crop musicians on both sides of the Atlantic were recorded over the course of three years of travelling back and forth.

Tipped by Gilles Peterson as one of the freshest new sounds to come out of Havana, the result is a genre-defying melting pot of sounds. The strong presence of Afro-Cuban roots and folk music through batá drumming and rumba rhythms is complemented by the newest grooves of contemporary soul and funk. The varied ingredients of each composition come together to bring a fresh take on what is “Latin” and what is “jazz”.