Miguel de Armas: piano, keyboards, compositions
Marc Decho: bass
Michel Medrano Brindis: drums
Diomer González: congas
Yasmina Proveyer: voice (1)
Roberto Riverón: bass (1, 3)
Elmer Ferrer: guitar (3)
Petr Cancura: tenor saxophone (5)
Elizabeth Rodriguez: violin (6)
Gabriela Ruiz: cello (6)
René Lavoie: flute (7)
Tyler Harris: alto sax (8)
José Alberto Alvarez Batista: güiro (1)
Yaima Caballero: güiro (7)
With Special Guests:
Samuel Formell (Los Van Van): drums, timbales (1)
Joel Cuesta (Los Van Van): congas (1)
Eliel Lazo: congas (4)
Internationally renowned Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas moved to Canada in 2011, bringing with him a rich and sophisticated musical heritage gleaned over many years of study, performance and composition. As a co-founder of N.G. La Banda — one of Cuba’s most legendary timba bands — de Armas packed concert halls around the world.
Under the leadership of de Armas – and featuring Marc Decho on bass, Michel Medrano on drums and Diomer González on congas – The Miguel de Armas Quartet was created in 2013. Since then, they have rocked the National Capital Region with their astounding musicianship and thrilling fusion of Jazz and Afro Cuban music.
With Continuous, de Armas reveals his heart and soul. It is an eclectic, inventive, and truly global album that demonstrates de Armas’ versatility not only as a player, but as a composer as well. These boundary defying songs defy categorization, with the rich melodic and rhythmic feel of songo, the fusion of Afro Cuban music with pop, Latin jazz, calypso, and classical influences.
Continuous represents the continuation of de Armas’ musical journey that began almost a decade ago when he moved to Canada. This album is a compelling collection of songs about love, immigration, long winters, and how to stay happy throughout. De Armas is a story-teller, and his medium is his music.
Release Date: Friday, May 21st 2021 on Three Pines Records.