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November
New vision of Fandango brings Caribbean music tomorrow
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Top musicians from Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia will present a new vision of the Fandango traditions tomorrow night (November 2), with a tapestry of sounds integrating Mexican folk dance music with African chants, Andean melodies, Spanish flamenco and a piano quintet.

To be held at 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, the concert will take the audience on an exciting and refreshing Latin American musical journey.

"A New Vision of the Fandango Traditions on the Caribbean Coasts" is one of the programmes of the Latin Passion Festival organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Devoting itself to perpetuate the Son Jarocho traditions that originated in its home city of Veracruz, Grupo Chuchumbe from Mexico will reinterpret the Fandango traditions by combining traditional instruments such as Guitarra de son (Mexican Lute), Leona (Mexican Bass Guitar) and Jarana (Mexican Guitar), with vocals, poetry and dance in the concert. Sharing the same stage is the Piano Llanero Ensemble from Venezuela, founded by Colombian pianist and composer Claudia Calderon.

Well known for her exciting rhythmic piano, Claudia Calderon has collected the best "Joropo" works for traditional harp and bandola from the Andes and the Llanos, the great plains of the Orinoco and Amazon Basins. She has carefully transcribed these original pieces for her instrument and her ensemble.

By combining the familiar voices of piano and double bass with the surprisingly colourful performance of the Maracas, the Venezuelan Cuatro (four-string guitar) and the Colombian Tiple (twelve-string lute), the Piano Llanero Ensemble reveals to audiences the musical world that spans from the Eastern tip of the Venezuelan Coast to the Southernmost parts of the colossal Colombian Andes.

Tickets for "A New Vision of the Fandango Traditions on the Caribbean Coasts" priced from $120 to $280 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discounts are up to 20% off.

Programme brochures of the Latin Passion Festival are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website, http://www.latinfestival.gov.hk

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

Ends/Tuesday, November 1, 2005
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