After 16 years electrifying audiences around the world, the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is set to bid ‘Adios’ with a farewell world tour. The group – which has been touring the globe in different forms and combinations since 1997 – will take to the road one final time in 2014/15 with a series of concerts and related cultural events that will celebrate the Orquesta’s storied journey as ambassadors for Cuban music.
Under the musical direction of band leader and trombonist Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, the line-up for the “Adios Tour” will feature several of those who played on the original Buena Vista Social Club album and film several years ago, including guajiro hatted singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa, the incomparable veteran diva Omara Portuondo, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal and laud virtuoso Barbarito Torres.
31 July – Jazz in Marciac, Marciac, France
22 July – Omara Portuondo Group, Mar de Musicas, Cartagena, Spain
01 August – Tollwood Summerfestival 2014, Munich, Germany
02 August – National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
04 August – Festival Castell de Peralada, Peralada, Spain
05 August – Porto Latino, Bastia, France
15 August – Omara Portuando Group, Centro Cultural, Tijuana, Mexico
10 October – Fiestas de San Froilan, Lugo, Spain
12 October – Oosterpoort, Groningen, Netherlands
14 October – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
15 October – Muziekgebuw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands
17 October – De Roma, Antwerp, Netherlands
20 October – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium – SOLD OUT
21 October – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium – SOLD OUT
23 October – ATO Fuar ve Kongre Markezi, Ankara, Turkey
24 October – Istanbul Black Box, Istanbul, Turkey
Buena Vista Social Club recordings:
- In North America: Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall (2 CD), Buena Vista Social Club (original CD), Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer, Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo, and Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Manuel Guajiro Mirabal
- In Europe: Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall, Buena Vista Social Club (original CD), Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer, and Buena Vista Social Club Presents Manuel Guajiro Mirabal
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.