Award-winning Latin guitarist Johannes Linstead and his ensemble of Afro-Cuban percussion and Flamenco dancer will be performing at Genesee Community College's Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 7:30 PM. Johannes' live performances are nothing short of phenomenal. Bursting with tropical sounds and rhythms from the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Johannes and his group create a high-energy, festive mood with plenty of lightning fast guitar improvisations and spicy percussion solos, including bongos, congas, timbale and doumbek, with the enchanting allure of Flamenco dance prevailing throughout the atmosphere.
This concert is not to be missed for many reasons-it will be talked about for weeks and even months from now, according to members of the College's Fine Arts Committee who are responsible for bringing Linstead to campus. "He will have us dancing in the aisles," Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts said. "Or even up on stage! He is that engaging and that inspiring."
But even more importantly, audiences will have the opportunity to hear and enjoy Linstead's most recent work. This concert is scheduled just three weeks before the public release of his sixth CD. Not only will he be playing his most contemporary songs, but a selection of advance copies of "CafÃ© Tropical," his newest CD, are expected to be on hand for purchase. Linstead will be available after the concert to meet the audience and autograph copies of his CDs.
Linstead's first album, "Sol Luna Tierra," was released in 1999. And while all of his albums have charted on Billboard, it is his 2004 release of "Mediterranea" that received international acclaim by winning Best World Album. Through the past six years, Linstead has been recognized as one of the best selling guitarist/composers in the nouveau flamenco genre. The coming of "CafÃ© Tropical" promises to once again raise the standard for melodic, innovative, and timeless music.
A hugely talented multi-instrumentalist, Johannes plays guitar, piano, mandolin, bouzouki, bass, wood flute and various percussion. On his recordings he is backed up by world-class musicians from countries as diverse as Cuba, Columbia, Syria, Greece, Mexico, Russia, India and the Ukraine. Influenced deeply by the South American and Caribbean cultures he experienced as a youth while traveling, Linstead states: "The integration of the many cultures I have experienced, from Spain, to the Caribbean Islands, to Latin America, have moved me to create new rhythms and sounds. Experiencing these cultures - not just the music but also the people's everyday triumph over adversity - is what inspires my music." The highlights of Linstead's discography includes:
-CAFÃ‰ TROPICAL, to be officially released April 24, 2006.
-MEDITERRANEA, 2004 - #6 on Billboard's New Age Chart; Winner "Best World Album" NAR Lifestyle Music Awards; #7 on NAR's Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart for September 2004
-ZABUCA, 2003 - 34 weeks on Billboard's New Age Chart, peak #8; NAR's Top 100 New Age Radio Airplay for 2003
-GUITARRA DEL FUEGO, 2001 - 36 weeks on Billboard's New Age Chart, peak #6;"Best Contemporary World Album" NAV Magazine; #8 on Billboard's Top Ten New Age Indie Sales
-KISS THE EARTH, 2000 - 9 weeks on Billboard's New Age Chart, peak #12
-SOL LUNA TIERRA, 1999 - 3 weeks on Billboard's New Age Chart, peak #17
Tickets are just $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00. It is strongly recommended that advance reservations be made by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814 Tuesday through Friday 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
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