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Septeto Santiaguero

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Event starts at 8:00 p.m. 
$30 in advance $30 at the door Price at the door:  $30.00

Septeto Santiaguero

3855 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60613
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Founded in 1995 by tres guitar virtuoso Fernado Dewar, Septeto has recorded 8 records in their two decade history. Their most recent release, Tributu a Los Compadres, is a collaboration with Jose ‘El Canario’ Alberto and was blessed with a 2016 Grammy nomination in the Tropical Latin category and a 2015 Latin Grammy win. This current tour supports their new cd No Queiro Llanto – Tributo a Los Compadres expected to be released this summer.


The band began their career performing in a small restaurant in Santiago de Cuba known for showcasing traditional music. "It's a place that came about spontaneously, where the musicians would meet and sing," Dewer says. "Over the years, it developed a schedule, but it never lost its spontaneous character or its relationship to the musicians. “To this day, La Casa de la Trova is the reference for traditional music in Santiago."


While in Havana, there can be found a mix of Cuban and Latin music, from salsa to reggaetón, in Santiago de Cuba, traditional son, bolero and trova dominate the music scene. "I think that if we lived in another place, we wouldn't have all the elements that we need, all the influences of Santiago," says Dewer."Cuba is a musical island, but Santiago stands out because of the diversity of genres that are preserved there. And you can see those manifestations in theaters, restaurants and in the streets, constantly. That people go to the concerts and communicate with us. We're not a calm septet. We are a septet that moves around the stage. We have choreographies. The musicians improvise. We are a septet that defends traditional music through a more contemporary perspective."


"Septeto Santiaguero brings that energy with them everywhere they go. For two decades, they have toured in Europe and Latin America, preforming in Spain, Colombia, Germany, France, Mexico and Brazil. For Dewer, expanding their music into the American market has been an important step. " Performing in the United States has always been a goal. I think not only for us, but to any artist," The group performed for the first time in the United States at the Lincoln Center in 2016 and this year were one of the crowd favorites in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.


This will be their Chicago debut.  


The concert at Martyrs’ is part of HotHouse’s Global Voices Series – a project affiliated with The Chicago-Guantanamo Blues Exchange and the 6th annual Encuentro de Jaraneros. These cultural exchanges produced by HotHouse and partners in the community are designed to maximize cultural diplomacy and people- to- people collaboration through the arts. With a focus on understanding the traditional and connections throughout the African Diaspora, HotHouse has been a leader in organizing and producing a range of multi-disciplinary projects and collaborating with grassroots partners throughout its 30-year history. In spring of 2017, HotHouse led a delegation of musicians to Santiago, Cuba and extends the exchange to welcoming this group to Chicago in August.

About the artists:

Septeto Santiaguero

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