A Platform for Ethnically and Culturally Inspired Music
Barrio Manouche
United States
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About: Aires de Cambio Release Party
Photo by: Barrio Manouche
About: Aires de Cambio Release Party
Photo by: Barrio Manouche
About: Barrio Manouche
The San Francisco-based acoustic septet performs a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that is difficult to classify yet instantly recognizable, deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of Eastern Europe, the nuevo flamenco of Paco de Lucía and Camarón de la Isla, to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane.

The ensemble has been recognized for its surprise concerts, innovative style, complex technique, and their passion for musical improvisation.

The group’s international roots shine brightly in their music. With members from Spain, Quebec, France, Brazil, and California, with the latest collaborations including Flamenco dancer Fanny Ara (France), African sacred dance by Brazilian dancers Tulani Masai & Emaye Ama Mizani, as well as Colombian singer Ivan Rondon.

Barrio Manouche plays what is perhaps the truest definition of world music, taking their audience on a magical journey. Or, as the band’s rhythm guitarist and Bay Area local Alex Zelnick says, “We are a melting pot of cultures and musical backgrounds brought together by our love and ideal of musical and artistic expression.”

The band’s founder, composer, and guitarist Javi Jiménez (originally from Madrid, Spain) says of their album, “Aires de Cambio means ‘winds of change’... the winds that guide you through the search and bring you to places you never thought you could arrive at. Winds that help you reach the top when the road is long and you don’t see the end. Fresh new air for the listener.”

Aires de Cambio by Barrio Manouche, produced by doubleOone and digitally distributed by Six Degrees Records.
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