Ramon Garcia Perez

Ramón “Sandy” García Pérez, a master at Afro-Cuban percussion and former principal drummer with Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas, is recognized for his expertise as an innovative percussionist and meticulous drum instructor. Though his talent is rooted in Afro-Cuban religious, folkloric, and popular rhythmic traditions, Sandy’s idiosyncratic approach to music enables him to play within a wide arena of various music genres. Sandy’s level of expertise has afforded him the privilege of performing,  recording, and touring with a diverse pool of artists including: Chuchito Valdez, Steve Coleman, Bobi Cespedes, John Santos, Yosvany Terry, Jesus Diaz, Rebeca Mauleon, Lazaro Galarraga, Francisco Aguabella, Pedrito Martinez, Freddy Clarke, Raul Pineda, Los Munequitos, Omar Sosa, the late Anga Diaz, Giovanni Hildalgo,and many more. Currently, he is the director of his own ensemble, Sandy Perez y Su Lade. 

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The new release from Steve Coleman: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities has been receiving some incredible press. The Wall Street Journal’s Larry Blumenfeld calls the CD “dazzling” in his fine profile on Steve.

In a great review of the Undead Jazz Festival in The New York Times, Ben Ratliff wrote of Steve Coleman: “But it was hard for anything to top Mr. Coleman’s set… Whatever this festival represents, he’s one of the regents of it; his recombinant ideas about rhythm and form and his eagerness to mentor musicians and …build a new vernacular have had a profound effect on American jazz. Playing new music from a fascinating new record, “Harvesting Semblances and Affinities” (Pi), his sextet made Sullivan Hall, unbearably hot, a kind of pure-art pressure chamber… Above all, the band was an amazing system. Sweating through my clothes, I heard couple of good musicians behind me — there was almost always one within arm’s reach — reacting with kind of sickened wonder. “What is going on up there?” one asked, sounding almost worried. Exactly.”

Finally, the June issue of Jazz Times asks on the cover “Steve Coleman: The most influential figure since Coltrane?” Well, we certainly think so.

posted on June 22, 2010 by Yulun


We’re proud to welcome the incredibly influential saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman to the Pi Recordings family with his release Harvesting Semblances and Affinities. Steve serves as the logical link between the original AACM masters on the label such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell and the new generation of ace musician/composers Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman. The New York Times has already called the CD “bracing” and The Wall Street Journal calls it “dazzling.” Please check it out!

posted on June 12, 2010 by Yulun

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