"GRAMMY NOMINEE" ... for BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM OF 2008!
*La Clave Secreta
La Clave Secreta began from a desire to rescue the now sometimes
forgotten roots of Latin music through modern arrangements that would
feature new sound elements, experimenting with salsa classics and
opening up a new world of possibilities through the foundation of
Superb musicians and friends from around the world make up LCS and
have each contributed their signature grooves to this group formerly
known as "La Timba Loca." The ensemble has found its niche as a
musical innovator of the Latin genre and has conquered open-minded
audiences with a thirst for a new sound. As one of the first timba
bands in the USA, LCS has participated in the most important festivals
and concert halls in Boston, Philly and New York. The outpouring of
affection from their fans led to the release of their first album in
2002 under the Carijazz record label titled "Mas Allá de la Habana."
Today they release their long-awaited second album, "Frutero Moderno."
LCS is not salsa and certainly not just timba but a whole lot more, a
mix of cultures and flavors with a message for serious listeners and
rabid dancers alike. That band that was at one time "loca" is now not
as crazy as we thought. Today, fronted by some of the genre's most
talented professionals, it bears its own fingerprint...its own secret
*About the CD:
The "Frutero Moderno"...
rolls in his cart, piled high with fruta fresca, offering his
delicious merchandise in many dialects to those coming from every
corner of the globe. Only in the richness of the multicultural Latin
American community can he sell papaya one minute but lechoza the next
without changing a thing! For him watermelon is melón but also sandía
and patilla, and passion fruit can be parcha, parchita, maracuyá and
chinola and taste every bit as juicy. He welcomes us all by speaking
Dominican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, Cuban and Colombian too.
We hope our new release, Frutero Moderno, reflects that despite our
differences, we are all in essence very much the same. This is the
secret behind La Clave Secreta: our group's blending and cultural
fusion in one rhythm, harmony and melody. La Clave Secreta would like
to become your frutero, sharing a note or two in the universal
language of music-the unifying force.
began his musical studies at the age of five in Caracas. Along his musical journey he developed skills in many instruments, from the viola da gamba and the cello to the flamenco cajón and his principal instrument, the piano. A Berklee College Suma Cum Laude, Gonzalo has established himself as a multi-instrumentalist and his varied credits include performances with Venezuelan music projects like Maroa, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Camerata de Caracas and the Simón Bolivar National Youth Orchestra, jazz icon Maria Schneider and the Latin jazz giant Timbalaye. As a music director he leads two projects of his own, "Plural" (Latin jazz-Flamenco-Venezuelan folk fusion) and "La Clave Secreta" (salsa fusion), nominated for the 2008 Grammys in the Best Latin Tropical Album category. As a recording artist, Grau has participated in over eighty productions that bridge both classical and popular music worlds. His most recent productions include the "studio recording" of Golijov's La Pasión según San Marcos and opera tenor Rolando Villazón's new album, both recordings to be released in 2010 by the German label Deutsche Grammophon.
Wearing his composer and arranger hat, his achievements include composition collaborations alongside Osvaldo Golijov for the opera Ainadamar and La Pasión Según San Marcos. Original works include the overture Pregunta y Respuesta commissioned by Robert Spano for the Atlanta Symphony (premiered in March 2008), Café con Pan, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for the MusicNow concert series (premiered in November 2008), and the "Suite sobre La Pasión Según San Marcos" for two pianos and orchestra, commissioned by Katia & Marielle Labeque and the Orchestre de Paris.
Speaker of many musical languages, translator of many styles and creator of new fusions-Gonzalo Grau, the secret is out.