Corvallis, Oregon-based Orquesta Monte Calvo (Bald Hill Orchestra) plays Afro-Latin music, with emphasis on Peruvian and Colombian popular dance music from the 1960's and 1970's. It's a highly danceable blend of psychedelic guitar, Hammond organ, bass, a three-piece percussion section, and Spanish vocals.
Latin America is a melting pot of indigenous, African and European cultures and musical styles. While the music of Cuba and Brazil might be better known, Peru and Colombia both have distinct and fascinating music cultures that deserve wider recognition. Peruvian Chicha music gets its name from a liquor made from fermented corn or pineapple skins. Chicha music evolved in Andean oil towns, merging mountain folk melodies, cumbia rhythms imported from Africa via Colombia and Venezuela, and the sounds of psychedelic rock. The festejo and zamacueca styles come from the Peruvian coastal areas, and derive from African traditions originally from the Congo and Angola. Champeta Criollo music, from Colombia, fuses African popular styles such a Nigerian afrobeat and Ghanian highlife, with traditional cumbia and North American funk. Orquesta Monte Calvo melds these sources into a funky, high-energy, danceable blend.
released 23 September 2011
Otto Gygax: cajón, bongos, congas, shekere, misc. percussion, lead vocals
Joel Hirsch: congas, timbales, bells, dumbek, shakers, misc. percussion, vocals
Adam Crateau: timbales, bells, snare drum, misc. percussion, vocals
Mark Schurman: electric guitar, vocals
Greg Klein: bass guitar, vocals
Dave Trenkel: electric piano, Hammond organ
Recorded August and September 2011 at Studio GxM, Philomath, OR.
Sonido Amazónico recorded live at Squirrel’s Tavern, Corvallis OR, March 12, 2011.
Engineered and mixed by Dave Trenkel, New and Improv Music.
Produced by Dave Trenkel, Melissa Hartley, Joel Hirsch and Orquesta Monte Calvo.
Graphic design by JJ Walker, Pioneering Design, Eugene, OR.