Psychedelic Salsa!

A meeting of musicians from Perú, U.S, Venezuela and Colombia, only possible in New York, gave birth to La Mecánica Popular in 2011. This octet has a unique sound, steeped in the salsa dura of the 1970's, going the trippy way with heavy ambient and psychedelic touches without ever losing its clave. While the horn section has been replaced with experimental synths and processed Peruvian chicha style guitars, the percussion ensemble keeps the classic bongo-conga-timbal format with a killer live sound. The vocals are also processed in real time, making La Mecánica Popular one of the most original acts in the New York music scene. It is not a surprise that The New York Music Daily has praised them saying that "They have the potential to be one of the most interesting bands in town". In the lapse of only one year they have successfully played in some of the best venues in New York, such as Barbes and The Shrine. They have just released their new album, produced by Xuxi Lazzaro who also worked on Rita Indiana's ground breaking El Juidero and Latin American Megastar Juan Luis Guerra`s last two albums. They also had the privilege to work with Grammy nominee Chaco García in the co-production. Among the great musicians in this record they had the honor of bringing in Fania star Louis Bauzo (Tito Puente, Celiz Cruz) on percussion as a special guest. La Mecánica Popular is also proud to announce that the Brooklyn based label Names You Can Trust (Pirañas, Meridian Brothers, some of the most cutting edge tropical bands in the world) has just released a vinyl single. La Mecánica Popular is one of the most exciting acts in the new wave of Latin American Music, combining effortlessly avant-garde and psychedelic sounds with a tight and syncopated salsa flavor.

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efrain rozas

director/ vocals

[perú]
an old school lyricist. uses processed vocal sounds with style and virtuosity while creating a unique niche in contemporary world music.

joy hanson

vocals

[u.s]
her live performances combine bogaloo, soul, jazz, and salsa sounds all infused with her unique style, traveling from the traditional to the unconventional.

yvonne ubillus

synth

[perú - u.s]
her style smoothly combines heavy trippy ambient sounds/ kraut rock and hardcore afro-cuban sabor.

oscar rebolledo

congas

[colombia]
old school conguero. laying soulful melodies and skillfully walking the line between improvisation and precision to his latin groove.

ernesto lucar

guitar

[perú]
ernesto sums up the unique dynamic that defines electric guitar sounds. nurtured since his early days and heir to peruvian psychedelic cumbia and chicha.

victor rendon

electric piano

[u.s]
steeped in the tradition of the past but displaying a strong confidence in groovy and classy electric piano style without missing a step.

ismael baiz

timbales

[venezuela]
proving himself a forceful timbalero, his balance between rock and latin flavor add sabor and a heavy sound to the rhythm section of the band’s sound.

alejandro haaker

bass

[peru]
an expressive and improvisational force. his minimalist style keeps the psychedelic sound and the tight clave rhythms together.

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