Burque’s venerable Zoo Music concert series continues hitting it out of the park—a good thing because who the heck knows what a silverback gorilla could do with a baseball. On Friday, June 28 at 7pm, San Francisco-based Latinx band Pacific Mambo Orchestra plays the concert shell at ABQ BioPark Zoo. Mexican pianist Christian Tumalan and German trumpeter Steffen Kuehn make with heartfelt big band frolic, invoking the traditions of artists like Tito Puente and Machito in an informed, keenly danceable style. PMO’s first album covers tunes by Rubén Blades and Stevie Wonder but concentrates on the original compositions that scored the group a Grammy in 2014. Admission to this all-ages series of mambo moments ranges from $6 to $12. So dance under the stars, as nature—in the form of wild beasts and birds—looks on lovingly. (August March)
Friday June 28, 2019
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This powerhouse ensemble from San Francisco, led by pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, rejuvenates the Latin big band sounds of the '40s through '60s.
This powerhouse ensemble from San Francisco, led by pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, rejuvenates the Latin big band sounds of the 1940s through 1960s (the legendary mambo sounds of Machito and his Afro-Cubans, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez), on this sizzling self-titled debut. Richly textured arrangements flow through this entire production with exquisite playing by California's ace musicians. With a repertoire of mostly original scores, the selections move with a frenetic mammoth pace, producing palpable sounds, rhythms, and beats, like only a true big band is capable of.