LIFE'S A BEACH
POPULAR LOCARNO RETURNS TO HARRISON JANUARY 19
Locarno will be in Harrison Hall January 19. Pictured here the band stands on Locarno Beach in Vancouver..
BRYAN CUTLER, HARRISIN FESTIVAL—SUBMITTED PHOTOS
ocarno's danceable and joyful fusion of Mexican
Son Jarocho music, Cuban salsa and contemporary pop songwriting makes a much
anticipated return to the intimate Harrison Memorial Hall Saturday, January 19
Over the past few years,
Locarno has emerged
as a unique and highly requested band on the Canadian festival and concert
circuits. The Latin project of Juno award winning musician and Paperboys front
man, Tom Landa, Locarno's music, like him, is part Mexican, but contains strong
doses of Cuban son, folk music, pop and funk. The band is making its 4th
appearance in Harrison.
was born and raised in Mexico City to a Mexican father and a Canadian mother. He
moved to Ontario during his teenage years where he put behind his Mexican
Musical Roots in favour of the new sounds that surrounded his new environment. A
record by Los Lobos, a Mexican American band, eventually brought him 'back
home'. From that moment on, Landa rediscovered his musical roots and began his
musical quest to not only learn more about this music, but also write and
arrange songs in the Son Jarocho genre.
"Tom Landa is surely one
of the hardest working bandleaders on the Vancouver roots music scene, as the
leader of the wildly popular group The Paperboys. With Locarno he has stretched
his musical wings to create a truly original flavour accessible to those who
might not have much experience with Latin music." ~ Andy Hillhouse.
Locarno's music has been described as comparable to popular Latin roots/fusion artists Manu Chao or Rodrigo Gabriela, however even though there are similarities, the group's high energy, catchy and danceable music offers a highly infectious sound. Tom strives to create music that is heavily influenced by Mexican styles but uses the elements and musicians around him in his hometown of Vancouver.
"Not only is Tom a seasoned and stellar performer,
he always plays with high quality performers. His wife Kalissa Landa provides
energetic fiddling, and the band's dynamic sound is partially due to the high
quality horn and percussion arrangements, provided by a roster of excellent
Afro-Cuban musicians." says Hillhouse.
The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for Locarno are $25.00 and can be purchased online at harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.
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the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fueled programming.
Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a nine day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.
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