Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Plans Farewell Tour
Cuban group grew out of best-selling album and film 16 years ago
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club plans a farewell world tour in 2014-15. The group—which has been touring worldwide in different forms and configurations since 1997—will perform a series of concerts and appear at related cultural events. The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club grew out of the 1997 release of the Grammy-winning, best-selling album Buena Vista Social Club, and its lineup continues to include a number of the original artists featured on that recording and subsequent film.
Under the musical direction of bandleader and trombonist Jesus Aguaje Ramos, the lineup for the Adios Tour will feature vocalist Omara Portuondo, singer/guitarist Eliades Ochoa, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal and laud virtuoso Barbarito Torres. They will be accompanied on stage by musicians who have joined them previously, including veteran tres player Papi Oviedo, Cuban pianist Rolando Luna, a rhythm section comprising double bass player Pedro Pablo and percussionists Andres Coyao (congas), Filiberto Sánchez (timbales) and Alberto “La Noche” (bongos), a three-man trumpet section led by Luis Allemany, plus son singer Carlos Calunga.
The tour will kick off in the summer of 2014 and run through the fall of 2015, hitting worldwide markets. Finally, the tour will end with a gala homecoming performance in Havana, Cuba.