From Richmond (Virginia), Kadencia Orchestra launches its homage to the percussion instrument linked to joy and to the history of millenary ethnic groups that were expatriated from the mother continent to the shores of the New World centuries eailier.
Count Puerto Rico among those many destinations. Here the establishment and development of the cultural and musical expression of the slave allowed to write the sound pages of our rhythmic tradition with masterstrokers. Despite the passing of time, one of them is kept alive thanks to different musical efforts to which today we humbly join through this heartfelt tribute that, with our ancestors’ permission and hides, we titled: “No Me Quite El Tambor”.
Kadencia Orchestra has a before and an after, but the same feeling and a line leadership that is born, sustained and prolonged in its leader and founder, master Maurice Sanabria Ortiz from whom we share a brief but necessary biographical sketch.
Although born in Manhattan (New York), his origins are from Mayaguez; and, he went back there at 2 years ols, with his mother. Mayaguez saw him grow up and nourich him with the culture of his ancestors; manifestations that reached him transformed into beautiful and inexhaustible stories passed down by his maternal grandfather, who worked as a train driver that transported sugar cane, and as such, he was a witness to the festivities related to the sugar cane harvest.
His relationship with music dates back to high school, when he was a member of small groups that enterteined the well-remembered and popular marquee parties.
After joining the army, he was linked to the musical groups over there. Some years later, while performing his military service in Germany, he was part of the Orquesta LA CREACIÓN and then joined the renowned group LA CONEXIÓN LATINA.
After his return to Puerto Rico, he was recruited by the PUERTO RICAN BRASS with whom he recorded his first musical work. After a time, however, he had to leave the group in order to pursue his university studies. Once he achieved his goal, he got involved in groups such as RECUPLENA and PLENA VIVA.
PLENA VIVA: after the breakup with this organization, he created the ORQUESTA KADENCIA around 2007 with whom he recorded by the end of 2009 (November), the production entitled LA VOZ DEL BARRIO that runs between the sounds of plena, bomba and salsa.
In 2011, Maurice Sanabria returns to the United States, leaving behind a career dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry and also related to his musical work.
He settles in Richmond, Virginia and, after some years working for the government, he decided to reorganize the KADENCIA ORCHESTRA in 2018.
At this stage, these musical roots were prolonged, since his son Maurice Sanabria Gallardo (Maurice Jr.) becomes part of his group formed by 12 high-level musicians which are as follows:
Maurice Sanabria Ortiz: Singer Minor Percussion
Will Román: Timbales
Héctor “Coco” Barez: Tumbadoras (drums)
Santos Ramírez: Punteador & Buleador
Alberto Solano: Punteador, Giiiro & Shekere
Maurice “Mauro” Sanabria Jr.: Requinto, Buleador & Backing Vocals
Charlie Kirkpatrick: Piano
Jon Wheelock: Bass
Marc Román: First Trumpet & Musical Director
Ángel Quiñones: Second Trumpet
Pete Anderson: Trombone
Antonio Orta: Saxophone & Flute
Enrique Quiñones: Bongo, Follower & Backing Vocals.
Recently recorded, December 2019, this is the cut that
Kadencia Orchestra shared as a Christmas single.
A song that was previously recorded by the group, but never released.
A kind of musical story about the bad situation at that time and was updated for the occasion, recorded in sessions both in Puerto Rico and in Richmond, Virginia.
With respect to “No Me Quite El Tambor”, we share the name of the music credits, as well as the link to its official video.
Maurice Sanabria: Author Alfredo L. Santiago: Arranger
Maurice Sanabria Ortiz: Singer
Will Román: Timbales
Héctor “Coco” Barez: Barriles de bomba, cua & maracas
Leonardo García: Piano
Julio Antillano: Bass
Bob Miller: First Trumpet
Marc Román: Second Trumpet
Toby Whitaker: Trombone
Milton Sesentón: Strings
Alfredo Santiago: Saxophone
Maurice Sanabria Ortiz, Maurice “Tito” Sanabria, Reinaldo “Rei” Álvarez Enrique “Quique” Quiñones: Choir
Official Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53A dYJB OE
To contact Kadencia Orchestra, you can do so through:
Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/KadenciaPR/
+1 (939) 217 – 7710
+1 (804) 647 – 7917