Made up of a French septet and three Cuban percussionists, Que Vola are on a quest to blend Afro-Cuban ritual music with the poetry of jazz. As part of a Qwest TV exclusive, their new track is available now.

Que Vola? (what’s up?) is a group comprised of three Cuban percussionists and a French jazz septet. It is a marriage between the youthful energy and virtuosity of both nations, underpinned by spiritual and ritualistic afro-cuban rhythms.

When the trombonist Fidel Fourneyron visited the country that inspired his first name in 2012, he wasn’t sure what he would find. After meeting three young percussionists (Adonis Panter Calderon, Barbaro Crespo Richard, Ramon Tamayo Martinez), he returned to France inspired to delve deeper into the spiritual heritage of afro-cuban music. An idea gripped him: what if the power of ancient ritual were to be wrapped in the poetry of John Coltrane?

In a Qwest TV exclusive, we are honored to present the first installment of a series of clips that showcase the striking result of this musical journey. The official video for “Calle Luz” oscillates between two backdrops: a studio session and the streets of Havana. Watch the video now.

 

Look out for a full-length documentary on Qwest TV at the end of January!

 


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