Locarno will perform at the Quadra Island Community Centre Nov. 10. Photo:Facebook

Locarno a mix of Mexico and Canada

Quadra Cultural Events presents an evening of music that is equal part Mexico and Canada on Nov. 10.

Quadra Cultural Events presents an evening of music that is equal part Mexico and Canada on Nov. 10.

Locarno will perform at the Quadra Community Centre on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in a family-friendly concert. Everyone is invited to come out to listen, clap their hands, and tap their toes. There will even be space for dancing. As well as the regular priced advance tickets for $17, children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Advance tickets are available for $17 at Inspirations in Quathiaski Cove, Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay, The Music Plant in Campbell River and online at Tidemark Theatre. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician, Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Landa was born and raised in Mexico City, and moved to Canada in his teens. In the mid nineties he formed the Folk Roots band, The Paperboys, who have been touring world-wide for over 20 years. Landa has always dabbled in Latin music, and in 2005 decided to immerse himself more into genre, and started working on material for an album.

In 2006 he was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study traditional Mexican Music in Veracruz, Mexico. Landa spent his days learning the jarana (an eight-string guitar), and learning songs from the Son Jarocho repertoire. Upon his return to Canada, Landa started working on what would be Locarno’s debut CD.

In 2009, Landa decided it was high time to make the album he had been threatening to make. He joined forces with producer Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Adonis Puentes, Cowboy Junkies) and trumpeter Miguelito Valdes (Omara Portoundo, Afro Cuban All Stars) who helped bring the album to life. In 2010 Locarno released ‘Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos’ The music was a mix of Son Jarocho inspired folk tunes with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The album went on to be nominated for a WCMA and garnered rave reviews.

Since then the band has honed in on their sound and incorporated more of their influences such as music from Columbia, African Sukous, Mexican Marimba Music, Venezuelan Joropo and Brazilian Forro Music. Perhaps where the band shines the most is in the live shows which features Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on violin, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timbales, Pedro Mota on guitar an vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick La Rivere on trombone.

Locarno launched their second CD, ‘Luz Y Sombra’ in November 2015. The new CD is a great mix of all the different Latin idioms the band plays, and features 10 original songs, and two traditional Mexican folk songs. The CD was nominated for a Western Canada Music Award in the spring of 2016. As the CBC’s Michael Juk says, “Don’t miss the chance to see this band. You’ll find yourself singing their praises too.”

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