Torontos Opera House was filled with excitement on Monday evening in anticipation of ¡Cubanismo!s performance. The 15-piece orchestra from Havana started to heat up the room as soon as it took the stage. This was the last stop of their Canadian tour before heading back to Havana, yet no one could have told from the energy ¡Cubanismo! put out that evening that they had been on the road.
Jesus Alemañy, the bands leader and trumpet player, originally founded the group as an all-star recording project but soon realized the bands potential for live touring. ¡Cubanismo! achieved international recognition over 10 years ago and now has 5 recordings. According to Alemañy, a new one is in the works, set for summer release.
Apart from Toronto salsa and jazz fans, many Cuban-born musicians now residing in Toronto came out to see one of their favorite bands. As one fan remarked I am here to see one of Cubas greatest treasures start to cook.
¡Cubanismo!s music is reminiscent of the big bands from the 1940s with a modern twist beautiful horn lines leading familiar cha chas and rhumbas with the influence of Cubas modern day timba.