Yum... One of the hardest-driving charanga orchestras playing today, flautist Fay Roberts and her Orquesta Charangoa have just released a smoking album -- Fay Roberts Y Su Orquesta Charangoa - Volume 1 -- that will make your toes curl.
Roberts studied under the legendary Richard Eg??es, of Cuba's Arag??n fame, and the flute master helped to initiate what might be the purest and most essential charanga organization in the US.
At times a churning locomotive, at times sublime, Lo Que Quiero Es Charangoa has that rare transformative power to create a state of sensory euphoria.
This, folks, is a Must Have. Very Highly Recommended. - elW
The story starts when Fay Roberts traveled to Cuba to study flute with the legendary Richard Egues, of Orquesta Aragon fame. Richard, an innovative virtuoso of the Cuban flute style is also the composer of one of Cuba's most popular cha cha cha's, El Bodeguero. Richard sent Fay home with enough music and inspiration to start a new Cuban charanga orquesta. Though consistent correspondence Richard guided the creation on L.A/s most authentic Cuban dance group Orchesta Charangoa.
In these times when salsa, Cuban son and different types of rhythms are continuing to evolve, the very traditional Cuban Charanga is well kept by very few orchestras. Charanga is a specific style of instrumentation consisting of contrabass, timbales, and guiro, strings (from two to four violins, or any number of violns with a cello), and one flute, (the piano and congas were integrated in the 40's). Since 1997 Fay Robert's Charangoa based in Los Angeles, have been keeping the flame with their traditional Charanga. Having studied with the legendary Richard Egues (Orquesta Aragon), Fay was inspired to form her own traditional Charanga orchestra. - Sabor Magazine (band's website)