Composer and pianist Cleon Barraclough joins with Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar on electric bass and Sacha K on drums to present their debut album ‘Techni-colour Rain’. Inspired by salsa, timba, funk and contemporary jazz, the album features the group’s original compositions. ‘Techni-colour Rain’ will be released in early February in conjunction with jazz club performances around Australia.
Cleon, Chiky and Sacha bring intricate Afro-Cuban grooves and jazz improvisation skills to audiences through their diverse musical experiences. Cleon’s 2011 album ‘Globalectic’ for which he played the role of performer, producer and composer, was noted in reviews for its “progressive and adventurous” merging of genres. Bassist Chiky has been touring internationally as the musical director and composer for Ballet Revolucíon and was formerly on tour with Lady Salsa. Chiky’s traditional Cuban roots emanate through his numerous album recordings and virtuoso style. Completing the trio, Sacha K holds the drum chair for Afro-Cuban ensemble Chukale and his many collaborations with artists from diverse musical backgrounds reflect the knowledge and capability he brings to the project.
Completing the project is internationally renowned producer and engineer John Haeny, whose five decade career includes work with jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Weather Report and Duke Ellington. John has stepped out of semi-retirement to produce and record this album in his home studio in Tasmania.
Performances of material from ‘Techni-colour Rain’ will include some unique interpretations of Cuban standards.
Cleon Barraclough – piano
Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar – bass
Sacha K – drums
For concert and ticket info visit Cleon’s official website