Latin American Composers in Hollywood

Friday 20 April 2018 8pm
Barbican Hall
Silk St
020 7638 8891

Discover the Latin history of Hollywood, as we turn the spotlight on the Latin American artists that shaped the sounds of the screen.

Since the very early days of film, musicians from across Latin America have been instrumental in creating the sound of Hollywood. Sonorama – a live concert accompanied by film – celebrates this legacy.  From the Space Age sound of Juan García Esquivel, whose orchestra was called Sonorama; to the Latin Jazz-tinged film work of Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible, Dirty Harry) and the beautiful boleros of María Grever, to the undercover Latino Juan Manuel Cascales whose work appeared under the name Johnny Richards, this is a big brass and electronic reimagining of the Golden Age of Latin American composers in Hollywood.

Joining the dots is producer Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) whose own most recent film work is in Pixar’s Coco. He’s joined by guest vocalists Omar and Brazilian vocalist and Smoke City stalwart Nina Miranda, as well as Hackney Colliery Band Horns.

Sonorama was conceived and curated by cultural critic and historian Josh Kun, author of The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles for performance at The Getty Museum in LA as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles in 2017.