Yissy Garcia and her band Bandancha make hyphenated music that tests the limits of hyphens. It’s jazz-rock-hip-hop-fusion, with a hint of smooth jazz. She crowdfunded her new album — no small task in Cuba, with its intermittent internet connections — to avoid letting the Cuban government own the work. But what a shame that you won’t find the album on iTunes or Amazon music, though it is on Spotify. Despite the challenges, Garcia is part of an international jazz scene. She even collaborated with Joshua Bell and Dave Matthews one evening in New York. We’re just glad she’s coming to Cafe Stritch in San Jose and Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Details here. 

Cuban Drummer Yissy Garcia’s Genre-Bending Music 29 November,2017Cy Musiker


Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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