Cuban jazz, dance, chanting, storytelling and participation

Northern Rivers Conservatorium and Spare Parts presents Caribé on Sunday November 15th 2020, from 2.00–4.00pm at Lismore City Hall


Caribé’s Havana Return crafts Cuban traditional and classic forms in a contemporary mould resulting in music that is unique and fresh. Seeing Caribé live is a communal experience incorporating chants and percussive elements deeply rooted in rumba and Afro-Cuban religions.

The constant push and pull between powerful percussion and stunning melodies creates a dynamic tension that draws you in and invites you to dance.This bountiful collaboration with Cuban dancer Adrian Medina is engaging and entertaining for wallflowers and hipshakers alike.

The percussion and rhythm section set up a crackling, thunderous bed for Medina to dance with and the group to solo over. Their enthusiasm and raw spontaneity is impossible to resist.

Dancer: Adrian Medina

Musicians: Juan Carlos Allende and Steve Marin: percussion; Lee McIver: trumpet; Gai Bryant: alto & soprano saxes; Julian Gough: tenor sax; Des Cannings: trombone; Nick Henderson: bass; Ed Goyer: piano.

Members of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium’s YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA will join Caribé during the performance.

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“Rhythm is the spine and it is this heartbeat pulsing through everything.” – Adrian Medina

“Gai Bryant is one of the brightest lights in the local jazz scene.” – Financial Review

“Lee McIver can successfully cross genres and yet also manage to remain refreshingly original.” – Barry O’Sullivan Jazz and Beyond