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The Offense of The Drum

Arturo O'Farrill is a Grammy-winning Latin jazz pianist who makes a highly anticipated appearance at David Pecaut Square Tuesday as part of Luminato. O'Farrill's reputation for being a fearless experimenter is evidenced on "The Offense of The Drum". His 18-member orchestra, do a cracking job fusing rhythms from Spain, South America and the Caribbean with big band jazz. And yes, there's also some turntablism and spoken word in the mix. There's a message in the music, too, he says. "The Offense of the Drum" was inspired by New York city police attempting to ban drum circles in city parks in the 90s because of noise complaints and reports of some people smoking weed and drinking. Arturo once said, "The drum is a way to connect diverse communities and is the heartbeat of many cultures, and so it can be seen as offensive to those in power who try and control our freedom of expression". The album, by the way, features 35 different drums from all over the world. Jane Bunnett and her all-female all-Cuban group Maqueque open for Arturo O'Farrill and his 18-piece-band on Tuesday. @ErrolNazareth

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