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News Release| CSULA; Larry Harlow Salsa Suite

October 28, 2009

  THE SALSA SUITE: Larry Harlow Live at the Luckman Theatre

Los Angeles, CA – Renowned Latin-style pianist Larry Harlow will present the world-premiere full performance of La Raza Latina, a Salsa Suite, Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m., in the Luckman Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles.

Harlow will conduct the CSULA Afro Latin Ensemble and welcome guest performers for a night of salsa rhythms, contemporary Latin music, and Afro Latin Jazz. Featured vocalist Adonis Puentes will be among special guests, including vocalist Iris Sandra Cepeda, percussionist Joaquin Arteaga, percussionist Memo Acevedo, the CSULA Afro Latin Ensemble directed by Paul De Castro, and several CSULA faculty artists.  The Salsa Suite is sponsored by CareMore Health Plan. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students. For tickets, call the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600.

Harlow’s influence helped revolutionize a realm of Latin music into what is known today as “salsa.”  In the early 1970s, he developed the explosive trumpet and trombone sounds now familiar in contemporary salsa bands.  A graduate of New York High School of Music and Art, he has a bachelor’s degree in music from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree in philosophy from the New School of Social Research in New York City. He is a gifted player of the oboe, flute, violin, bass, and, most notably, the piano. He is a three-time Grammy nominee and the recipient of the 2008 Trustees’ Award from the Recording Academy, in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the industry.  Harlow was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame on April 5, 2000.

He also served as governor of the New York chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, where he helped establish the first Latin Grammy Award.  There are now 12 different Latin categories in the Grammys, as well as the exclusive Latin Grammy Awards.

Cal State L.A. offers the only master’s degree in the United States that specializes in Afro Latin music. The program prepares graduate students for careers as arrangers, composers, and performers. Among its faculty are notable Afro Latin musicians, including Danilo Lozano, Robert Fernandez, Edgar Hernandez, Iris Sandra Cepeda, and others.

For more about the CSULA Afro Latin Music Program, contact Paul De Castro, professor of music, (323) 343-4079, or email

What:     The Salsa Suite: Larry Harlow Live at the Luckman Theatre

When:     Saturday, November 21, 8 p.m.

Where:   Luckman Theatre, on the Cal State L.A. campus. For directions or campus map, go to /univ/maps/cslamap.php. Public permit parking is available at Lot 5 or upper level of Parking Structure C.

Tickets:  General admission, $25; students, $15.

Info:       Call (323) 343-6600 or (323) 343-4079.

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