Locarno • February 17 2023
Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:00 pm
A high-energy mix of Mexican Folk, Colombian Son & African Rhythms.
Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician, Tom Landa.
"A compelling blend of Mexican, Cuban & N. American popular music delivered with exuberant energy - a winning combination. Don't miss the opportunity to experience Locarno live. You'll find yourself singing their praises too." Michael Juk-Producer CBC
This show will also be PREMIERED on BlueFrogTV.com - Sun. February 26 2023
Tickets will be emailed and texted immediately after purchase.
Check your spam or junk folder if not received.
Non-refundable ticket price includes $6.00 service fee.
Shows are for ages 19 years +
Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician, Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Tom was born and raised in Mexico City, and moved to Canada in his teens. In the mid nineties he formed the Folk Roots band, The Paperboys, who have been touring worldwide for over 20 years. Tom has always dabbled in Latin music, and in 2005 decided to immerse himself more into genre, and started working on material for an album. In 2006 he was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study traditional Mexican Music in Veracruz, Mexico. Tom spent his days learning the jarana (an 8 string guitar), and learning songs from the Son Jarocho repertoire. Upon his return to Canada, Tom started working on what would be Locarno’s debut CD.
In 2009 Tom decided it was high time to make the album he had been threatening to make. He joined forces with producer Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Adonis Puentes, Cowboy Junkies) and trumpeter Miguelito Valdes (Omara Portoundo, Afro Cuban All Stars) who helped bring the album to life. In 2010 Locarno released ‘Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos’ The music is a mix of Son Jarocho inspired folk tunes with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The album went on to be nominated for a WCMA and garnered rave reviews.
Since then the band has honed in on their sound and incorporated more of their influences such as music from Columbia, African Sukous, Mexican Marimba Music, Venezuelan Joropo and Brazilian Forro Music. Perhaps where the band shines the most is in the live shows which features Tom Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on violin, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timbales, Pedro Mota on guitar an vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick LaRivere on trombone.
In 2016 the band released their second record Luz y Sombra, which features 10 original compositions and 2 traditional Mexican songs. Joey Baker was once again at the helm of the production, bringing cohesiveness to the fusion of the different musical styles.
"Tom Landa is one of those rare talents who cannot only lyricize in both English and Spanish; he can contextualize the words musically with authentic cultural reference. Locarno may be the name of abeach in his hometown of Vancouver but the project rings with true Jarocho rhythms from Veracruz on the Mexican Gulf. Surrounded by the finest of BC's Latin musicians, Locarno's debut percolates with warmth and groove. Deep, contemporary production comes courtesy of collaboration between Juno winners, Tom Landa and Joby Baker.
- Cal Koat - Worldbeat Canada