Trio de Tambores
Trio de Tambores performs a sacred style of drumming called batá from the Lucumi tradition in Cuba. The three drums play interlocking parts with different melodies for each rhythm, and accompany songs in praise of various deities called orishas. Orishas represent different aspects of nature and human virtues, much like the Greek pantheon. Their program includes rhythms and songs from both the main provinces of Cuba, Havana and Matanzas.
Co-bandleaders Julian Loida and Kristin Olson started Trio de Tambores in 2014 to perform in the St. Louis area at The Tavern of Fine Arts as well as The Clayton Arts Fair. Supporting members included Andrew McAfee, Tommy Rorabeck, and Melinda Leoce.