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Barbacoa

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The Madison instrumental quartet kicks off a new monthly residency. Info

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Madison quartet Barbacoa combines elements of funk, jazz, and Latin-American music into a muscular instrumental take on R&B. There's a fair bit of versatility built into this band given its lineup: Guitarist Richard Hildner (a masterful practitioner of jazz and Afro-Peruvian music, who takes a bright electric approach in this band), keyboardist Mike Cammilleri (Madison's resident Hammond organ buff), veteran drummer Chris Sandoval (who plays in Madison band The Jimmys and has collaborated with artists including Roy Ayers and Freddie Hubbard), and saxophone/clarinet player Tony Barba (who plays with Hildner in the excellent Latin-jazz bands Golpe Tierra and Acoplados, and fuses his sax with electronics in his experimental solo work). So far Barbacoa has released just a two-track EP, though of course there's more material in the band's live set, and more new stuff in the works. Here Barbacoa will kick off a monthly residency at Art In, which they'll use in part to workshop new songs in progress, including pieces written specifically for these shows. Those songs, alongside music that has already been in Barbacoa's live set for a good while, should provide a fun window into the working process of four gifted players. —Scott Gordon