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Charanga Cakewalk

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MICHAEL RAMOS has two CHARANGA CAKEWALK albums under his belt and a lifetime of experience being a much sought after sideman with the likes of John Mellencamp, Patti Griffith, the BoDeans, and Los Lonely Boys. A new phase in RAMOS’ musical career is being paved as 2009 progresses: Movie Score Composer and Producer. MICHAEL has created a musical/creative haven- his studio The Cumbia Lounge, where he scored 3 projects: Hector Galan’s Migrant’s Masterpiece and Latin Rhythms both for PBS and the indie film Ya Basta. Ramos is also readying the release of his 3rd CHARANGA CAKEWALK album Marimbol Sublime. The record has the depth of previous records, but also brings in a fresh new sensibility from Michael that sees participation from artists/friends such as Gecko Turner, Brian Ramos (Kanko), and more.

Joining Michael in the live incarnation of CHARANGA CAKEWALKare musical peers: Jacob Owen (guitar) is a guitarist/composer currently based out of Austin, TX. He plays with several local and touring groups in various genres ranging from modern latin to experimental jazz. Kyle Thompson (drums & percussion), originally from Dallas, now resides in Austin, Tx where he is in demand as a sideman and session player. Mr. Thompson has played with such musicians as Ravi Coltrane, Eric Johnson and the late Al Grey of the Count Basie Orchestra as well as countless Austin area musicians. Alan Uribe (bass), is one of Austin’s hottest young bass players on the scene today. Playing in bands and projects ranging from jazz, latin, to rock- he has made a big impression already. John “El John” Nelson (Thievery Corporation) on percussion, and Claude McCan (keyboards) round up the lineup.

In 2008 & 2009 the band took to the stage as one of the main attractions at the Vancouver Folk Festival, SXSW 2009, and a series of successful residencies at the legendary Continental Club in South Austin. Charanga Cakewalk’s new album Marimbol Sublime is due out February 2011 on Brown Recluse/Cosmica Records.


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