The Los Primos Project has been running small ensembles for close to 20 years. Motivated students, rehearsing in small ensembles, with professional musicians learn to play music in all styles and learn to improvise with ease. When the first few groups from our project went to Cuba, they became known as the Canadian Primos.
In 2009 we branched out to form groups in various communities including Dartmouth, Halifax, Rockingham, Tantallon, Preston, Eastern Passage and Truro. These groups we called the Satellite Primos. Here is a picture of the Tantallon Primos.
Over the years our groups have performed to standing ovations at the Halifax Jazz Festival, community events, the Dance for All Ages, conventions and more. Watch this short video about the Satellite Primos.
Last year was the year of the Preston Primos. This group (originally started in 2009) added 3 singers to the front line and the result was spectacular. Here is a short video about the Preston Primos.
Here is a picture of the Rockingham Primos at the DFAA in 2017
This year we will have 6 Satellite Primos groups. Sign up for a Satellite Band
Mondays - 7 to 9 - Fall River - Joyful Sounds Music Studio (Grades 8 to 11)
Tuesdays - 4 to 6 - Bayview Primos - Townies Music at 246 Bedford Hywy (Grades 6 to 9)
Tuesdays - 7 to 9 - Rockingham Primos - Townies Music at 246 Bedford Hywy (Grades 9 to 12+)
Tuesdays - 7 to 9 - Preston Primos - North Preston Community Centre (Intergenerational)
Wednesdays - 4 to 6 - Port Wallace Primos - 45 White St in Dartmouth (Grades 6 to 9)
Wednesdays - 7 to 9 - Dartmouth Primos - 45 White St in Dartmouth (Grades 9 to 12+)
A small band of ten to twelve students is the best size to teach about jazz, improvisation and musical styles. The foundation for all of the Satellite Primos is a solid rhythm section with piano, guitar, bass and drums. They usually include about 6 horn players and one or two vocalists. Sometimes there are students who move around because they play more than one instrument and sometime there is extra percussion because there is a strong focus on Latin jazz as well as Salsa.
Of course it is all about learning to perform and each group performs on a regular basis. They play at community, school and cultural events. Los Primos project also sponsors 2 or 3 events per year and as the bands get tight, they will start to attract invitations to perform for other events.
In May of 2015 our Satellite Primos groups from Tantallon and Rockingham took a musical study tour to Cuba. They traveled to Holguin to take part in the Romerías de Mayo International Youth Arts Festival. They also spent a day with the music students at the Bayamo Arts School and presented a concert together.
This program is unique because as well as teenaged students, we bring in post secondary students, and musicians from within the same community to give the instruction so it becomes an inter-generational experience. Young students get to know students in university and young professionals just starting out as well as established musicians, and guest musicians from Cuba.
We invite you to sign up today for the Los Primos band that is the right fit for you.
For more information drop us an email feel free to call...
Jeff Goodspeed 902 401-2104 or Klarol Garcia 902 233-6389