Group brings Cuban jazz flavour to Duncan square

Cuban jazz group Novel Voz brings its Goodwill Tour to the Duncan City Square stage Wednesday, July 13

Cuban jazz group Novel Voz brings its Goodwill Tour to the Duncan City Square stage Wednesday, July 13 as part of the 39 Days of July festival.

An internationally renowned vocal jazz septet from Havana, these a capella singers have signed on as Artists in Residence at the International Choral Kathaumixw July 5-6 in Powell River and are stopping in Duncan on their way home.

What makes their sound intriguing is their vocal imitations of instruments, such as percussion, strings, and piano.

In other words, the four men and three women make up a “vocal orchestra”, that has been making music since 1999.

Novel Voz has taken part in international festivals in Venezuela, Colombia, the U.K., France, Russia, Austria and more.

The group has a special relationship with Canada due to an affiliation with Canada Cuba Sports and Cultural Festivals, a company that organizes arts, sports and education programs in Cuba for Canadian students, sports teams, and choral groups.

At the heart of Novel Voz’s repertoire is the Cuban music they’ve grown up with — son, chachacha, bolero and rumba; they also work with different rhythms, like samba and progressive tango, as well as jazz classics and well-known international music.

Complementing their singing are crisp choreographies, which allow an active exchange with their audiences.

They’ll be at City Square at 8:30 p.m.