In the spring of 2009 the first notes rang out through the night from a "salón" in Nancy. A French-Cuban combo met up to play traditional Cuban standards. It was to be named "Son Del Salón".
After a first tour in a tiny car, the desire to play was still strong. Then came the time to study in depth the "son cubano". The band explored the whole musical jungle: they recorded three albums, played more than 500 concerts including a tour in Cuba and performances in prestigious European venues such as the Paleo Festival, Jazz In Montreux or Nancy Jazz Pulsations. They were awarded the prize for the best new band in 2016 at the Tempo Latino Festival, the biggest European Latin music Festival.
A basic copy/paste of Cuban traditional music is not their credo. A secret heresy bubbles up within the band - to search for its own interpretation of Cuban music, daring to break the rules of tradition and allowing their different deep musical loves to mix. Yes we CAN bring together influences from Radiohead and The Buena Vista Social Club, French "chanson" and Hector Lavoe, The Smashing Pumpkins and Los Van Van.
For the band needs to get free. The "salón" walls and clichés of Cuban postcards have to be pushed aside.
2018 is now the time for musical revolution - a brand new repertoire whose balance point is located at the crossing of cultures and personalities.
With a new start comes a new band name. ¿Who’s The Cuban? is the question everybody ALWAYS asks the group. Not so easy to distinguish a Cuban guy from a French guy singing in Spanish with an accent coming from nowhere. They don’t really care actually. Anyhow they’d rather ask you before you ask them.
Paléo Festival (CH) - Nancy Jazz Pulsations - Festival Tempo Latino - Montreux Jazz Festival (CH) - Festival Cubadisco (Cuba) - World Village Festival (FIN) - Festival Fiest'A Sète - Sound And Vision Festival (Germany) - Festival des Cinq Continents (CH) - Festival Jardin Du Michel ...