LA MUSICA Y EL GRUPO

SuperSones play the sublime music known as Son - the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro-Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing, and trumpet improvisation. From the 1930's in Havana to the present moment, Cuban septets like SuperSones have inspired people around the world to dance and celebrate.

SuperSones represent this rich musical tradition with a wide range of classic and original songs in the many genres within the Son family: bolero, cha cha cha, guaracha, and son montuno among others. The group plays songs written by some of the greatest composers of Cuban popular music including Compay Segundo, Miguel Matamoros, Isaac Oviedo, and Arsenio Rodriguez. SuperSones recreate these songs with their own arrangements and improvisations to bring the Son alive in the Pacific Northwest. The group also regularly features original compositions firmly rooted in the Son tradition.

Since 2001, SuperSones have performed for a wide range of audiences. The group frequently plays private functions such as parties, weddings, and corporate events. Depending on the unique needs of each occasion, SuperSones can play in a range of instrumentations from a trio up to a septet. In Seattle, public performances have included the following venues: The Triple Door, Northwest Folklife Festival, Tractor Tavern, Nectar, Mojitos, Seattle Folklore Society, Seattle City Hall, and Seattle Art Museum. In addition, the group has taught workshops and performed at several Seattle area schools, Whitman College in Walla Walla, and the Seattle World Rhythm Festival. In May of 2006, the SuperSones toured Belgium and Holland for two weeks.

SuperSones are:

Ron Barrow - trumpet
Kevin Connor - Cuban tres guitar and vocals
Justin Maggart - lead vocals, clave and guiro
Alfredo Polier - vocals and maracas
Steve Smith - bongo
Tige Decoster - upright bass
Javier Marú - acoustic guitar and vocals


LOS MUSICOS


Ron Barrow (trumpet) is a private trumpet instructor and freelance musician in the Seattle area. He earned a BA in Music Education from the University of Washington before going on to work as a professional musician. He currently teaches approximately 40 students a week and plays trumpet professionally playing all styles of music including jazz, classical, and latin music. In addition to the SuperSones, his playing can be heard with such groups as Mango Son, Festival Brass Quintet, and Conjunto Meneo.


Kevin Connor (Cuban tres guitar and vocals) has been a professional guitarist, composer and vocalist for over ten years. He has studied the music of Django Reinhardt and the "gypsy jazz" of the 1930's and 40' and is immersed in the thriving Seattle string swing community. He became enamored with the Cuban tres guitar after traveling to the Caribbean to study medicine in the late 1990's. Since then, he has continued to study Cuban Son music and the tres. He currently plays guitar with the gypsy "string-swing" ensembles Hot Club Sandwich and The Djangomatics.


Justin Maggart (lead vocals, clave, and guiro) began his relationship with Cuban song on the path of Afro-Cuban folkloric music with the Seattle Folkloric Collective. After his return to Seattle from the Caribbean in early 2000, Justin played percussion and sang with two local Latin music groups - The Alma Villegas Quartet and Mambo 9. Justin coordinates the group's hands-on educational workshops which bring Cuban and Latin music to students of all ages.


Alfredo Polier (vocals and maracas) was born in Holguin, Cuba. He graduated from the Institucion Pedagogico de Holguin with a degree in Musical Education. As a professional solo vocalist he was listed with the Centro Provincial de la Musica "Adolfo Guzman" in Havana. He was Artistic Director of musical and dance productions in several of Havana's major theaters. Also in Havana, Alfredo worked as an instructor in the Centro Nacional de Cultura Comunitaria and the Centro Nacional de Escuelas de Arte, and as assistant director in the Centro Nacional de Superacion de la Ensenanza Artistica. Alfredo relocated to Seattle in 2006.


Steve Smith (bongo) is a native of Seattle and a long-time admirer of popular Cuban music. He began to study Cuban percussion, music and dance in the mid 70's at Washington State University while earning a degree in Spanish language and literature. He has performed in recent years with Son de Cinco a Siete, Los Nietos del Son, Conjunto Meneo and Orchestra Zarabanda.


Tige Decoster (upright bass) With over fifteen years of performance and ten years of teaching experience, bassist and guitarist Tige DeCoster has run the gamut of musical styles from jazz and world, to rock, funk, classical, and soul. Starting at the age of 24 he shared stages with artists such as Bela Fleck, Will Bernard, The Radiators, Spearhead, Medeski Martin and Wood, Jimmy Cliff, The String Cheese Incident, Eric McFadden, The Grandmothers, and many others. As a founding member of the acoustic group Hanuman, he toured nationally for over seven years and won the Best Band and Best New Acoustic album (Pedalhorse) of 2002 in the Seattle Weekly. Tige has toured extensively throughout Europe, Central America, and the United States with many different groups. Currently, Tige plays bass for Tom Waits guitarist Omar Torrez, Paul Benoit, songwriter Eric Apoe, and makes yearly appearances at the vaudevillian and burlesque revue, the Moisture Festival, as a member of the Zebra Kings pit band.


Javier Marú (acoustic guitar and vocals) Born in Havana, Cuba. Passionate about the sounds and flavor of the Caribbean rhythms, Javier immersed himself into the world of the guitar in the year 2004 by playing in festivals, theaters and "Casa de Culturas" in Havana, where he met and performed with many other talented artists of his generation. Javier moved to Switzerland in 2011 where he joined forces with Hector Pelaez (tresero of "Septeto Camaguey") and along with other recognized musicians of the area, played in festivals, private events and bars. In January 2015, he moved to Seattle where he plays with groups including Trio Cubay and Kiki Valera & Los Guajibaros.