How about a change of pace? Enter Colette Michaan. In a genre dominated by pianos, saxophones and guitars, it’s refreshing to hear a flutist as leader. Michaan presents Incarnate Encarna (2014).
The ensemble consists of Michaan, flute, alto flute and vocals; Pablo
Vergara, piano and keyboards; Reut Regev, trombone; Mireya Ramos, violin
and vocals; Gregoire Maret, chromatic harmonica; Jorge Bringas, bass;
Roman Diaz, bata drums, congas, bongo, shekere and vocals; Luisito
Quintero, timbales, drums, wind chimes and other percussion instruments;
Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante, cajon, congas, quinto and vocals; and Harvey
Michaan’s career has covered a variety of styles, mixing Cuban son, cha
cha, Latin jazz and world music. Her influences go beyond those genres,
as she has experienced North and West African,R&B, Caribbean, Bayaka,
Pygmy, Indian, Arab and more. She performs weekly in New York City but
also travels, including dates in Senegal, Egypt and, of course, Cuba.
Michaan says the title, Incarnate Encarna, is a response to the
passions and pains of life. The title song is her only composition for