A unique blend of Jazz, Latin Jazz, South and Central American Pop, and Mexican Folk will come together at the Arizona Senior Academy when The Danny Brito Guanachicano Project makes its debut on Tuesday (Jan. 30) at 11:30 a.m. The quartet is the brainchild of drummer Danny Brito, who joins forces with his brother, guitarist Manny Brito, pianist Amilcar Guevara and singer J.C. Burgos.
Guanachicano is a play on two words: Guanaco is what Salvodorans and Guatemalans playfully call each other. Chicano is a chosen identity of Mexican Americans in the United States. With two members from Guatemala/El Salvador, and two from the border town of Nogales, combining the two words into one describes this musical ensemble perfectly.
Danny Brito is a drummer, percussionist, composer and visual artist, who performs locally with Tucson musicians as well as international award-winning artists such as Ry Cooder and Rene Camacho.
Manny Brito, a busy professional in the Southwest region for many years, combines jazz improvisation with his love for music from the barrio, as in Cumbias, Corridos and Boleros, to bring a heartfelt performance on both guitar and bass.
A native of El Salvador, Amilcar Guevara first learned to play marimba and then piano and keyboards. He brings a colorful style with jazz influenced harmonies to the group.
Born in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, J.C. Burgos moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15. His sweet and clear tenor voice has been shaped by his cross-cultural experiences, allowing him to sing in multiple musical styles.
The Guanachicano Project’s single, Volver a los Diecisiete, is available as a download at their website: www.dannybritomusic.com/guanchicano
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer