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Calma finds the excellent Cuban pianist Omar Sosa in a reflective mood. Sosa has played in a number of styles with a number of different groups, including Koral y Esmeralda and Koan Fussion, but here he is alone with a grand piano. (On some tracks he also deftly uses other instruments, all of which he plays live along with the acoustic piano.) The album opens with “Sunrise,” a spare, prayerful piano statement with barely audible electronics faintly hovering in the background. “Walking Together,” which finds Sosa playing acoustic and electric piano simultaneously, has an ambient quality that fans of George Winston might enjoy. A Middle Eastern/North African vibe imbues the mellow “Oasis,” where electric piano and other quiet touches add color to the music. On “Aguas,” the sound of splashing water, children’s voices, and percussion accompany piano that displays a sense of grandeur, while “Dance of Reflection” hints at Sosa’s engagement with classical music. Calma closes with “Sunset,” which quietly brings to mind Native American music.

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Music for peace and tranquility

We live in a time of unparalleled turbulence. Nature unravels itself into disastrous proportions while men strip the resources of our precious planet to use against one another. It's rare that something musically precise anchors into our psyches to set off a feeling of deep meditation and relaxation. Calmameaning calm, the 16th or so album by the incredible Omar Sosa has the extraordinary artistry, sensitivity and passion to deliver something that truly is what it is called.

Omar has been at the cutting edge of innovation and extending musical styles while merging folkloric trends since he began recording back in the 1980s. He's an international icon, original in every way and exciting to experience.

On his very latest recording he introduces us musically to the feelings of life and passions. From the opening notes of his piece, sunrise, one senses the extraordinary moments of early morning. Omar has the uncanny sensitivity of touching each note as if it was somehow prepared as something from an out of body experience. This music will touch you, move you and will make your soul sing with all its original harmonies, patterns and musical nuances to deliver your spirit to a somewhat higher elevation. For Omar is a genuine poet in the sense of being spare and highly selective for each note that he touches and decides to play. And he has the ability to make each note soar and diminish to a greater dimension than is actually played.

If you've never experienced any of this man's music I would urge you to go back to any of his earlier recordings to accumulate his experiences and then come back to Calma once again to get the feeling and sense of his cumulative artistry


Omar Sosa has the magic to captivate and calm. He feels each note before he hits the key. Amazing album!!!


Omg his voice is amazing! His songs are so meaningful! I just love every bit! This may not be some rapper but I am only 14 and this is way better!



Born: April 10, 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Multi-instrumentalist Omar Sosa was born on April 10, 1965, in Camaguey, Cuba. At the age of five, Sosa began studying music at the Escuela Provincial de Musica in Camaguey, which led to his intense study of drums and percussion at two other schools during the late '70s/early '80s: Cuba's Escuela Nacional de Musica and Instituto Superior de Arte. Sosa then began to teach percussion to children before he created the group Tributo in 1986, for which Sosa penned and oversaw the material for two of their...
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