Cabanijazz Project: Passionate Border-Defying Music For a Post-Trump Era.

The Debut Album INFRASONIC By Percussionist Javier Cabanillas of GRAMMY® Award-Winning Latin Big Band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Is Set For Release On May 1, 2018.


“Today, Cabanillas is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most respected and busiest congueros.”—Drum Magazine... (read more below)

Cabanijazz Project: Passionate Border-Defying Music For a Post-Trump Era.


The Debut Album INFRASONIC By Percussionist Javier Cabanillas of GRAMMY® Award-Winning Latin Big Band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Is Set For Release On May 1, 2018.


“Today, Cabanillas is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most respected and busiest congueros.”—Drum Magazine.

With the mood in the United States increasingly gloomy, Javier Cabanillas’s debut album as a bandleader, the Cabanijazz Project's INFRASONIC, offers an ecstatic soundtrack for a welcoming Californian Latinx house party. The GRAMMY® Award-winning conga player, composer, and arranger Cabanillas has been making music and crossing the US-Mexican border since childhood. INFRASONIC celebrates his Mexican heritage while drawing on the African-diaspora Latin rhythms that have saturated the Americas while defiantly ignoring national boundaries.


The album opens with “Primavera,” the Spanish word for springtime. It’s an uptempo mambo with overlapping horn hooks delivered with Bay Area native vocalist Juan Luis Perez and French-born Christelle Durandy, who share playful call-and-response lyrics about thanking the sun for providing warmth and strength to cultivate the harvest. It’s Cabanillas’s tribute to Mexican immigrant farm workers (or campesinos) who provide the essential food for our busiest restaurants, culinary schools, and home-cooked meals.

“Domino, Bacanora y Chiltepín” are three of the many characteristic items found in the Mexican state of Sonora. Considering that trombonist Francisco Torres, music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning conga master Poncho Sanchez, is from Sonora, he quickly identified with the title and arranged the tune. The piece jumps back and forth over the barb-wired fence evoking both kinetic, urban Latin jazz and the spacious Sonoran desert landscapes populated by beckoning saguaro cactuses.

Deeply rooted like one of those saguaros, Cabanillas has designed a program of mostly instrumental music that communicates with power and precision (garnering a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine, which described his bluesy cha cha cha as “slinky”).

Michael Rios, the renowned graphic artist and designer best known for his work on Carlos Santana’s blockbuster 1999 album Supernatural, supplied INFRASONIC album’s cover artwork. The imagery captures the essence of Cabanijazz Project's funky-phat-folkloric feeling, with avant retro-style grooves that snap a selfie of an emerging American roots music. For Cabanillas, that’s the intention. He’s creating celebratory music for empowerment, for the love of the countryside. But he’s also here to provide a balm, offering soothing sounds on his tunes “La Cruda” and “Mi Gran Silencio.” Whether aching from a hangover after a night out in The City or from listening to the news, Cabanillas delivers a potent antidote for what’s ailing you.

INFRASONIC is suffused with hella danceable beats marinated in Latin grooves that have run through Cabanillas’s veins since birth. His family hails from northern Mexico, his Grandfather from Culiacán, Sinaloa, and his parents from Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. Although a Bay Area native, Cabanillas began his musical career playing congas in Tijuana’s pop-up flea markets. 

In 2011, Cabanillas’s life experiences led him from tumbling tumbleweeds and tacos of Tijuana to the tech-savvy Telsas of San Francisco. As a self-taught musician without any musical contacts in the Bay Area, he reclaimed his hometown and earned a coveted spot in the powerhouse Pacific Mambo Orchestra. The band’s self-produced album sent shockwaves around the world in 2014 by winning the Grammy Award for best Latin tropical album of the year over superstars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives. From Tijuana to walking the red carpet in Los Angeles, Cabanillas knew he had arrived.

Looking for his next creative challenge, he was determined to capture the spirit of the rapidly evolving region in his music. Relying on his memories of his grandfather’s vinyl records of instrumental banda Sinaloense music for inspiration, he composed a vibrant set of instrumental, organic-border-crossing-Cali-style music. INFRASONIC documents this singular sound, which combines tastefully placed rhythms of mambo, cumbia, and cha cha cha, a dash of soulful Bay Area R&B vocals, and a churning, culturally diverse rhythm section that embodies the disparate Latin music scene of the sanctuary city of San Francisco.  
INFRASONIC is set to be released on May 1, 2018 on all downloaded and streaming outlets. Pre-Own on iTunes is available now.

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Executive Producer: Javier Cabanillas
Producer: Greg Landau and Javier Cabanillas
Recorded at: Bird & Egg Studio in Richmond, CA.
Recorded by: Nino Moschella and Greg Landau
Additional Recording at: Round Whirled Record Studio in Alameda, CA.
Round Whirled Record Studio by: Greg Landau
Record Label: Cabanijazz Records
Mixed by: Carlos Alvarez in Miami, FL.
Mastered by: John Greenham in Los Angeles, CA.
Artwork by: Michael Rios
Design & Layout by: Javier Cabanillas
Arrangers: Francisco Torres, Rolf Johnson, Arron Lington, Jamie Dubberly

Musicians:
Javier Cabanillas - congas, bandleader
Jamie Dubberly - trombone
Ben Torres - clarinet & tenor saxophone
Aaron Lington - baritone saxophone
Omar Ledezma Jr - timbales & vocalist
Brian Andres - drum set
Julio de la Cruz - rhodes piano
Kevin Silveira - bass
Special Guests:
John Santos - minor percussion
Carlos Caro - minor percussion
Christelle Durandy - vocalist
Juan Luis Perez - vocalist
Anthony Blea - violin
Mike Rinta - trombone
Isaac Narell - tenor saxophone
Hermann Lara - chorus
Jose Roberto Hernandez - chorus