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The Richard Padrón Group  is a sextet fronted by Emily Braden and Michelle Walter Palmieri, performing original compositions, and arrangements composed by Richard Padrón.  Stylistically the music is timba-jazz mixed with other elements.  Unlike most Cuban ensembles the guitar takes the lead in this format completely replacing the piano, and as a result creating more space.  The ensemble can perform for dancers or in a concert hall. The music moves semelessly between inventive and exploratory improvisations, to densely packed montuno sections where the focus is making people dance.  We have master percussioninst Roman Diaz taking care of all of our Afro-Cuban rhythmic needs.  Long time friend Kenny Grohowski is painting on the drums. Laying down the solid bass line is Dan Martinez. We are currently mixing our second volume to our first installment, Cuban Reflections.

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Emily Braden-vocals

Michelle Palmieri-vocals, percussion

Kenny Grohowski-drums

Roman Diaz-percussion, voice

Dan Martinez-acoustic bass

Richard Padrón-electric guitar