Legendary salsa performer Larry Harlow will hold a master class and also perform with Salsa Del Rio Oct. 9-10 at Texas State University.
Harlow will hold his master class seminar Oct. 9 from 2-5 p.m. in room 216 of the Music Building on campus. He will give a special performance during “Salsa Night,” accompanied by Texas State ’s Salsa Del Rio, from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 10 at George’s in the LBJ Student Center . All events are free and open to the public.
Salsa bandleader and keyboardist Harlow, known as “El Judío Maravilloso,” was one of the pivotal influences in the salsa explosion of the ’70s. A Jewish-American New Yorker, he proved that musicians didn’t need to be Latino in order to be an innovator of Afro-Caribbean music. His densely textured keyboard solos highlight such classic salsa anthems as “La Cartera” and “Señor Sereno.” A tireless promoter of tropical music, he has produced dozens of albums, created the all-female orchestra, Latin Fever, and was an integral in the establishment of a Latin music category in the Grammy Awards, which was instituted in 1975.
The event is sponsored by the Texas State School of Music-Multicultural Ensembles. For more information, call (512) 245-2651.
— JAYME BLASCHKE