Colombian percussionist and composer Samuel Torres, has been called “at once intelligent, sophisticated, and explosive” by JazzTimes. He premieres Forced Displacement, which explores his country’s indigenous and Afro-Colombian musical roots and gives voice to the dynamic range of the conga drums supported by a Latin jazz ensemble. Through the rhythmic, melodic, coloristic and harmonic developments of traditional Colombian music, Forced Displacement also explores the different factors of human displacement due to the armed-conflict in Colombia.
Torres’ long-standing ensemble included Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson and Puerto Rican bassist John Benitez (both of whom have lived and played music in Colombia), Cuban pianist Manuel Valera, and American horn players Michael Rodriguez on trumpet and Joel Frahm on saxophones. Members also included Marshall Gilkes on trombone and Jonathan Gomez on Afro-Colombian percussion.