Nicky Laboy – percussion (iyá) / Mike Ringquist – percussion (itótele) / Julian Loida – percussion (okónkolo)
INÃ plays, interprets, and reinterprets music of the African-Diaspora specifically through the traditional musics of Cuba and Brazil. Having just started in May of 2016, INÃ has already performed all around Boston at The Lilypad, Gallery 263, New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall, CityPOP Egleston, The Museum of Fine Arts for Make Music Boston, Arts at the Armory, and Magnolia Loft presented by Journeys in Sound (under their previous name “Bata Boston”). Through the use of singers and drummers they engage their audience with vocal harmonies, dancing, and drumming.
Percussionist, arranger, and bandleader Julian Loida leads this Afro-Cuban collective as he collaborates features eager students to master professionals together in performance as he seek to keep this music alive in the Boston area. This Club Passim performance features master Afro-Cuban drummer Nicky Laboy Cajadura as well as Michael Ringquist, a longtime Associate Professor of Percussion at the Berklee College of Music. This performance will premier the use of batá drums, a traditional Cuban hand-drum, in Club Passim.