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Bobby Sanabria at the Aspen Ideas Festival

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International percussionist and drummer Bobby Sanabria joins world leaders from all over the globe at The Aspen Ideas Festival, to be held June 29th through July 5th 2009 in Aspen, Colorado. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic Magazine the annual event has sizzled up a stimulating and inspiring festival of presentations, lectures, panels, and debates. The event will also host architect Frank Gehry, painter and photographer Chuck Close, and Director Damian Woetzel. The festival will also include actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Executive Producer WGBH Elizabeth Deane, and the president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Mr. Sanabria will be part of an elite panel that will focus on Latin Music USA, a new documentary about the musical fusions that have deeply enriched popular music in the US for over more than eight decades. Produced by a world-class production team at WGBH and the BBC, Latin Music USA invites the audience into the vibrant musical dialogue between Latinos and non-Latinos that has helped shape the history of popular music in the United States. This ground breaking film is slated to premiere during Hispanic Heritage month and will air on PBS and BBC on October 12, 2009 (episodes 1 and 2) and October 19 (episodes 3 and 4).

“Bobby has been an amazing resource for Latin Music USA. His deep understanding of Afro-Cuban music as well as Jazz and his relentless talent are priceless to this project, “ explained Pamela A. Aguilar, producer, Latin Music USA. “We are grateful for his contributions!"

“I am very excited to be a part of such a prestigious lineup of world leaders and business luminaries that will be attending the festival" says Bobby Sanabria. He adds, “I'm looking forward to discussing the upcoming documentary Latin Jazz USA, as it will shed light on how Latin music has had a deeper a broader reach than most people realize." The Aspen Ideas Festival brings together people from different fields and offers a one-of-a-kind event to share, connect, and transform their ideas. Audiences will get to know Bobby Sanabria and explore the musical fusions that have enriched America's popular music.

Bobby Sanabria continues to deliver to a myriad of listeners across the world with a diverse body of work that includes three Grammy nominations for his solo CD's. His most recent album in 2009, Kenya Revisited Live! (Jazzheads Records) has him conducting the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Kenya Revisited “Live" is a unique interpretation with new arrangements of the legendary Kenya album originally released in 1958. The original album featured alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, trumpeter Joe Newman and conga virtuoso Candido Camero-who graces the present-day recording of the Kenya repertoire an incredible 50 years later. Chip Boaz of The Latin Jazz Corner writes “Bobby Sanabria is leading this charge… on a creative ride through one of the most important albums in Latin Jazz history on Kenya Revisited Live."

Bobby Sanabria is a drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, filmmaker, multicultural warrior and educator. Maestro Sanabria has been featured on numerous Grammy-nominated albums, including his own Grammy nominated Live & In Clave!!!, 50 Years of Mambo-A Tribute to Damaso Perez Prado, and most recently for Big Band Urban Folktale. He has performed and recorded with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Candido, Chico O'Farrill, Paquito D'Rivera, and the creator of the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition, Mario Bauz. Bobby co-produced the documentary The Palladium-Where Mambo Was King, for the BRAVO network, which received the 2003 IMAGEN Award for Best Documentary for Cable TV as well as the 2007 ALMA Award for, From Mambo to Hip Hop - A South Bronx Tale, for PBS. Sanabria is an associate professor at the New School University's Jazz & Contemporary Music Program and a professor at the Manhattan School of Music. Bobby has been the recipient of many awards, including induction in 2006 into The Bronx Walk of Fame where he has a street named after him and the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award by KOSA for his outstanding accomplishments in jazz and Latin music both as a performer and educator.

For more than 50 years, the Aspen Institute has been the nation's premier gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. The Aspen Institute seeks to engage a broader audience in a discussion of some of the significant ideas and issues that touch all parts of our society as found in the arts, science, culture, religion, philosophy, economics, and politics. With the partnership of The Atlantic, the festival offers a stimulating and invigorating celebration of some of the liveliest minds on the stage today. The 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival will engage its participants in a variety of programs, tutorials, seminars and discussion events that together are guaranteed to charge the atmosphere with vibrant intellectual exchange.

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