Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of performing with the Brooklyn Troubadour and Cuban artist, Roberto Poveda, at Frost Theatre in Williamsburg. Performing all original music written by Roberto, it was my first gig where I played Cuban Bolero and Afro-Cuban styles on the drum set. I grew up studying these world rhythms and love the clave patterns in 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures, but never had a setting to perform them live outside of my classes at Berklee.
We had a great time playing the show and afterwards Roberto and I decided to start playing regularly under a new project name, simply called, Poveda. Now we are proud to announce the live debut performance of this new project next Thursday, September 19 at Club Bonafide in New York City with Roberto Poveda on guitar, myself on drums, and Loisel Machin and Kai Eric on electric bass.
Our sound is pleasantly hypnotic and laid-back, exploring dynamics rooted in Cuban, Brazilian, Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop and World styes.
Join me next Thursday, September 19 for this special event!
Poveda at Club Bonafide
Thursday, September 19
212 E 52nd St. NYC
8:00 PM | $12
On Saturday, May 18th, Omer Leibovitz returns to Rockwood Music Hall to perform an intimate solo set. The Israeli born, raised in West Africa and New Jersey songwriter, acoustic guitarist, and frontman of NYC’s electric-blues rock band Courtesy Tier, pits together his worldly influence and pop arrangements to create a sound that’s rich in mood.
Rooted in the folk tradition, Leibovitz’s sound goes beyond “the man and his guitar” vibe. He puts emphasis on poignant lyrics and emotive finger picking, enticing listeners to want more. His set list is comprised of originals and stripped-down covers like The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” and Townes Van Zandt’s “Waiting Around To Die”, each one echoing and reinforcing Leibovitz’s position as one of New York’s underground gems.
Omer is currently recording a new EP of originals that we hope to hear later this year. For more information about his music click here.
Frost Theatre of the Arts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn opens its doors again for a special night of original music from Brooklyn Troubadour, Roberto Poveda. Performing a mix of songs spanning across his past three album releases, re-imagined with hints of jazz, soul and R&B, Poveda’s music will take listeners on a trip through the streets of Havana, Cuba and New York City exploring the life of a troubadour.
After years of focusing on the traditional aspects of Cuban and World Music, Roberto Poveda’s new sound captures a more free, jazz centric and holistic approach with an ensemble of musicians which he claims he is “blessed to play with.”
“I wanted to assemble a group of musicians that were talented and open minded to pushing the boundaries of Cuban music, but I was hesitant to actively recruit. I wanted the experience to be authentic and to meet musicians by chance. I met drummer, Layton Weedeman, after running into him several times in my building. We shared a discussion about our love of music and decided to start ‘jamming’ on some ideas. Soon after, we scheduled a session, riffed on some ideas and within seconds of hearing him play, I knew we had something special.”
Joining Roberto this evening will be Havana born traditional bassist Loisel Machin Rodriguez, and drummer Layton Weedeman of the NYC electric-blues rock band, Courtesy Tier. A special performance from Bronx-based poet and songwriter, Bob Gaulke, opens the event.
The Troubadour of Brooklyn is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).