Quarantunes to highlight Cuban Jazz in next live stream
This Friday evening, join the McKissick Museum and their Quarantunes music series in showcasing the great musical talents of Gino Castillo! Born in Quito, Ecuador and raised in Havana, Cuba, Gino Castillo is well known in Charleston as the leader of Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa. Gino first took an interest in drums as early as age five, trading his expensive violin for a beat up drumset. It would be after attending a concert by Grammy Award-winning band Irakere, though, that he would find his true passion: Cuban jazz. Learning from the group’s legendary conguero – or conga drum player – Gino moved to New York for a time until settling in Charleston in 2010.
During his time in South Carolina, Gino Castillo has quickly established a name for himself. He was name Jazz Artist of the Year by the Charleston City Paper in both 2013 and 2014, as well as Independent Tone Awards Jazz Artist of the Year in 2015 and 2016. In addition to being featured on a multitude of albums and countless performances, Gino has collaborated with acts such as the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Lowcountry Latin Jazz Collective, Earl Klugh, and Oscarito Valdés, among many others. Most recently, he leads Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys, as well as Buena Vista Legacy Band, a tribute to the iconic Cuban musicians featured in the documentary film and album, Buena Vista Social Club.
Tune in this Friday, May 15 at 7pm to listen to an amazing performance of Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa. Learn more about Gino Castillo and his career by clicking here!
Quarantunes is just a small piece of McKissick Museum’s mission to support the traditional arts in South Carolina. As you enjoy the sights and sounds of these influential artists, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to support the McKissick Museum. Your support will help ensure the continuation of South Carolina’s traditional arts and FOLKFabulous for years to come.