Band of the hour: Lanzallamas Monfonica

 

They've got spirit, yes they do.

Lanzallamas Monofonica 2
Lanzallamas Monofonica.
 

By Rayme Samuels

Ready for a band you can truly believe in? Lanzallamas Monofonica, a self proclaimed band of healers, brings together the powerful forces of world music that can elevate the spirit through blessings and warm even the coldest heart. With the first half of their name meaning "fire thrower" and the second half meaning "one sound," this hot Miami group isn't shy about their purpose.

While the band hails from diverse backgrounds including New Zealand, Malaysia, Puerto Rico and Mexico, they all share a common admiration for Latin American folklore, jazz, funk, classical and even experimental music. The eclectic crew includes: Fabi Patino (vocals, guitar, cuatro, timbalitos); Cintia Lovo (vocals, hand percussion); Kenneth Metzker (congas, cajon, steel pan, world percussion); Allison Irvine (5 string violin, vocals, Diogo Brown (bass); Iva Palma (drums); Camilo "Tumbao" Sierra (piano, synthesizer, vocals) and Patrick Converse (trumpet, flugel horn).

On top of a busy gig schedule in Miami, LM already has exciting summer plans, including recording a live and studio album, an east coast tour and the ubiquitous music video. Singing predominately in Spanish but reaching all audiences with their rhythms, that band has already created a repertoire of hypnotic and jazzy songs like "Rumba Chueca," "Vive" and "Louder."

"Every musician has a unique voice, but not all search for it," described band leader Patino, former lead singer, percussionist and song writer for Suenalo. Some of the best songs I've written stretch over months and even years of contention. Overall, we bring our influence and articulate our instruments to blend with one another."

Visit the band's website at www.lanzamusica.com

Published: 1/09

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