Night & Day

September 3 - 9, 1998

september 9
Don't ask us why Cuban musician Orlando "Maraca" Valle goes by the nickname "Maraca." We know nothing about his percussion abilities. All we know is that he plays the flute -- really well. He took up the instrument as a ten-year-old. His professional career began with stints in orchestras led by Bobby Carcasses and Emiliano Salvador. In 1988 Valle joined the Cuban jazz-fusion supergroup Irakere, where he served for six years as flutist, keyboard player, composer, and arranger, and with whom he toured the world. He launched his solo career in 1994, producing award-winning albums for others, recording his own (which garnered favorable reviews), and forming the band Otra Vision. Valle and his band have gone on the road, too, and released the albums Havana Calling (1996) and most recently Sonando, which features Cuban music legends such as Compay Segundo and Barbarito Torres. Tonight at 9:00 at Amnesia, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, hear Valle and Otra Vision perform, direct from Havana, along with special guests Torres and Pio Leyva, a member of the acclaimed rumberos Los Munequitos de Matanzas. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-531-6699. (

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