Cuba / Canada
Afro Cuban Roots and Jazz
Women-led contemporary Afro-Cuban roots and jazz

Taking its name from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban and other global rhythms with jazz, folk and classical forms.

Living and collaborating in the intensely multicultural city of Toronto has enriched OKAN’s compositions with influences from Brazil, Spain and New Orleans. Having performed at the Beaches, Toronto and Markham Jazz Festivals as well as Harbourfront, Lulaworld Kultrun and the National Arts Centre, OKAN will tour Canada and the U.S. in 2019/20.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts.

Both are JUNO winners and GRAMMY nominees for their work with Battle of Santiago and their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque of which they are former members.

Backed by some of the Canada’s finest jazz and Latin players such as Miguel de Armas, Roberto Riveron, Frank Martinez, Bill King, Danae Olano, Jeremy Ledbetter, Pablosky Rosales, Alexis Baro and Reimundo Sosa and with ample experience on both large and intimate stages, OKAN usually performs as a Quintet.

May 9, 2019 9:00 pm Good Kind Productions/Polyphonic Ground, Drom and Aga Khan Museum Presents