Dayron Ortega

photo: Michael Labrie

Dayron Ortega graduated from the ENA in 1996 as a guitarist. His first professional musical group was “Son del Río” in Havana, of which he was the founder. A year later, he became part of the “Melao Son” project, with which he made his first International Tour in Canada. In 2000, he was called to be the founder of the project “Pancho Amat and his Cabildo del Son,” in which he performed as an instrumentalist and vocalist (guitar), until the beginning of 2015. With this group he made international tours to different countries: Spain, Italy, Vienna, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, United States, Canada, Qatar, Japan, and Angola.

He was the musician and arranger of the group “El Niño y la Verdad” of the Provincial Music Company Antonio María Romeu, where he currently works.

Ortega worked on the ABRAZO, INTERSECTIONS, and CHÉVERE projects, which collected works by American authors of the record label PARMA Recording and had them performed by Cuban musicians. In these and future projects, Ortega participates as arranger and musical producer. He has shared stages with important figures of the cultural world, national and international, such as Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanés, Sara González, Frank Delgado, David Álvarez, Rochy, Augusto Blanca, Martha Campos, Javier Colina, El Cigala, María Victoria Rodríguez, Barbarito Torres, Miriam Ramos, Corina Mestre, Víctor Víctor, Andy Montañez, Edwin Colón, Tata Güines, Papín, Emilio Morales, Tiburón Morales, Los Santos Brothers, Joaquín Clerch, Dominic Miller, Algeria Fragoso, Eduardo Sosa, Fran Fernández, and others. He is a member of the UNEAC.

Albums

Espontáneo: The Abdala Sessions

Release Date: December 14, 2018
Catalog Number: AR0012
21st Century
Cuban
Jazz
Guitar
Percussion
In Havana, recording sessions are done a little differently. Musicians and producers gather at recording studios, where a well-stocked bar and ample Wi-Fi are available in the lobby. A sense of ease and relaxation permeates the air -- people gather not just to produce recordings, but to create art with each other in a communal music experience.
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Chévere

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Catalog Number: AR0005
21st Century
Chamber
World
Percussion
Piano
String Quartet
Ansonica Records’ new release CHÉVERE richly explores and demonstrates the myriad cultural intersections that have recently become available to American and Cuban musicians. The album came together at a recording session that took place in Havana, Cuba in the month of January in 2017. The release presents a variety of collaborations between American, or American-based, composers and Cuban instrumentalists, arrangers, singers, and composers. Some of these connections are relatively straightforward, while others are more nuanced and personal; yet, they all enrich the compositions on CHÉVERE with the energy unique to the interaction of two powerful musical traditions.
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South County

Release Date: September 8, 2017
Catalog Number: AR0004
21st Century
Cuban
Jazz
Flute
Guitar
Maykel Elizade’s SOUTH COUNTY makes the case for becoming the definitive collection of son cubano. Building on a Cuban tres foundation, this recording takes listeners on a sonic tour of the island nation. Cultural standards “Corazon Rebelde” and “Gracias a La Vida” are interwoven with Elizarde’s own compositions including the “Condado Sur.” The album opens with a spoken intro asking listeners to compare the music to an ajiaco –a traditional Cuban stew—in which many ingredients blend together to create a common taste, and with South County, a common vision.
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