What to expect? Lyrical elegance and combustible rhythm. A strong rhumba-flamenco element, which might suggest something along the lines of the Gipsy Kings, right? Well, yes and no. "When we step on the tempo, things do get fiery like that group," says Roger Ebacher, the multi-instrumentalist probably best known for playing that crazy penny whistle soprano flute thing, who Tavano tapped as the project's percussionist. "But I think our stuff has more dynamic range and stylistic variety." And, of course, there's the fact that the Latin Quarter is instrumental. "It's not all caliente and high blood pressure," he says, "caliente," of course, a Spanish word meaning "hot" temperature-wise, but also nod-nod, wink-wink, having subtle sexual connotations. "There's also a beautiful sense of restraint and delicacy in some of the pieces to contrast with the real hot numbers. Within a broad style, the compositions are actually rather diverse, which points up another unique thing about the music — it's all original, and we are not a flamenco cover or tribute band."
In addition to Ebacher, who has just released "Salt Air," a new EP with The Air Department, his new band, the Latin Quarter features guitarist Benjamin Goldbaum, a longtime guitar instructor at Haverhill Music Center who performs with Channel Vessel, and and bassist Paul Eddy, who currently performs in several Boston-area acts, including The Stimulantes.
The band performs at 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at the The Actor's Studio, 50 Water St., Tannery Mill #1, Suite #5. Tickets are $15, or $13 for students and seniors. Reservations are strongly suggested. For more information, call 978.465.1229.