Manane was born from its creators: Mariela Flores and Miguel Ángel Wong, as means of expressing a desire which would allow them to deliver their art. With restless energy, they arranged, composed, and put together a group of talented musicians that helped put forward Miguel’s creations. Manane officializes its status as a band in 2013 and sets itself for tv shows, radio programs, and national festivals and awards. The first demo tape titled Manane brought them a nomination at CubaDemo 2012 and they took home the award for Best Design. The song Mírame was included in the nominations for Best Song category at prestigious festival Cuerda Viva 2014, which they won. Manane is a young promising project that relates to contemporary music, stepping away from the boundaries set by traditional popular genres from Cuba, even though it incorporates certain Cuban key elements in its music. Most notable influences are jazz, canción, afrocuban and traditional rhythms and latin pop: when incorporating these ingredients to the music they gel together like in a recipe from a cook book, conforming a novel sound.
Miguel Ángel Wong Díaz coleads Manane along with Mariela Flores Iriarte. He: composer, arranger and musical producer of new album Camino Viejo. She: lead voice and creator of the band image on the media. They conform together the essence of Manane.
The first demo was named after the group, it was the first experience with some of the songs included, with variations, in the new album Camino Viejo. It produced the awards CubaDemo 2012 and Cuerda Viva 2014.
Voices Mariela Flores Iriarte /Backup voices Alejandro Mendoza Suárez and Miguel Ángel Wong Díaz /Drums, congas, miscellany, contrabass, guitar bass, guitars, cuban tres Miguel Ángel Wong Díaz /Keyboards Heber Alberto Méndez Gómez /Trumpet in Cómo andar tranquila Julio Rigal /Trombones in Navegando Alejandro Mendoza Suárez /Arrangements and programming Miguel Ángel Wong Díaz /Vocal arrangements Mariela Flores Iriarte /Recording and mastering (1 to 6) Osvaldo Padrón Gonzáles and Miguel Ángel Wong Díaz, 6, 7 Moisés Whittaker Álvarez /Musical production Miguel Ángel Wong Díaz and Mariela Flores Iriarte /Graphic design Damián Flores Iriarte.
Manane presents a special project, in collaboration with the experienced canadian musicians Jean François Martel and Alain Labrosse. In the album named Camino Viejo, 9 songs from different authors was produced. Miguel Ángel presents 5 of his own compositions and arranges all the songs, that got their final sound thanks to the teamwork made with Jean François Martel.
Voices Mariela Flores Iriarte /Guitars, Cuban Tres and backup voices Miguel Ángel Wong /Contrabass, guitar bass Jean François Martel /Guitar bass Miguel Ángel Wong (2) /Trumpet Maikel González /Clarinet, saxophone Idisan Aldana /Flute Raúl Bonet /Trombones Marlon Bello and Eduardo Sandoval /Drums Carlos Valdés Basante and Deyvis Rubarcaba (7) /Percussion Deyvis Rubarcaba and Miguel Ángel Wong (2) /Batás Alain Labrosse, Carlos Valdés Basante and Deyvis Rubarcaba Iznaga /Piano, backup voices Julián Guitiérrez, Keyboards Heber Méndez (9) Backup voices Juan Kemell and Yuri Tejada. Composing Miguel Ángel Wong (1, 2, 3, 5, 8) Julián Gutiérrez (4, 6, 9) Carlos Cuba and Paseiro (7) /Executive and general production Miguel Ángel Wong, Jean François Martel and Mariela Flores Iriarte /Music production Miguel Ángel Wong and Jean François Martel /Arrangements and orchestration Miguel Ángel Wong in collaboration with Jean François Martel /Recording, editing and mix Miguel Ángel Wong /Mastering Roberto Miranda /Recorded in Manane Records (Cuba), Extra recording of contrabass in Dave´s Studio (Canada) /Graphic design Mariela Flores Iriarte /Illustrator Damián Flores Iriarte /Photography Mariela Flores Iriarte and Miguel Ángel Wong Díaz /Translation Mariela Flores Iriarte.
Live videos highly realistic and non edited on three tracks included in the album Camino Viejo, produced by Manane Records in 2018. Playing along the guitar Miguel Ángel Wong, also author of the songs and musical director, voice: Mariela Flores, base: Jean François Martel, congas: Alain Labrosse, drums: Carlos Basante and Clarence Corbeil, Denis on minor percussion and Maykel González in the trumpet.
Camino Viejo live
Jean-François Martel graduated of UQTR in jazz and of the Conservatoire de Trois-Rivières in classical music, his studies put him in contact with a wide range of musical styles. He also studied and gave courses at the Bass Center in New York under the supervision of jazzman John Patitucci. He collaborates with Helmut Lipsky in the production of musical scores for film and the internet. His interest for latin music lead him to La Habana where he studied with Cachaito López. He also was part of Cuban drummer, Ignacio Berroa´s group at the Montreal Drumfest. His cooperation with the album Camino Viejo as co-producer, is a significant contribution to the final sound of the album.
Alain Labrosse studied music in New York with Don Alias (Miles Davis, Chick Corea) and Karl Perazzo in San Francisco (Santana), with Alberto Villareal and Julio López (klimax) at La Habana, studied the afro-cuban music. He works as freelance musician for moreover 35 years with jazzman as Michel Cusson, Paul Brochu, Jean Pierre Zannela, Bernard Primea, Gino Vanelli and the pop artist Ginette Reno. Tours around Europe and the Caribbean for 6 months with his band Queba. Recorded 80 albums (pop and jazz) with different artists, plays in 6 themes for cinema, winner of a FELIX for best jazz album of the year with Michel Cusson and the Wild Unit. Teaches at the college Marie Victorin of Montreal for 20 years.
Alain Labrosse recording batás with Manane at Manane Records
Yuri Tejeda, Juan Kemel and Mariela Flores recording Camino Viejo at Manane Records
Marlon Bello and César Filiú recording with Manane the album Camino Viejo, by Manane Records
Idisan Aldana recording with Manane at Manane Records
Jean-Françoise Martel, bass player
Deyvis Rubarcaba recording batás at Manane Records
Deivys Rubarbaca, recording Camino Viejo with Manane at Manane Records
Alain Labrosse, percussionist
Fragments of the concert pre_release of the album Camino Viejo, at Les Loubards, Sherbrooke, Canada, in October 2018. We shared stage with great musicians and friends.
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Mariela Flores: “ Months ago we submitted a project for production of Algo Más video clip to the El Reino de Este Mundo grant and it won (…) When you start a band, you must toil hard. I was into musicians’ contracts, rehearsal schedules, planning shows (…).
Mariela Flores has a sui generis feature within Cuban musicians, because before starting her cultural studies, she mastered Biology at Havana University.
How was the transition from science to arts?
“ Independent productions usually become the only alternative so that young artists can develop their projects. It is very hard to get a foothold on established publishing firms, because they don’t like to gamble on artists they don’t already know and whose success is undetermined. (…) We found that way to do our work, because we can’t let it happen that a musician gets to be silenced. That’s when the frustration finds its way in. Creators can’t wait in line to enter into established publishing firms because that might never happen at all”.
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Miguel Ángel: (…) to talk about the genre we work, we need to mention the critical eye that we procure to keep, in order to avoid concessions with our work, without forgetting the music market. Making it simple, has always been for the producers, fundamental thing for marketing, and that is another angle we like to look after. We present our creations as not so simple but loaded with good arrangements, that is our way to express what´s inside, brought outside for the ones looking for new music”.
Miguel Ángel: a great part of my family has had abundant skills with manual activities and arts (…), even in times of parties and fun, I preferred to hang around with my guitar, something that I appreciate now, because without being aware of it, I was building the foundation of my profession today.
Even when I preferred consuming other genres as jazz and fusion, I couldn’t refuse to cultivate that strong influence of ours as it is the changüí and the son (…) All the different music groups and formats that I´ve integrated in the past, had made a significant contribution to what I get to produce nowadays”.