Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician, Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Tom was born and raised in Mexico City, and moved to Canada in his teens. In the mid nineties he formed the Folk Roots band, The Paperboys, who have been touring world-wide for over 20 years. Tom has always dabbled in Latin music, and in 2005 decided to immerse himself more into genre, and started working on material for an album. In 2006 he was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study traditional Mexican Music in Veracruz, Mexico. Tom spent his days learning the jarana (an 8 string guitar), and learning songs from the Son Jarocho repertoire. Upon his return to Canada, Tom started working on what would be Locarno’s debut CD.
In 2009 Tom decided it was high time to make the album he had been threatening to make. He joined forces with producer Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Adonis Puentes, Cowboy Junkies) and trumpeter Miguelito Valdes (Omara Portoundo, Afro Cuban All Stars) who helped bring the album to life. In 2010 Locarno released ‘Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos’ The music was a mix of Son Jarocho inspired folk tunes with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The album went on to be nominated for a WCMA and garnered rave reviews.
Since then the band has honed in on their sound and incorporated more of their influences such as music from Columbia, African Sukous, Mexican Marimba Music, Venezuelan Joropo and Brazilian Forro Music. Perhaps where the band shines the most is in the live shows which features Tom Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on violin, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timbales, Pedro Mota on guitar an vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick La Rivere on trombone.
Locarno launched their second CD, ‘Luz Y Sombra’ in November 2015. The new CD is a great mix of all the different Latin idioms the band plays, and features 10 original songs, and two traditional Mexican folk songs. The CD was nominated for a Western Canada Music Award in the spring of 2016. As the CBC’s Michael Juk says, “Don’t miss the chance to see this band. You’ll find yourself singing their praises too”
LOCARNO - CV
Curriculum Vitae - Locarno
Folk and World Music Festivals
* Calgary Folk Festival
* Mission Folk Festival
* Juan De Fuca Festival of The Arts. Port Angeles, Wa.
* Canmore Folk Festival
* Sunshine Music Folk Festival. Powell River, BC.
* Harrison Festival of The Arts
* Harmony Arts Festival. West Vancouver, BC.
* M is for Mundial. Montreal, QC
* Starbelly Jam Festival. BC
* Surrey Fusion Festival. Surrey, BC
* Discovery Music Fest. Bella Coola, BC.
* Albuquerque BioPark Music Series. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* World Music Festival. Luxembourg.
* Rochester, NY Jazz Festival
* Vancouver Jazz Festival.
* Victoria Jazz Festival.
* Toronto Jazz Festival.
*Folk Alliance Conference - Official Showcase
*Pacific Contact- BC
*M is For Mundial- Montreal QC
TV and Radio
CBC Radio. North By Northwest
CBC Mexican Day of The Dead Special. Filmed by CBC
CKUA Interview. Alberta
Urban Rush TV Show- Vancouver
* Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos. Released June 2010.
* Luz y Sombra - November 2015
Locarno's approach is so genuine and so welcome for audiences who enjoy great song writing, a respect for tradition, a searching musical curiosity, and virtuoso performance skills. Their compelling blend of Mexican, Cuban and North American popular music delivered with exuberant energy is a winning combination.
It now seems inevitable that a band like Locarno would eventually unlock the secret of doing music in such a fresh way. What is so fortunate for Vancouverites, though, is that we can claim the band as our very own. But hey, there's no reason we can't share them with the rest of the world too. Don't miss the opportunity to experience Locarno live if they ever pass through your town. You'll find yourself singing their praises too.