Como Asesinar a Felipes, Live in Quito – a Nine-Image Gallery

SebaBala (l) and Koala Contreras of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito

Part of Sunday’s closing concert for the Ecuador Jazz 2015 Festival was Como Asesinar a Felipes, CAF for short, a band from Chile whose moody jazz / hip hop fusion was unlike anything I’ve heard before.

To be clear, those descriptors really just scratch the surface of the undefinable sound I listened to on Sunday afternoon. Let’s call it experimental hip hop with a cool contemporary urban Latin edge. Gritty and unpredictable but at times calm too, like the Santiago streets where the band was formed.

This is how koolarrow records, their US label, describes their sound:

Describing their sound as “fusion between hiphop and jazz” might sound cliche, until one appreciates how their unique approach to the moodier, and darker aspects of these genres (think Coltrane, Company Flow, McCoy Tyner, Immortal Technique, Bill Evans) painted on a psychic canvas in saturated technicolor, against a backdrop of post-Pinochet Chile.

Their contemporary meld of style and sound was an interesting contrast to the performance by Totó La Momposina, Colombia’s Queen of cumbia, that followed, but it fit.

So yes, I’m now a huge fan. And I really want to find the shirt vocalist Koala Contreras was wearing.

CAF’s website, operacion.cl, is here, their Youtube channel here, and a selection of about 40 songs on Spotify are here. Seek them out.

Eight more images below. Enjoy!

Koala Contreras, vocalist, Como Asesinar a Felipes
Koala Contreras, vocalist, Como Asesinar a Felipes

DJ Sp@cio and Bass Player SebaBala of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
DJ Sp@cio and Bass Player SebaBala of Como Asesinar a Felipes
Bass Player SebaBala of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Bass Player SebaBala of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Drummer Metraca of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Drummer Metraca of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Keyboardist Gabo of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Keyboardist Gabo of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Vocalist Koala Contreras of Como Asesinar a Felipes
Great t-shirt. Vocalist Koala Contreras of Como Asesinar a Felipes
Keyboardist Gabo and Vocalist Koala Contreras of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Keyboardist Gabo and Vocalist Koala Contreras of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, March 2015
Bass Player SebaBala and Vocalist Koala Contreras of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, Mar 2015
Bass Player SebaBala and Vocalist Koala Contreras of Como Asesinar a Felipes in Quito, Mar 2015

All images © Bob Ramsak 2015. All rights reserved. For editorial use, please check out the images I filed for Demotix. Or, simply get in touch. Enjoy!

 

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