Portland Waterfront Blues Festival 2014

Waterfront blues Festival 2014

Seattle-based, world-renowned composer/guitarist Leif Totusek, known for his stunning mastery of wide-ranging world-music genres—particularly Pan-African (Congo/Haiti/Cuba/Mali/NewOrleans) styles with his group, Freestyle Candela—explores with his ensemble, “Candela Blues,” the African roots of blues guitar.

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Portland Waterfront Blues Festival 2013

Waterfront Archive 2013

Leif-Totusek | Waterfront Blues Festival 2013

 

Leif Totusek – guitar/vocals. Ricardo Guity – percussion/vocals. Seattle-based guitarist Leif Totusek, known for his stunning mastery of wide ranging world-music genres — particularly Pan-African (Congo/Haiti/Cuba/New Orleans) styles with his group Freestyle Candela — explores with his new ensemble, “Candela Blues,” …

Leif Totusek 1-2-3 GO Album

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Contact: 206.323.1139 for Bookings
email: freestylecandela@yahoo.com
Album Notes
 
1-2-3 Sparks, Totusek. Jones entitled “GO
(Leif Totusek – guitar, Phil Sparks – bass, Larry Jones, drums)
A Seattle based jazz trio featuring original compositions and more…

 

Track listing

1) sMiles Down (Totusek) 6:35
2) A Shade of Jade (Henderson) 4:46
3) Duniya (Maal/Sow) 4:37
4) Tsunami (Jones) 7:56
5) Oiseau (Totusek) 4:01
6) Arne’s House (Totusek) 4:01
7) What if? (Sparks) 4:26
8) Take the E Line (Totusek) 2:58
9) Sema (Diabaté) 6:17

Recorded @ Quiet Please Recordings by John Metzler. Mastered by Mel Dettmer @ Studio Soli. © all rights reserved 2014. Painting by James Prouty. Graphics by Candela Avenue Studio.

REVIEWS:

Thursday Feb 4 Seattle Art Museum
Leif Totusek & 1-2-3 (Seattle Art Museum) Here’s a chance to catch one of our city’s finest jazz trios. Composed of Leif Totusek on Fender Stratocaster, Phil Sparks on bass and Larry Vincent Jones on drums. 1-2-3 digs into mixed bag of past gems and rumba-influenced originals. They know how to hit from the hip, play it loose, and have fun. James Kirchmer – The Seattle Stranger

Leif Totusek & 1-2-3 (700 Club)
Guitarist Leif Totusek, leader of the soukous-jazz band Freestyle Candela, slings rings of bright harmonies around the tunes he plays, reconstructing standards, latin jazz, and original compositions with African magic. Bassist Phil Sparks plays with warmth and soul, always managing to hit the notes you need to hear at the right time. Larry Jones’ drumming is lush, capable of captivating a night club full of listeners all to his
own. The Trio’s soon-to-be released will explain everything – on the demo tape, their music sounds like something all three of these men are meant to be playing. Trey Hatch – The Seattle Stranger
EARSHOT JAZZ – EASTSIDE SHOWCASE
Feb 26- Leif Totusek & 1-2-3 Guitarist Leif Totusek who is best known as a player of African popular music, appears in his new lineup with two top local talents. Phil Sparks, bass and Larry Jones, drums, in a world-jazz trio that combines the best of the two realms

Rainbow – The Seattle Weekly

Leif Totusek & 1-2-3 (Rainbow) Best known as the flamboyant leader of Freestyle Candela, Seattle Premier African rumba band; Leif Totusek brings his infectious brand of soukous guitar into the realm with his fine trio, featuring Phil Sparks on bass and Larry Vincent Jones on drums. Utilizing the best-heavy influence of African music. 1-2-3 weaves sophisticated poly rhythms around blues, standards and Totuseks originals.
Those in attendance will appreciate the rare pleasure of hearing jazz blossom from one of its strongest, deepest roots. James West – The Seattle Weekly

 

LEIF TOTUSEK “FREESTYLE CANDELA” ALBUM

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”’Freestyle Candela”’ is Artist Leif Totusek’s debut album. A documentation of his Compositions from the 1980s, based on Soukous guitar, Cuban Rumba and inspirations from Hendrix to Haiti.

Track listing

1) “Prim Rose”

2) “Volino”

3) “Cathnor Rd.”

4) “Soukous”

5) “Coming Home”

6) “Oh Fan fan”

7) “Song for Haiti”

8) “Mali”

9) “Papa Franco”

10) “Lovers”

11) “Ashe’ Rumba”

Personnel

• Leif Totusek – vocals – guitar

• Lora Chiorah – vocals

• Tschibangu Kadima – vocals

• Skerik – tenor saxophone

• Scott Gilman – tenor saxophone

• Keith Lowe – Bass

• Ralph Gasparello – bass

• Arne Livingston – bass:

• Marillio Gonzales – percussion:

• Denny “Nicolas” Stern – percussion

• Yonaton Yushpe – percussion

• Tyrone Davis – percussion

• Will Dowd – drum set

• Dale Fanning – drum set

• Erik Rosenthal – drum kit

• Banning Eyre – rhythm guitar

• Harpo – Harmonica

Production

• London Bridge Studio

• Robert Lang Studios (Star Track)

• Sound House Studio

• New Alliance Studio

• Loosegroove Records|Loosegroove Studios

Sound engineers:

• Tom Pfaeffle

• Andrew Murdock

• Rick Senechal

• Rick Vaughn

• Robert Lang

• Mastered @ Hanzek by Mel Dettmer

References

• Boston Phoenix 1996 – December 26, 1996 – January 2, 1997 “Reviews and Features” by Norman Weinstein http://www.leiftotusek.com/images/reviews/fcreviews2.gif

• Banning Eyre/Boston Phoenix, March 22, 1991 Banning Eyre/Boston Phoenix, March 22, 1991 http://www.leiftotusek.com/leif_totusek-phoenix.pdf

• Danny Housman/Seattle Stranger – January 24, 1994 http://www.leiftotusek.com/leif_totusek-stranger.html

Leif Totusek

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Leif Totusek (born 11 May 1964) is an American guitarist, band leader, and composer. He has played, collaborated and been special guest with African Artist Mose Fan Fan, Ali Birra, Geoffrey Oryema, Diblo Dibala, Orchestra Virunga, Tabu Ley Rochereau among others. He is also well versed in the be-bop idiom, and many other musical styles and cultural music.
 

Discography

  • Leif Totusek “Freestyle Candela”
  • Leif Totusek 1-2-3, “Go”
  • The Totusek, Butkovic, Iochev Trio “The Laundry Room Session”
  • The Jamisons, “Banshee”
  • Lora Chiorah & Leif Totusek “Mbira & guitar” Album
 ALBUMS AVAILABLE NOW
Linkedin

• Leif Totusek 1-2-3 GO – Album: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/123sparksjonestotusek

• Leif Totusek “Freestyle Candela” Album: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/leiftotusek

• Lora Chiorah & Leif Totusek “Mbira & guitar” Album https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/lorachiorahleiftotusek

• The Totusek, Butkovic, Iochev Trio Album: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thetotusekbutkoviciochev

• The Jamisons Album: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thejamisons

Contents

  • 1 Early Life
  • 2 Performances
  • 3 Newspaper Articles and Radio Reviews
  • 4 References
  • 5 Discography
  • 6 External Links

Early life

Raised in a musical family on Capitol Hill in Seattle,WA, Totusek began performing at age 15 with Seattle’s F.A.M.E and St. Teresa Gospel choirs and numerous musical groups, including: “Lora and Sukutai”(Zimbabwe), “Paisley Sin”(Seattle-grunge), with “M.T.Q.” [aka Martin Totusek Quintet] (jazz and blues originals, standards, and the music of Thelonious Monk) at the 1987 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, and others.
At age 17, he traveled to London and immersed himself in the London ethnic jazz scene. He toured with Soukous veteran Mose se Fan Fan, (former member of the late Franco Luambo Makiadi and TPOK Jazz) and his group “Somo Somo” – members included: Roy Dodds, John Glyn, Huw Warren, Doreen Webster, T. Daniel Howard. He also performed with Nigerian jazz artist Gasper Lawal “The African Oro Band” – Salah Dawson Miller’s World fusion band “Orquesta Chakckouka” – Eddie Edem “Hi-life” and with many other world and jazz musicians. In 1982, Leif first created his jazz influenced band “Freestyle Candela” adding Arne Livingston on bass and percussionist Mamadi Kamara on percussion in 1984. It was called “Seattle Jazz” then “Freestyle” before settling on “Freestyle Candela”.
At age 26, Totusek moved to Boston, hiring local musicians Joshua Redman, Mark Turner (musician), Scott Gilman, and Jessica Lurie. Blending Soukous, blues, and jazz in his compositions, he helped popularize Zairian soukous guitar in the Boston music scene. He also performed and recorded with the Senegalese band “Ibrahima Camara and Safal”.
At age 29, Totusek returned to Seattle, creating his new band name Freestyle Candela. “Today Totusek resides in Seattle still performing shows with his groups “Leif Totusek and 1-2-3”, “Freestyle Candela” and other artists.
 
FREESTYLE CANDELA:
LEIF TOTUEK & 1-2-3
  • 2018 – 1/5/18 Latona Pub
  • 2017 – Latona Pub
  • 2016 – The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2016 – Seattle Public Library – Seattle PlayBack
  • 2015 – High Point Community Center
  • 2014 – March 24 High Point Neighborhood House
  • 2013 – January 4 Latona Pub GEP Foundation: Groupe en Priere (“Group in Prayer”) Haiti Benefit Show
  • 2012 – HighPoint Bataan Park Grand Opening
  • 2011 – September 2 – Colombia City Beat Walk
  • 2010 – Latona Pub
  • 2009 August 13 Earshot Jazz “The Art of Jazz” Seattle Art Museum
  • 2007 August 5 The Royal Esquire Club
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 The Triple Door
  • 2006 Jazz in the Park, Seward Park Amphitheatre [1]
  • 2002/2009 Earshot JazzSeattle Art Museum
  • 2002 Experience Music Project Museum of Pop Culture . . .
BOKA KOUYATE – DJELIYAH BAND
  • 2017 Festival Sundiata – Seattle Center
  • 2017 World Rhythm Festival – Seattle Center
  • 2016 Columbia City Theater – Seattle, WA
  • 2016 Mamaya @ Seward Park Amphitheater
  • 2016 Festival Sundiata – Seattle Center
  • 2016 World Rhythm Festival- Seattle Center
  • 2016 The Triple Door
  • 2016 Kunta Kinteh Island Tacoma Film premier – Life Center Central
  • 2015 Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
GEOFFREY OREYEMA
LORA AND SUKUTAI MARIMBA AND DANCE ENSEMBLE
SOMO SOMO
IBRAHIMA CAMARA
ALI BIRRA
ORQUESTA CHAKCHOUKA
BILL SUMMERS
  • “Bill Summers (musician)” “Hands Across America” 1986 The Bagley Wright Theatre. . .

Newspaper articles and Radio Reviews

FREESTYLE CANDELA:
  • Banning Eyre/Boston Phoenix, March 22, 1991 [2]
  • Norman Weinstein/NPR (Monitor Radio) Dec. 13,1996
  • Danny Housman/Seattle Stranger – January 24, 1994 [3]
  • Fernando Gonzalez Boston/ Globe – Friday, March 6, 1992
  • Boston Music Awards March 2, 1992
  • James Kirchmer/The Stranger 1999 1-2-3 review [4]
  • James Kirchmer/The Stranger 1999 [5]
  • James Kirchmer/The Stranger 2000 FREESTYLE CANDELA [6]
  • David Meinert/Seattle Weekly 2002
  • Erik Neumann/Seattle Weekly 2009 [7][8]
  • NICK FELDMAN/Seattle Weekly 2011 [9]
  • The Entertainer/Tri-Cities, WA 2012
  • Portland Blues Festival 2013 [10]
  • Jeff Melton/Oregon Music News July 5, 2014
  • The Stranger/****Recommended Aug. 14-19, 6:30 p.m. 2017 [11]
other reviews: London jazz Cafe – Elijah Wald – Paul de barros – James Kirchmer – Boston Music Awards – City Limits – Earshot Jazz – Norman Weinstein Monitor Radio

References

  • Boston Phoenix 1997 “OFF The Record” Norman Weinstein [12]
  • The Stranger September 30,1999 James Kirchmer [13]
  • Seattle Weekly September 29,2009 Erik Neumann [14]
  • Bumbershoot 1994 [15]
  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2000 [16]
  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2000 [17]
  • Bumbershoot 1996
  • Seattle Weekly Reverb Festival 2009 [18]
  • Benaroya Hall – Inside/Out Jazz Awards 2010 [19]
  • Garth Hudson from The Band with Eric Fridrich Band at Cypress Lounge, Bellevue,WA and Upstage,Port Townsend,WA 2011
  • Sidi Touré , Leif Totusek with Atlantic Melody at The Crocodile 2012 [20][21]
  • Africa Music Summit 2014 [22]
  • Waterfront Blues Festival 2013 [23]
  • Healing the Children Oregon and Western Washington Chapter 2014 [24][25]
  • Waterfront Blues Festival 2014 [26]
  • Waterfront Blues Festival 2014 [27]
  • Thomas Mapfumo, Leif Totusek with Thione Diop’s Afro Groove, Nectar Lounge 2015 [28][29]
  • Boka Kouyate & The Djeliyah Band, Columbia City Theater 2016 [30][31]
  • Leif Totusek at Washington Center for the Performing Arts 2016 [32]
  • Salif Keita – Leif Totusek at Kings Hall 2017 [33]
  • Spirit Of Africa Festival 2017 – Leif Totusek with L’orchestra Afrisound Seattle Center[34]
  • 2017 COLUMBIA CITY THEATER – Leif Totusek with L’orchestra Afrisound A Benefit for the ACLU & The Northwest Immigration Rights Project [35]
  • 2017 Festival Sundiata – Seattle Center Leif Totusek with “Kouyate Arts “Boka Kouyate ~ Djeliyah Band [36]
  • 2017 Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Tacoma,WA Arturo Rodriguez & Leif Totusek

Discography

  • Leif Totusek “Freestyle Candela”
  • Leif Totusek 1-2-3, “Go”
  • The Totusek, Butkovic, Iochev Trio “The Laundry Room Session”
  • The Jamisons, “Banshee”
  • Lora Chiorah & Leif Totusek “Mbira & guitar” Album
 

External links