Valencia makes history: Plena 79 Salsa Orchestra has earned the first Latin Grammy® nomination for a European salsa orchestra with debut album, ‘Tierra Y Libertad’. Plena 79 Salsa Orchestra has received an outstanding recognition by being nominated for a Latin Grammy® Award in the category of Best Salsa Album for their latest production entitled: ‘Tierra Y Libertad’ (Feat. Alain Pérez & Jeremy Bosch). This marks a significant milestone, as it is the first time that a Spanish salsa orchestra has been nominated for this prestigious award.

Plena 79 was founded in 2016 by Valencians Carlos Martín and Carlos Llidó. The seed of this project grew when Martín and Llidó conceived the idea of forging an album that would capture the socio-cultural diversity of this musical project, which in turn has established a cultural bridge between continents, highlighting the importance of plurality and exchange in today’s global context. Their socially conscious lyrics are a cry for peace and freedom. And so say the lyrics of the title track of the album, composed by founders Llidó and Martín:

“Someday in the world

 New lands will rise up

 Where wars do not exist

  And love will be fruitful”.

 Someday in this world freedom will reign”.

‘Tierra Y Libertad’, produced and arranged by Carlos Martín, has been recorded at Jazztone Studios (Valencia, Spain) by sound engineer Sebastián Laverde and mixed by Manuel Tomás and Carlos Llidó.

It features 10 songs of which 8 are originals by various members of the band, among them are ‘Tiene Su Guaguancó’ composed by the great Cuban bassist Abel Sanabria (dedicated to the city of Valencia), ‘La Hipocresía’ composed by Cuban maestro Benny Escalante (1926-2016) and his granddaughter the outstanding Cuban pianist and composer Glenda del E (Latin Grammy® Nominee in 2022), songs masterfully performed by the lead singer of the band… the Venezuelan Leo Yánez.

The special collaboration of two true giants in the world of music and salsa: the Cuban Alain Pérez and the Puerto Rican Jeremy Bosch stand out in a very distinctive way. In addition, it is important to underline that the musicians and collaborators of Plena 79 Salsa Orchestra are internationally renowned figures, and several of them maintain close connections with the Sedajazz collective, who are also the publishers of the album.

About Carlos Martín (Valencia 1979)

He is a multi-instrumentalist (trombone, percussion and trumpet), Spanish arranger and producer, professor at the prestigious Musikene and Esmuc conservatories and guest professor at Codarts (Rotterdam). He has developed a musical career over 25 years… sharing the stage and/or recording with great music stars such as Alejandro Sanz, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Alicia Keys, Bebo Valdés, Jorge Drexler, Mingus Big Band, Niña Pastori, Pablo Alborán, among others. He represents as an international artist the LP percussion brand, the Kuhln & Hoyer trombone brand and Fides trumpets. Leader of two Latin jazz recording projects: ¨The Journey¨ (Chosen among the best albums of 2013 by LatinJazzNet magazine) and the most recent production ¨Converging Roots¨.


About Carlos Llidó (Valencia 1979)

Carlos Llidó is a percussionist trained between Valencia (Spain) and Havana (Cuba) who currently participates in Latin jazz and Afro-Caribbean music projects in jazz and world music festivals. He has accompanied and recorded with artists such as Víctor Mendoza, Perico Sambeat, Sedajazz Latin Ensemble and David Pastor. He is the leader of two recording projects: Carlos Llidó “Handmade” and “Carlos Llidó Septet”.


Report by ‘24/7 Valencia’ team

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