Luyanó Band was founded in Miami in 2011 by Michael Gil Arango—composer and performer whose mastery over instruments ranges far and wide, from the classical guitar to global folk instruments like the jaw harp and the kalimba; the West African talking drum; the Australian aboriginal didgeridoo; and the Afro-Brazilian berimbau. Gil may be Luyanó Band’s leader, but he is only one of its multi-faceted musician. The Band rattles and beats with myriad percussions, swoons to an Indian cythar, rocks to electric guitar and bass, and charms with a flute. And it has a vocalist with no words to sing but a haunting song made entirely of sounds that becomes another instrument in Luyanó Band’s ever expanding arena of harmonies.
Their mission is simple—to create a world of coherence and originality from what is often called World Music. This is the dynamic coherence and transcendent identity in inspired in South Florida, the unique forum where every culture in this hemisphere and beyond interacts on an equal basis. It is here that Luyanó Band brought the cosmopolitan and ancestral traditions of Cuba and the world together with the brazen modernity and freedom of their new life in America. The result is a musical phenomenon that revels in the lucid melding of tribal music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, modern Cuba’s many genres, American jazz and funk, and classical and contemporary compositions and concepts. The Band is as likely to alter perceptions of a cherished standard as it is to enthrall with Gil’s many original compositions. Luyanó Band is also a living, passionate expression of the camaraderie of creative souls which its eight members comprise—it is the tale of their life and necessity in a music that is always changing.