Elmer Ferrer Band
The Elmer Ferrer Band
- Biography -
The best single word to describe the experience at an Elmer Ferrer Band ("EFB") concert is intense. An EFB concert is a fusion of jazz, blues and rock played the Cuban way, fast, furious and beautifully. Nobody plays like us.
The EFB is led by 33 year old Elmer Ferrer, Cuba's most sought after electric guitarist. His style and ability has been compared to Jeff Beck, Steve Lukather and Pat Metheny. Elmer has played all over the world as a sideman for some of Cuba's great jazz bands. In 2004 he formed his own Band and this year marks the third Canadian tour for the EFB.
Roberto Riveron, 37, aka El Senor Funkmeister, played electric bass on multiple Latin Grammy winning recordings. He is the most successful and funkiest bass player out of Cuba. For many years he was a member of Cubanismo until joining the EFB this year. Riveron is the definition of an electric bass soloist, bringing favorable comparisons to the great Marcus Miller.
Vocals and guitar are by Anders Drerup the Canadian part of the band. Anders is 23 and proves that Cuba does not have the monopoly on great musicianship. Anders makes this an international band and is one of the few non-Cubans to be part of a Cuban Band
While only 23, Rodney Barretto has toured internationally with Cuban legend Isaac Delgado as his drummer/percussionist. Rodney continues the Cuban legacy of producing some of the greatest percussionists in the world.
Finally, music must be experienced, you must hear it not read about it, so we invite you to http://www.elmerferrer.com/ where you can listen to our music streamed in it's entirety. It is after all, all about the music. Viva la Musica.
"The Crossroads of Havana"
In a country with a reputation for great music, Cuban guitarist Elmer Ferrer is one of his country's biggest and brightest rising musical stars. Since graduating from Cuba's National Arts School in 1992, Elmer, 33, has established a solid career writing, arranging, producing, and performing both live and in studio, and he is recognized by many of his fellow musicians as the best electric guitarist on the Island. Elmer is the leader of the Elmer Ferrer Band (EFB), known for wowing the crowds with blues rock sprinkled liberally with Cuban jazz.
ELMER'S EARLY YEARS - A little background: Elmer Ferrer comes from the small city of Sancti Spíritus where he was born to a musical mother, who, along with Elmer's Dad, have always supported their children's musical bent (Elmer's brother and sister have also become professional musicians). In Cuba, the education system streams children into specific areas of study at a young age, so at age 12, Elmer entered the town's Elementary School of Music to study classical guitar. His parents bought him his first guitar at a consignment shop when he was nine years old.
ELMER DISCOVERS THE BLUES - Elmer's aptitude for the guitar was evident early, and at 16 he was accepted into the prestigious National School of Arts in Havana (ENA) to study classical guitar with Cuba's best music teachers. However, as is often the case for a 16 year old, things change. During his first year in Havana, Elmer saw the 1986 classic blues guitar movie "Crossroads" in which a talented classical guitar student studying at The Julliard School wants to become a bluesman. The movie opened the young Cuban's eyes to a new world of possibilities, and from that moment on, all he wanted to do was play blues on an electric guitar. All that 16 year old Elmer Ferrer wanted was to be like Steve Vai; he believed it was his destiny to be an Electric Blues Guitarist.
The problem was, that back then, there was no school in Cuba for electric guitar, an instrument more traditionally used for rock - a music genre not popular in Cuba at the time. So, Elmer continued to study classical guitar at school, while devoting every free moment to learning the electric guitar and listening to cassettes of guitarists John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Robben Ford that were shared between students and teachers.
TEACHING IN HAVANA - After eight years of formal classical guitar training, Elmer graduated at age 20. A year later, ENA opened a "Department of Electric Guitar," and invited master guitarist Elmer Ferrer to be on the faculty.
After graduating, Elmer was to have returned to Sancti Spíritus because he didn't have government permission to live in Havana. But, in an odd bureaucratic occurrence although Elmer had been asked to teach in the new department in Havana, he actually had no right or place to live in the capital. Others may have returned home, but this wasn't something that Elmer would even consider. So, he lived secretly in his brother's ENA dorm room on the fourth floor - keeping his bedroll hidden during the day in the ceiling tiles. To avoid detection, he rose early in the morning to scale down the outside wall. His brother even shared his meager food supply, as Elmer had no status to qualify for a food ration. Unbeknowst to Elmer, having to live like this for two years was part of his education in becoming a Bluesman.
A CAREER IN MOTION - Elmer continues to live in Havana, but things have changed from the days at arts school. His reputation as a gifted guitarist has grown steadily, and Elmer is now a highly regarded musician both inside and outside of Cuba. Besides his beloved blues rock, Elmer has performed a number of other genres with countless artists such as: Trova with Santiago Feliú, Carlos Varela, and Silvio Rodríguez; Cuban Jazz with Chucho Valdés and Ernán López-Nussa; timba with Los Van Van and Orlando "Maraca" Valle, and rap with Telmary Díaz and Yusa.
ELMER'S CAREER AT A GLANCE
- 2004 - present. Elmer Ferrer Band.
- 2005 - present. Interactivo.
- 2000 - 2005. Habana Ensemble.
- 1997 - 2000. Temperamento.
- 1992 -1997. Estado de Ánimo.
- 1991. Anabel López Group.
- "Fango Dance." Elmer Ferrer Band (Johnston Records, 2005).
- "Metrópoli." Elmer Ferrer (Unicornio, 2002).
Performance on Movie Soundtracks:
- "El Benny." Jorge Luis Sánchez, Director (Cuba 2006).
- "Habana Blues." Benito Zambrana, Director (Cuba-Spain 2006).
- "Música cubana: los hijos de Cuba." German Kral, Director (2004).
Production of other artists:
- Production and arrangements for CD "En la luna de Valencia" by Diego Gutiérrez (Unicornio, 2006).
- Production for the debut CD "Mi generación" by Tesis de Menta (Egrem, 2006).
- Production and arrangements for CD "Rochy," by Rochy (Bis Music, 2001).
- "Mayra Caridad." Mayra Caridad Valdés (Colibrí, 2006).
- "Érase que se era." Silvio Rodríguez (Unicornio, 2006).
- "A Diario." Telmary Díaz (Bis Music, 2006).
- "Safe and Unsound." Sarah Deluca (2006).
- "Soy yo." Orlando Valle "Maraca" (Ahí-Nama Records, 2005).
- "Goza pepillo." Interactivo (BIS Music, 2005).
- "Chapeando." Juan Formell y los Van Van (Unicornio, 2004).
- "Sax Soul." Germán Velasco (Colibrí, 2004).
- "Breathe." Yusa (TUMI Music, 2004).
- "Bossa Cubana." Sexto Sentido & the King of Bossa Nova Joao Donato (Elephant Records, 2004).
- "Juglar." Amaury Pérez (Unicornio, 2004).
- "Brain Storm." Havana Sax (Egrem, 2003).
- "Sin Julieta." Santiago Feliú (Unicornio, 2002).
- "Sentimiento." Francis del Río (Velas, 2002).
- "Sé feliz." Descemer Bueno (2002.
- "Yusa." Yusa (TUMI Music, 2002).
- "Entre otros." Noel Nicola & Santiago Feliú (Unicornio, 2002).
- "Todo Incluído." Habana Ensemble (Latin World, 2001).
- "New pa´que vea." El Chispa y sus cómplices (Cuba Cherever Musik Productions, 2001).
- "Elengó." Roberto Fonseca (Egrem, 2000).
- "Mundo Real." X Alfonso (Velas, 2000).
- "Futuro Inmediato." Santiago Feliú (BIS Music, 2000).
- "Invitation." Roberto Carcassés (Velas, 2000).
- "Fetecún." Ramsés Rodríguez Baralt (Tamarindo Records, 1999).
- "Mundo loco." David Álvarez y Juego de Manos (TUMI Music, (1999).
- "Aires de Habana." Selma Reys (Velas, 1999).
- "24 horas." Habana Abierta (BMG-Ariola, 1998).
- "Tiene que ver." Roberto Fonseca (Egrem, 1998).
- "Jazz Timbero." Bobby Carcassés (TUMI Music, 1998).
- "Enclave." Columna B (Mas i Mas Records, 1998).
- "Trampas del Tiempo." Pável y Gema (Nubenegra, 1994).
- "Náuseas de fin de siglo." Santiago Feliú (LAGASH, 1994).
- Guest artist, Juan Formell and los Van Van DVD recorded June 17, 2006 (in post production) (Unicornio, 2006).
- Special appearance, "Soy Yo" video by Maraca (Ahí-Nama Records, 2006).
- One of three musicians featured in DVD "Jazz Cuba Today" (Unicornio, 2006).
- Live shows and rehearsals filmed in Havana and Tokyo for film "Música cubana: los hijos de Cuba." German Kral, Director (2004).
- "Jazz Cuba Today." Winner of Best DVD Award, 2006 Cubadisco International Fair (Unicornio, 2006).
- "Metrópoli." Winner of Best New Album Award, 2003 Cubadisco International Fair. Also nominated as Best Jazz Album (Unicornio, 2002).
- 2007. Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, BC) and Australia with EFB
- 2006. Canada (Ontario and Quebec), EFB.
- 2003. Ecuador and México with Santiago Feliú.
- 2002. Chile and México with Santiago Feliú.
- 2001. Argentina and Ecuador with Santiago Feliú.
- 2000. Argentina and Bolivia with Santiago Feliú.
- 1999. Spain with Santiago Feliú.
- 1998. Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay with Santiago Feliú.
- 1997. Spain with Santiago Feliú.
- 1996. Germany with Estado de Ánimo.
- 1995. Argentina with Santiago Feliú.
- 1994. Argentina and Spain with Estado de Ánimo and Santiago Feliú.
- 1994. Diploma, Electric Guitar, National School of Arts (ENA), Havana.
- 1992. Diploma, Instrumentalist (Classic Guitar), National School of Arts (ENA).
- 1989. Graduated, Elementary School of Music, "Ernesto Lecuona," Sancti Spíritus.
- 1994 - 1995. Instructor, Guitar and Group Performance (Electric Guitar), ENA.
"The voice of EFB "
He may be just 23 years old, but Anders Drerup is already an extremely versatile musician. In addition to being EFB's lead singer, you'll see him playing the electric and slide guitars, and the harmonica too. Anders composes, and he's accomplished on the piano, mandolin, and banjo, as well as on the acoustic, lap steel, and pedal steel guitars.
Anders grew up in Carp Ontario, a rural town in the Ottawa Valley. The music bug didn't get to him until he was 16, when he heard a brother's Aerosmith CD. Inspired, Anders decided he'd learn to play one of the songs on the guitar. Later, he started playing blue grass and country - genres popular in the area. He began jamming with local musicians, and at age 18 joined a strictly Blues band.
About a year later, it was time to play his own material and to start singing, something he did in a number of Ottawa bands.
In 2005, EFB manager Billy Johnston invited Anders to play with Elmer in Havana. Elmer was looking for a blues guitarist who could sing in English to join his band, and decided that Anders fit the bill. The rest, as they say, is history.
When not playing with EFB, Anders, the only Canadian in the group, teaches guitar and piano at the Nepean School of Music in Ottawa.
- 2005 -present. Elmer Ferrer Band.
- 2004 -2007. Quarterlife.
- 2004 - 2007. Silver Creek.
- 2004 - 2007. Bourbon Brothers.
- 2000. Stone Poets.
- 2001. Soul Funktion.
"Fango Dance." Elmer Ferrer Band (Johnston Records, 2005).
"Lazy." Anders Drerup (2004).
"...Roberto Riverón has become the leading studio bassist in Cuba. In 2001, he played on two grammy-nominated albums: "La fórmula" and "La rumba soy yo" and also on two which should have been nominated: "Oye como va" (Klimax) and "A Puerto padre" (Juan Ceruto). Riverón was a founding member of Klimax, played on all three albums, and contributed several arrangements, including the breathtaking "Regalo de Amor", which he co-composed with Giraldo Piloto." --- http://www.timba.com/
Roberto was born in Holguín, in eastern Cuba, in 1969. He started playing guitar when he was six as he watched Cuban bands on TV - paying special attention to close-ups of the musicians' hands in order to copy the cords. At six, he also begin studying guitar with a private teacher, and at twelve entered the Holguín Elementary Music School where he began to play bass in septets and rock bands, one of which covered Beatles tunes. Listening to Oscar de León's orchestra was key his choice of electric bass, and to his passion for salsa and Latin rhythms.
Later, Roberto moved to Havana to study acoustic bass in the National School of Arts (Escuela Nacional de Arte - ENA). There, he encountered the same problem as Elmer: there was no program for his instrument of choice. Thus, Roberto became a completely self-taught electric bassist. He completed formal studies during the day while at night he'd "escape" to nearby clubs to play electric bass with a variety of groups. He'd bought his first electric bass manufactured by Luthier of Havana - basically a copy of a Fender bass.
After arts school, Roberto moved to Pinar del Rio where he began to play piano with the band Orquesta del 60 which came to be very popular with crowds during the carnivals throughout the Island. After two years he returned to Holguín, where he immediately joined one of eastern Cuba's most popular bands, Arará, known for playing both jazz and dance music at public festivals. While in Holguín, he was spotted and invited to play with the Juan Pablo Torres Group in Havana. Since then Roberto has become Cuba's top electric bassist and continues to play and record with the country best musicians, including Grammy winners and nominees.
- 2006 - present. Elmer Ferrer Band
- 1999 - 2006. Cubanismo.
- 1994 -1999. Klímax.
- 1992. Banda Benny Moré.
- 1989. Juan Pablo Torres.
- 1988. Sexteto Jazz Arará.
- 1991. Muso y su orquesta.
- 1992 -1993. Habana Son.
- "Oye como va." Klimax (Eurotropical).
- "Juego de manos." Klimax.
- "Mira si te gusta." Klimax.
- "Concierto Europtropical, I & II." Klimax.
- "A Puerto padre." Juan Manuel Ceruto. (Unicornio).
- "La formula." Issac Delgado (Grammy nomination, 2001). (BIS MUSIC).
- "Haila" Haila Mompié.
- "La rumba soy yo." (Latin Grammy 2001). (BIS MUSIC).
- "La rumba soy yo II.
- "La recompense." Calixto Oviedo.
- "Pa' Bachatear." Mario Rivera.
- "Mardi Gras Mambo." Cubanismo.
- "De Lujo." Anaís Abreu.
- "Llegó teté." Teresa Caturla.
- "Gardi." Gardi.
- "Raza." Geraldo Alfonso.
- "Momentos." Geraldo Alfonso.
- "Me gusta así." Juan Almeida.
- "Mi música." Juan Almeida.
- "Algo en común." Amauri Pérez.
- "Esta es mi rumba." Pio Leiva.
- "Saxual." German Velasco.
- "En la Luna." Rolando Luna.
- "Carambola." Agosto Enrique y su mambo band.
- "Salsoca-Beat." Juanito's Kariba All Stars.
- "Como yo quería." Caridad Hierrezuelo.
- "Ritmo candela." Mauricio Venegas.
- "Panorama de la cuerda cubana." Efrain Ríos y Proyecto Guitarras.
- "Knock out." Bamboleo y M.Simonet y su Trabuco (BIS 2006).
- "Eurotropical." recorded live at Karl Marx Theatre with artists from the Eurotropical label.
- "Klimax 10 Años." (Clímax).
More Info: http://www.elmerferrer.com