Dr Sanchez Prescribing Latin Sounds in Cathedral Square
29 January 2003
FREE Friday Lunchtime Concert in Cathedral Square, Friday January
31st, 12.15 to 1.45pm
Fresh and contemporary Latin sounds will play out in Cathedral
Square this Friday lunchtime when Dr Sanchez performs as part of
the SummerTimes Free Friday Lunchtime Concert Series produced
by Christchurch City Council Leisure.
Ryan Hanna is Dr Sanchez, and five years ago he was playing in
a rock band in Australia when he met and became influenced musically
by an interesting group of South American musicians.
I just love the sound and the sensuality of it all
he says. " Id love to go to Peru and Cuba one day, and
sit with the older, infamous musicians and listen and learn.
Producing music evocative of The Buena Vista Social Club
Dr Sanchez adds a contemporary edge with his original compositions,
making up about half of the show.
Ryan sees a resurgence of interest in Latin music, probably due
to the popularity of artists such as Ricki Martin and the revival
He has been playing with Auckland combo Vox Nova over
the last few months, in Viaduct venues and onboard yachts.
"Its been fantastic!" He says. " The atmosphere
is electric, especially when dancers join in. We recently had a
Samba dance group attend our show and their style is so different
to our usual way of dancing in New Zealand - its a provocative
way for people to connect."
He plans to bring his popular sound to the masses. Id
like to produce a solo album later this year, and although Auckland
seemed barren musically about 8 years ago, this has really changed.
Theres now such a cosmopolitan air to the place that my music
fits in very well."
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