Santa Barbara Guitar Collective: Robbie and Mike, are the heart of the Santa Barbara Guitar Collective (SBGC). Their diverse backgrounds meld into one as they bring you the rich musical heritage that is World Music, offering everything from intricately arranged classical guitar ensemble pieces to upbeat, artistic expression of traditional, dance-rhythm music and masterful improvisations. Includes rumba, tango, gypsy, Latin jazz, and more! Little bit from Latin America, Spain and Eastern Europe and generally everywhere all at once.
Featuring original music in their repertoire, they also bring you music you know and love from groups such as the Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, and Santana.
We are happy to be playing more and more performances this year. At a private party in Montecito, we display our fun, energetic - instrumental guitar trio rendition based on the Buena Vista Club's exotic, trance induced signature track Chan Chan. "Chan Chan" is a 1987 son composition by Cuban trovador Compay Segundo. In the late 1990s, it became the signature track of the Buena Vista Social Club project. The lyrics of the song revolve around two central characters called Juanica and Chan Chan.
On the composition of the song, Company Segundo said:
I didn't compose Chan Chan, I dreamt it. I dream of music. I sometimes wake up with a melody in my head, I hear the instruments, all very clear. I look over the balcony and I see nobody, but I hear it as if it was played on the street. I don't know what it can be. One day I woke up hearing those four sensitive notes, I gave them a lyric inspired by a children's tale from my childhood, Juanica y Chan Chan, and you see, now it's sung everywhere.
The most complete explanation says: 'The song relates the story of a man and a woman (Chan Chan and Juanica) who are building a house, and go to the beach to get some sand. Chan Chan collects the sand and puts it on the jibe (a sieve for sand). Juanica shakes it, and to do so she shakes herself, making Chan Chan aroused. [...] The origin of this tale is a farmer song learnt by Compay Segundo when he was twelve years old.' (Wikipedia References included in this blog post)
Guitar Instructors Robert Seeley and Michael Witt lead a student ensemble performance of the traditional "Mi Caballo Blanco" at their recent Fall Student Guitar Recital. Time Lapse art included, produced by GuitarWitt.