Santa Barbara Guitar Trio

Santa Barbara Guitar Trio Performs Chan Chan at Montecito Party

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.[1] 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[4] 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)

Santa Barbara Guitar Trio Preview

Santa Barbara Guitar Trio will be playing at the Santa Barbara Public Market's 1st Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, April 4th, 3:30-6:30pm

SBGT is a newly formed, local guitar trio playing Spanish-Latin-Gypsy guitar music. They have been fine tuning their repertoire for just over a year now and look forward to showing the community their special niche, that is very relevant to the Santa Barbara vibe!  The trio consists of 3 local performers and music teachers - (GuitarWitt) Michael Witt, Robert Seeley and Shaun Sanders.