Puerto Candelaria

About

Puerto Candelaria was formed in 2000 in Medellín, Colombia, the result of the fateful meeting of six talented musicians, united and guided by talented composer Juancho Valencia to create a totally new and original musical show. The imaginary land of Puerto Candelaria is a sonorous place and the spiritual home to the members of the group and to all who enjoy taking a musical journey with the sound of the Candelarios.

The group’s founders never imagined that a decade later their idea would come to be hailed the most daring, controversial and innovative Colombian musical project of recent times.

Puerto Candelaria bases its sound in popular Colombian rhythms, full of imagination and magical spirit that provoke the senses and awaken heightened emotions in audiences around the world. Their creation of contradictory rhythms like Cumbia Underground or Jazz a lo Colombiano is responsible for creating a special place for their country in the global markets of jazz, experimental, and world music.


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Areas of Representation: US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand

Biography

Puerto Candelaria was formed in 2000 in Medellín, Colombia, the result of the fateful meeting of six talented musicians, united and guided by talented composer Juancho Valencia to create a totally new and original musical show. The imaginary land of Puerto Candelaria is a sonorous place and the spiritual home to the members of the group and to all who enjoy taking a musical journey with the sound of the Candelarios.

The group’s founders never imagined that a decade later their idea would come to be hailed the most daring, controversial and innovative Colombian musical project of recent times.

Puerto Candelaria bases its sound in popular Colombian rhythms, full of imagination and magical spirit that provoke the senses and awaken heightened emotions in audiences around the world. Their creation of contradictory rhythms like Cumbia Underground or Jazz a lo Colombiano is responsible for creating a special place for their country in the global markets of jazz, experimental, and world music.

More than a million people have attended Puerto Candelaria’s concerts during 30 international tours that have taken the band to more than 60 cities in Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia. This extensive schedule of concerts and corporate events, independent album sales, and the ability to influence new generations, make Puerto Candelaria, along with Merlin Studios Producciones (its producer and home base), an important cultural model for the next wave of Colombian artists.

In its 16-year history, Puerto Candelaria has recorded 4 albums and a DVD rich in both local and foreign sounds. The band has also presented four shows: Vuelta Canela, Llegó la Banda, Puerto Sinfónico, and Patas Arriba.

On their latest album, they have taken their Cumbia Underground rhythm and transformed it into a rebellious sound called Cumbia Rebelde.

The Candelarios captivate their audience with their experimental sounds in joyful shows that explore the absurd in everyday matters through laughter and transcendent emotions, along with rhythm, dance, and most importantly, the exuberant explosion of Colombia’s cultural richness.


Puerto Candelaria is:

Juancho Valencia: Musical director, keyboards
Eduardo González: Bass, vocals
Maga la Maga: lead vocals
José Tobón: Saxophone
Cristian Ríos: Trombone
Didier Martínez: Percussion 1
Juan Guillermo Aguilar: Percussion 2
Juan Felipe Arango: Manager and executive producer
Gabriel Vallejo: Audio engineer

 

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Tour History

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2015
Jul 30, 2015 Venue Info
Livermore, CA USA Bankhead Theater
7:30PM  
Jul 26, 2015 Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA Grand Performances
7:00PM  
Jul 26, 2015 Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA Grand Performances
7:00PM  
Jul 25, 2015 Venue Info
Calgary, AB CANADA Prince's Island Park
6:55-7:45PM Friday  
Jul 24, 2015 Venue Info
Calgary, AB CANADA Prince's Island Park
6:55-7:45PM Friday  
Apr 10, 2015 Heineken Transatlantic Festival Venue Info
, North Beach Bandshell
Time TBD  
Jan 12, 2015 RIOT NIGHTS! Venue Info
New York, NY USA Le Poisson Rouge
11:55 PM  
Jan 11, 2015 GlobalFEST  
New York, NY USA Webster Hall
10:45PM  

Videos

News

  • Riot Artists Featured On QRO Magazine GlobalFest, with Bixiga70, Puerto Candelaria, Kevin Johansen + The Nada, The Jones Family Singers, Just a Band, Kahulanui, Sam Lee, Emel Mathlouthi, The Nile Project, Riyaaz Qawwali, Zap Mama, and Emil Zrihan, live @ Webster Hall in New York, NY on 1/11/15. Photos by Ken Grand-Pierre. Click here for the full story.
  • NPR Features Emel Mathlouthi and Puerto Candelaria The news headlines weren’t always easy to read last week, between the mass shootings in Paris and the relentless violence in Nigeria. But over the weekend, in New York City, some of the most remarkable global music groups in the world converged for a moment of musical solidarity. They came from as far away as Senegal and as ...
  • NY Times Covers Riot Artists at GlobalFEST The Colombian band Puerto Candelaria, from Medellín, poured on the party act more thickly. Its foundation is the Colombian cumbia, which it applied to both its own tunes — speedy chromatic zigzags — and to gimmicky imports like MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” It had dance routines and audience participation bits that were crowd pleasing but ...
  • Daily News Features Riot Artists at GlobalFEST For the last 12 years, globalFEST has served as the ultimate tip sheet for those far-flung acts most likely to become known here. The show doubles as a confab for arts professionals, who comb the venue’s three stages to pick acts to book for the coming year. The latest line-up spans Europe, the U.K., Africa, ...

Press

Hace más de diez años, un puñado de músicos colombianos empezó a trazar un plan para poder dar rienda suelta a sus inquietudes artísticas. Comandados por el pianista Juancho Valencia, crearon un lugar ficticio llamado Puerto Candelaria, en el que la música y los estilos se cruzaban con libertad, y ese paraje dio nombre al grupo. “Imaginamos un lugar sonoro donde todo pudiera suceder, absurdo como nuestro país mismo. Un lugar caótico, tropical, vertiginoso y disonante”, describe Valencia. — ROLLING STONE

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