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Madison’s MadiSalsa to Perform
Latin Music at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  April 15, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Wisconsin may not be the first place people think of when Latin music is mentioned, but Madison is home to MadiSalsa, a ten-member ensemble that will be bringing their high-energy music to Eau Claire on Thursday, April 29.

The group, voted Madison’s favorite dance band for three years in row (2000-2002) by readers of the Isthmus newspaper, will open the 16th Annual Midwest Conference on Latin American Studies by performing at 7 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Audience members are encouraged to bring their dancing shoes.

“MadiSalsa’s high-energy, impeccable performers’ll make you sweat on the dance floor. They blend joyful, dead-on authentic Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican salsa/merengue with Latin jazz licks that never lose the groove,” wrote Susan Kepec in Isthmus.

The band’s music director, trombonist Claude Cailliet, is from Kenosha but attended music school in Los Angeles and ended up playing in salsa bands in the 1970s.

Cailliet put MadiSalsa together for a lecture-demonstration he was asked to do for the 1992 Isthmus Jazz Festival after he’d come back to Madison to attend graduate school. He has said that those original participants, including several musicians from Puerto Rico who were also attending graduate school at UW-Madison, enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to stay together as a group. MadiSalsa’s sound has continued to evolve as members representing a rich diversity of musical backgrounds have come and gone, but since its inception the band has performed hundreds of shows, including a performance at the 2002 U.S. Conference of Mayors. They have recorded two CDs, “Del Caribe al Corazon,” (From the Carribbean to the Heart) and “Se Permite Bailar” (Dancing Allowed).

The MadiSalsa performance is open to the general public. Tickets are $8 and available at the UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension office, 210 Water Street, or at the door.


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Updated: March 24, 2004