Pianist Omar Sosa is unwavering in his dedication to the folkloric roots of Cuban music, balancing the melodies and rhythms of traditional music with contemporary sensibilities. His instrumental virtuosity and passionate delivery have established him as a powerful presence on the international music scene. Sosa’s GTS Trio, comprising percussionist Trilok Gurtu, who played key roles in the ensembles of John McLaughlin, Oregon and more, and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, whose work includes stints in Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, has been said to “exemplify the cross-cultural alliances becoming commonplace throughout the world of music.”
INFO: 7 & 9 p.m. Monday, April 24. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $35/adv, $45/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Monday, April 17 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.