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Tom Landa (with Locarno)

Singer-songwriter, guitarist

Song – "El Regalo" - Now playing...

Locarno is the Latin project of Juno Award-winning musician and Paperboys frontman Tom Landa. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban son, folk music, pop and funk. There are threads of son jarocho and salsa but the songs are more edgy and contemporary than that. The music could be compared to that made by Manu Chao, Ozomatli or Rodrigo y Gabriela, but even though there are similarities, it is a truly original sound and a new flavour in the Latin music genre.

Landa was born and raised in Mexico City to a Mexican father and a Canadian mother. He moved to Ontario during his teenage years, where he set aside his Mexican musical roots in favour of the new sounds of his new environment. Records by The Smiths, Tracy Chapman and Spirit of The West dominated his turntable and cassette player, until a record by Los Lobos brought him "back home." La Pistola y El Corazon was a recording where Los Lobos played in a variety of Mexican musical idioms, including son jarocho, which had a huge impact on Landa. From that moment on, he rediscovered his musical roots and began his musical quest to not only learn more about this music, but also write and arrange songs in this genre. Thanks in part to The Canada Council, this musical path eventually led him to study son jarocho in Veracruz, Mexico, under the tutelage of Ramon Gutierrez of the group Son De Madera.

For the past few years Tom has been writing and recording the material for his project Locarno. His goal is to create a sound which is heavily influenced by Mexican music but uses the elements and musicians around him in his hometown of Vancouver. A key element in creating this sound is the partnership he has forged with producer Joby Baker, who's worked with several World/Latin artists including Alex Cuba and Miguelito Valdes, who lends his trumpet and percussion talents to Locarno.

Performances/news this month
August 12 - Vancouver, Panorama Park
August 13 - Bellingham, Washington, USA, Boulevard Park


w. Locarno
Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos (2011)
w. The Paperboys
Callithump (2009)
The Road to Ellenside (2006)
Dilapidated Beauty (2003)
Tenure (2002)
Postcards (2000)
Molinos (1997)
Late as Usual (1995)
January (1993)

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