Marimba ensemble brings cultural fusion to Burnaby concert

Musicians from Guatemala, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Canada are fusing their talents for a concert at the Shadbolt Centre.

Palo de Rosa – or Rosewood – is a marimba ensemble of six musicians that will perform for the Shadbolt’s Sound Bites series on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. The concert includes coffee and desserts in the $5 ticket price.

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The musicians merge many musical traditions: classically trained players; a Cuban musician with expertise in the traditional African-rooted rumba as a percussionist and vocalist; a jazz musician from Zimbabwe; a Guatemalan percussionist-vocalist; and a Guatemalan bass player-arranger.

“Palo de Rosa embodies a true convergence of cultures through a masterful interpretation of music performed by six seasoned musicians who come together to form a breathtaking ensemble featuring the marimba,” says a press release about the event.

The ensemble is led by Guatemalan-born Fito Garcia, with 30 years of musical experience acquired through music studies in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba and Canada.

For tickets to the Shadbolt event, see


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