Music for Corporate Events
Click below to see the video of Tentación Cubana - a dance spectacular we put together for the Nabs charity - have a look at the film and some of the stills from the event - then read below about how we organised this massive project
How we put together Tentación Cubana
The working idea to get started was to present a “history of Cuban dance” in just 5 minutes. We contacted Esther Alvero of the Cuban and Brasilian dance company Oi Brasil Shows, who we had worked with in the past and whom we knew to be totally professional and reliable. Esther suggested that we start with the folk dances of the Santeria religion, moving onto salsa, cha-cha-cha and carnival in full Tropicana outfits. After some discussion between all parties we put together a project involving 14 musicians, musical arrangers from our side - 16 dancers, a choreographer, dressers and make-up artists from the side of Oi Brasil.
Our side of the work consisted of choosing the music with Esther and the choreographer - no easy task because we had to ensure that every piece chosen would segue seamlessly into the next. We sifted through dozens and dozens of recordings until we found just the right songs. Then our timballero Nat Steele edited the songs into a 5-min medley. We sent this off to Alison for confirmation, and set to work painstakingly transcribing the music and arranging/scoring it for our extended band.
Once the score and parts were ready we organised rehearsals. Cuban music is very percussion based, so we had a special rehearsal for our four percussionists, followed by a full band rehearsal with the four brass instruments and three saxophones. The dancers and choreographer worked separately from us using our edited medley.
The music for the live entrance music had to be arranged separately. Most of this was transcribed from old Cuban records for our band Cafecito by its musical director - pianist Janet Sherbourne. You can get a flavour of what the guests saw and heard by checking out the photos below, and by listening to the demo audio tracks of the band either on this site or at Cafecito’s own site.
The final rehearsal of the dancers and musicians didn’t happen till the day of the performance. Fortunately everything fitted together perfectly, and you can see the result above!
The whole event was a great success, and you can get some more of a flavour of it by looking at the photos below.
And here’s what the client said about it!
“Nabs Bash was a huge success. The opening number was fabulous - great energy, colour and passion. It was so exciting for us after months of planning to have an injection of musical adrenalin! Thank you for all your organisation, creativity and professionalism. You totally delivered everything you undertook. Well done to you and your team.”
Two of our latin dancers dressed 50’s style waiting by a Cuban car to greet the guests as they enter the venue
A Cuban couple dancing 50’s style to our latin band Cafecito
Another Cuban couple dancing to our Latin Band Cafecito
Yet another Cuban couple dancing to our Latin Band Cafecito
Another Cuban couple dancing to our Latin Band Cafecito
Two Cuban folkloric dancers at the beginning of our dance spectacular Tentación Cubana
A very cool dude! Actually one of our dancers, relaxing by a Cuban truck before coming to hear our Latin Band Cafecito!
One of the very handsome rumba dancers who appeared at the beginning of our Tentación Cubana Latin music spectacular
Two folkloric Cuban dancers - dancing to our Latin band - who are out of sight to the right!
Two folkloric Cuban dancers - really getting into the groove of our Latin band
Part of the cha-cha-cha scene from Tentación Cubana. Dancers in full Tropicana regalia dancing to our salsa band
Our dancers in full Tropicana costume
Tropicana dancers with the Latin band in the background!
Two rumba dancers from near the beginning of Tentación Cubana
Tropicana dancers in the salsa scene from Tentación Cubana
Tropicana dancer in full flow to our Latin band
Tropicana dancers in the final scene of Tentación Cubana
Live Music for your Event
Our bands have played at countless corporate and business events, from background music for drinks receptions, swing and salsa dance music for company parties, to a full stage show. We can help you choose the right ensemble for the occasion.
Over the past twelve years our clients have included some of the most prestigious venues, companies and events organisations in the UK, many of whom regularly rebook us. They include the cast of Mamma Mia for their pre international tour party at the Sage in Gateshead; Microsoft UK; the Harvey Nichols Restaurant at the Oxo Tower; The Royal Bank of Scotland; the Victoria & Albert Museum; The Cliveden Hotel; the National Portrait Gallery; House of Fraser; De Beers (for the birthday party of their chairman); Claridge’s of Mayfair; the Dorchester Hotel; Center Parcs; Vodafone; British Airports Authority at Gatwick Airport; Napp Pharmaceuticals; Blandy and Blandy Solicitors; Boyes - Turner Solicitors; Manches Solicitors; Compass Group; Audley Travel; Ernst and Young; Laithwaites Wines; Thames Valley Economic Partnership; and many other corporate and private clients.
Our Latin bands Jan y Su Salsa and Cafecito are perfect for Latin-American themed events, providing respectively intense salsa or the more mellow sounds of Old Havana. Both these ensembles can also be tailored to your needs. For example we expanded Jan y Su Salsa to a 13 piece ensemble to accompany 16 dancers in a music and dance spectacular at a Nabs Bash charity event in Battersea Park. See below our video Tentación Cubana.
Our Latin bands Jan y Su Salsa and Cafecito are perfect for Latin-American themed events, providing respectively intense salsa or the more mellow sounds of Old Havana.
Some other Corporate Events for which we provided the entertainment
Played for an auction of Asian art at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Played for a series of award ceremonies for the Royal Bank of Scotland (our fee made them go bankrupt!)
Played at any number of company Christmas and Summer parties, including some with a Latin American Theme or a 20’s Theme. With these themes we often supply the salsa or swing dancers as well.
Played at the “topping out” ceremony for the new Marks & Spencers building in Paddington Basin. The topping out ceremony is for when a building has its structure in place, but no walls, or fittings - just a concrete frame waiting to be filled in. To perform at this event we had to put all our gear in the builders’ lifts, don our hard hats and get up to the top floor! It was dusty but it went well
For Nabs Bash - a charity for the advertising industry - we collaborated with a salsa dance company to produce the introductory cabaret on the theme of - “A History of Cuban Dance”. We arranged all the music, expanded our 9 piece band to a 13-piece, booked the dance company and coordinated with their choreographer and director, and put on a spectacular show with 16 dancers called Tentación Cubana for the event in Battersea Park
Played at Silverstone for corporate clients