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STEEL PAN VIRTUOSO LEAN FOSTER THOMAS presents “CALASANITUS”

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March 2023 marks the release of LEON FOSTER THOMAS’S Calasanitus. As one of the leading steel pan jazz virtuosos in the world, Foster has gained global recognition via a plethora of accolades, including winning both the solo and duet competitions at the World Steelband Music Festival, as well as releasing a series of critically acclaimed albums, most recently Metamorphosis on respected label Ropadope Records. 
Now he is set to showcase his inimitable talent again, with a new body of recorded work that encapsulates the intricacy, energy, and sonic brilliance Leon Foster Thomas creates on his instrument of choice. 
The new album Calasanitus, a book of songs dedicated to his dear mother, Hillouise Calasanitus Foster, showcases a unique blend of Caribbean influence and spirit evolving from Foster’s Trinidadian heritage, combined with agile and innovative jazz complexity. The compositions generate an unmistakable vibe born out of the traditions of the West Indies and seamlessly incorporate the discipline and sensibilities of modern jazz music alongside this. The result is a sound that is beautifully calming and vitally energetic.
Speaking about the creative process behind Calasanitus, Foster says: My goal for this album was to compose music that provokes thought by everyone who listens to it and that they will appreciate music as art and not as a form of passive consumption. Each song was written with a storyline that connected to my mother. The title, Calasanitus, is my mother’s middle name. Though its meaning was never shared, nor could one be found, this was the most appropriate title to represent this compilation. Most importantly, it was a name she loved. It has been on my mind for a long time now, and I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to record this special tribute finally. Hillouise Foster was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away on June 9th, 2007. Leon Foster Thomas demonstrates his impressive prowess as a musician at the top of his game. Calasanitus is destined to become one of the essential releases of 2023 and will set the highest standard for the coming year!

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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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