Ariwo are a Cuban/Iranian quartet, focussing on the unexplored intersection between electronic & Afro-Cuban music.
The word Ariwo means “Noise” in Yoruba. The name was selected to underline the band’s emphasis on sound and its desire to combine traditional rhythms into a live electronic performance that challenges perceptions of ancestral music, and connects diverse cultures from around the world.
The band is made up of Iranian electronic composer, Pouya Ehsaei [Entr'acte], and three of London’s most influential Cuban musicians: Oreste Noda [Sambroso Sambroso], Yelfris Valdes [Sierra Maestra] and Latin Grammy winner, Hammadi Valdes [Carlos Acosta / Irakere]. Pouya processes their live instruments while creating soundscapes and hypnotic rhythms that draw influence from the folkloric music of Cuba and his home city of Tehran.
Ariwo premiered at the Manana Cuba Boiler Room Session in 2015
”Cuban-born percussion virtuoso" (Time Out), HAMMADI VALDES was Musical Director for Carlos Acosta’s ‘Cubania’; he has won a Latin Grammy for work on Chucho Valdés’ ‘New Conceptions’; recorded with Irakere and played with Robert Mitchell, Michael Kiwanuka and the London Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestra's.
YELFRIS VALDES was lead trumpeter for Cuban icons, Sierra Maestra, for 10 years, and has played & recorded with the likes of Carlos Acosta, Roberto Fonseca, Kelvis Ochoa, MC Solaar, Quantic and Gilles Peterson. He has been nominated for a Latin Grammy.
ORESTE NODA has played and recorded with world renowned artists like Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club), Changuito (Los Van Van), Graham Coxon and James Taylor Quartet - as promoter, Sambroso Sambroso, he acts as a figurehead for the London's Cuban music community.
POUYA EHSAEI is an Iranian electronic music composer and producer whose debut album ‘Where’ (Entr’acte) was hailed as belonging “in that precious pile” of Iranian electronic music pioneers (Boomkat).