The Malta Independent 27 May 2024, Monday
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GRAVITY – a fusion of Maltese and Mexican music

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 10:01 Last update: about 6 years ago

Simon Sammut from Malta and Omar Vázquez from Mexico, have managed to combine their ideas and interact through them, generating a sonorous diversity of electric, acoustic basses, fretless and upright bass; in addition to other instruments as a drums, piano, guitar, trumpet, flute, voice and flamenco cajon.

The project was founded in 2018 with the aim of merging ideas and interacting virtually for the realisation of the music of both members. Simon and Omar got to know each other in 2017 through social networks and through their affinity for the electric bass and music composition.


They started working together through the recording of audio and video of a composition for two basses. This was the beginning of a working relationship and friendship between the two musicians. Despite the distance between one country and another, they decided to collaborate further and work on a collection of compositions of both, generating eight themes, which reflect the musical tastes, sounds and feelings of the two artists.

They are currently in the process of finalising their first album together as a duet called 'Gravity'. which involves musicians from Malta and Mexico. The album covers different sonorities and styles like jazz fusion, funk, latin, world music among others. In order to take advantage of the excellent relationship which has developed between the two artists and the other musicians from the respective countries the eight compositions shall be performed live for the first time in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico on 12th and 13th April 2019.

The travel component of the project is partially funded by the Arts Council Malta.

Simon Sammut will be joined by Melchior Busuttil from Malta to perform in Mexico together with Omar Vázquez and five other musicians from Mexico. Apart from the live performance, this initiative will also provide an opportunity to showcase artists and work from Malta to an international audience and create the right conditions for networking between the artists from both countries to take place.

Simon Sammut with the assistance of Melchior Busuttil will deliver a master class at the Centro Morelense de las Artes which will focus on musical production methods and recording concepts with particular emphasis on the use of the electric bass.

The following musicians are involved in the project: Mexico Citlalli Toledo/Voice Osiel Barrios/Guitar David Caspeta/Drums and cajón flamenco Cipriano Izquierdo/Flute Emilio Palacios /Flute Malta Kris Spiteri Piano/keyboards Melchior Busuttil/Drums Kevin Abela/Trumpet Jonathan Ellul/Guitar.

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