in this week´s episode hosts Pablo Aslan and  Fernando González interview Colombian percussionist and composer Samuel Torres. He speaks about the depth and variety of Afro-Colombian music, how it relates to the African and indigenous rooted traditions in other countries in Latin America, and also music as a social statement.

If you think playing congas in a band or an orchestra means just keeping time or setting a groove, you have not heard  Samuel. Yes he has done that and more playing in salsa and Latin jazz bands; collaborating with pop stars such as Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz, and Shakira and also with innovative artists such as singers Sofia Rei and Lara Bello and pianist Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

But his imaginative melodic playing of the congas and creative composing and arranging has been also featured in concerts with the Berlin Symphoniker, the Boston Pops, Bogotá Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2019 he won a Latin GRAMMY  in the Best Classical Album category for Regreso, a work featuring the Nueva Filarmonia Orchestra with Samuel as soloist.

Bam Rodriguez has distilled years of studying and performing in Caracas, Brussels, Amsterdam, and New York City into a thoughtful, original approach to music-making. His work has a broad range, extending from anchoring the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to his ambient-like Music to be Bored: “meditative, restorative, creative,“ as he defines it.

Hosts Pablo Aslan and Fernando Gonzalez get into all of it in Episode 3 of the Ori-gen Podcast.


Join host Pablo Aslan with writer and music critic Fernando Gonzalez in a kitchen table conversation with pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, who happens to be his youngest son.

We talk about family, the long shadow of Arturo’s father, the great arranger and composer Chico O’Farrill; what it was like in the O’Farrill musical household, having not just a father, a grandfather and a brother who were into the music, but also, a mother!

We talk about coming of age as a Latino and the art of playing in a duet.

Pull up a chair and join us.