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Orlando "Maraca" Valle is today one of the most internationally recognized Cuban musicians.

He is currently in the process of launching a new album entitled "Flautas Gigantes" in Big Band format of flutes, which had never been done in Cuban music and with this variety of genres and rhythms performed by such diverse flutes there is no precedent in the world either. . For this, "Maraca" had a luxurious rhythmic base and the executive production, design, photos and recording, mixing and mastering was of the highest level.

The musical direction and arrangements are shared between "Maraca" and the legendary and award-winning maestro of generations Joaquin Betancourt.

In November 2021 the album "Cha cha cha, homage to the traditional" won the "Latin Grammy" award. In this album by Alain Pérez, Issac Delgado and the “Aragón” Orchestra, “Maraca” also appears as the only special guest.

At the beginning of this 2020, the album "The Omni-American Book Club/ My journey Through Literature in Music" by the Big Band of the American trumpeter Brian Lynch, where "Maraca" participated in condition special guest. Other guests included Dave Liebman, Regina Carter, Donald Harrison, Jim Snidero, and Dafnis Prieto.

In 2018 "Maraca" had also participated as a special guest in the album "A mi que: Tributo a los clásicos cubanos" by "Septeto Santiaguero" and José Alberto "El Canario" which also won the Latin Grammy award.

He also participated in the "International Jazz Day" held in Havana where he led a band of Cuban jazz stars during the "Global Concert" at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso". In that historic concert also participated Herbie Hancock, Kenny Garrett, Quincy Johnes, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spaldin, Richard Bona and many other artists from all over the planet including Will Smith, who was the master of ceremony. and was broadcast live to more than 160 countries.

Other albums of "Maraca" have been awarded in "Cubadisco", the most important music event in Cuba. "Tha Art of Two" in a duet with his pianist cousin living in the Netherlands Ramón Valle won the Award for the best instrumental music album in Cuba in 2018. "Descarga Total" which has also been one of the best-selling albums in Cuba. "Tremenda Rumba" (nominated for a Grammy in 2002 and was also in the Top 15 of the "Billboard" list of best sellers in the United States. "Formula One" and "Sonando", integrate an extensive number of awards without fail to mention the records where "Maraca" participated as a special guest by Ernan López-Nussa and Elito Revé y su Charangòn, which also won two awards, and the "Pasaporte" by Tata Guines and Angá, where "µraca" was musical director, arranger, composer, flutist , pianist and keyboardist.
Born in Havana into a family of musicians, Orlando "Maraca" Valle began studying the flute at the age of ten and continued his musical training until he arrived at the "Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana" where he stayed for more than 3 years. years. At that time he was part of the groups of the Cuban Jazzman "Bobby" Carcassés, the quintet of the legendary pianist Emiliano Salvador, as well as the group "Los amigos" directed by the also pianist Frank Emili Flynn.

In 1988 he joined the legendary Cuban group "Irakere" led by Chucho Valdés, considered by many to be the best Latin jazz band in history.
With six years of experience and more than 60 countries visited with Irakere, Maraca launched his solo career in 1994 creating his group "Otra Visión" in mid-1995 with which he has toured the world.
Since then he has gained an international reputation with various groups led by him or in various collaborations.
His DVD and CD "Reencuentros" with his "Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Satrs" represents, perhaps, his most daring foray as a composer and shows that he is one of the most important composers in the world of Latin jazz today.
Stars like Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio Hernández, Steve Turre, Brian Lynch, Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Robby Ameen, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harold López Nussa, Ed Simons, John Benítez, were invited to participate in stages such as the "Chatelet" theater in Paris or the Gran Teatro de La Habana among other important squares.
He has collaborated on more than 80 albums, some of great repercussion such as "Café Atlántico" by Cesaria Évora (for which he worked as musical director and flutist for the part recorded in Havana) or "Different and Different" by Afrocubana All Stars or " Bajando Gervasio“ by Amadito Valdés (timbalero of the “Buena Vista Social Club“ and “Afrocuban All Stars“.

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Yoshis, Aspen, Montreux, Montreal, Vancouver, Istanbul, North Sea, Paris, Nice, Marciac, Lugano, Antibes-Juan-les-Pins, Vitoria) Play Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, the House of Music in Moscow, Jazz Alley or the Athens Opera, appear in the tours carried out by this Cuban flutist.
Al Di Meola, Wynton Marsalis, Leonid Agutin, Jesús Alemañy and "Cubanismo" are some of the artists with whom "Maraca" has been invited to collaborate.

"Maraca" has also caused a sensation in important international flute conventions such as the NFA (National Flute Association) conventions in New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, the French flute convention in Paris, the one in Croatia, Tenerife, Panama and others, which It has allowed him to share stages and master classes with legends of the instrument such as Hubert Laws, Jim Walker, Pierre Ives Artaud, Sophie Cherrier, Nestor Torres, Tadeo Cohelo, Ali Ryerson and many from all genres and countries.

Despite the special conditions since 2020 “Maraca has launched 3 new audiovisual works through digital platforms.
His DVD and CD "Esa fluta" as a tribute to the Cuban flute of all time, "Los 80: Homenaje a la Orquesta Aragón" and "Descarga A Buena hora con "Maraca y sus invitados" all recorded live in 2019.

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