Mikata has been delighting audiences around the USA, in Canada and abroad for over 30 years.
Recipient of the New Haven Arts Council Award for “outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the community”, and the HPN Latin Music Achievement Award, Mikata has performed at clubs in New York City, (S.O.B.’s, Heart Break, Danceteria, Pyramid Club), at colleges and universities around the country and at concerts and festivals in the US, Canada and Japan.
Mikata performs a full repertoire of hard-hitting Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, Cha-cha and Latin Jazz.
The band is renowned for their contemporary arrangements of the great classics of Mambo and Salsa from the1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. This was the era when the dynamic, percussive quality of Latin music reigned supreme and Mikata brilliantly brings this element to the fore in its virtuoso performances.
Mikata’s repertoire includes new arrangements of Jazz classics, original songs and gripping folkloric-Salsa hybrids that foster a direct experience of the African-Caribbean roots of the music.
In addition to great Jazz soloing from the horn and rhythm sections, Mikata provides a short Salsa dance lesson during performances for those who need to brush up on their steps.
Mikata is a celebration of diversity and the group truly knows how to create community with their music. Whoever their audience is, Mikata is guaranteed to get them up, dancing and having the time of their lives.
“I hope you know how much everyone enjoyed Mikata last night. It was probably the greatest event we have ever had at the UU Church. It was hardly a church last night but in many ways more spiritual than it’s ever been. I feel so lucky to have been there to have been a part of the undulating energy that filled the space. Please let everyone in the band know how much we love you.” – Rozanne
Latin, Salsa, Jazz
New Haven, CT, USA