Curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area music scene, with Oakland as its launch pad. This series takes place the second Sunday of each month.
This month RDL+ will feature Mena Ramos, a dynamic presence in the Bay Area music scene. Teaming up, RDL+ and Mena will perform original and classic Latin-inspired music that will make you move. Join us.
Mena Ramos is a family physician and Latin percussionist based in Oakland, CA. She received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and studied congas and bata drums while earning her M.D. in Havana, Cuba from 2005 to 2011. Her teachers include Alfredo Benitez Gonzalez (Cuarteto d’Aida), Diunis Valdes (Rumba Morena), Tonito Martinez, Javier Cabanillas, and Elizabeth Sayre. She performed internationally with Amikaeyla Gaston and the Harmonic Rhythms, whose sound blends Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms with African-American spirituals.
She has also performed locally at Freight and Salvage, the Oakland Scottish Right Theater (MLK Tribute), the Cuba-Caribe Festival, and the SF Ethnic Dance Festival. She continues to perform locally with the CMC Charanga Ensemble, Francisco Rosales Cuban Ensemble at Cafe Revolution, and the Arenas Dance Company, a Cuban folkloric ensemble. In addition to music, Mena also teaches Cuban style salsa dancing with Rueda con Ritmo.
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ started building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces. While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.
In the summer of 2018, RDL+ released their second full-length album, Pacific Voyage. In the spirit of adventure, this live performance album captures it all. From placid waters to raging seas, Pacific Voyage sails the oceans in a vessel of original composition, powered by the raw emotions of the improvisational trio.
Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Luis Salcedo, guitar
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-15 sliding scale at the door
*no refunds or exchanges permitted*