MUSIC, THE SORTING ROOM Lovelace Studio Theater
The Sorting Room @ The Wallis Presents
Oct 28, 2023
The Sorting Room @ The Wallis presents a special performance from the multi-textural, jazz-laced psychedelic instrumental folk-funk ensemble led by Panamá-born, Chicago-based drummer and DJ Daniel Villarreal.
The Sorting Room @ The Wallis is an intimate nightclub series featuring incredible acts of comedy, music, and more. Round out the experience with craft cocktails, beer, wine, and other refreshments served up by The Briskin Bar.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Villarreal may be most known for his big style and magnetic personality, but to musicians on the scene, it’s as much for his talents as a malleable and reliable drummer, with a deep pocket in many styles and sounds. Through Dos Santos and Ida y Vuelta, he’s demonstrateda range of knowledge and skill in various stripes of folkloric Latin music; but, ironically, he didn’t really play traditional Latin music until he moved to the States from his hometown Panamá City. His deepest roots in drumming are from the progressive punk and hardcore scenes of Central America, where his bands NOHAYDIA and 2 Huevos 1 Camino were active in the late 90s. Those formative experiences are the foundation of his career in music.
After his teen years thrashing on the punk scene, Villarreal started a life changing tutelage with Freddy Sobers, the drummer of El General and Nando Boom (both known for pioneering reggaeton music in Panamá). “He taught me how to play all kinds of rhythms and told me I didn’t have to just play punk music,” Villarreal told the Chicago Reader in 2021. “He played everything from Rush to reggaeton to Chick Corea to salsa music... He told me if I wanted to be a good drummer, I had to learn all the styles. He took me under his wing, and I learned a lot from him.”
Villarreal evokes another Panamanian legend in “Patria,” a tribute to the organist and composer Avelino Muñoz. “My father, who also played the organ, used to listen to him growing up. I was always curious about its haunted sound. This recording is a total obeisance to Muñoz, my father and my country.”
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