ITS PRINCIPLES AND AFRICAN ORIGINS
By David Peñalosa
the first time in print, Afro-Cuban clave music receives an in-depth analysis
that shows, in a logical, step-by-step manner, precisely how all its rhythmic
elements relate. For beginning students, performers, or music teachers,
The Clave Matrix unlocks the rhythmic secrets of this extraordinary
music. Over 300 pages, The Clave Matrix presents numerous examples
and exercises (in standard and box notation), extensive chapter notes,
bibliography, and a prodigious discography of 10 pages. Also included
are 2 CDs with 117 tracks of examples.
“I highly recommend David’s common sense method to this much underdeveloped area of Cuban music. This is THE standard of the genre.”
author: Odd Meter Clave, Rhythmic Reading
“If you have been waiting for a text that breaks down the concept of clave and its related complexities to a level of practical and useable detail, this is your book.”
Dr. Eugene D. Novotney
Professor of Music, Humboldt State University
“Everyone knows that Latin music is based on clave, but what is clave itself based on? The answer - a revelation to me, is one of many to be found in this meticulous study of Afro-Cuban rhythms.”
author: The Tomas Cruz Conga Method Vols. 1-3, Beyond Salsa Piano, The Cuban Timba Piano Revolution
"An incredible work of art"
Walfredo de los Reyes Sr.
"The Clave Matrix is extremely well written, very informative and utterly thorough. Besides the main body of the text, the notes chapter, references, discographies, websites, etc., in the back of the book are fantastic! It's an excellent piece of work!"
author: The Conga Drummer's Guidebook
"Not only has David done a meticulous job of documenting, explaining and expanding the most far reaching mode of expression in world music today, he has created a rigorous method for learning and teaching its principles and application."
author: Clave Consciousness Vols.1 and 2 and Speaking of Rhythm Vols. 1 -6, PulseWave.com