Sunlightsquare Live DJ Set

"This is a triumph, and it’ll be exciting to hear what Sunlightsquare cook up next”


"All I can say is WOW!! I love it”

Don Blackman

Claudio Passanvanti, the mastermind behind the Latin-Soul band Sunlightquare, is also a recognised DJ who performs at clubs and events amongst the likes of Gilles Peterson, Louie Vega, Joey Negro, Henrik Schwarz and others. He regularly plays shows at Ronnie Scott's (London), WMC (Miami), ADE (Amsterdam), wavemusic Public Chill (Hamburg) as well as in venues across the world.

His new project is the Sunlightsquare Live-DJ-Set where he transforms the power of a 12-piece band into an hot, sexy and very danceable one-man-show DJ-Set. Claudio Passavanti is not just spinning music, but remixing on the spot, adding sound effects such as drums & percussion while playing live piano.

In his sets he combines well-known classics with cutting edge House, Latin and Soul music as well as original tunes. The Sunlightsquare Live-DJ-Set adventure will be burning up floors, as once again, the visionary Passavanti tears up the rule book with great success. We'll see you on the dance floor!!

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Sunlightsquare Band

Sunlightsquare are a multi genre ‘dance’ combo, their unique mixture of Latin, Jazz and Dance has earned the band the reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting acts to spring up from the London scene.

The band features a diverse group of world-class vocalists from the UK and the caribbean such as Vanessa Freeman (Bugz In The Attic, 4 Hero, Kyoto Jazz Massive), Tasita D'Mour (Roy Ayers, Copyright, DJ Kawasaky), Joy Malcolm (Moby, Incognito), Sharlene Hector (Gorillaz) Brendan Reilly (Basement Jaxx). With its large line-up of up of musicians Sunlightsquare also features iconic Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson (Arturo Sandoval, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Richard Bona) and american drum legend Steve Gadd amongst the rhythm section, as well as top British jazz horn duo Quentin Collins & Brandon Allen (Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx, Eric Clapton, Mica Paris).

In 2010 Sunlightsquare's salsa version of I Believe In Miracles (from the CD Havana Central) went on to sell over 10,000 copies and became a cult success in the Latin circles worldwide, with the support of top DJs in the likes of Gilles Peterson, Louie Vega, Jazzie B, Tony Humphries, Joey Negro. Claudio's long affair with Afro-Cuban music got him to produce several recordings in Havana often in collaboration with Bata' master Giovanni Imparato (Isaac Delgado, Paco De Lucia, Ray Charles).

Through the homonymous independent record label, since 2005 Sunlightsquare has released 5 albums and 13 singles several of which on vinyl and it is today considered one of the most prolific and influential acts in the contemporary Latin genre . The 2011 album Britannia Shing-A-Ling - a 25-piece band live studio recording - has been defined by BBC as 'A triumph'.

In April 2012, Brownswood Recordings released a Sunlightsquare remix of Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band's Agita, feat. El Micha & Osdalgia. Today Claudio is also a recognised DJ, with his regular performances at Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Cafe, WMC (Miami) and major venues across the world, as well as contributing as a presenter on Jazz FM with his "Sunlightsquare Takeover".

Just recently Claudio remixed the track "Nana" for the upcoming Gilles Peterson's Sonzeira - Brazil Bam Bam Bam remix album. He also produced 2 tracks for the upcoming film "Trash" by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), along with international superstar Pharrell Williams.

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