Cuban pianist/composer Omar Sosa spent a few years increasing his musical purview, steadily including new sounds and collaborators. His performances had been celebrations to which everybody was welcome, and he deftly wove collectively Moroccan chants and hip hop exhortations with Yoruba incantations and jazz improvisation.
You’ll be able to nonetheless hear a lot of these influences in Sosa’s music, which is as world and encompassing as ever. However the Clear Water Trio he co-leads with Senegalese kora grasp Seckou Keita is an elemental ensemble stripped right down to the bones.
Captured on the 2017 album “Clear Water” ( Otá Data ), the trio with good Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles creates spellbinding music that appears to ripple joyously from the stage.
The trio performs the Freight & Salvage March 20-21 and two gigs at Kuumbwa Jazz on March 22.
“Omar’s music may be very touching, very religious,” says the London-based Keita, whose beautiful 2016 solo album “22 Strings” was named finest album from Africa and the Center East by the British music journal Songlines. “I come from a background that may be very totally different. My mom is from a griot, and pa was Keita, the lineage of the Mandinka royal household. However I’ve some unexplainable connection by the soul with Omar.”
Particulars: eight p.m. March 20-21; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $36/$40; 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org; 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. March 22; Kuumbwa Jazz Heart, Santa Cruz; $26.25/$42; 831-427-2227, www.kuumbwajazz.org.
Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent