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About Kai Lyons Changui Dance Party

On October 1st at 3pm, join us for an electrifying evening of rhythm and musical mastery as Kai Lyons, the virtuoso of the Cuban guitar known as the "tres," takes center stage at the Paul Dresher Studio in the heart of West Oakland. This special performance promises to transport you to the vibrant streets of Guantanamo, Cuba, where traditional Changui music meets contemporary innovation through Kai's mesmerizing tres melodies. With soul-stirring percussion and Kai's dynamic musical artistry, the audience will be immersed in a fusion of cultures and energies, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends borders and celebrates the universal language of music. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event that will have you grooving, swaying, and clapping along in a celebration of music like no other.


This show features Einar Leliebre Nunez on bongo of the forest, Tobiah Gaster on box, Javier Navarrette on scraper, Hector Lugo on shaker, and Yadier Noa Chamble on bass alongside Kai. Buy tickets now for the discounted advance price!


Kai Lyons is from the Excelsior District of San Francisco and was surrounded by music and community from an early age. He completed his studies at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in 2012 as the first to graduate from the acclaimed Classical Guitar Program, directed by Scott Cmiel. From 2012-2014, on full scholarship, Kai attended the prestigious jazz program at William Paterson University of New Jersey, directed by Mulgrew Miller. He studied with Vincent Herring, Gene Bertoncini, Harold Mabern, Rich Perry, and Hal Galper. Kai received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from San Francisco State University where he studied with Andrew Speight, Michael Zisman and Hafez Modirzadeh. Ever since returning to the Bay Area in 2015, he has freelanced extensively and also traveled frequently to New York City, New Orleans, Brazil and the Caribbean on music trips. In 2018 he participated in Master Class: Orff-Afrique 2018 in Ghana, Africa.


Besides working with his own trio, Kai has performed with Mike Clark and Donald Harrison of Herbie Hancock’s Original Headhunters, Louis Romero, award-winning organist Wil Blades, Larry Vuckovich, Sueños and Illy Bogart.