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Bio Ritmo: Puerta del Sur

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Bio Ritmo has kept the salsa flame burning for more than twenty years. “We all share a passion for salsa, a music that encompasses so many different styles and influences," explains producer, composer, pianist and bandleader Marlysse Simmons. “It's rooted in the experimentation of blending rhythms and sounds and this is exactly what we love to do." “Our mission from day one was to write original music in the classic salsa style," concurs lead composer and vocalist Rei ...

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Bio Ritmo: La Verdad

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In September 2011, Bio Ritmo, the ten-piece salsa band from Richmond (Virginia), celebrated twenty years together, no small accomplishment for a band originally formed (says its official company bio) “as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met at art school, combined with a local punk rock drummer."Communally led by Tobias Whitaker (trombone and composer), Marlysse Simmons (pianist and composer), multi-instrumentalist and arranger Guistino Riccio (who's been onboard for eighteen of those twenty years) ...

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Bio Ritmo: Bio Ritmo

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When you translate the word salsa into English, you get “sauce." The musical form of the same name comes in many flavors, from cheesy synth-pop to buttery jazzy jams. The salsa cooked up by Bio Ritmo is picante ("spicy"). The nonet features a vocalist (Rei Alvarez), a brassy four-horn front line, and a cohesive rhythm section consisting of piano, bass, and two drummers. It's a classic lineup and a classic sound, but never boring and never difficult.

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