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Viento De Agua

Viento de Agua is an original Latin dance/performance band with a groundbreaking new sound. The term itself refers to a Puerto Rican phrase used to describe the damp and humid air that precedes a heavy rainstorm. The traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms bomba y plena, are combined with various Afro-Caribbean rhythms and jazz to create a fresh contemporary style. The result of this fusion is an explosive sound that both seduces the most skilled dancer and stimulates the most sophisticated listener. Hector 'Tito' Matos, the director of Viento de Agua, explains the concept: “Our purpose is to disseminate our original and creative way of performing these ancestral rhythms not only to our Latino audience but to the rest of the world as well.” This ensemble was conceived and created in New York City in the fall of 1997

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Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the Music of La Isla

Read "Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the  Music of La Isla" reviewed by Steve Bryant

For the last decade, saxophonist Miguel Zenón has distinguished himself as one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the modern jazz idiom. The Puerto Rican-born altoist accomplished this feat by reaching back to the musical and cultural traditions of his island. On groundbreaking recordings such as Jibaro (Marsalis Music, 2005) and Esta Plena (Marsalis ...

Fruta Madura

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: Cuidadano del Mundo; El Mareíto; Fruta Madura; Lola; No me apaguen la candela; Pienso en ti; Las Batatas; El que no tiene inga; Admisión Gratuita; Mi Quinto Lloro; Oye, Carmiña; La Parranda.

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Viento De Agua: Fruta Madura

Read "Fruta Madura" reviewed by James Nadal

Viento De Agua, with the release of Fruta Madura, creates a novel approach to the Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena. Blending vocals, stringed instrumentation, horns and woodwinds with a solid percussive foundation presents a veritable tropical feast. Bomba and plena, though often mentioned together, are clearly distinctive in the type, size and shape of ...


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