Waltons World Masters - Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Spanish Harlem Orchestra (2008)

‘All the joys of salsa’s 1960s and ‘70s heyday...each song revealed a new treat.’
– New York Times

When Saturday, 12 April 2008, 8 pm
Where National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm, The Irish Times

Spanish Harlem OrchestraOscar Hernández • Piano, Leader
Ray De La Paz • Vocals
Marco Bermúdez • Vocals
Willie Torres • Vocals
John Walsh • Trumpet
Peter Nater • Trumpet
Jimmy Bosch • Trombone
Dan Reagan • Trombone
Mitch Froman • Saxophone, Flute
Luisito Quintero • Timbales
George Delgado • Congas
Jorge González • Bongos
Hector ‘Maximo’ Rodríguez • Bass

See the Concert Poster.

‘Watching these crack musicians rev up their complex, precision polyrhythms and fire up five-part horn harmonies is as thrilling as riding a horse that suddenly breaks into a gallop. The near-anarchic, party-like climax gave fans a final lesson in classic salsa: Never leave before it’s over.’
– Los Angeles Times

Since their arrival in 2000, the thirteen-member all-star SHO has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City salsa to music lovers worldwide. Their music celebrates the music of New York’s ‘El Barrio’ – birthplace of salsa, Latin soul, boogaloo, and countless other variants within the Latin idiom.

Dedicated to preserving the vital history of classic Latin dance orchestras while at the same time writing and arranging new music for the audiences of today, the Grammy Award winning group has been a hit worldwide, in cities as diverse as Hong Kong, Istanbul, Zurich, and Montreal.

Led by renowned pianist and arranger Oscar Hernández, Spanish Harlem Orchestra bursts with energy, delivering sizzling classic salsa rhythms, tight vocals and raw percussive power. It is, quite simply, the best salsa band on the planet.

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