Sol y Canto – 3/31/18

7:30 PM, OLIN CONCERT HALL

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com.

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Sol y Canto is the nationally-touring and Boston Music Award winning Pan-Latin ensemble led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador. Featuring Rosi’s crystalline voice, Brian’s lush Spanish guitar, and virtuoso musicians from Uruguay, Perú, Panamá and Argentina on piano, winds, bass, and percussion, the sextet has established a reputation for their quirky original compositions that address matters of the heart, social and global aspiration, and for their unique and driving interpretations of contemporary Latin music.

Since 1994, Sol y Canto has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the White House, the California World Music Festival to Boston’s Symphony Hall, Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Boston Globe hails them “sublime ambassadors of the Pan-Latin tradition” and their many accolades include Best of Boston for Latin rhythms by Boston Magazine and Outstanding Latin Act by the Boston Music Awards. Music critic Norman Weinstein of the Christian Science Monitor and Boston Phoenix explains:

“Every Sol y Canto album is a demonstration of what the poet Federico García Lorca identified as “deep song. Always they evoke the sensual splendor of simply being vitally, vividly alive in a magical and mysterious universe. Brian Amador is a Spanish modernist poet in the guise of a musician…Together, Rosi and Brian Amador create a musical marriage made in heaven.”

Sol y Canto is known for making their music accessible to Spanish- and non-Spanish speaking audiences of all ages. Musical director/composer Brian was the first Latino ever to be commissioned by Boston’s preeminent Celebrity Series to compose a Latin orchestral suite, Prisma de amores, which has toured nationwide with classical ensembles from symphony orchestras to string quartets. Their debut recording, Sancocho, on Rounder Records, was chosen by Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe as one of the ten best recordings of 1994. Sendero del Sol, their 1996 Rounder Records release produced by renowned Panamanian jazz pianist Danilo Pérez, was chosen as “one of the best of the year” by Hispanic Magazine. Sol y Canto’s fall 1999 album, En Todo Momento, was featured by People en Español as one of the year’s HITS in 2000. In 2001 the FleetBoston Celebrity Series commissioned Brian Amador to compose a Latin suite for Sol y Canto and an orchestra. It was performed at one of the Boston’s area’s most exquisite performance venues, the 1000-seat Sanders Theater. The suite consists of a variety of Latin genres such as the Argentine tango, the Cuban bolero, cha cha cha, danzón, and son, and the Puerto Rican bomba. Their Parents Choice Award-winning CD for kids, Twice as Many Friends/El Doble de Amigos, features a fun and celebratory collection of bilingual children’s songs for singing, dancing and learning.