The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a stunning 11-piece band which forgoes the standard repertoire of vintage salsa covers and sound-alike originals, instead playing dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes we love. No bananas in the hair; this is innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic.
Their debut album has been hailed throughout the world as a document which resets the boundaries of the art form, appearing on many “Best of 2011” lists, and getting spun in clubs throughout the globe. Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano, (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), and featuring Argentine chanteuse Solange Prat, along with a full compliment of horns & percussion, the WSO contains some of the best young players on the scene with backgrounds from Columbia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Nueva York, and all over the USA.
With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, The Black Keys, Spoon and many more, the WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity. The explosive arrangements have established the band as a groundbreaking force in the New York underground and have led to a high-profile open-ended residency at The Brooklyn Bowl, as well as legendary salsa venue S.O.B’s, bringing the big band sound back after decades of absence.
“The work here is way above and beyond anything anyone else is doing right now – and maybe ever. “No one has heard salsa like this since Machito circa 1976" –palosalsero.com , New York, NY“
“The arrangements are magnificent; you could close your eyes and get carried away...a really great band...” – Solar Latin Club, Cali, Columbia
What distinguishes the band is the urban funk they bring to their salsa, which creates an intoxicating swing...masterful arrangements....a candidate for a worldwide hit...” Latinmusik.com , Zurich, Switzerland ’
Simply stunning...highly recommended and a must in any collection...impeccable arrangements and flawless interpretation....” ---ElKillerDeSalsa.blogspot.com, Madrid, Spain
Much more convincing than the tropical tribute to the Beatles....made great thanks to the brilliant arrangements of percussionist Gianni Mano and amazing vocals of Solange Prat.” --- Vibrations Music Magazine, Paris France
“An unstoppable weapon for the dancefloor.” ---Vibrations Music Magazine, Paris France
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