Swing into the Riverside Theatre for a night of infectious Latin music delivered with the irresistible energy and infectious El Barrio style of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger and producer Oscar Hernandez, this powerhouse 13-member band is the cream of New York’s Latino musicians, having forged their sound on bandstands around the world.
Rousing and ferocious Afro-Caribbean rhythms, hard-riffing horns, rippling piano and vocals at turns suave and flamboyant, all pay tribute to the legacies of mambo legends like Tito Puente and channel the exuberance of 60s and 70s salsa in its heyday.
Full of the energy and spirit of El Barrio, the tiny patch of NYC, which is the birthplace of everything from salsa and Latin soul to boogaloo, this forceful, finely-tuned ensemble pay loving tribute to salsa’s history and ancestry and the vibrant enclave which has exerted such monumental effect on American music today.
Fusing old-school ‘salsa dura’ with a distinctive 21st century flavour, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra serves up to Sydney, an explosive musical hot pot from New York, Puerto Rico and Cuba.