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Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra



Biography

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a thrilling 11-piece salsa group which plays dynamic, dura (70s style salsa) arrangements of indie rock tunes we love. No bananas in the hair; this is innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic. With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, 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 has led to international acclaim for its completely new approach to the genre.

Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), and fronted by Argentinian chanteuse Solange Prat, the WSO has found an audience among new and classic salsa lovers, quickly becoming one of the most popular bands in New York City.

The WSO has been featured recently in Rolling Stone Magazine (on the 2013 Latin Hot List), and on MTV Iggy, Telemundo, Univision, and on the nationally syndicated program LatiNation on Fox. Recent shows include the Blue Note Jazz Festival at B.B.King's 42nd Street, the Kennedy Center, the Brooklyn Bowl, SOBs (Sounds of Brazil), The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and many more.
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra