The Kennedy Center

Nayas



Biography

Nayas “deftly shifts from rootsy reggae to ska to introspective rock” (The Washington Post). Their mixed rhythms of cumbia, reggae, rock, and ska know no limits and never fail to bring down the house. Lyrics are in English, Spanish, Spanglish, and they have been known to throw in some Portuguese for good measure. The band members hail from Peru, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and the US. Nayas has become a fixture in D.C., regularly playing at premier venues such as the 9:30 club, Black Cat, and The State Theatre. They have shared the stage with Calle 13, Molotov, Si-Se, El Gran Silencio, Kinky, Yerba Buena, Volumen Cero, Easy Star All-Star, Amigos Invisibles, and others. Their first self titled album was released in 2006 and they are currently recording their second in Right-On studio under the direction of Emmy winning sound engineer/musician Jerome Maffeo. The band is composed of Luis Torrealva (lead vocals/bass), Lilo Gonzales (lead guitar/vocals), Joey Carrasquillo (percussions/vocals), Joey Rossetti (drums/percussion), and Scott Schoem (keyboards/vocals).
Nayas