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ABOUT THE WSO
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.
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 WSO 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.
released June 5, 2011
Gianni Mano - Timbales/Bandleader
Solange Prat - Lead Vocals
Geraldo Flores - Bongo
Jhohan Hernandez - Congas
Angela Ortiz - Piano
Andy Cotton - Bass
Jason Prover - Trumpet
Jon Lijoi - Trumpet
Alex Asher - Trombone
James Hall - Trombone
Morgan Price - Baritone Sax
Norbert Stachel - Flute (track 10)
Rafi Malkiel - Trombone (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8)
Recorded and Mixed by Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn NY
Mastered at Masterdisk NY by Scott Hull
Produced and Arranged by Gianni Mano
Band Photo by Jen Painter
CD Design and Layout by Miko