Bilingual and multicultural, Sol y Canto's music features a wide variety ofLatin American and Caribbean dance and folkloric rhythms. From salsa, rumbaand merengue, to cumbia, tango, vallenato and Spanish flamenco, the group'srepertoire includes traditional and contemporary Latin music.
The band is headed by Rosi and Brian Amador, two of the founding members ofthe recognized Latin band Flor de Caña. Brian Amador's versatileSpanish guitar and Rosi Amador's crystalline voice are the framework of Sol yCanto. Dick Pleasants of WGBH-FM, Boston said, "Rosi's voice is among thefinest I've heard. She sings..with great expression from the roots of herLatin heritage. Brian is a gifted musician...who creates beautiful works whileusing traditional musical elements with integrity."
The rest of the band is made up of four young, but very experienced musicians.Renato Thomas, born in Panama and raised mainly in Costa Rica, plays congas andother percussion with keen understanding of traditional Afro-Cuban styles.Argentine bassist Fernando Huergo has distinguished himself in both the jazzand Latin worlds with mastery of Latin rhythms and a varied dexterity of tonalcolors. Jon Weeks, a native of New England, plays alto, tenor and sopranosaxophones and flute, blending harmonic inventiveness with a deep respect forauthenticity. Eduardo Tancredi, from Uruguay, plays keyboards, accordion andpercussion. He is an accomplished jazz pianist with a wide knowledge of Latinmusical forms.
The Sol y Canto performance is the third performance of the HamiltonPerforming Arts Series. Additional performances in the series includeHuun-Huur-Tu Music of Tuva, Thursday, Feb. 27; and National Theatre of theDeaf's presentation of Curiouser and Curiouser, Sunday, March 9.Tickets for the series, including the Sol y Canto performance, are $40 for thegeneral public and $10 for students.