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2007 Media Release - Spanish Harlem Orchestra

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Issued Thursday, November 1 2007

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE - SYDNEY EXCLUSIVE
SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA

FREE at Festival First Night, January 5
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, January 7
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, January 9 & 11
FREE at El Barrio, Jazz in the Domain, January 12

“Righteous pleasure.” New York Times

“Double-dares you not to move.” Associated Press

“They make you get up and dance, tap into the good-natured, communal spirit characteristic of salsa at its timeless best.” Los Angeles Times

Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger and producer Oscar Hernández, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the cream of New York’s Latino musicians.  This 13-member Grammy-award winning powerhouse has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City salsa to music lovers worldwide.

Fusing old-school “salsa dura” with a distinctive 21st century flavour, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra will serve up an explosive musical hot-pot of New York, Puerto Rico and Cuba in a sizzling salsa extravaganza.

Ferocious Afro-Caribbean rhythms, hard-riffing horns, rippling piano and vocals at turns suave and flamboyant, Spanish Harlem Orchestra base its sound on “salsa dura” or heavy salsa that permeated New York City’s Eastside El Barrio community in the 1960s and 1970s.  Full of energy and spirit, they pay loving tribute to the legacies of Mambo legends like Tito Puente and create a new place for authentic Latin music today.

In 2007, Spanish Harlem Orchestra released United We Swing, their third album and stunning follow-up to their 2004 Grammy award-winning album, Across 110th St, and their 2002 Grammy nominated debut, Un Gran Día En El Barrio.

Oscar Hernández is one of the most gifted and prominent pianist/arrangers on the contemporary Latin and salsa music scene.  He was the musical director of the Ruben Blades Band and his film and television credits include pianist for the theme song of the television series, Sex and the City.

Formed in 2000, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is an alumnus of Latin music virtuosos who worked with the most legendary names in the classic New York City salsa scene – including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Hector Lavoe.  With their huge intoxicating sound and old-school flair, Spanish Harlem Orchestra has been dubbed “Harlem’s answer to Buena Vista Social Club”.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
will also play for free at Festival First Night and El Barrio at Jazz in The Domain.  See media releases for these events for further information.

Where: FREE at Festival First Night
When: January 5    Playing time tbc, please check www.sydneyfestival.org.au
Where:  Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
When: January 7 at 8.00pm
Duration: 1hr 5omins, including interval
Price A reserve $80 / $70
B reserve $70 / $60
C reserve $60 / $50
Bookings: Sydney Opera House  02 9250 7777

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