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2012-05-12

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"...unfailingly inspiring...The Amadors and their cohorts bring a tremendous virtuosity to their music. Sol y Canto is Rosi and Brian Amador, backed by a group of extraordinary players.”
- Philip Van Vleck, Billboard Magazine.

Gracias Mama - 5th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Concert with Sol y Canto featuring: 16 year old Alisa Amador

Featuring: Rosi Amador (Puerto Rico/Argentina) - Lead Vocals/Bongó
Brian Amador (New Mexico, U.S.) - Guitarist/Musical Director
Renato Thoms (Panamá) - percussion
Keala Kaumeheiwa, (Michigan, U.S.) – Acoustic bass
Tim Mayer (Oregon, U.S.) - sax, flute
Nando Michelin (Uruguay) -piano

Special Guest: Alisa Amador, Vocals/Guitar

A musical celebration of mothers and daughters on the eve of Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 12th.


BAND BIO:
The heart and soul of Sol y Canto's music is founding members Puerto Rican/Argentine singer Rosi Amador’s crystalline vocals and New Mexican Brian Amador’s sumptuous, versatile Spanish guitar. The Amadors serve up a delicious and constantly changing Latin musical feast, from tender ballads to driving dance tunes, featuring guitarist/composer Brian Amador's original compositions in richly diverse Latin rhythms from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Peru and Argentina, along with fresh arrangements of popular Latin tunes. The Amadors are Three-time Boston Music Award winners.

CONCERT DETAILS: Puerto Rican/Argentine Sol y Canto lead singer, percussionist and "Mami" Rosi Amador is joined by her 16-year old daughter Alisa Amador in a musical celebration of mothers & daughters on the eve of Mother’s Day. Together with "Papi" guitarist/composer Brian Amador and their Sol y Canto sextet, now celebrating its 18th season, this will be an all-ages concert.
From the band's original salsa tune “Madre” (Mother), that daughter Alisa sings to her "Mami", to their yearly hit: a humorous rich vocal arrangement sung by the Amador family of the bilingual 1947 Cuban classic, Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) with English lyrics by Joe Davis, to new songs that “Papi” (Brian) has arranged for this special concert, expect gorgeous, close-knit harmonies that are typical of the Amador family when they get up on stage to croon. Other repertoire for this special Mother’s Day-themed concert features a potpourri of select Latin American classics, original Latin compositions by Rosi’s husband, Sol y Canto’s Musical Director and 2009 MacDowell Artist Colony fellow, Brian Amador. Alisa has been performing publicly with their parents since the age four. She is now a singer-songwriter in her own right and plans to unveil some of her original compositions (in English!) for the first time before a live audience.

Sol y Canto is descended from an exceptional musical lineage – lead singer Rosi Amador is the daughter of influential Puerto Rican vocalist and Broadway actress Josephine Del Mar, whose band gave "The Mambo King" Tito Puente his start. Award-winning New Mexican composer/guitarist Brian Amador plays the Spanish guitar and creates fresh arrangements that forge the sextet's unique sound. In addition to being a MacDowell Artist Colony fellow, Brian is a past winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council "Excellence in Composition" grant. Sol y Canto celebrates its 18th anniversary season in 2012; it is Rosi and Brian’s 28th as pan-Latin musical ambassadors.

Accompanied by an ensemble of virtuoso Latin musicians from all over Latin America and the U.S. who form their sextet, the Amadors’ multi-layered vocal harmonies, driving dance rhythms and haunting ballads have captivated audiences nationwide.

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