Sol Y Sombra (formerly the Latin Jazz Project) was founded by the late Anibal Hernandez in 1999, and continues his mission today. Hernandez’s intentions were to present Latin music to the Hispanic community, to help popularize the music in general, to make Latino culture available for educational purposes, and to provide guidance for the next generation of artists and performers.
Sol Y Sombra has become a Western New York standard-bearer for Latin jazz. They have expertise in a wide range of styles, including salsa típica, and “jibaro”, traditional music genres of Cuba and Puerto Rico, respectively. Sarah Haykel, a Young Audiences teaching artist in her own right, provides dance instruction at many of their performances.
The group is led by Manuel Perez and Kevin Doyle. Singer and elder statesman Yayo Rodriguez was the first Latino musician inducted into the WNY Music Hall of Fame. Alex Aponte, Angel “Junito” Gauthier and Carlos Day round out the band.
Sol Y Sombra performs at many local venues and events, including Curtain Up!, Jazz In The Park, M&T Plaza Music Series, Elmwood Village Concert Series, and the Lewiston Jazz Festival.
Workshops also available for smaller groups where students will gain a deeper understanding of Latin music and culture through learning about various percussive rhythms and/or focus on specific instruments that comprise the Latin band: bass, piano, percussion. We can do master classes for band, jazz band and orchestra. There is also an opportunity to explore the unique harmonies of the Salsa vocal parts. Latin dance can also be explored in its own separate workshop focusing on the particulars of the dance steps that go along with the various styles of music the students witnessed in the performance.
Available as a full day. Includes 4 shows or 2 shows and 2-3 master classes with 1 band member or 1 dancer. $1,200.