Sol Y Sombra

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.


Sol Y Sombra

Explore the Caribbean through the popular and exciting rhythms of Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue and Salsa. In this spirited, bilingual performance, the Latin Jazz Project will intrigue students with rhythmic, upbeat, expressive Latin music from the Caribbean. Students will learn about the multiculturalism of these various styles of music and dance: a mixture of strong influences from West Africa, Spain, Europe with the indigenous cultures of the Caribbean islands and American Jazz. Students will have the opportunity to participate in some of these traditional dances and explore the meaning behind this multifaceted musical genre. Audiences will dance away from this experience with a deeper connection with Latin music, dance, and culture.

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.

Grade Level: 3-Adult
Performance cost (back to back): $1070.00

The Soul of Salsa

A fun, educational and experiential journey into the soul of Latin music and dance, which will surely inspire your students to preserve these traditional art forms for future generations. This integrated & comprehensive program in Latin music and dance will take a historical look at the wide range of Latin musical styles and rhythms and their birthplaces. Through the course of this residency, we will explore the cultural context that gave birth to these styles in Cuba, Puerto Rico & the Dominican Republic. Children of both Latin and non-Latin backgrounds will gain the educational fruits of exposure to these cultures. This residency may culminate in a short performance of music and dance performed by the students with guidance from the instructors. Recommended as a 4-10 session residency.

Grade Level: 3-12
Audience Limits: 30
Workshop cost (90 minutes or less): $265.00

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