Celebrating the Roots of Latin Rhythms
A dynamic and participatory workshop experience! This workshop invites the audience to explore the roots of Latin American music by combining performance, engaging lecture, and ample audience participation. Those who volunteer to come onstage learn first-hand how indigenous, African, and European cultures influenced Latin American music. The members of Sol y Canto also teach basic Latin dance rhythms including the Dominican merengue, the Caribbean salsa, and the Colombian cumbia.
Master Classes and Residencies
Residencies may involve a custom combination of the above plus master classes drawing from the expertise of Sol y Canto's, from Afro-Latin percussion workshops to composition and Latin dancing tutorials.
Sabor y Memoria: A Musical Feast in Seven Courses Workshops
Turning memories into melodies
Class limit: 20 • Duration: 2 – 3 hours
This workshop guides participants through the creative process of exploring how a memory can be triggered by a sensory stimulus such as a smell, a photo, or a favorite dish, and how we can express that connection in song. Students will be asked to bring a memory associated with such a stimulus. In the first part of the workshop, participants will write about their memories, guided by suggestions for writing devices that can make the text more adaptable to musical accompaniment. One or more of these creations will be used to illustrate different techniques and ideas for setting text to music. Sol y Canto musicians will create an accompaniment and the song will be recorded.
Healthy Latin cooking
Class limit: 20 • Duration: 3 - 4 hours, including dinner
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to prepare a healthy meal with Latin flavors, including some of the following dishes:
- Roasted tomatillo salsa or salsa fresca
- Chipotle aioli
- Chiles rellenos
- Plátanos maduros (ripe plantains) or tostones (fried green plantains)
- Yuca en mojo criollo
- Black bean and sweet potato burritos
- And Brian Amador’s famous arroz integral (brown rice) complete with musical recipe!
While things are cooking, we’ll do a little salsa dancing, and when everything is ready we’ll sit down to a delicious meal.
Tradition and Invention: Latin Roots of Sabor y Memoria
Class limit: flexible • Duration: 1 hour
"El Doble de Amigos/Twice as Many Friends" — Sol y Canto’s bilingual and interactive musical fiesta features toe-tapping plena, son, calypso, reggae and more! Featuring songs from their multiple award-winning children’s CD of the same name, Twice as Many Friends/El doble de amigos concerts invite incessant singing and dancing with infectious, be-bopping songs, sparkling vocal harmonies, and high energy sound. Created for grade school children and their parents, the music consists of original songs by musical director/composer Brian Amador and perennial favorites from Latin America and the U.S. Songs concentrate on early development experiences for families interested in their children acquiring Spanish as a second language, as well as for Latino families and bilingual families who wish to promote use of Spanish at home. The songs address topics from counting numbers to naming the days of the week, parts of the body, self-esteem, the environment, peace, flying kites, celebrating bilingualism and more. Twenty-five year veteran artist educators Rosi and Brian Amador make every show a blast and very interactive. Educational activity ideas for teachers and parents are available in Sol y Canto’s CD booklet and a free bilingual educational guide is available at www.solycanto.com. Their national touring family show can incorporate a local children community choir in each community/city visited.
WINNER: Parents' Choice Honors, NAPPA, & Early Childhood News Awards"
"Rosi and her husband, Brian, performed at one of our all-school meetings earlier this month. The audience consisted of 300+ boys, ages 10-15, and all of their teachers. Despite the diversity of ages, Rosi and Brian had them all completely engaged. Boys from every age group scrambled for the chance to get on stage and perform a song and dance from Rosi's childhood. They sang and clapped along with gusto throughout the show. Finally, when Rosi and Brian asked for questions, more hands went into the air than I have ever seen at a Fenn assembly. Tellingly, the questions were very thoughtful and original - the boys had been completely pulled in not only by the quality of the music, but by the lyricism of the stories and the magnetism of Rosi and Brian's personality. Their performance was rich in content and was presented in a way that reached the 4th graders while making the 9th graders stretch. They are truly gifted performers.
"After the performance, I had several teachers come up to me to say they were blown away by the music and by the way the boys had related to Brian and Rosi. That connection was real and very exciting to experience.
"Any school would be lucky to experience what all of us at Fenn had the privilege to be a part of."
Maaria Olander, Fenn Assembly Committee
A Latin American Musical Journey
An interactive introduction to traditional songs and instruments from all over Latin America! Featured instruments include Spanish guitar, Caribbean pleneras (hand drums) and bongos, South American quena (bamboo flute), and an assortment of small percussion instruments. Students are invited to experiment with these instruments as they learn about their origins and individual histories. If the entire Sol y Canto quintet or sextet participates in the show, the instruments described above may be combined with congas, keyboard, accordion, saxophone, flute, and electric or acoustic bass. Length: 45-60 minutes.
Mexican Day of the Dead
A lighthearted and participatory adventure featuring songs from Sol y Canto’s Parents’ Choice Award-winning bilingual children’s CD, El Doble de Amigos/Twice as Many Friends, popular Mexican children’s songs and lively selections from Sol y Canto’s 2008 release, Cada Día un Regalo/Each Day a Gift, and songs celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead. This performance combines humorous original compositions and traditional ever-popular Latin American children’s songs including: La Acamaya, a playful Mexican children’s song about a crawfish who might “get you,” Mi Cuerpo Hace Música/My Body Makes Music, inviting children and their parents to stand up and dance while singing along in both English and Spanish, ever-popular Puerto Rican circle game and song, Chequi Morena, and more. Length: 45-75 minutes.
Sol y Canto adult concerts feature Rosi Amador's crystalline mezzo-soprano vocals, and the poetic songs of guitarist/musical director (and Rosi’s husband) Brian Amador, as well as intriguing acoustic arrangements of beloved classics and contemporary Latin American compositions. Rosi's voice has been described by The Boston Globe as "like clean spring water: it's smooth, it's clear, and somehow, you come to believe that it's necessary for life". The show highlights the repertoire of the group's latest recording, Cada día un regalo, a homage to love, life, death, and living fully in the present, woven into an eclectic musical collection that is quirky, lyrical, satirical and heartfelt.
Audiences enjoy original compositions about social justice and love—including a precious lullaby written for Rosi and Brian Amadors' twin daughters—with selections from their acclaimed Noche de Muertos program and hand-selected classics from Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Adult concerts are available in duo to sextet formats and are suitable for general audiences interested in dynamic, culturally rich music programming.
Brian Amador’s newest musical program is about a favorite topic - Latin food! Performed by Sol y Canto and a string quartet, Sabor y Memoria (Flavor and Memory) touches on issues of memory and nostalgia for one’s home country as well as immigration, agricultural sustainability, and hunger relief.
From the appetizer through dessert, the suite combines and contrasts Latin musical genres old and new in much the same way that flavors are blended in the cuisine of a new land. Rhythms hail from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. The singers, the Latin rhythm section, and the orchestra dialog to celebrate the diversity of Latin cultures and the ways they affect each other and the dominant culture in the process of assimilating to a new life in the U.S.
Sabor y Memoria provides ample opportunity for community engagement with local restaurants, hunger relief organizations, and farmers markets. Everyone will want a taste!
View video of "Fast Fud", opening movement of the suite.
LISTEN to other Sol y Canto performances with orchestral instruments:
"La llorona" Trad., Mexico
(From Cada Día un Regalo": SyC and string quartet)
"Cuidado con los niños" by B. Amador (LIVE with string quartet)
"Obsesión" by Pedro Flores (P.Rico) (LIVE with string quartet)
"Hasta la luna" by B. Amador (LIVE with Symphony Orchestra)
"Sabor a mí" by A. Carrillo, Cuba (LIVE with string quartet)
A multimedia celebration of Mexico's Days (and Night) of the Dead! Sol y Canto joins Melodic Vision for an unforgettable multimedia program featuring Sol y Canto's live music with the rich sound of bowed string instruments by guest musician Rebecca
Strauss, compelling storytelling, and stunning projected imagery from Michoacán, Mexico by photographer Susan Wilson. Giant images of traditional dancing skeletons, marigold bouquets, bustling market places, and the faces of families in celebration
take you to the heart of traditional Mexico. Crafts and altars by community members and traditional Mexican Day of the Dead foods add to the richness of the program that unites communities in celebration and memory of all our ancestors.
Celebrated at the beginning of November, Día y Noche de Muertos (Day and Night of the Dead) is a heartfelt homage to our ancestors, reminding them that they are still part of the family and inviting them home. For ages 12 and up. Available for concert performances, museum showcases, and educational programs during October/November only.
“Bridging cultures through a wonder-filled program.” – Earl Lawrence Tucker, Director, Trinity Concerts, NYC
“…A treasure for the senses- an artful presentation that consummately weaves poetry, voice, music and visuals to animate history, culture and community spirit. It made my heart sing as I was enveloped in the ritual, the rhythms, and the color.“ – Libbie Shufro, President & CEO, Boston Center for the Arts
“It was incredible! Your voice and the photographs really transported me back to my childhood…With your voice and your husband’s lyrics, Sol y Canto were magnificent” – Mónica Orozco, Director, Mexican Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA
In their first-ever commission of Latin music, the prestigious Boston-based Celebrity Series sponsored Sol y Canto's Brian Amador to compose a Latin-suite entitled Prisma de Amores (Prism of Love) for Sol y Canto and orchestra. The five-song suite features Cuban, Puerto Rican and Argentine rhythms. Orchestral colors, textures and effects are woven into traditional styles such as son, bolero, danzón, bomba and tango in a surprising and powerful meditation on the many facets of love. Sol y Canto tours the suite nationally with pops orchestras, chamber ensembles, and string quartets who share the goals of celebrating Latin culture and expanding their concert series to reach new audiences as well as the rapidly growing Latin music market. Available for symphonic concerts worldwide.
Live Performance Cuts -Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA
Cuidado con los niños
Nadie es de nadie
Sol y Canto family concerts are completely interactive and highlight rhythms like calypso, reggae, plena, son, and more. Featuring songs from Sol y Canto’s Parents’ Choice Award-winning children’s album, "Twice as Many Friends/El doble de amigos", children and families are immersed in the joys of a bilingual musical experience, and your local children’s choir will get everyone involved!
Audiences enjoy a combination of original songs and renowned traditional Latin American children’s songs, including Twice as many Friends/El doble de amigos which celebrates bilingualism, A Volar Cometas/Go Fly a Kite which invites body motion and singing, and a bilingual adaptation of the ever-popular Under One Sky which gets the audience singing along in Spanish and English and culminates with an invitation to make fun animal sounds.
Suitable for general audiences interested in culturally-rich and family-friendly programming, families interested in having their children acquire Spanish as a second language, and Latino/bilingual families who wish to promote the use of Spanish at home. Available in duo to sextet and appropriate for ages 3 and up.
Click Here to Listen to NPR's feature of "Twice as Many Friends/El doble de amigos".
“After a full hour, when kids would usually de ready for other activities, Sol y Canto literally had them dancing in the aisles and on to of their seats…”
-The Boston Globe
“…An irresistibly sunny spirit…Expert musicians...”