Bringing the attitude of a rock band, and the grooves of classic New York salsa, this group transforms favorite indie tunes into astonishing salsa anthems, taking the music in new directions with love and respect for the tradition. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra takes the art of salsa music to a whole new level with their stunning 11-piece band, and has become a groundbreaking global voice that is “an unstoppable weapon for the dance floor.” – Vibrations Magazine
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a thrilling salsa group which plays dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes we love. No bananas in the hair; this is innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic. With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, and many more, the WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity. The explosive arrangements have established the band as a groundbreaking force in the New York underground, and has led to international acclaim for its completely new approach to the genre.
The Debut Album has already been recognized by writers and DJs throughout the world as a document which resets the boundaries of the art form and has the potential to bring the music to new audiences around the globe.
DIALECTICA, the second album released in October 2017, solidifies the WSO's impact on the salsa genre and branches out to include songs from the 'alternative' genre by The Cure and Fiona Apple, as well as two originals and 7 more jaw-dropping arrangements of songs by Alabama Shakes, Animal Collective, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Japanther, WAVVES, and Raul Midon.
Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), and fronted by Argentinian chanteuse, Solange Prat, the WSO has found an audience among new and classic salsa lovers, quickly becoming one of the most popular bands in New York City.
The WSO has been featured recently at TEDx Bushwick, New Year’s Eve 2014 at The Kennedy Center, in Rolling Stone Magazine (on the Latin Hot List), and on MTV Iggy, Telemundo, Univision, and on the nationally syndicated program LatiNation on Fox. Recent shows include Blue Note Jazz Festival at B.B.Kings 42nd Street, The Brooklyn Bowl, SOBs (Sounds of Brazil), The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Subrosa, Musikfest PA, and many more.