Eleven-Piece Salsa Band with a Conscience
Saturday, May 23
6:30 Dance Instruction, free
7:30 Performance, priced separately
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Sponsored by Sluiter Agency Inc.
“They are going back to the more eclectic period when salsa was street music, playing with spirit and integrity,” says Grammy-award winning producer, Aaron Levinson.
— NEW YORK TIMES
Formed in 2013 by founder, composer and conguero Jose Vazquez-Cofresi, Orquesta SCC is a Salsa orchestra based in New York City. The acronym SCC stands for Salsa Con Conciencia (salsa music with conscience) and this orchestra has made it their mission to create and perform music that benefits society in more ways than sound alone can achieve.
Orquesta SCC are made up of 11 pieces, making them a modern big band by contemporary standards. They are well known and respected for shunning the traditional suit-and-tie uniform of former-day salsa players, as well as for breaking from many unnecessary traditions in order to recreate the genuine Latin style and sound in a manner that befits the modern era of music. A key component to this new, cutting-edge mode is their attention to lyrical themes, which often deal with the issues and complexities of modern society.
“[Orquesta SCC) entices the dancer and non-dancer alike, emanating a hypnotic rhythm that evokes the crowd to participate in the festivities.”