Salsa, Merengue and Bachata Time at the Claremont School
The Claremont School in Ossining, NY hosted an Arts Horizons assembly featuring Salsa Festival celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Sponsored by the PTO, families and students explored the Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican roots of Salsa though song and dance.
In Spanish, the word “salsa” means “sauce.” Salsa music is a spicy mixture of rhythms originating from many different cultures. Using a variety of jazz and authentic Latin percussion instruments, five talented musicians explore the Afro-Cuban roots of Salsa and its more contemporary variations. Students are introduced to basic techniques, the role of each instrument, and the concept of the clave rhythm – the unifying element of Salsa. The tremendous influence that Latin American music and American Pop and Jazz have on each other is demonstrated in the Arts Horizons live performance assembly, Salsa Festival
Mr. Louis Bauzo is the band Leader and Percussionist who has played with many of the top Latin bands including the Tito Puente Orchestra, Machito and Eddie Palmieri. Educated at the Juilliard School of Music, he has also studied African and Latin cultures and music in Africa, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He has taught Latin percussion at the Boys Harbor Center for Performing Arts for the past 25 years and acted as a consultant for Harbor Performing Arts Center during the US tour of Conjunto Folklorica Nacional de Cuba. He has recorded with Paul Simon and Manhattan Transfer, and performed in many TV commercials including Coca Cola.
For more information on Salsa Festival or Arts Horizons Live Assembly Performances please contact: Gloria Page, Program Manager of Performances, Gloria@artshorizons.org 201-567-1766 * 120