Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the three-time Grammy® winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York style, hard core salsa.
Whether in a concert hall or at an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in, they come at you full force, from start to finish. Their energy on stage and their rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s storied history, the ensemble’s thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists come together to create an unparalleled musical experience.
Now celebrating their 15th year, SHO, as they are known to fans, is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio (Spanish Harlem NYC). Their music is characterized by the raw, organic and vintage sound defined by the genre. They are on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura (hard salsa) alive and expand its audience to those who love great music, not just Latin music. Grounded in the past, while focused on the future, they strive to keep the music relevant, creating a unique and fresh approach.
With six CD’s and five Grammy nominations, this powerhouse orchestra is aware that it is crucial to continually push themselves and raise the bar. Their latest release and 6th album entitled “Anniversary” won the 2019 Grammy® Award for “Best Tropical Album”.
José Galván started DJ-ing in 2008, when his job as an On-Air personality at the now defunct Indie 103.1fm demanded it. He had produced The Crystal Method’s weekly radio show, Community Service for 2 years, and with their guidance and some of their gear on loan, he took to the 1’s & 2’s one Cinco de Mayo.
He’s held down lengthy residencies at downtown LA bars like Caña Rum Bar, Las Perlas & R-bar. And has made the rounds on the Westside with the likes of Bar Lubitsch, The Pikey, Circle Bar, Parlour Room, and The Standard WeHo.
José has also Dj’d events for clients like Pepsi, The LA Times, Red Bull, and Sunset Junction. In 2017, he was booked to DJ at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival at their Sonora Stage.
In 2018 he was named Host and On-Air DJ of his own weekly 2-hour radio program at acclaimed Los Angeles, radio station, KCRW. You can hear him live Sunday Nights from 6p-8p on 89.9FM or KCRW.com His focus is promoting new music in all genres in both English and Spanish.
Born in Nayarit, Ricardo Soltero has been the scenery director and stage-set designer for the biggest Day of the Dead celebration in the US. which takes place annually at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
His pieces have adorned and colored an array of cultural exhibits, fundraisers and he has transformed ball rooms into magical environments with his paper mache, recyclable materials, wood and styrofoam sculpted works. As well as iron rod sculptures for a flash mob performances at Union Station.
A list of his current and ongoing Project collaborations include: Hollywood Forever Day of the Dead, Meet me at Metro, 20ys running play of Friday Kahlo with Sinergy group, 24th Street Theater set design, Semblanza Latinoamericana, The Autry Museum, East LA Meets NAPA, Denver Botanical Gardens, Santa Clarita Day of the Dead, La Vista Memorial Park Day of the Dead, UNICEF’s Annual Gala and Metropolitan Fashion Show.
Soltero’s work can be found through the City of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Mexico during different times of the year.