SonCafé – Salsa & Son Cubano
Date: 04/13/2013 Time: 8:00 pm
Academy of Music
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILAVLE! Box Office opens at 7:00 PM tonight.
Under the direction of renowned bandleader Ralph Irizarry, this eight-piece ensemble’s energetic, novel sound and powerful delivery encompasses a blend of diverse influences and brings to life the respected aggregations of the legendary Sonora Matancera from Cuba, Puerto Rico’s Sonora Ponceña, and the best of New York’s swinging sounds.
Born in New York’s Spanish Harlem, Ralph Irizarry’s family first moved to Brooklyn and then briefly to Queens, before finally relocating in Puerto Rico in 1970. There, he spent three years immersed in music and gained the knowledge and experience that eventually granted him the opportunity to join Ponce’s La Terrrifica, as well as sitting in with such prestigious bands as El Gran Combo and Sonora Poncena.
In 1974, Ralph Irizarry returned to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician. After playing with local groups for almost four years, his break finally came when Ray Barretto invited him to join his top-rated orchestra. These days, Ralph is a much sought-after studio musician who has played on countless jingles, film, and television scores. In addition, he has performed, recorded, and toured with the likes of Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan Luis Guerra, Earl Klug, Israel Lopez “Cachao,” Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon and many others. Irizarry has also appeared on the Johnny Carson Show and the David Letterman Show, as well as Don Francisco’s Sabado Gigante and Raul Velasco’s Siempre en Domingo. Irizarry has been featured in the major motion film The Mambo Kings and documentaries such as Belafonte’s Routes of Rhythm, Cachao’s Como Mi Ritmo No Hay Dos and The Life of Ruben Blades.
Show Date/ Time:
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
Online Tickets Click on Show Desired: http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com
Sponsored in part by:
Florence Savings Bank
Greenfield Savings Bank
Funded in part by:
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts