Based in Fayetteville AR, Calle Soul covers a range of great tunes from bands and Artists like La Fania All Stars, Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez, Larry Harlow, Ray Barreto, Bobby Valentin, Ismael Miranda, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, El Gran Combo, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz all while adding our own twist. Calle Soul can put together a slammin set of Salsa or step it down a notch with Latin Jazz tunes that are great for listening or dancing. Calle Soul is currently available for Corporate Parties & Events. Weddings, Anniversaries, Quinceeras, Nightclubs, Concerts and all Special Events. We are available in Midwest, South United States and Worldwide.
CALLE SOUL LINE UP:
Fernando Sanchez (Congas): Cuban percussionist, Fernando currently resides in Farmington, AR., by way of Miami Fl. He was a founding member of the popular Salsa Band, Sabor Latino in Miami. As a Conga player, Fernando had the great opportunity to perform with Fania Record/Allstars piano legend Larry Harlow and his brother Andy. Along with other Tropical bands like Charanga Tipica Tropical, Hansel y Raul, Israel Kantor and Charanga Chateau. He has always been inspired by conga masters, such as Tomas Ramos Ortiz (El Panga), Miguel Anga Diaz and Eddie Montalvo.
Fernando Valencia (Timbales): Fernando Valencia hails from Bogota-Colombia. He is the former principal percussionist of The National Wind Symphony of Colombia. He has performed with The Bogota Philharmonic, The North Arkansas Symphony, The New Jersey Philharmonic, The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Philharmonic among others. Mr. Valencia received his B.M. from the Universidad Javeriana and his M.M. from The University of Arkansas. He later went on to Temple University to pursue the Professional Certificate of studies with Alan Abel of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to his active performance schedule as a freelance percussionist, Fernando is a percussionist for theater projects such as "A Night at the Alhambra Cafe" in NYC and "Rosa de la Alhambra" in Philadelphia.
Andrew Thompson (Bass): An alumni of the University of Arkansas with a Masters degree in music performance, Andrew Thompson has been playing stringed instruments most of his life. Although starting on violin, he began playing bass at an early age and was attracted to tropical music because of the bass's role as both a rhythmic and melodic force. He is involved in a number of projects in the Northwest Arkansas area aimed at bringing Latin music to the live music scene.
Emily Cole (Vocalist): Born in southern Arkansas in El Dorado, Emily Cole has been performing since she was 7 years old. She has been living in Fayetteville for 5 years and studied journalism and the Spanish language at the University of Arkansas. Emily has written songs and done several projects and shows with soul and jazz bands. She recently recorded demos in Nashville, TN as well.
Catalina Ortega (Flute): A native of Colombia, is a flute instructor at the University of Arkansas. She holds a Master Degree in Music and a Certificate in Advanced Instrumental Performance in flute from the University of Arkansas, as well as a B.A in Flute from the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. In addition to teaching Ms. Ortega has served 2nd flute/piccolo for the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and flute player for the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra. She formerly taught at the University of Antioquia for 5 years before she came to the U.S.
Matthew Beach (Bass trombone, Latin percussion): Matthew resides in Fayetteville Arkansas via Dallas Texas. Originally from the Big Easy (Crescent City), Fayetteville famous trombonist Matt Beach is revered for his powerful aural presence and rhythmic intensity. When Matt's in the back everyone know's what's up! Mathew performs with a wide variety of commercial groups in different genres as well as symphony orchestras and classical chamber ensembles.
Michael Olefsky (Trombone): Arkansan trombonist, Michael lives in Fayetteville Arkansas where he performs with a wide variety of ensembles and ruminates on the state of the world and his own existence. He is a founding member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Fayetteville Jazz Collective. He also serves on the board and as solo trombonist for the Ozark Mountains British Brass Band.
Jesse Austin (Piano): Originally from Little Rock, AR, Jessie moved to Fayetteville to study composition, percussion and piano at the University of Arkansas. He plays in several Latin music projects in the area and has also performed with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra.
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