Sep 6, 2015
In their five years of existence, with nearly 100 shows to their credit through France and one EP, Salsos+ is becoming one of the most active salsa orchestras on the Latin American scene in Paris. The plan is to record the fruit of several years of hard work and love expression to latin music.
Today, the big issue is that Salsos+ cannot afford te cost of the project. As a fact, the few revenues collected during live shows are essentially used to rehearse and help the orchestra members to afford the high costs of living in Paris. That said, all the ingredients of the sauce are ready. Salsos+ repertoire is ready to be recorded, hopefully in September 2015.
Salsos+: from Latin salsus "salty", from sāl "salt"
In their five years of existence, with nearly 100 shows to their credit through France, one EP and willing to launch its first LP, Salsos+ has become one of the most active salsa orchestras on the Latin American scene in Paris.
Salsos+ was born in July 2010 when Diego Sánchez (composer and bongo player of La-33) connected his common friends Florencia Jaurena, Andrés Vela and Pierre Klemas, all living in Paris to play music together.
Already after the first rehearsal, the decision was taken to create a salsa orchestra with the aim of bringing a bit of sunny music to Paris. It was also an excuse to cope with the distance from Latin America and somehow to reconstruct the roots left behind. Meanwhile, a call was made to attract musicians to audition for the project. By happy coincidence, those that joined the adventure were not salsa performers but rather came from very different musical origins including classic, jazz, reggae, rock and Colombian folkloric influences. This multicultural contribution made a particular sauce that has been inspired by the salsa of the 70´s made in New York.
The orchestra format is considered to be rare as the three winds (saxophone, trombone and flute) are uncommon in Salsa. This gives a unique harmonic signature ranging from Latin jazz to rock with some bits of classic arrangements. The name Salsos+ comes from the latin salsus meaning “salty”. Salt is essential for humans and is linked with “salsa” meaning “sauce” in Spanish.
After almost a year of hard work to find their particular blend of sound, Salsos+ played its first concert in one of the most prestigious colleges in France, l´Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. This performance was a catalyst that resulted in a series of concerts and increasing recognition in Paris.
Le Café de la Plage was the first the venue where Salsos+ played on a regular basis. This was significant enough to play at the Festival Ici et Demain organised by the City of Paris (official) in 2011. Due to their increasing popularity, the Café de la Plage could no longer accommodate the growth of fans. Another venue called Les Combustibles offered their residence to Salsos+. No less than 15 sold out shows were organised in this venue.
The EP Prélude was recorded and launched by Salsos+ in May 2012 at a special ceremony organised by the Colombian Embassy in Paris. This event triggered a formal recognition of Salsos+ as one of the most active and influential salsa orchestras in France.
From 2013 onwards, Salsos+ have been growing not only in terms of recognition but also in terms of quality with hard work and the arrival of more experienced musicians constantly raising the level. The great master percussionist Orlando Poleo has been mentoring the majority of the members of Salsos+ and invited to perform in several Salsos+ gigs. As a result, Salsos+ has played in famous venues and festivals including les Francofolies, le Musée du Quai Branly, Les Trois Baudets, le Festival Tempo Latino and Le Divan du Monde.
The well-known TV Channel Arte recorded and aired Salsos+´ concert in le Musée du Quai Branly in 2013. The Festival Tempo Latino is considered to be the biggest Latin music scene in Europe. Salsos+ closed this festival with a public audience exceeding 2000 persons in 2014. Finally, Salsos+ was selected by La-33 to share the stage at Le Divan du Monde in June 2014.
Salsos+ is seizing Paris with a unique harmonic signature and is opening the doors to the next generation of salsa music in Europe.
Alejandro Guzmán – Lead Vocals & Minor Percussions
Alexandre Indjic – Percussions
Andrés Vela – Saxophone & Vocals
Florencia Jaurena – Flute & Vocals
Jorge Torres / La Wey Segura – Vocals & Minor Percussions
Klennder Rosales / Jose Parra – Trombone
Manu Guerrero / Juan Manuel Nieto – Piano
Pierre Klemas – Bass
Sebastián Betancur – Timbales
Yves Prud´homme – Percussions
The funds will be used to:
0/ Contribute to MMC (fixed cost of 10% - 600E)
1/ Finance rehearsing time to tune and finalise the repertoire (estimated to 400E - 7%)
2/ Finance 5 full day recording time in a professional recording studio (estimated to 1,500E - 25%)
3/ Finance mastering and final editing of soundtracks by a specialist sound engineer (estimated to 1,500E - 25%)
4/ Finance the printing of 1000 physical copies of the LP (estimated to 2,000E - 33%)
A detailed Excel spread sheet will be kept with receipts to monitor overall spending. Salsos+ commit to full transparency with all Contributors.
Your name will be included in album art work
Level 2 - 20 €
Your name will be included in album art work and you will receive a digital copy of Salsos+ LP
Level 3 - 50 €
Your name will be included in album art work. Free access will be granted to one live show. A signed copy of the LP will be sent to you.
Level 4 - 100 €
Your name will be included in album art work. Free access will be granted to up to five live shows in Paris. A signed copy of the LP will be sent to you.
Level 5 - 1000 €
Your name will be included in album art work. Free access will be granted to up to five live shows in Paris. A signed copy of the LP will be sent to you. A private concert will be organised for you in Paris.