Salsa Festival

Artist: Louis Bauzo (Percussionist)

Assembly Description

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, six 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 this exciting program.

Assembly Information

Grades: K-12
Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Cultural Understanding
Price: Single performance $1,060
2 back to back $1,570
Program length: 45 minutes
Artist travel fees may apply
The performances are tailored to the particular age level and special needs of the audience
Related residencies and workshops are available

Technical Requirements

The artists may arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day. Please have the following set-up ready for them upon their arrival.

  • 2 Microphones with an on/off switch
  • 2 Electrical outlets near performance area

About the Artist

Louis Bauzo (Percussionist) 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 30 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, The Manhattan Transfer and in many TV commercials including Coca Cola.