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Recent Circuit Productions Sponsored Performances:
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
A celebration of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Music by Brooklyn’s own Sonido Costeno

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Circuit Productions Inc. (CPI) is supported, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Sonido Costeño

Sonido Costeño is the fastest growing Latin music group in New York City. Fifteen years of playing their vibrant rhythms to live audiences continues in high demand for restaurants, bars, dance halls and nightclubs.Their fan base covers from the Generation X, Y & Z to the Baby Boomers. Sonido's dynamic performances and audience rapport has made them the regular band at Tito Puente's restaurant for the last five consecutive years.

Band engagements range from the cultural, corporate and commercial: On the cultural side they have performed at: El Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Children's Museum, BAM Cafe, Association of Hispanic Arts, etc.

On the commercial level: the legendary Bayamo, Alex Garcia's Babalu Club/Rest, L'ivre, Nell's, Supper Club, Nova Terra, Two Boots in Park Slope, Tito Puente's, Cafe St. Barts, and Makeda to name a few. Corporations that have become regular clients and sponsors: Salomon Smith Barney, MorganStanley, Citigroup, Reader's Digest, El Diario/La Prensa, etc.

At present the band consists of Berkley trained killer piano man Sam Barrios, drummer- percussionist Urbano Sanchez who plays for Lionel Ritchie, Richard Bona and Papa Wemba, Danny Hinton on bass who works with the top Salsa bands in NYC, Ivan Rodriguez Jr. on Drums and Timbas and JuanMa Morales on the Puertorican cuatro/guitar & vocals. These performers are band regulars, incredible musicians and close friends.

Sonido's repertoire is Up-Tempo Salsa, Cuban Son (Buena Vista Social Club style), Bomba+Plena, Merengue, and their own special blend of chacha and reggae which they call Reggao. You can hear the jazz influence in their improvisational solos. They also feature Latin standards upon request.


Performance Highlights

Annual Three Kings Day Parade, Museo del Barrio
Performed annually to a mixed audience of adults and children. Appeared LIVE on Good Day NY -Fox TV-Network.
Three Kings Day Celebration
Performed with the master of the "cuatro", Yomo Toro, at the Point sponsored by the Hon. Jose Serrano.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Grand Central Station, NYC, sponsored by MTA.
Celebrate Brooklyn
Opening band for GRP recording artist, Dave Valentin.
First Saturday's Brooklyn Museum
Featured entire band at the museum's successful monthly cultural event.


Juan Ma Morales, Director

Sonido Costeño's Founder and Director Juan Ma Morales has trained under the tutelage of Daniel Zimmerman at the Julliard School of Music and cuatro under Paquito Lopez Cruz at the Conservatorio de Musica Puertorriqueno. JuanMa expanded into a jazz style by attending the New School's guitar Study Center under Howard Morgen and received his Bachelors Degree with honors from Cornell University.

Band Photos


Juan Ma Morales and Sonido Costeno at the Bronx Library CenterJuan Ma Morales and Sonido Costeno at the Bronx Library CenterJuan Ma Morales and Sonido Costeno at the Bronx Library CenterSonido Costeno at the Bronx Library CenterSonido Costeno at the Bronx Library Center

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