Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
Charansalsa combines the best of Charanga and Salsa and is lead by percussionist ldefonso Castillo and flautist Joe de Jesus. Charansalsa performs highly danceable music with modern harmony and rhythms with that good old Latin swing; it is fresh and yet as comfortable as an old pair of dancing shoes.
Flautist and co-leader, Joe de Jesus has been a member of many of the New York Latin scene’s most prestigious bands. Mostly known as a trombonist, he has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, David Byrne’s Latin Band, among many, many others. After 16 years living in England, de Jesus has returned to the New York Scene with Charansalsa.
ldefonso Castillo is known in the Latin Music Industry as Pito Castillo. He began playing drums at the age of fourteen. Pito developed his style of playing conga by listening to and studying Latin Artist Congueros such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Papo Pepin. At the age of seventeen he began doing salsa gigs with local bands in El Barrio. Since 1980, Pito Castillo has performed and done studio work with top salsa recording artists. He has recorded with such artists such as: Charlie Palmieri, Joe Quijano y su Orquesta, Angelo and Conjunto Modelo, and Martin Arroyo, among many others. He has performed with Salsa Bands such as: Adalberto Santiago, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Bobby Rodriguez y La Compania, Tito Allen, Hector Casanova, Ernie Agosto y la Conspiracion, and Santiago Ceron among numerous others.