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Culture Days – Showcase Series: Conpambiche – An Afro-Dominican Jazz Experience

Dominican-born percussionist Junior Santos and members of the Araguacu Latin Dance Company join their talents and passions, inspired by their Latin roots, to celebrate the colourful and dynamic characteristics of Dominican Republic folklore. Join us, as they present Pambiche, a dance music genre derived from Merengue Típico, originating on the Caribbean island in the late 1800’s and known as the oldest style of dancing.

Taking place in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Showcase Series features artists and creatives from the Asian, African and Caribbean, and Latin American diasporas, to celebrate and amplify voices of colour through creative expression, storytelling and cultural participation.

Date and time: Friday, Oct 13, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St W. Toronto, ON

Afro-Dominican Percussionist Junior Santos

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Junior Santos “Conpambiche: at The Jazz Room

Juno and Marty’s Award nominee Junior Santos was born in the Dominican Republic and developed an early interest in music while watching his father’s band rehearse in his backyard.
 As a child, he began exploring music on his own and soon realized that he had the talent and passion for rhythm; shortly after, his parents registered him at the Academy of Music in Puerto Plata, where he was taught theory and learned to read music and play percussion. 
Later, when he was only 15 years old, he started to perform professionally with different bands in the country.

Throughout his life, Junior’s work has been influenced by Afro-Dominican and AfroCuban Music, as well as jazz artists such as Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Yellowjackets and Spyro Gyra.”
Arriving in Canada in 1989 and studying at Humber College, this Dominican-born percussionist has lived in this country and recorded and performed with many influential bands and ensembles. Some of his early performances were with Memo Acevedo performing in music festivals in Ontario and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

As a touring artist, he has performed/recorded with the likes of Laura Fernández, Rick Lazar of Montuno Police, Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo, Zeynep Ozbilen, Roberto Linares Brown, Kalabash, Hilario Durán, and other Latin-influenced bands.

Junior Santos’ work contributes to the showcasing and development of a unique rhythm of the Dominican Republic called Pambiche, a dance music genre derived from Merengue Tipico.

Junior Santos-percussion; Bill McBernie-flute; Pol Coussee-saxophone; Luis Anselmi-piano; Yoser Rodriguez- Bass & Guitar; Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo-percussion

Date and time: June 10, 2023, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Location: The Jazz Room. 59 King St. North, Waterloo, Ontario.