Orquesta SCC (Salsa con Conciencia) is an 11-piece Salsa band based in New York City referred to by their fans as ‘The New Generation of Salsa Dura’. The band brings a modern vitality and social consciousness to the salsa genre, taking their bold sounds to salsa dancers and fans around the world. “They represent something very significant, a return not just to the classic formula of salsa but to the virtues of it” says Aaron Levinson a Grammy-winning producer. “They are going back to the more eclectic period when salsa was street music, playing with spirit and integrity and writing socially relevant music again”. The name Orquesta SCC (Salsa con Conciencia) pays homage to the conscience lyrics the band has become known for around the world.
Orquesta SCC is formed by former La Excelencia core members; founder, conguero and composer Jose Vazquez-Cofresi, lead vocalist and composer Edwin Perez, arranger and bassist Jorge Bringas, percussionist Charles Dilone, trombonist Ronald Prokopez, and a new addition; master tres guitarist Yuniel Jimenez. As former members of La Excelencia each played a key roll in forming the hardcore salsa sound of the band and participated on three CDs, Salsa Con Conciencia, (Salsa with Awareness/ Conscience), Mi Tumbao Social (My social drum beat), Ecos del Barrio (Echoes of the Neighborhood), on Latin Music USA by PBS & BBC televised special live performance at the Barbican Centre in London, featured in ‘The New York Times’, ‘Latin Beat Magazine’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘Zumba Fitness’, motions pictures, instructional DVDs and countless salsa/world music compilations.
In 2013, Orquesta SCC signed with Salsa Dura Entertainment LLC, a joint venture between Edwin Perez & Jose Vazquez-Cofresi to release their fourth album working together. The new album named ‘Renacimiento’ (Rebirth) is an 11-track album with arrangements by Jorge Bringas, compositions by Edwin Perez, and Jose Vazquez-Cofresi. Fans will enjoy the hardcore salsa sounds, danceable songs, and conscience lyrics on the new album to be released in 2013. The bands music can also be heard on radio stations, internet radio, and satellite radio both nationally and internationally. Orquesta SCC has built an adoring fan base that spans the globe, and successfully created a new revolutionary movement for salsa music.
CD Review By FrankieGee for Explosión de Salsa
“From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king”…J.R.R. Tolkien.
Late one September night I found myself sequestered by Jose Vasquez Cofresi in the parking lot of a donut shop in northern Manhattan listening to his newest project. I had already had the privilege of listening to the tracks sans vocals, and was pleasantly impressed. Now I found myself listening to the finished product with all its bells and whistles. When Jose told me his newest project was titled “Renacimiento” (“Rebirth”), I immediately thought of the quote above. I have been a fan of Salsa Con Conciencia when the nucleus of the group was known as La Excelencia. After a somewhat tumultuos year this group of young musicians have out done themselves and have arisen from the ashes of their new birth with the best album I have listened to so far this year.
The engineering is masterful, the lyrics and arrangements impeccable, and most important to me, QUE SWING!! The dancers and DJ’s are going to love this CD from beginning to end. The only fault “old school” Salseros will find with the CD, is that there is not enough of it!! It will leave all that listen to it asking for more. I’m not an expert or musical analyst…but my ears tell me this CD is going to sell out fast, and will pack dance floors around the world!! You fellas have out done yourselves, and have produced an album that will in the future be classified as a true “classic”.
Congratulations on a job well done to the entire band!! Que viva la Salsa sin fronteras!!
★ “RENACIMIENTO” Avaliable On ➧ elwatusi