Cosa Rica

Cosa Rica

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Dedicated to celebrating the many challenges and triumphs of the Latino experience in America, "Cosa Rica," which literally translates as "precious matter" symbolizes the customs, ancestry and joyous spirit that define Latino sabor.

Biography

"Cosa Rica" is a Salsa and Latin Jazz group that will keep your heart in the tropics and your feet on the dance floor. Dedicated to celebrating the many challenges and triumphs of the Latino experience in America, "Cosa Rica," which literally translates as "precious matter" symbolizes the customs, ancestry and joyous spirit that define Latino sabor.

Founded in 2004, "Cosa Rica" blends the energy of traditional salsa with fiery jazz improvisation and distinctively modern arrangements that satisfy dancers and music lovers alike. The group's original material consists of styles such as son montuno, guajira, mambo, danzon, bomba, and chachacha that are guaranteed to lure any listener to the dance floor.

"Cosa Rica's" leader, Crystal Torres brings a flesh perspective to a male dominated Latino music industry. Having studied with accomplished artists such as Raul Agraz, Bobby McFerrin, Orlando Fiol, Clark Terry, and Ricky Conzalez, Crystal's diverse skills as a trumpet player, vocalist and composer/arranger make her a unique musical messenger that will surely break barriers for the Latino community.

Surrounding Crystal is a group of musicians equally as talented and accomplished in their own right. Each member of the group deeply understands the transcending powers of music first hand, having traveled to perform in countries such as Bolivia, Cuba, Switzerland, and India.

With their vibrant sound reminiscent of the tropics, "Cosa Rica" has audiences around the world dancing and discovering a beautifully rich Latino Culture.

Lyrics

Instrumental

Written By: Instrumental

Instrumental

Discography

2004- Ricky Gonzalez "Oasis"
2005- Brenda K. Starr "Atrevete A Olvidarme"
2005- Clark Terry and the Young Titan of Jazz "Live at Marians"

Set List

Typical set lists will consist of original compositions mixed with various Jazz and Latin standards that have unique and transforming arrangements influenced by artists ranging from Poncho Sanchez and Tito Puente to Ruben Blades, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Ray Barretto. A sample list of the covered material would be:

Indestructible
Como Mi Rumba No Hay Dos
Trucutu
Co Co May May
Flight to Jordan
Mi China
Pica y Pica
Ran Kan Kan
Perfidia

etc...
Depending on the event and venue, sets range from 35 to 75 minutes with enough material to cover over four hours of music.