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Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
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"A Bite From The Big Apple - Vicki Sola"

Carrying the torch forward... I remain highly impressed with Grupo Arcano, whose members are representative of the younger generation committed to the perpetuation of “salsa dura”... - Latin Beat Magazine


Grupo Arcano's Desde El Otro Lado Del East River is an exciting debut album in the field of Salsa music. This talented group of musicians have come up with an eight-track CD that provides a refreshing sound to the foundations of Salsa music.
One of the reasons why Desde El Otro Lado Del East River offers a refreshing experience is because of its unique musical arrangements. In fact, hardly any song on this album is predictable, something quite rare in
If you are into good Salsa, I highly recommend Desde El Otro Lado Del East River. This is definitely a solid debut album that honors the sounds of the past in a refreshing way. If you are into dancing Salsa music, this production will keep your feet moving from the other side of the East River and beyond. - About(dot)com - Latin Music

"Review You - matthew Fross"

Headed by saxophonist, musical director, and composer, George Velez, Jr., Grupo Arcano celebrates the vivacious and brass-driven grooves of salsa music that comes out of the Brooklyn/Queens vicinity of New York.

Grupo Arcano’s … presents a rhythmic and energetic approach to American-produced salsa music. The foundational elements of percussion, piano, vocals, and assorted horns provide a perfect mix of salsa swag and style that is not limited to Latin styles, but jazz, funk, and classical elements, too. Thankfully, Grupo Arcano does not suffer from similitude… and presents a satisfying mix of salsa music that is as fiery as a bowl of Habanero salsa.

4.5 out of 5 stars - Review You


Desde El Otro Lado Del East River (2012)
   - Album of the Year 2012 (Manchester, Uk - Global Vybz Radio)



Grupo Arcano is all about bringing a fiery, young and refreshing sound to the salsa community.  New York Salsa at its very best, Arcano perfectly combines together the best of traditional salsa with some hot new sounding trends.  Inspired by all that came beforehand, Arcano looks to build off it and form something new.

Quickly establishing ourselves apart from the others and creating a demand, becoming NY's most active orchestra headed by director George Vlez, Jr. alongside the extremely charismatic conguero and vocalist, Anthony Almonte.  

Grupo Arcanos instrumentation is key to its unforgettable sound. Opting for a brass section comprised of trumpets and trombones, combined with a woodwind section made up of an alto and tenor saxophone.  This concept, along with a desire to connect with tradition and family, is how Grupo Arcano originated.

An eclectic mix of musicians of various ages and backgrounds, who share the desire to bring their talents and energy to create the fiery, body-shaking, and overwhelmingly upbeat Grupo Arcano sound.

The release of their debut album has earned them Best Album 2012 on  Best Album award on Global Vybz Music 106.6fm Manchester, UK.  Top 9 best albums during La Feria De Cali, December, 2012.  And many Top 10 listings globally.

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