Sonido Costeño (SC) is a modern day Latin band in New York City. Their high energy music is a creative fusion of Latin music and salsa along with other world music and their fabulous concerts transform their club audiences into dance hall performances. Sonido Costeño’s “staying power” is seen by the ensemble’s growing loyal fan base from not only the New York City area (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens) but also the tri-state area and abroad.
Juan Ma Morales, founder of Sonido Costeño is a Cornell Graduate and Julliard alumni. Morales leads the band as vocalist and plays guitar as well as the Puerto Rican cuatro (the island’s national instrument). Las Gaviotas (The Seagulls) and Senora (My Lady), two of Morales’ original songs, have won the Billboard Songwriting award. Under Juan Ma’s dynamic leadership, Sonido Costeño play diverse salsa rhythms, enticing “salseros” and non-salsa dancers alike to move onto the dance floor. The band’s dance repertoire includes: Son Cubano, Nueva Trova, Boleros & Ballads, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Guaguanco, Latin Jazz, and the band is known to play a Merengue and Bachata or two. Their unique sound appeals to broad and diverse audiences from all generations.
The Trio Features-
Billboard Award winner-JuanMa Morales-Lead Vocals, Guitar & Bass
Master percussionist- Chembo Corniel on congas and Coro
Boy’s Harbor Professor-Al Acosta on Flute, Sax, small percussion, and Coro