Musical residency to celebrate Latin rhythms

Sol y Canto, a Boston-based national touring group, will offer a lecture, demonstration and songwriting workshop during a two-day SUNY Oswego residency in conjunction with its performance, titled “Sabor y Memoria,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Performers Sol y Canto.The musicians first will offer a free lecture and demonstration titled “Celebrating the Roots of Latin Rhythms” at 12:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Waterman Theatre.

In the songwriting workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, Sol y Canto will explore how a memory can be triggered by a sensory stimulus such as a smell, a photo or a favorite dish, and how musicians express that in song.

Workshop participants will write about their memories, guided by writing devices that can make the text more adaptable to musical accompaniment. Sol y Canto will play along with and record several of the songs. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Joyce Molinari at 315-312-4581 or e-mail

Rosi and Brian Amador, the group’s founders and leaders, will speak at the ALANA Student Leadership Conference’s annual dinner at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in Hewitt Union ballroom.

ALANA, a multicultural coalition of student groups, will prepare desserts and a recipe booklet for a pre-concert reception at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 25 in the foyer of Waterman Theatre.

In addition to Sol y Canto, the “Sabor y Memoria” (“Flavor and Memory”) concert also will feature the New York City-based Sweet Plantain String Quartet. The concert is part of the Artswego Performing Arts Series and is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs.

Tickets for the concert and dessert reception are $15 ($12 for seniors 60 and older and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for students). Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box office locations, online at or by calling (315) 312-2141. Combined tickets to the concert and reception plus the ALANA dinner beforehand are also available ($30; or $25 for seniors and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $13 for students). Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Brian and Rosi Amador, bottom two, will appear with other members of Sol y Canto at a SUNY Oswego concert, with Sweet Plantain String Quartet, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in Waterman Theatre of Tyler Hall. Sol y Canto also will offer a lecture and demonstration, songwriting workshop and more during a two-day residency on campus, Sept. 24 and 25.

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(Posted: Sep 14, 2010)