Bio Ritmo is recognized around the world as one of the most innovative and influential Latin dance bands of the 21st century. They are leaders of the new generation of musicians that thrive on the spirit of experimentation that once defined the Afro-Caribbean rooted, 70’s Latin sound that came to be known as ‘SALSA’.
The ten-piece powerhouse was founded in 1991 in Richmond, VA with the serendipitous meeting of a famed local rock drummer, who brought together two Puerto Rican art students to form an experimental drumming ensemble. It quickly grew into a full fledge Salsa band with the addition of horn players and a pianist who all came out of jazz traditions.
Bio Ritmo has released 7 full-length albums, numerous singles and EPs including their latest 2015 7″ release “Oriza” on Peace & Rhythm Records. They have toured across North America, Puerto Rico, Europe – including The Republic of Georgia – playing some of the biggest World and Latin music festivals.
The 2014 album “Puerta Del Sur” (Door to the South) was released on the veteran Spanish label, Vampisoul and received global acclaim, ranking on numerous top-ten world and Latin charts with critics calling the group “Latin music visionaries” and “one of the most innovative salsa bands of the 21st century”. They are the only salsa band that has been invited to play NPR’s Tiny Desk music blog. 2016 will see the release of Bio Ritmo’s first “live” album and appearances in South America.
Members: Marlysse Simmons: keys, band leader; Rei Alvarez: lead vocals, guiro; Giustino Riccio: timbales, backup vocals; Hector “Coco” Barez: congas; Will Roman: bongo; Bob Miller: trumpet, synth, vocals; Marc Roman: trumpet & vocals; John Lilly: tenor sax; Toby Whitaker: trombone; Edward Prendergast: electric bass