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About The Band


About The Band
Bomba y Plena - What is it?
Press Clips
Up & Coming Concerts

Viento de Agua is a breathtaking original Latin dance band with a groundbreaking new sound. Viento de Agua is a Puerto Rican phrase used to describe the damp air that precedes a heavy storm. The traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena are fused with other Afro-Caribbean rhythms and jazz creating a new contemporary style. The result of that merge is an explosive sound that seduces the dancer and stimulates the sophisticated listener.

Hector "Tito" Matos one of Viento de Agua's directors explains the concept, "The main purpose is to disseminate our original way of performing these rhythms not only to the Latino community but to the rest of the World Music audience. Viento de Agua is ready to assume with bomba and plena the role that Juan Luis Guerra's 4-40 took with merengue and the role that Carlos Vives is taking with cumbias and ballenatos, all folk-popular genres breaking into the mainstream audiences".

This New York based group was conceived and created by three young Puerto Rican musicians in the Fall of 1997.

* Percussionist /singer Hector "Tito" Matos, a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico. At the age of 31, Matos is a veteran of numerous bomba and plena groups in Puerto Rico and New York and has appeared in many recordings including David Sanchez and Eddie Palmieri's 1998 Grammy nominee albums.

* Music director / arranger / reedman Ricardo Pons and arranger / reedman Alberto Toro both studied their master degrees at Queens College with jazz legend Jimmy Heath. Pons also studied classical music at Boston Conservatory and Toro studied at Boston's Berklee School of Music.

During the Fall of 1998 Viento de Agua presented their first production under the Qbadisc label, De Puerto Rico al Mundo, recording that was ranked top ten in 1998 by New York Time's Peter Watrous, Latin Beat ,and New York Latino Magazine among others. In 1999 Viento de Agua performed in many important stages including Wolf Trap Jazz Fest, MassMoca Jazz Fest, Lincoln Center's Outdoors and Midnight Swing Series, Celebrate Brooklyn, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, SOB's, and Joe's Pub. Moreover, Viento de Agua had their first solo concert at a sold-out Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. For the year 2002 Viento de Agua has scheduled their second album recording, a Puerto Rico Tour in June, and performances all over the United States as well as outside the American borders.