About The Band
Bomba y Plena - What is it?
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
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.