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Desde El Otro Lado Del East River

by Grupo Arcano

La Sonora Ponceña meets Tito Rodriguez with a Brooklyn/Queens twist.
Genre: Latin: Salsa
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lluvia Viene
5:33 $0.99
2. Preguntale
4:06 $0.99
3. El Travieso Mayor
4:04 $0.99
4. Esa Mujer
4:24 $0.99
5. La Maya
5:10 $0.99
6. Un Tipo Salao
5:45 $0.99
7. Ary
4:58 $0.99
8. Rumba En Mi Barrio
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
La Sonora Ponceña/Willie Rosario meets Tito Rodriguez, with a Brooklyn/Queens twist!

That’s right! Grupo Arcano, bringing salsa from the other side of NYC’s East River. Coming out of Brooklyn/Queens with attitude and a refreshing sound, Arcano perfectly combines together the best of traditional salsa with some hot new sounding trends. Inspired by all that came beforehand, Arcano looks to build off it and form something new.

Formed in 2008 by George Vélez, Jr. (Alto Sax) and Danny Diaz (Bass), alongside George Sr. (one of Arcno’s two singers), Grupo Arcano has progressively moved forward finding the right players to form la perfecta combinacion! With the integral addition of pianist/composer, Harold Gutiérrez, the foundation was set to build what is now un tremendo bandon, Grupo Arcano. And while every member of the band contributes to Arcano’s sound and presentation the newest and youngest band member, conguero and vocalist Anthony Almonte, has now solidified what Grupo Arcano is all about. Screaming melodies, searing mambos, joyful rhythms and a serious approach to the art of Soneando!

Grupo Arcano’s instrumentation is key to its unforgettable sound. Opting for a brass section comprised of trumpets and trombones, combined with a woodwind section made up of an alto and tenor saxophone. This concept, along with a desire to connect with tradition and family, is how Grupo Arcano originated. “Grupo Arcano was started as a project I could share with my father,” says Vélez.

“What I love about Salsa … is the interplay of the instruments, the way the sections layer upon each other in the mambo or moña sections,” says Vélez. In original Grupo Arcano tunes such as “Rumba en mi Barrio” and “Un Tipo Sala’o” the power of both Vélez and Gutierrez’s mambos are what inspire the musicians to increase their intensity, and the dancers to stay on the dance floor all night long.

An eclectic mix of musicians of various ages and backgrounds, who share the desire to bring their talents and energy to create the fiery, body-shaking, and overwhelmingly upbeat Grupo Arcano sound.

Grupo Arcano is:

George Vélez, Sr. - Vocals
Anthony Almonte - Vocals / Congas
Harold Gutiérrez - Piano
Daniel Diaz - Bass
George Vélez, Jr. - Alto Sax / Director
Jacob Teichroew - Tenor Sax
Ricardo Cox, Jr. - trumpet
Larry Nissman - Trumpet
Michael Engstrom - Trombone
Nadav Nirenberg - Trombone
Juan Gerena, Jr. - Timbales / Bongos

Special Guest: Hector Luis Pagan - Vocals on Esa Mujer

Additional Recording:

Amarilys Vélez - Coro
Ray Torres, Jr. - Coro
Matthew Sanchez - Coro
Fernando Fernandez - Coro
Ryan Resky - Trumpet
Abraham Saenz - Bass



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Por Fin!
This has been my best buy of the year, and probably nothing will pass it. The arrangements are great and the vocals are right there with it. I wanna see them live. Thank you so much for not being so generic and giving us 8 wonderful tracks. your NEW fan.

Mari Candelaria

This album is amazing! Haven't heard a band like this in a long time. A new and improved sound that doesn't bore me after the first couple of tracks. Definitely playing this at my parties! I'm polishing my dancing shoes. Thanks guys for creating such fresh and vibrant album!


Best of the year!!!


Grupo Arcano
Salsa Buena!!

Greg Fitzpatrick aka DJ Latin Leprechaun

Smokin' Salsa Dura
Slammin' Salsa Dura! DJ's a must have for your collection!