Grupo Caribe have been featured performers in NYC’s Lincoln Center’s Mid Summer Night Swing, the Battery Park Concert Series, and three concert performances at the Tempo-Latino Festival n Toulous, France. Grupo Caribe has also performed at venues such as the Plaza Hotel, the Waldorf Hotel, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Café, SOBs, and on the Banco Popular Float in the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Grupo Caribe’s four CDs and performances include a variety of Mambo/Salsa arrangements including the popular rhythms of Guaguanco, Guaracha, Compparsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bomba, Plena, Bolero and Latin Jazz. The compositions are from famous Latin prolific writers such as Pedro Flores, Rafael Hernandez, Ignacio Piniero, and Chano Pozo. The arrangements are by musicians who are very active in the Salsa scene such as Oscar Hernandez, Ray Santos, Jose Madera, Louis Bauzo, Pepe Castillo, David Forestier, and Sergio Rivera. Grupo Caribe’s music is distributed throughout the USA, Asia, Australia, and Africa by G.B. Records based in New York City, and throughout Europe by Walboomers Music based in Holland.
Grupo Caribe’s Fourth CD “Somos Caribenos” includes 10 tracks of which seven are original compositions and three are Salsa classics with a new millennium dressing. It also features three of the most popular singers in NY City today; Herman Olivera, Luisito Ayala, and Tito Allen. The personnel in the band are all veteran musicians and have played with the best Latin bands in the business including; Tito Puente, Machito, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, and Willie Colon. Sergio Rivera Director, Pianist, composer and arranger has performed with Raphael Cortijo, Kako Y Sus Estrellas, Orestes Vilato Y Los Kimbos and The Orlando Marin Orchestra.