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Based in Vancouver, the Rio Samaya Band is made up of Pancho and Sal, partners in life as well as in music, which is full of wonderfully enchanting latin rhythms and romantic melodies in Spanish including some Italian, English and French folk songs

Six years ago Pancho and Sal created " Rio Samaya Band" with the concept and project to tour Canada and the world like a duo and build up the band joining with local musicians using the  Rio Samaya Band Signature.  Rio Samaya Band has already debuted with incredibly talented musicians.

Their goal is to reach as many communities as possible and share their music and even merge with other world artists to record their original compositions.

With a style that flows through the folkloric traditions of Central and South America,  Rio Samaya music beats to the natural pulse of our planet, writing and  blending it with elements of folk, country, and reggae, as well as the rhythms from Gypsies in the south of France.  

Sal grew up playing accordion in Vancouver but has roots in Argentina, sings ethereal harmonies and plays hand percussion instruments.  They have a unique style of translating simultaneously from Spanish to English. 

Guitar, bombo, chachas, accordion, quena, flute, harmonica, piano, charango and ukulele are just some of the instruments they play.  Together they create a gentle and compelling sound.

Their live recordings which they have successfully released include :

Vivirei  / I Would Live - 1997
Cuando Salga La Luna/When the Moon Comes Up-1999
Revivir / Revival-2002
El Regalo / The Gift - 2004
Secretos / Secrets – 2011
Live What U love / Vive lo que tu amas - 2014
Amar Cantar Bailar - 2017

      About Pancho & Sal's  highlights 

      French and English radios:

      CBC, 96.1, 102.7, 103.1 FM's, 1540 Am, 


      CBC TV,  VTV, Shaw TV 
      Global, City TV, Multicultural channel 20,

      Festivals:  Mission Folk Festival, Harrison Festival of Arts, In Harmony Music Fest, Trout Forest, Caribbean Festival , North Van Folk Fest, Blue Mountain, Point Roberts Festival, Harmony West     Vancouver,Camp Alexandra Fest, Latin Sumer Festival..


     Commodore Ballroom, Wise Hall, Chilliwack Shows, Penticton and many more  in the interior of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and many world wide

Pancho and Sal also do presentations with bands from 3  up to 10 musicians,  mixing all sorts of ethnic, acoustic, electronic and percussion instruments.
Pancho- Flamenco, Acoustic and electric Guitars, Charango, Quena, Traverse flutes, Harmonica, Drum and hand percussion.
Sal- Accordion, Guitar, Bombo Drum, Shakers and other hand percussion instruments.

Biography  Ja Pace -  Dancer

Ja Pace, born in Canada, has studied dance from a very young age,including ballet, jazz,tap, and acro  and more recently  flamenco, sufi, first nation and free style.

Ja is an accomplished choreographer, creating and developing everything she has learned into new styles over classic boundaries.

Having participated in numerous groups and stages around the world, her experience shows as Ja delivers every show with grace
and realism.

Ja is also play Saw, Mouth Harp, Cajon and  Bombo.