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.