Orquesta SCC (Salsa con Conciencia) is an 11-piece salsa band based in New York City referred to by their fans as ‘The New Generation of Salsa Dura’. The band brings a modern vitality and social consciousness to the salsa genre, taking their bold sounds to salsa dancers and fans around the world. “They represent something very significant, a return not just to the classic formula of salsa but to the virtues of it,” says Aaron Levinson, a Grammy-winning producer. “They are going back to the more eclectic period when salsa was street music, playing with spirit and integrity and writing socially relevant music again. The name Orquesta SCC (Salsa con Conciencia) pays homage to the conscience lyrics the band has become known for around the world.
Orquesta SCC is formed by former La Excelencia core members; founder, conguero & composer Jose Vazquez-Cofresi, lead vocalist & composer Edwin Perez, arranger & bassist Jorge Bringas, percussionist Charles Dilone, trombonist Ronald Prokopez, and a new addition; master tres guitarist Yuniel Jimenez. As former members of La Excelencia each played a key roll in forming the hardcore salsa sound of the band and participated on three albums, Salsa Con Conciencia, Mi Tumbao Social, Ecos del Barrio.
In 2013, Orquesta SCC signed with Salsa Dura Entertainment LLC, a joint venture between Edwin Perez & Jose Vazquez-Cofresi to release their fourth album working together. The new album named ‘Renacimiento’ (Rebirth) is an 11-track album with arrangements by Jorge Bringas, compositions by Edwin Perez, and Jose Vazquez-Cofresi. Fans will enjoy the hardcore salsa sounds, danceable songs, and conscience lyrics on the this album. Orquesta SCC has built an adoring fan base that spans the globe, and successfully created a new revolutionary movement for salsa music.
released December 17, 2013
Jose Vazquez-Cofresi - Congas
Edwin Perez - Lead vocals, güiro, coro
Jorge Bringas - Bass, coro
Yuniel "El Poeta Guajiro" Jimenez - Tres, coro
Edgar "El Sonero Fino" Pantoja-Aleman - Piano
Charles "Swing" Dilone - Bongo, cencerro
Jesse "Fonzie" Alfonso - Timbales, clave, campana
Ronald "Renaissance" Prokopez - Trombone
Rafi Makiel - Trombone
Matt Hilgenberg - Trumpet
Christopher "Chris" Sanchez - Trumpet
Invited Guest: Manuel "Manny" Alejandro - Carro Shekeres/Udu/Campana
Nestor "Party Time" Villar - Güiro/Maracas