OPENING ACT: object petit a
Collision course punk-parody-pathos for the discerning masses.
COME SEE the rock machine whose engine sputters but never stops!
Urayoán Noel (vocals)
Moncho López (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals)
Libertad O. Guerra (keyboards, synthesizers, vocals)
Rebio Díaz (bass, guitar, vocals)
Viento de Agua is a breathtakingly original Latin dance band with a groundbreaking new sound. Viento de Agua is, literally, a Puerto Rican phrase used to describe the damp air that precedes a heavy storm. The traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena are fused with other Afro-Caribbean rhythms and jazz creating a new contemporary style.
This New York based group was conceived and created by three young Puerto Rican musicians in the Fall of 1997. Percussionist and singer Hector "Tito" Matos, a native of Santurce, came up with the idea. At the age of 31, Matos is a veteran of numerous bomba and plena groups in Puerto Rico and New York and has appeared in many recordings including David Sánchez and Eddie Palmieri's 1998 Grammy nominee albums.
During the Fall of 1998 Viento de Agua presented their first production under the Qbadisc label, De Puerto Rico al Mundo, recording that was ranked top ten in 1998 by New York Time's Peter Watrous, Latin Beat, and New York Latino Magazine among others. In 2000 Viento de Agua performed in many important stages including Wolf Trap Jazz Fest, MassMoca Jazz Fest, Lincoln Center's Outdoors and Midnight Swing Series, Celebrate Brooklyn, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, SOB's, and Joe's Pub.