Los Boleros offers hot Cuban salsa tonight in Ashkenaz’s 2016 series “Think Globally, Dance Locally.”
Ashkenaz has been a celebrated home for music and dance from around the world for more than 40 years. Through “Think Globally, Dance Locally,” we are building on that history to bring more voices, more conversations, and more joy to more people in the Ashkenaz tradition of fostering intercultural peace and understanding.
Staying true to the traditional styles of an era when Cuban roots music was golden, Los Boleros play and sing classic Cuban son montuno, traditional salsa, merengue, cumbia, bolero, vals, and danzon. “Imagine going back in time to Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana Havana, then take a ride to the Buena Vista Social Club,” the band says.
In addition to concerts, dances and festivals, Los Boleros has played more than 100 weddings. Started as a coffeehouse duo by Rudy Furlan (author of “The Cuban Tres Chord and Scale Book”), Los Boleros now features lead singers Felix Samuel, a native of Havana, and Zareen, along with Furlan on tres, tenor saxophonist David Somers, bassist Anthony Garcia, and percussionists Dominic Cabrera on congas and Edgar Lavado on bongos. Famous in Havana, Felix Samuel was also an actor in the recent HBO movie “Hemingway and Gelhorn.”