Mixing a cinematic vibe with a superlative flair for blending various musical traditions, from classic American rock to salsa, merengue, latin jazz and reggae, Rick Reyes breaks the confines of any single tradition, offering in its place a serving of diverse musical narrative from around the globe.It would be accurate to say this sound represents the unique talents emerging from the northeastern U.S. into the consciousness of the world music stage.
The Cosmic Jibaros Have Effectively changed the idea of A Typical Latin Rock Band.
The bands builds from Latin and Caribbean rhythms, Rock guitars and World music influences for a sound that’s both cross-cultural and highly danceable. There’s an irresistible pull of traditional Afro-Caribbean Beats, interplays between the congas and timbales mixed with urban elements in the deep drum and bass and effects-laden guitar work. These songs are laced with social and political overtones, and are sung primarily in Spanish by charismatic front man Ricardo Reyes.
The Cosmic Jibaros name reflects the blending flavors of the Music they make. In Puerto Rico, los jibaros would be something akin to the American ‘hillbillies’ or ‘mountain men’- historically known for a more simple and honest connection to the earth and the hard work of living, and with musical tradition to reflect that. The ‘cosmic’ part warns of a modern twist on the old traditions. Taking cues from a cross section of the world music and creating an original, Latin progressive sound
As their bandleader Rick Reyes points out, “Young latinos today cross all cultural boundaries. They carry with them the history and the culture of where their parents came from but at the same time have an open mind to what is happening now,” he says. “You can’t be a part of this world without being influenced by it as you go. Our music is very much a product of the evolution of Latinos in the United States”. The Cosmic Jibaros reflect that and their first album, Yo Soy Del Mundo (I Am Of The World) tells that story
PASOFINO SOCIAL CLUB
The Pasofino Social Club is your passport to travel across all the borders of the Latin music genres. With singer songwriter Rick Reyes as your tour guide, embark on a musical journey across the Caribbean, Central and South America. Listen to the beat, let your feet guide you on the dance floor, as Rick narrates a travel back in time when boleros mended hearts and Cuban son uplifted your soul.
The concept began in the mind of the singer songwriter Rick Reyes, better known as the founder and leader of the Cosmic Jibaros. Rick wanted to explore more traditional styles of Latin music. To form the band he called out some of the most renowned and experienced Latin players in New England and New York area. Each one of them brought a different expertise in Latin rhythm. None of which is left unexplored. Caribbean/Tropical, Salsa, Cumbia, Mexican Ranchera, Bolero, Musica Del Ayer, South American folk, Latin Jazz, all make for highly engaging and colorful performances.
Just as a social club, the band brings you great diversity and plays with the complicity that friends and musicians only developed over many nights spent well after dark. The musicians are as comfortable improvising as they are working on more tailored performances.