Santerías

Bio

Toronto Urban Latin ensemble fires up funk fusion!
New video release “Mundo Desigual” will have audiences speaking in tongues.

The word Santerías represents a cultural fusion where dance and music are fundamental ingredients for healing. This band proposes the use of their dynamic music as a universal healing language. Music that is a mystical blend of old and new world influences and of tribal rhythms expressing themselves in the gospels of popular song. The heartfelt guitar runs along with the beat-inducing electric bass, while the drums transport the rhythms to funky Latin locales. Sultry vocals breathe out Bossa tales that teasingly take each song to a mysterious musical place occupied exclusively by Santerías.

This Toronto quartet, brings each member’s diverse musical background to the forefront of their sound, to expose a funky and energetic fusion called RUMBAFUNK. Some songs bring in Latin rhythms while some embrace a Brazilian Tropicália sensibility. The lineup includes Ana Lía Arias Garrido on lead vocals; Juan Dino Toledo on guitar and backing vocals; Oriana Barbato on bass and backing vocals; and Randolf Jimenez on drums and backing vocals.

Santerias’ newest single release “Mundo Desigual” (Unequal World) has been well received by the media and highly supported by CBC radio. Santerías is set to expand the success resulting from their albums ‘Oye Mira!’, ‘Bosketches’, ‘Demonios’, a 2010 live CD Limited Edition, dozens of concerts at major Ontario and Quebec festivals and venues such as Harbourfront and CBC Glenn Gould Studio and widespread acclaim from media like CBC Radio, Radio Canada, Toronto Sun and Telelatino. They have also created videos with TMN (The Movie Network) and Bravo. They will be releasing a new EP in the spring of 2018.

 

Meet the band

Ana Lía was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and from an early age would entertain her family with singing, dancing, and acting. After taking singing lessons with renowned Cuban Soprano, María Remolá, Ana Lía moved to Toronto to pursue her career. She attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, where she trained classically with Robert Longo. In December 2012, she played the role of Claudia Nardi in the production of the Broadway musical Nine and graduated as a Triple Threat performer (Singing-Acting-Dancing). Ever since graduating, Ana Lía has been training in flamenco cante with various flamenco singers such as María del Mar Fernández and Ezequiel Benítez, from Andalusia, Spain. Ana Lía is thrilled to be singing and making music with Santerías, a passionate and talented bunch.
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Juan D. Toledo is a composer and a founding member of Santerías. Hailing from Chile, this guitarist has lived most of his life in Toronto. In the late 1980’s he started playing and recording Rock music in various local bands-including touring with and opening for bands such as I Mother Earth & Jeff Healy.
 Passionate to grow as a musician he started experimenting with Gamelan guitar playing inspired by Robert Fripp & Adrian Belew from the legendary band King Crimson. Later on, Juan fell in love with Flamenco and started studying Flamenco guitar under the tutelage of Miguel de la Bastide in 1997. This training allowed him to tour with Jesse Cook across the USA. At the moment Juan Dino is about to record with Santerías and embark on a solo guitar project where he plans to use every style of guitar playing he has learned.
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Oriana Barbato is a versatile bassist, composer and a founding member of Santerías. Her eclectic style, adaptability, work ethic and professionalism have brought her to stages across North America and Europe, where she has shared the stage and been billed alongside with world-renowned musicians such as latin/flamenco fusion act TaKiLo, Catalan cumbia group La Troba Kung Fu, Qawwali master Shahid Ali Khan, Warwick endorsed bass prodigy Jorge Campos and Juno award-winning Canadian songwriter Bif Naked. Oriana holds a BFA from York University and also offers freelance services as she enjoys playing shows and is very passionate about her instrument. She shares these strengths by teaching bass and facilitating bands throughout the year, for sessions run by the Toronto Girls Rock Camp body.

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Randolf Jimenez is a prominent Venezuelan drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator. He has released two albums as a band leader; ‘Randolf Jimenez Latin Jazz Project’ and his rock fusion project ‘Malosaires trio’, which was recorded in Argentina with Grammy-Winner engineer Guillermo Mandrafina. Both of his albums are currently available on all digital platforms. His work has been featured on websites, newspapers, and magazines in Venezuela, Europe, Japan and Canada such as ‘All About Jazz’, ‘Tokyo Jazz Review’, ‘Acid Conga’, and many others. ‘Billboard Magazine’ also named him one of today’s greatest Latin American drummers. He has appeared on several TV shows in the Latin country and most recently at NET TV (Europe). Randolf’s impeccable timing and pocket have earned him the title “The groove” in the Venezuelan music community. Randolf figures among the most sought-after session drummers in Toronto nowadays. He is endorsed by SONOR Drums, VATER Drumsticks, HUMES&BERG Cases and AUDIX Microphones.This talented drummer keeps the backbeat for Santerías and his passion for music can be sensed in each performance.

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