“El Trio was able to record a great album with excellent musicianship, great production and astonishing and inspired compositions. And what`s best, with great and wide variety of influences and yet having unity. Open your mind (and ears) to the great sounds, doesn’t matter where they come from!”
-Diego Camargo, Progshine/Progarchives (Nov 01, 2013)
“No nonsense original and always interesting music, very professionally done by talented musicians. Good stuff!!”- Marc, Proggnosis (September, 2013)
"El Trio is the ideal band for those open-minded Music fans that appreciate the Rock-Latin Fusion, or that are looking for something fresh and authentic." - Marcello Trotta, Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal Pages (Jan 11, 2011)
"The level of sophistication appears to be well above average too; the compositions come across as carefully crafted and constructed affairs as detailed in plan as execution. The end result is an album of generally high quality, exploring musical territories that often verge on the original and mostly avoid entering realms frequently visited by other artists...If Latin rhythms and good quality fusion sounds like a good blend to your ears, and laidback psychedelic textures seem like a charming addition to such a venture, then El Trio have made an album that should find its way into your collection with ease. "- Olav M. Bjorsen, The rating room, Progressor (Jun20, 2010)
“The music is what shines here. It's commendable to hear a variety of styles, without sounding like you're forcing things and trying to do too much”.- Rick (and roll) Dashiell, Progressive ears (Jun 10, 2010)
From Santiago, Dominican Republic:
Kilvin Peña, bass. Johandy Ureña, drums. Jonatan Piña Duluc. vocals, guitar and composition.
Influences: King Crimson, Living Colour, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Screaming
Headless Torsos, Luis Días.
El Trio`s music is a genre-bending meld of influences that combines classic rock, Jazz, Prog, Latin troubadour and Afro-Dominican Folk. Their style has been called "hard to label", "crossover-prog", "Rock/jazz fusion".
El Trio has remained alive in the dominican "underground" scene since 2003, playing, recording and promoting a music that is very different from the country's traditional radio and tv music, different from the glam-rock scene in the country`s capital which mostly influenced by american and british pop-rock and different from the traditional latin jazz that is played in festivals and high-class venues. The group is the only rock band from the city of Santiago that has remained active releasing albums and playing shows over the years, something which they have achieved with no more reward than the music itself. El Trio is also is one of the few bands from the Dominican Republic that chooses to develop a style of rock that acknowledges their cultural heritage as a caribbean people.
The band has earned good reviews from various progressive music magazines and web pages like Progressor, Prog-Archives, Prog-ears, Proggnosis, Sea of tranquility among others. Their most recent album released in May 2013 has been played in progressive radio shows all over the globe, such as La villa Strangiato (Canada) and El Retorno del Gigante (Argentina), The Rickter Scale (USA), Prog Extended (Germany) and many others. El Trío`s song Canterbule pt. III was selected to represent the Dominican Republic`s independent music movement in the July 2013 edition of the MUSIC ALLIANCE PACT compilation of music from all over the world. Also the band managed to be included in Prog-Sphere`s Progstravaganza XIII compilation of prog from all over the globe as well as Progshine`s collection #1 in December 2013. Las Manos made it to the number 45 position in Rick Dashiel`s (The Rickter Scale/Delicious Agony Progressive Radio) Best 100 prog albums of 2013 and also made it into La Casetera`s (leading page in independent dominican music) best 10 albums of 2013.
They have three records, released independently:
Siempre que hay un corazón, 2007
La blanca y la gris, 2009
Las manos, 2013
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