Sonido Costeño\'s years of performances to our global community attract new fans with each performance. Establishing themselves at the formally Tito Puente\'s Restaurantin City Island, Sonido Costeño crafted their intimate interaction with dinner crowds which lead them to other reputable venues such as BAM Café in Brooklyn, St. Barts in Manhattan, Nova Terra, Makedas and Teak, all restaurants in New Jersey. This amazing trajectory opened them up to wider audiences in corporate level such as Smith Barney and Metro Tech in Brooklyn. Cultural institutions include Brooklyn Museum of Art, El Museo Del Barrio and Brooklyn Children\'s Museum. Sonido Costeño has entertained communities in the New York City area throughout the years in numerous street fairs.
About Juan Ma Morales
Juan Manuel Morales (a.k.a. JuanMa) studied at Julliard School of Music, NYC New School of Music and received his degree from Cornell University. He also studied the National instrument of Puerto Rico, the Cuatro, with the legendary master Paquito Lopez Cruz.
After many years performing Rock & Jazz music, his involvement with the Nueva Trova movement with Roy Brown y Aires Bucaneros brought him to interact closely with his Latin Roots. JuanMa wrote the score, directed and performed the Off-Broadway musicals Coco Bale and Baquine, written by Nuyorican poet Bimbo Ribas and sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).
From these multiple experiences he formed Sonido Costeño as a musical vehicle to a broader audience & commercial appeal. His charismatic and down to earth approach to performing makes JuanMa y su Sonido Costeño the popular band it is today.
What the press has to say about Sonido Costeño:
\"This Latin outfit covers the whole spectrum, from the fans at El Museo del Barrio to the suits at Citigroup\"(Oumano)
-The Village Voice
\"Put on your dancing shoes for the Caribbean-Latin rhythms of Sonido Costeño.\"
-The Brooklyn Papers
\"Sensation is gone from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, but the fun continues at BMA\'s First Saturdays with the Salsa group Sonido Costeño.\"
-Time Out New York
\"Cada vez que Sonido Costeño toca, es una fiesta no solo para los bailadores, sino para todos los musicos que interpretan nuestros ritmos.\"
(\"Every time Sonido Costeño plays, it is not only a celebration for the dancers, but also to all the musicians that play our rhythms.\")
-El Diario/La Prensa
\"JuanMa y su Sonido Costeño play some of the Hottest Salsa, Cuban Son and Merengue in New York City.\"
\"JuanMa not only wrote the score, he gives a most engaging performance.\"
\"Sonido Costeño\'s interactive approach doesn\'t allow you to just sit back and watch the show. If you\'re there on Salsa night, then you should be prepared to DANCE!\"
-Park Slope Reader