About FIESTA Orchestra...
Fiesta Orchestra (formerly known as "ClaraSalsa") is a High Energy Salsa orchestra originally from New York City and now making its new home in Miami, Fl.. The group has been described by “Latin Beat” Magazine as one of the hottest Salsa productions coming out of New York City! On the radio, their CD entitled ”Baila Con Ella” was featured at the top of several music charts worldwide, including (position#5) at XM Satellite radio along with many others leading music stations...
Here’s what some of the industry leading experts had to say about FIESTA Orchestra!
DJ Ray Cruz - Host of "Sabor Tropical"- KIPO 89.3FM, Hawaii-
"Finally"... a fresh sound combining "Old school and the millennium sound!" The CD "Baila Con Ella" hits the charts and dance floors with a resounding...YES! FIESTA Orchestra is a secret no more...Highly Recommended!"
Ms. Vicky Sola â€" WFDU 89.1FM New York-
“Another enjoyable release is from former New Yorker Jorge Laureano’s “Baila Con Ella” (Daynomar Productions) with the backing of his group FIESTA Orchestra. The CD features two arrangements by the acclaimed veteran pianist Louie Cruz. Trombonist Charlie Garcia is musical director.
Latin Lady DJ Margarita-Host "Alma Caribeña" KBBF 89.1FM, Santa Rosa, CA
"I send my most heartfelt congratulations on a great job! "Baila Con Ella" is filled with great music, rhythms and lyrics that will keep our salseros happy and dancing from start to finish!"
DJ Max “El Legendario” - "soysalsero.com" online magazine (ITALY)
"The CD “Baila Con Ella”, made it to #1 on our local Salsa charts! It includes a very interesting and outstanding (remix version) of the same title song...certain to stir your sauce in magical fusion! The song “Let’s Try To Make It” interpreted by “Lee” and her magical voice, is fantastic! We hope to see your touring in Italy very soon!"
The CD Credits: "Baila Con Ella" (Daynomar Productions)
Piano - Efrain Davila
Bajo - Ruben Rodriguez, Gene Perez
Trompetas - John Walsh, Raul Agraz
Trombon - Charles M. Garcia (Franfura)
Baritono - Ricardo Ponz
Congas - Eric Velez, Ray Colon
Bongo - Ray Colon
Timbales - Jeffrey Lopez
Percucion Menor - Charles M. Garcia
Coros: Frank Seguinot, Charles M. Garcia
Jorge Laureano, Lee Malavet
Vocalistas: Jorge Laureano, Lee Malavet
Synthesizer - Charles M. Garcia
Dialogo - "Baila Con Ella" (remix) - Carmelo Saez
Productor Ejecutivo - Daynomar Productions
Director Musical - Charles M. Garcia (Franfura)
Ingeniero de Sonido - Charles M. Garcia y John Campos
Grabado - Virtual Sounds Studio, Bronx, NY.
Powerhouse Studios, Astoria, NY.
Fotografias - Gary Maio
FIESTA Orchestra Biography:
Meet Jorge Laureano...
As bandleader of FIESTA Orchestra, Jorge's primary agenda was to find the right combination of people who could put forth his vision of a contemporary "salsa" band. The group would have to include rich vocal harmonies in English and in Spanish; blending traditional Latin rhythms of the past, with new and exciting musical rhythms of today! Numerous years of experience in the music business certainly served as a springboard for him to put together what has now become "FIESTA Orchestra"...
Jorge's early musical experiences and background include working behind the scenes as a recording engineer and as a manager. Ironically, most of his earlier time was spent working with R&B, "House" or Rock musical projects but he credits that period of time for the valuable knowledge he eventually acquired! Singing was always something he wanted to pursue but hardly found the time or the opportunity to dedicate to it completely.
In 1989, during a recording session with a "salsa" band, a business offer soon landed him an opportunity to change his focus from one industry to another. He later began composing songs for musical groups and discovered the delicate bond that exists between a songwriter and a musical arranger!...With this musical production his goal is complete...."Baila Con Ella".
Jorge is a lead singer and background vocalist with FIESTA and the musical production consists of his own original compositions!...
Meet "Lee" Malavet...
"Lee"...who's singing and playing career began while learning to play classical piano from the age of five, was under the tutelage of instructors such as Mr. Eliezar Incarte. Her Salsa professional singing career began shortly after being discovered while performing on stage, during a performance at her collegiate school, Hostos Community College. Her "Big Break" came when she later joined Ernie Acevedo and "Conjunto Imagen" in 1996. As a pioneer "female" to sing with a "Conjunto", she became familiar and versatile with the different sounds of Salsa, perfecting her feel for "LA CLAVE", including rhythms such as "Son Montuno", "Guaguanco", "Charanga", "Salsa Gorda" and contemporary styles of today!
Her "signature" is in her unique voice....a combination of raspy, sexy, R&B and a Latin flavor that is well suited for this type of music! Her upbringing in communities like Harlem, New York, the South Bronx and the island of Puerto Rico have all contributed in helping her acquire her own musical style that is recognized and admired among hardcore New York salseros!
Lee's extensive background includes working with numerous popular artists such as Aris Martinez, Cheo Medina, Nestor Sanchez, Raulin Rosendo, Ray Sepulveda and others!...In New York she's performed at some of the most popular Latin music dance venues including, "Broadway II", "Latin Quarters", "Les Poulets", "The Abyss", "The CopaCabana" and more!...
"Lee's" recording history includes some of the following:
1993- Louis George and the Salsa Gang / 1995- Grupo Magia / 1996- Raulin Rosendo- (Dominicano Para El Mundo) / Ernie Acevedo y su Conjunto Imagen (Encuentro Especial) / Ernie Acevedo y su Conjunto Imagen (Christmas with Imagen) / 1997- Raulin Rosendo (Controlate) / 1998- "Diamante" / MC Jinx (Rap Production) / 1999- Juan C. Cruz (Salsa Production)
Today she's also a lead singer and a background vocalist on the "Baila Con Ella"...production!
Meet Frank Seguinot...
Frank's musical career began many years ago as a result of his family's constant encouragement. His fine voice not only endeared his family and friends but eventually caught the attention of several New York based bandleaders. By 1991, he was the mainstay as lead singer for Orquesta "La Ley". It was with this band that Frank began to refine his skills as a performer. He later enrolled at the Boys Harbor School of Music for continued learning and polishing up his vocal skills. During a "Charanga" workshop held at the school, he was met by Johnny Almendra, who invited him to take part in a musical group now known as "Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes del Barrio". With Almendra's band, Frankie had his first opportunity to go on tour, visiting the west coast and other venues before coming home for an opportunity to record in his first musical production. He recorded on the "Evolucionando" album (1995) and later on the "Reconfirmando" album (1997). Another one of the band's recording projects also included a live performance at an outdoor concert. All three productions were produced under the RMM Label.
After his tenure with Almendra, Frank also continued performing with David Conde, Tipica Novel, Jimmy Bosch Orchestra and most recently as a lead singer and background vocalist with "ClaraSalsa".
Frank"s recording History:
1995- Evolucionando- Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes del Barrio
1997- Reconfirmando- Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes del Barrio
1999- Jimmy Bosch- Jimmy Bosch Orchestra
2004 "Baila Con Ella"- ClaraSalsa