“A world fusion of latin, jazz and flamenco with driving bossa inspired beats and
"Not just another Latin party band!!!"
Sonrisa are song writers; Kath Kimber on vocals and flute with Anthony McTiffen on acoustic guitar, joined by Liz Ralls on trumpet & Flugel Horn, Wayne Matthews on bass guitar and Chris Viggers on drums, cajon and percussion.
The fast rising West Midlands 5 piece stir up a wonderful evocative concoction of world grooves and latin fever. They cross boundaries mixing up gypsy and latin rhythms refusing to be labelled as any particular genre blending jazz, ethnic groove and flamenco styles all underscoring memorable and original melodic songs tinged with lyrical melancholy but always managing to come out joyous and life affirming. You cannot resist the overlaying of countless rhythms and quality acoustic musicianship.
Embracing world sounds but steadfastly rooted in their UK urban setting Sonrisa have been seducing audiences who want more than just latin rhythms. You can dance, you can listen but you will be enticed and bewitched by their passionate and exhilarating performances and leave dancing with their infectious melodies whizzing round your head. Their grooves are spiced with Arabic, Rumba, Cuban, jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova flavours with English words that talk of longing and loss. This is more than just dance music!
Fronted by Kath Kimber, this 5 piece have to be seen live to marvel at the energy and performances of incredible improv and freestyling. Since 2008 the band have toured tirelessly in order to nail their sound. They promoted their first album, This Ain’t Rio, with a tour of UK Arts Centres including Wales Millennium Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and The Castle in Wellingborough.
Between 2009 and 2013 Sonrisa have continued to tour with National Rural Touring schemes; Northants Touring Arts, Live and Local and Nottingham and Lincolnshire Rural Touring Schemes, as well as playing Food & Drink Festivals across the UK with their devised show, ‘Latin, Fiesta, Rhythmic Explosion & subsequently, A Taste of Latin. This Summer collimated with the band playing the main stage at Coventry’s Godiva Festival, Europe’s largest free festival, with more than 125,000 visitors.
Previously BBC Band of the month Lament have been featured on BBC Radio 6, Introducing with Tom Robinson and have also received airplay and made numerous live appearances on BBC Radio Cov & Warks, BBC Radio WM, Heart FM, BBC Radio Wales and many more.
Sonrisa has released three studio albums, This Ain’t Rio (2007), Sun Soaked (2009) and A Taste of Latin which was released in 2014.