CD "Havana Dreams"
"Havana Dreams" is a romantic and touching array of 14 original piano compositions mostly influenced by Tony's heartfelt memories of the beautiful island of Cuba.
"Yearnings for Cuba" is a classical piece relevant to immigrants everywhere longing for their homeland.
"By the Mediterranean" was inspired by the serene shores of Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain, where Tony's father was born, and "Romance of the White Towns" reflects the lively flamenco dances of the Andalusian white towns near Seville, Spain.
The last piece on the CD is a Cuban Sonata following the formal structure of a traditional piano sonata: 1) Caribbean Rhythms, 2) Bolero and 3) Latin Fantasy. Tony's "Cuban Sonata" is a classical interpretation of Cuban inspired melodies and rhythms.
Tony Sala - Biography
Tony Sala, Pianist and Composer: Born in Havana, Cuba in 1935, Tony started piano lessons at age 6. "My music loving family inspired a passion within me from the earliest yearts to today." he says. Consistently placing first among his peers during formal competitions, Tony ultimately completed piano studies at age 17 at the Peyrellade Conservatory in Havana. In 1958, he graduated from Villanova Univertisy's branch in Havana with a B.S. in Accounting.
In 1961, Tony left Cuba and settled in Philadelphia where he embarked upon a successful career in accounting and finance spanning over 40 years. In 1986, Tony volunteered his talents to the members of St. Mary of the Lakes Church Community in Medford, NJ, serving as organist to this day. All throughout this period, Tony continued his love for music, maintaining a focus and diligence towards piano playing.
After retiring in 2003 from a full-time professional life in accounting and finance, Tony embraced his passion for delivering inspiring live performances on a full-time basis. The following discography highlights the acoustical journey to date:
2004: "Havana Dreams" Tony releases his first CD, a romantic and touching array of 14 original piano conpositions .
2006: "Classically Cuban" A stirring chronological journey showcasing music from 16 Cuban composers ranging from the early 19th century to the late 1950's.
2007: "Best-loved Christmas Carols" An ultimately inspiring collection of glorious carols from around the world adapted for classical piano.
2008: "Tony Sala Plays Cocktail Piano" Tony's polished classical piano style is a delicious compliment to well-kwown Broadway and other celebrated melodies written by the most famous of popular composers.
Tony lives with his wife Mercedes, in Marlton, NJ, close to his two children and four grandchildren.