[ ORIGINAL NOISE ]
— photograph by Jeffery Salter
SUÉNALO consistently sits atop both fan and critics' polls as South Florida's best live band. In recent years, Suénalo has closed Art Deco Weekend (one of Miami's most popular street festivals), and developed a creative partnership with ADW Musical Director, DOUG WIMBISH. When Doug joined Suénalo onstage, the show always shifted into a higher gear, rocketing the Art Deco Weekend proceedings into an even more exploratory OUTER SPACE.
SUÉNALO is the result of a 10-year process of compromise and growth between some of South Florida’s most talented musicians. Musicians who came together to share a common ideal ... that music should not only entertain, but emotionally move an audience.
Suenalo’s roster is stacked, with eight fulltime members boasting chops to rival anyone, anywhere. It's lineup is a who’s who of brilliant musicians, who've not only made their immovable imprint on Miami’s local music scene, but well beyond.
"GOING HOME" (MIAMI)
— dave hogerty (original>>noise)
Countless (futile) attempts have been made to describe Miami's Most Explosive Latin Musical Fusion called SUÉNALO.
— “Latin Funk”
— “Jam Band”
— “Multi-Cutural Cocktail”
All true, but inadequate in describing the excitement of SUÉNALO’s Hip-Hop Leaning, Big-Horn Driven, High-Energy Vibe.
The band itself calls it “Afro-Latin-Baby-Makin’-Descarga-Funk.”
Best might be “The Sound of Miami.” “Best” because SUENALO’s newborn genre could only have been incubated in the overheated cultural laboratory we call Miami.
As it comfortably breezes through the Caribbean, Funk samples the Afro sounds of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Reggae crashes with Rock on a Stormy Sea, and Electro and Jazz hook up for a sidewalk makeout session. Hip-Hop hums from the pavement, and R&B drifts in on a cool night wind.
Suénalo reaches into every corner, captures it all, and creates the most interesting musical mash ... a marriage of disparate players, melded into a somehow harmonious blend. It defies logic that such diverse influences can find balance in a single band ... And yet they do.
Just Spell the Name Right
SUÉNALO (SWEH-NAH-LOW) V.
— Driving the sound are:
Carlos Guzman (Bass/Musical Director)
Amin De Jesus (vocals/MC)
Michelle Forman (vocals)
Juan Turros (sax/flute) former member of David Lee Roth and Maynard Ferguson bands.
Chad Bernstein (trombone/conch) also of Spam Allstars
formerly Pee Wee Ellis’ African Tribute to James Brown project, and Natalie Cole’s band.
Allan Ramos (percussion)
Abner Torres (drums) formerly a member of Julio Iglesias’ band.
Adrian Gonzalez (piano/vocals)
With three albums already released, Suenalo has managed to display to fans a mastery of both the studio and the stage, from their 2003 debut Collages to 2006’s self-titled, star-studded studio effort, and 2009’s Live at Transit, which is a prime depiction of the band on a typical night, in their typical prime form.
Suenalo's notoriously raucous performances have not only taken South Florida and Miami by storm, playing full houses all over the area
and dominated local festivals such as Calle Ocho, Langerado, and Carnival on the Mile, but also extended its reach far beyond, to New York City, New
Orleans, and Chicago.
No surprise that the band has received two Miami New Times’ "Best of Miami" Awards: Best Latin Rock Band in 2005 and Best Latin Band in 2011.
Even with earning such respect, SUÉNALO feels it’s just beginning to hit its stride. With what seems to be the most complete, in-sync lineup ever, and with a full slate ahead in their unyielding, unwavering dedication to gigging, and soon-to-be-released fourth album, SUÉNALO is sure to keep Miami’s fire burning hot well into the future.