Ritmo Masacote is a 12-piece salsa, timba, and Latin jazz orchestra composed of some of Berklee's most talented students/alumni and Boston's finest musicians. The orchestra was created with the purpose of bridging the growing divide between the music and dance genres. This young, charismatic cast produces commanding presentations full of life, spirit, and energy.
Ritmo Masacote was founded out of Boston in 2006 by composer/pianist Joel Massicot. He earned the alias Masacote in 1998 as an introduction into his piano solos while playing in Washington, D.C. In Cuban slang, "masacote" specifically refers to the rhythm created by combining the basic percussive instruments in salsa/mambo (the congas, guiro, timbales, clave, and bongo). More generally, this term refers to the design of merging various elements.
With this design in mind, Masacote set about creating an ensemble that would serve to merge various components of music and dance, shaping the perception of Latin music today. Often coupled on stage with the Masacote Dance Company, the ensemble is cultivating an international appreciation and demand for danceable and captivating band performances.
Ritmo Masacote's reach extends internationally as far as Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, Germany, Lithuania, Colombia, Brazil, and across North America. The ensemble's music can be found on motion pictures, instructional DVDs, and major radio stations and satellite radio both nationally and internationally. Everyone can relate to the orchestra's unique compositions and arrangements with focused directions in timba, salsa, and Latin jazz grounded in Cuban roots.With two critically acclaimed Latin jazz albums to its credit, Ritmo Masacote is working to deliver its first salsa/timba-focused album for its growing fan base around the globe. This third release is scheduled for 2011.
The Ritmo Masacote concert is hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.