The Williams College Department of Music presents Syotos as part of the Williams Jazz Festival and the Visiting Artist Series. This event is free and open to the public.
SYOTOS performs boundary-busting music that gives new meaning to Latin jazz. SYOTOS boasts stars from the ensembles of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto. Their music fuses strands of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical into a swirl of surging rhythm. Bring your dancing shoes to Goodrich Hall.
Led by jazz trombonist Chris Washburne, Syotos showcases his many original compositions. Chris Washburne is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Columbia University and the Founder of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. Chris Washburne has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. His books include Bad Music: the Music We Love to Hate (Routledge, 2004), Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York (Temple University Press, 2008), and Latin Jazz: the Other Jazz (Oxford University Press, 2020).
photo: Lena Adasheva