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Imaginary World: A New Album by Sammy Figueroa


My team and I are very excited about the music on my next album. Silvano Monasterios and Gabriel Vivas have written some brilliant original compositions and arrangements that combine the rhythms of Latin jazz with true beauty. We’ve just finished a little tour of New York and Boston where we played this music in public for the first time and the reaction from the crowd was amazing. In Boston on Saturday January 17th we had a wildly enthusiastic sold-out crowd with extended standing ovations and encores.

Recent developments around this album include the addition of Ray Chew to our production team. Ray is an old friend (we toured together with Ashford & Simpson back in the day) and has so much positive energy. He was musical director for American Idol, for the BET Awards and lately for the Miss Universe Pageant. He joins my longtime producer Rachel Faro as co-producer for the album.
Our record label, Savant Records, is also very excited about this music they are expecting to release the album in June 2015. So we need to finish it soon.
We plan to record the first week of March 2015 at the Carriage House in Connecticut. This, is one of the great studios of the world where many famous artists have recorded. Our engineer will be Richard Corsello, whom I first worked with while touring and recording with saxophone great Sonny Rollins.

We’ve got some great perks from a limited edition print to T-shirts to percussion lessons with Sammy to a private concert for you and yours. Besides the perks all contributors will receive our Prime Package of a personally signed photo and an advance copy of the CD.

For those who have already contributed we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We thank in advance all of you who will join us on this exciting journey and become part of our team in the creation of this landmark Latin jazz album.

ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM / sobre el nuevo disco

Eight new compositions by Silvano Monasterios and Gabriel Vivas, written and arranged especially for this album, are the heart and soul of this project. Our previous three albums set a new standard for Latin jazz and received two Grammy Nominations. This album raises the bar even higher with arrangements centered around complex percussion rhythms and passionate melodies. As always we’ll have one or two danceable numbers — cha cha and salsa — but this album is for those who have a deep appreciation of America’s classical music: JAZZ. And of course, we’ll be joined by some of New York and Miami’s highest calibre musicians and two of the top recording engineers in the business.

Time and Money / el horario y el dinero

We’ve kept our budget lean and mean and our schedule precise and productive.
• Rehearsals in New York City January 12 – 15
• A show at the New York’s Zinc Bar on January 15th and another show in Boston at Sculler’s on January 17th.
• Recording in New York City February 5th – 15th
• Mixing in Miami the second half of February.

Here’s how we’ll spend our budget.

• $2000: Rehearsals (studio, rentals, meals, parking, per diems)
• $5000: Recording studio (basic tracking and overdubs)
• $2000: Mixing
• $6000: musician and producer fees
TOTAL: $15,000

The Team / el equipo

Sammy Figueroa (percussion, leader, producer). Simply one of the most-recorded musicians in the world (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, David Bowie, Mariah Carey and so many many many more), Sammy has established himself as a solo artist over the last ten years and is now considered to be one of Latin jazz’s premier percussionists, with fans from all over the world.

Silvano Monasterios (piano, composer/arranger, producer). This Venezuelan virtuoso is fast becoming one of today’s most notable jazz pianists. He has composed much of Sammy’s repertoire, incorporating classical beauty with intricate rhythms.

Gabriel Vivas (bass, composer/arranger, producer). When he’s not touring the world and making TV specials with Yanni, Gaby is composing brilliant music and playing with Sammy’s band. Producer of over 30 albums in many genres, three of which have received Grammy Nominations. Sammy Figueroa and Rachel Faro are one of world music’s hottest production team (Vocal Sampling, Yomo Toro, Cuarto Espacio). Rachel has produced all of Sammy’s previous albums, including the Grammy-nominated ‘The Magician’ and ‘And Sammy Walked In’.

Rachel Faro (producer). Rachel is one of the world’s most well-respected and admired producers of world music and jazz. One of a handful of women record producers, she is also a Sony recording artist and composer. She has produced over thirty albums, three of which were nominated for Grammys. In addition to producing Sammy’s four albums she’s worked with a variety of artists, including Eddie Palmieri, Odetta, Vocal Sampling, Yomo Toro, Bobby Sanabria, Los Van Van, Maria Rivas and many others.

Ray Chew (producer). Ray Chew is one of the most sought-after musical personalities in the music industry. He has been musical director for American Idol, the BET Awards, the Miss Universe Pageant, the Macy’s Day Parade and will be musical director for the upcoming Grammy Premiere Ceremony on February 8th. He previously worked with Sammy in the Ashford & Simpson Band and with Luther Vandross.

Guest artists will include Chico Pinheiro (guitar), Troy Roberts (sax), John Michalak (sax), Alexander Pope Norris (trumpet), Francisco Dimas (trumpet), David Chiverton (drums).


A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.


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