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Splendid concert at the Posthof Theatre in Linz

The crowd broke into rapturous applause at the Posthof Theatre on Friday. The new group SANMERA was striking up: thoroughly enjoyable salsa-performances. The Cuban in exile is the first singer – a position that she well deserves – of the 10-piece-band SANMERA led by comandante Klaus Bräuer. The woman who perfectly conciles spirit and musical prowess has been one of the driving forces behind the quick liaison between salsa and the Austrian players. Since the sixties, the term salsa is used for the hot, fast and danceable latin music genre between the New York ghetto “El Barrio” and the Caribbean. The percussionists were forcefully beating bongos, congas, timbales, cow bells. The three wind musicians were playing piercing riffs and belt out their solos. And Milagros Pinera, passionately singing her parts, was energetically stiring the hot “sauce”.

Robert Urmann, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten

Salsa night with SANMERA

Saturday evening, the visitors of the concert in Nüziders in Vorarlberg had the chance to experience for themselves that salsa was more than the Spanish word for sauce, but a synonym for wonderful, lively music. SANMERA – yes, there are definitely more than one – is certainly the best salsa and jazz formation that Austria can offer these days. The 10-piece-band around the brilliant saxophonist and the Cuban singer and percussionist Milagros Pinera – well-known for being the star guest at the opening of the Vienna Festival 2003 – excited the audience with their magnificent arrangements and interpretations. The pulsating rhythms, breath-taking solistics, hot sequences of the wind players and of course the unique voice and performance of Milagros Pinera made this musical journey to the Caribbean a precious memory.

Vorarlberger Nachrichten

The Cuban-Austrian group SANMERA made visitors feel the heat of the Caribbean at this year’s opening of the Snow-Jazzfestival in the Casino at Bad Gastein. At the Caribbean night, the ten-headed formation masterly excited jazz friends and passionate dancers with explosive rhythms.

Salzburger Nachrichten, Rauscher

One could feel the heat of the Caribbean at the opening of the Snow-Jazz-Festival in Bad Gastein. The group Sanmera with its singer Milagros Pinera enthused jazz fans as well as passionate dancers in the local Casino.

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