“El Grupo SINIGUAL” is one of the best Salsa/Latin Jazz bands in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"SINIGUAL" has been performing on the West and East Coast for over 34 years. "SINIGUAL" is led by sonera ( improvisational singer of salsa music), Maria Medina Serafin and features some of the most prolific musicians in the bay area.
Veteran latin/jazz pianist , Patricia Thumas's playing has been compared to a combination of the musical greats, Eddie Palmieri and McCoy Tyner.
Silvia Sherman’s rich bass stylings inspires the Salsa dancers and musicians with her solid “tumbao”.
"SINIGUAL" features a tight percussion section with the scintillating salsa great, “Ray” Martinez on congos, the electrifying Carmen Cansino on timbales, and Bay Area favorite, Roberto Medina on bongos.
The horn section is led by the great “Angela Wellman”. Angela is the founder of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music”, and she continues to inspire many musicians as a community leader, educator, and musician.
"SINIGUAL'S" repertoire is mainly comprised of the unique original compositions and arrangements by Maria Medina Serafin and Jules Rowell.
This year marks El Grupo Sinigual's 37th anniversary as a salsa/latin jazz mainstay in the San Francisco Bay Area!
Maria Medina Serafin is the leader and sonera (lead vocalist) of the band. A Broadcast Communications Arts graduate of S.F. State University, Maria is former producer of "The Latin Jazz Quarter" for WDNA FM, the Public Radio Affiliate in Miami. She was also an Assistant Program Coordinator for the Center for Family & Child Enrichment's "Tutorial and Cultural Awareness after school program.
Angela M. Wellman Trombonist, scholar, educator and activist Angela Wellman has performed with the McCoy Tyner Big Band, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Slide Hampton, and other noted musicians. Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Wellman was nurtured in a musical family, and is a third generation musician and music educator.
Ms. Wellman is a recipient of national, state, and city Arts awards and fellowships for performance study and music education. Among these awards is the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Fellowship to study with trombonist Steve Turre.
In 2005 she founded the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music to provide quality, affordable music education for underserved and under-resourced populations. Since opening its doors in 2005, OPC has become one of the Bay Area’s vanguard institutions in community music education and cultural preservation through music.
Carmen has been performing, recording, and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She moved to San Jose in the late 1970’s to study classical percussion with Anthony J. Cirone at San Jose State University. Her later studies of Latin and Jazz percussion were with Scott Morris, Vince Lateano, Daniel Sabanovich, Alan Hall, Carlos Federico, and Louis Romero.
Carmen led the “Listen Here Jazz Ensemble” throughout the 1980’s. She co-produced their CD “In Motion” on the Cansino Production’s label, and recorded three cds with Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz band, including a live recording with the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol at Yoshi’s Jazz House in Oakland, CA.
Carmen is a faculty member at the Community School of Music and Art in Mt. View, CA. where she teaches percussion lessons, workshops, and group ensembles.
Patricia Thumas is a native San Franciscan who started performing as a teen with one of the most popular bands of the times, "Ritmo 74", with John Santos and Tipica Cienfuegos. She was pianist with Afro Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguqbella and toured nationally with Julio Bravo. She was also the co-leader and arranger for the bands "Chevere" and "Bahia"
Her extensive career spans over 40 years and recorded "Blazing Redheads" and "Crazed Women" with the Blazing Redheads. A core member of "Sinigual" in the 80's & 90's, she's reunited with the band to perform and record salsa/jazz compositions and arrangements of prolific trombonist/arranger, Jules Rowell and Maria Medina Serafin.
Sylvia is an alumna from community arts workshops at La Pena Cultural Center and Mission Cultural Center, with a focus on percussion in Cuban music, including opportunities to participate in clinics with master Cuban artists such as Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Anga Diaz and to study with Bay Area based Michael Spiro and Jesus Diaz. She brings her experience with percussion to her bass playing and performs with several groups including Nuevo Mundo, El Guajiro, Ray Martinez and the Latin OGs and Sinigual. Sylvia is Program Director at Community Music Center where she works to develop community arts programs for people of all ages.
Ray Martinez started playing drums at age 4 years old in 1960 on the streets of Spanish Harlem in New York City.
When he was 12 years old, Martinez would sneak into clubs and see artists he refers to as giants, like Ray Barretto and Bobby Valentìn. He later developed his skills as a multi percussionist performing on congas, bongos, timbales, and drum set.
Martinez went from idolizing musicians he called “my gods,” to playing with them. In addition to starting a popular old-school salsa group, “Mazacote” with Louis Romero, he did a six-year stint as the percussionist for Chuck Mangione, and currently leads his own band, “The Latin OGs”.
Roberto has been playing music in the Bay Area for the past 20 years. He is originally from Gary, Indiana but has lived in the Bay Area for over 40 years most of it in San Francisco's Mission District. Here he was influenced by his close friends and Bay Area greats Louis Romero, John Calloway, Greg Landau and Ito Carrillo. Presently he resides in Oakland where he worked as a registered nurse at Highland Hospital, now retired. Recent other musical projects are Ray Martinez and the Latin OG’s, Guateque, El Guajiro, Roman “Ito” Carrillo y La Herencia, El Grupo Sinigual, Madeline y los Carpinteros, Calle Ocho and the Johnny Boyd Swing Band's 2012 West Coast Tour and 2013 Southwest and East Coast Tours.