Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre. Their diverse sound continues to defy expectations and is one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade. They have won over a dozen Austin Music awards, being admitted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy Award (their second such nomination) for their self-produced album El Existential. The Wall Street Journal has described their sound as “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.”

The band’s incendiary live show, declared by NPR as “seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage”, has brought the band to major festivals and venues internationally including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, North Sea Jazz Festival, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Kennedy Center, London’s O2 Arena, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, Tempo Latino (France) and others as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain US troops. Their diverse and devoted fan base speaks to the ensemble’s universal appeal which extends beyond generational and cultural boundaries.

They have served as the backing band on several occasions for the legendary Prince (ALMA Awards on ABC, Golden Globes, CBS Super Bowl Bash, Tonight show with Jay Leno, Coachella, O2 Arena), Fania All-Stars pianist Larry Harlow and indie rock standouts Spoon. In addition, they have worked or recorded with The GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Maceo Parker, Sheila-E, Deertick, Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween of Ween) Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets), Ruben Ramos and cult-hero Daniel Johnston among many others.

Grupo Fantasma has also seen a wide array of film and TV placements including AMC’s Breaking Bad, the John Sayles’ film Casa de los Babys, Showtime’s hit series Weeds, ABC’s Ugly Betty, NBC’s Law & Order and many others. In 2014 the band will release its sixth album, produced by multi-Grammy award winner and Los Lobos saxophonist Steve Berlin, as well as a concert film/DVD. Grupo Fantasma continues to tour the globe with club and festival dates entertaining fans of all ages wherever they go..

Grupo Fantasma is a nine piece musical collective formed in 2000 in Austin, Texas and consisting of Jose Galeano (timbales, vocals), Kino Esparza (vocals, hand percussion), Beto Martinez (guitar), Greg Gonzalez (bass), John Speice (drums), Matthew “Sweet Lou” Holmes (congas), Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet), Josh Levy (baritone saxophone) and Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (trombone).



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