Artist Profiles: Bio Ritmo

Bio Ritmo – Photo by Chris Smith

Bio Ritmo (Biorhythm) is a remarkable Richmond, Virginia-based salsa band led by keyboardist Marlysse Simmons. Bio Ritmo’s sound is rooted in the great Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa traditions.

It is their vision for bringing salsa “into the now” through skillful layering of jazz, urban, electronic and global sonic influences while maintaining the integrity of their foundation; and unusually profound and introspective lyrics.

Discography:

Que Siga La Musica (Shamless Records, 1996)
Salsa Galactica (Permanent Records, 1997)
Rumba Baby Rumba (Mercury / Triloka Records, 1998)
Bio Ritmo (Locutor Records, 2004)
Salsa System EP (Locutor Records, 2006)
Bionico (Locutor Records, 2008)
La Verdad (Electric Cowbell Records, 2011)
Puerta del Sur (Vampisoul Records, 2014)

www.bioritmo.com

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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