Three Rivers Arts Festival - Grupo Fantasma
“One of the sickest live bands ever” – Philadelphia Weekly
“The ten members of Grupo Fantasma represent a new generation in Latin music.” – Washington Post
“Latin funk masters.” – USA Today
“A sound done so right that you have to hand the crown to this group.” – Huffington Post
Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade. In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.” In 2012 they continued to tour the globe with club and festival dates and spring/summer 2013 will bring their next studio release produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos as well as a live DVD / album package recorded in their hometown of Austin, Texas.
“Grupo Fantasma is in their own unique place in modern musical culture so I was overwhelmed when asked to produce their upcoming release” says Berlin. “No band around is as authentic and at the same time utterly groundbreaking in so many idioms, not to mention deadly on stage with some of the best arrangements and players around. I think this album will have a solid chance to redefine the entire genre yet again for the current and next generation.”