Guest Artists and Rainforests: Synthesis Begins Its Caribbean Tour

Synthesis kicked off its three-week adventure with a performance in Miami, Florida, before spending the remainder of the week in the United States territory of Puerto Rico.

During its first performance of the tour, Synthesis performed with Latin Grammy nominee Ed Calle and jazz musician Jim Gasior. They performed at the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables, a prominent jazz lounge near Miami that has played a role in the southern Latin jazz scene.

Members of Synthesis enjoyed the walk through the lush rainforest to El Baño Grande while visiting El Yunque National Park in Puerto Rico.

Synthesis arrived in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. The group held two performances with guest flautist and Latin Grammy winner Néstor Torres and a joint performance with the Carolina Municipality Jazz Band in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Synthesis members visited La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in the Western Hemisphere and the residence of the Puerto Rican governor, as part of their experience in Old San Juan. Along with this visit, the group also explored other cultural sites in Puerto Rico. One was El Yunque National Forest, home to the only tropical rainforest in the United States. While there, they visited El Baño Grande, Juan Diego Creek, and La Coca Falls. Each site provided views of the beautiful forest and spectacular waterfalls. The group also visited the Arecibo Observatory (home to the second-largest single-dish radio telescope in the world), Cueva Ventana, the San Juan National Historic Site, and the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico.

Synthesis members began their touring experience this summer performing in the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables, Florida. Guest musicians Ed Calle and Jim Gasior joined the group members in their program.

Near Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Synthesis members hiked to Cueva Ventana, a large cave in a limestone cliff overlooking the Rio Grande de Arecibo valley.