Synthesis Departs for the Spanish Caribbean

Synthesis leaves Monday, June 24, for their Spanish Caribbean Tour. The 27-member ensemble will perform in Florida, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba over their three-week tour, bringing with them the swinging beats and fiery rhythms that make up their jazz repertoire.

Synthesis will perform at a range of venues, including the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and the Teatro Nacional de Cuba. Members of Synthesis will also provide service alongside prison inmates. In the Dominican Republic they will hold a musical workshop with the National Conservatory of Music.

Synthesis poses for a group photo after a concert at BYU.

Synthesis members will have the opportunity to perform with several well-known professionals, including jazz flautist Nestor Torres, Grammy nominee and saxophonist Ed Calle, and other Caribbean artists in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

In between performances and service activities, Synthesis will visit cultural landmarks in these history-rich islands. While in Puerto Rico, they will visit the Arecibo Observatory, home to the second-largest radio telescope in the world; hike to Cueva Ventana, a beautiful cave; and visit El Yunque National Forest, one of the few rainforests in the United States. While in the Dominican Republic, the group will visit the Alcázar de Colón and the Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes museum. While in Cuba, the schedule will include exchanges with jazz artists, a visit to a recording studio, and a walking tour of Old Havana.

Spencer Walgren and Steven Hardy play jazz music at a concert in BYU's de Jong Concert Hall.

Nathan Campbell performs a solo at a concert in the de Jong Concert Hall at BYU.