Apart from performing as a solo artist (guitar and vocals), bandleader Jose Leon brings together an impressive collection of musicians who together create the diverse and authentic Latin sound of Sol y Sombra (Sun and Shade).
Jose's Spanish origins have profoundly influenced his music giving him a warm and expressive voice and guitar style that is both melodic and full of the rhythmic nuances of Flamenco.
Jose is able to perform a wide range of material in both Spanish and English. He has a guitar style that is both melodic and rhythmic having studied Flamenco with his uncle in Spain. His voice lends itself perfectly to interpreting songs by The Gypsy Kings, Santana, Jose Feliciano, The Buenavista Social Club and other well-known Latin-American, Cuban and Spanish artists.
His set includes songs such as Volare, Bamboleo, Quien Sera (Sway) and Quizas Quizas Quizas (Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps) amongst many others.
He is able to adapt his performance to suit any atmosphere whether mellow and relaxing or lively and animated.
In addition to his career as a performer he is a prolific songwriter having had his songs used in U.S. TV shows Ugly Betty and The Shield and also a film called Los Bandoleros produced by Vin Diesel.
Jose can add that 'Latin flavour' to any event whether it be a wedding, corporate event, or theme night!
The size of Sol y Sombra's line up can be adapted to suit any occasion ranging from a duo (guitar/vocals plus keyboard or second guitarist) to a full 5-piece group including percussionist, pianist, bassist, and brass player.
Being sensitive to the needs of clients, they are able to adapt their performance to suit any atmosphere whether mellow and relaxing or lively and animated. Equipped with a compact Bose P.A. system, they provide a high quality sound that is pleasing to the ear at any appropriate volume.