Magdaliz Roura is the founder, manager, guitarist, and lead singer of the Latin Ensemble Crisol. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from an early age, she showed a talent for music by singing, playing instruments by ear, and improvising. She has performed with many and varied musical ensembles, and choirs, in Puerto Rico and the USA. Since 1994 she has been living in Philadelphia where she has been a Music Therapist, Recreational Therapist Director, Translator/ Interpreter/ Voice Over (English/ Spanish), and Teacher/ Instructor (Spanish, Music, Latin dances). She is currently finishing a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy) at Drexel/ Hahnemann University.
Crisol, Spanish for "melting pot," founded by Magdaliz Roura and Robin Moore, is an ensemble that has been performing in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas since 1997. This group is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional musical genres from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and other parts of Latin America. Mexican huapangos popularized by Cuco Sánchez and Lola Beltrán, boleros written by Silvia Rexach, Rafael Hernández and Los Panchos, and Cuban sones including those by Miguel Matamoros and Compay Segundo, constitute much of the group's repertoire. Some other styles Crisol performs include Mariachi music, Cumbia, Danza, Salsa, Rancheras, Merengue, Plena, Cha-Cha-Cha, Habaneras, Bossa Nova, and more.
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol: This Latin band size varies based on budget venue and details of the event. There are several possible band configurations. We have performed as big as a septet and as small as a solo act, just let us know what you need and we will figure it out.
Our four most common configurations are:
1.Magdaliz and her Trio Crisol, our most popular configuration, with
Magdaliz playing guitar and singing, small Latin percussion (maracas, clave,
güiro, bell, etc), drums (congas, bongos, bombo legüero, etc), a melodic
instrument the flute or the violin.
2. Latin Trio: includes Magdaliz playing guitar and singing, percussion, and
a melodic instrument the flute or the violin.
3. Latin Duo: includes Magdaliz playing guitar and singing, and either a
melodic instrument (like the flute or the violin), or percussion.
4. Latin Solo: Magdaliz performing by herself, singing and playing her guitar.
We can cater to your needs just let us know what you need and we will be happy to help you plan the music detail of your activity.
We have experienced and dedicated musicians, but most important, musicians who love music! We will give your guests a night to remember with beautiful songs from all over Latin America.
Availability: We are available for a variety of activities and venues:
Mariachi/ Mexican Events
New Years Parties
Cinco de Mayo Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Mother's and Father's
Book Signing events
Latin Dance Lessons
And Much More!
Magdaliz Roura (guitar/voice),
TBA (Various Latin Percussion Instruments),
TBA (conga drums),