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Based in Vancouver, the Rio Samaya Band is made up of Pancho and Sal, partners in life as well as in music, which is full of wonderfully enchanting latin rhythms and romantic melodies in Spanish including some Italian, English and French songs.

10 years ago Pancho and Sal created " Rio Samaya Band" with the concept and project to tour Canada and the world like a duo and build up the band joining with local musicians using the  Rio Samaya Band Signature, who has already done hundreds of shows with incredibly talented musicians.

Their goal is to reach as many communities as possible, to share their music and even merge with other world artists to record their original compositions.

With a style that flows through the folkloric traditions of Central and South America,  Rio Samaya music beats to the natural pulse of our planet, writing and  blending it with elements of folk, rock, country, reggae, latin and  rhumba gypsy  rhythms.

Pancho, born in Argentina, plays guitar, many string instruments, flutes and hand percussion.

Sal born in England, grew up in Vancouver and has roots in Argentina, plays accordion, hand percussion instruments and sings ethereal harmonies.  

They have a unique style of translating simultaneously from Spanish to English. Together they create a gentle and compelling sound.

Their live recordings which they have successfully released include :

Vivirei  / I Would Live - 1997
Cuando Salga La Luna / When the Moon Comes Up-1999
Revivir / Revival-2002
El Regalo / The Gift - 2004
Secretos / Secrets – 2011
Live What U love / Vive lo que tu amas - 2014
Amar Cantar Bailar / To Love To sing To Dance - 2017

      About Pancho & Sal's  highlights 

      French and English radios:

      CBC, 96.1, 102.7, 103.1 FM's, 1540 Am, 


      CBC TV,  VTV, Shaw TV 
      Global, City TV, Multicultural channel 20,

      Festivals:  Mission Folk Festival, Harrison Festival of Arts, In Harmony Music Fest, Trout Forest, Caribbean Festival , North Van Folk Fest, Blue Mountain, Point Roberts Festival, Harmony Festival,  West Vancouver, Camp Alexandra Fest,  Vancouver Latin Summer Festival, Dessert Daze Festival, Alaska Salmon Festival , Montreal Tango Festival, Cumberland Atmosphere Festival, Livo Festival, Denmark. . .


    It is hard to write about every venue we have played, to name a few - the Commodore Ballroom, Wise Hall, Annex Theatre, Columbia Theatre, throughout British Columbia, Vancouver Island, accross Canada and world wide including countries  like USA, India, Turkey, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Tunisia Costa Rica, Jamaica . . .

Pancho- Flamenco, Acoustic and electric Guitars, Charango, Quena, Traverse flutes, Harmonica, Drum and hand percussion.
Sal- Accordion, Guitar, Bombo Drum, Shakers and other hand percussion instruments.

Stage plot for the duo: two vocal mics, one percussion mic and 1 DI

Biography  Ja Pace -  Dancer

Ja Pace, born in Canada, has studied dance from a very young age,including ballet, jazz,tap, and acro  and more recently  flamenco, sufi, first nation and free style.

Ja is an accomplished choreographer, creating and developing everything she has learned into new styles over classic boundaries.

Having participated in numerous groups and stages around the world, her experience shows as Ja delivers every show with grace
and realism.

Ja also plays Saw, Mouth Harp, Cajon and  Bombo.

Ja can be included in Rio Samaya presentations if requested.