Sensemaya fuses hot Latin dance rhythms with the cool sophistication of jazz improvisation. Their repertoire includes funkified interpretations of classic salsa to originals written in the revolutionary timba style of Cuba. Their own uniquely fresh Latin jazz compositions include a variety of styles from Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. While Sensemaya can cater to the intimate jazz listener, their true purpose is to get audiences out of their seats and on to the dance floor.
Sensemaya has since played major festivals and concert series including the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Albany Latin Festival, Alive at Five, Schenectady Summer Night, Rock 2 Rebuild, Saratoga's Hat's Off and Final Stretch, Scotia's Freedom Park, Troy's Collar City Live, Schenectady's Jazz on Jay, A Place For Jazz, Colonie's Concerts in the Barn, the Amsterdam Latin Festival and the Shawnee Mountain Caribbean Festival in Pennsylvania. Additionally they have been featured on WAMC's Laurel Masse Jazz Show, at various colleges, weddings, corporate and government events, the Saratoga Race track, and at other local clubs including Gafney's, Justin's, Chameleon on the Lake, 9 Maple, 677 Prime, Thirteen, Brindisi's, the Troy Daily Grind, The Stockade Inn, Barcelona, Mare and Daisy Baker's. They were also voted Best Latin Jazz 2005 by the Metroland Reader's Poll.
In 2010 they released their first album "Shake It!" which was hailed by the Albany Times Union as one of the top three albums of the year. In 2011 Sensemaya released their sophmore album "Havana Before Dawn/Madrugada Habanera" to critical aclaim.
Friday, February 28th. Gingerman, Albany. 8:30-11:30, Trio
Sunday, March 2nd. Union College, Schenectady. 3pm. Sextet
Friday, April 18th. Grappa, Albany. 6-9. Trio
Friday, June 11th. Grappa, Albany. 6-9. Trio