Grupo Fantasia, Latin Jazz/Merengue Group to Play at Horn Pond – Sponsored by: Michael de la Maza

Thanks to sponsor, Michael de la Maza, Grupo Fantasia will be playing at Horn Pond on Friday, July 31 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If the weather is not cooperative, the venue will be moved inside the barn at Spence Farm, located at 41 Wyman St. in Woburn.

Angel Wagner, musical director of Grupo Fantasia and master percussionist, plays more than 30 instruments. Angel has studied at the Harbor Arts Academy in New York, The Berklee College of Music in Boston and in the 1990’s, tutored on congas under Grammy nominee, Giovanni Hidalgo. Currently, Angel is a band leader, percussion teacher, director of the Wagner Multicultural Workshop and percussionist in his band Grupo Fantasia.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Angel began his career playing with a cheese grater and fork! At age eleven, Angel went on professional tour with a Merengue band, later performing in Miami and at Madison Square Garden in New York. Angel has performed with such groups as Aramis Camilo, Orchestra Cafe, Luis Ovalles and Manguito.

Angel formed Grupo Fantasia in 1993, with musicians from all around the world. Over the years, Fantasia has performed at the Calle Ocho festival in Miami, as well as touring extensively throughout the Northeast. His performances include a multitude of schools, universities, colleges, fundraisers, private functions and musical galas, allowing him to team up with the most exclusive event coordinators and party planners in New England.

Angel Wagner provides traditional island entertainment for all people and much of the music is performed on original, handmade indigenous instruments. The extensive repertoire includes original and cover songs from the Caribbean and Latin America. Also represented are various Cuban, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena, Colombian Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi, Calypso, Reggae and Salsa music.

Some of Angel's performances include, The Lowell Folk Life Center, Museum of Fine Arts, The Concord Museum, The Museum of Science, The De Cordova Museum, Castle Hill and the Boston Children's Museum. In July of 1996 he performed on the State House steps for the passing of the Olympic Torch in Providence, Rhode Island. Angel was honored on two occasions in 1998 by performing for President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton. In 2008 Grupo Fantasia was honored by performing the 76th birthday party for Senator Ted Kennedy at his Hyannisport compound. Grupo Fantasia has opened for such popular bands as Marc Anthony and the Counting Crows.

Fantasia has won many awards in Latin categories, including Boston's prestigious 1993 Expose Award for BEST SPANISH BAND (1993), runner up in the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Award for Education (1999) and the 2003 Boston Music Award Nominee for BEST WORLD CLASS ACT. Grupo Fantasia are the 2009 winners of The New England Urban Music Award for Best Latin Band.

The Horn Pond Summer Concerts are FREE to the community thanks to our generous local businesses sponsors. Bring the whole family down to Ice House Park at Horn Pond and enjoy a night under the stars! Ice House Park is the name of the flat grassy area that runs along Sturgis Street. For your comfort and enjoyment, please remember to bring folding chairs, blankets and insect repellant. For more information about the 2015 Summer Concert Series, please go to SCIWoburn.org.

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