Aymar Torres is an Aruban-Colombian singer-guitarist who plays acoustic covers of classic Brazilian Bossanova songs from the 1930s till now. He covers songs of legendary Tom Jobim, João Gilberto, Jorge Ben, Sergio Mendes, and Caetano Veloso, among others. He also plays classic Latin songs of Buena Vista Social Club, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Trio Los Panchos, Alberto Beltran, and much more. Together with his cousin Pablo on percussion, it feels as if you are in a warm country.
Best friends Michael Maidwell and Jacob Streefkerk founded
Orange Grove shortly after leaving St. Maarten, the little Caribbean island paradise they called home, to attend college in the Netherlands. Like many teenagers, they had grown tired of studying by the time they graduated from high school, and being in a band seemed much cooler than anything else they could ever imagine doing. Jacob played guitar and Michael suddenly discovered he could sing. Soon after arriving in the Netherlands they began writing songs and recording demos on their four track mini disc recorder. College was becoming more and more boring by the day so they had to move quickly. Before they knew it they had enough songs for a demo cd and began playing small bars and clubs in the country with their brand new band which they called Orange Grove, named after an area back on their island homes.