Friends University Conjunto Latino jazz bandfeatures Alex “Apolo” Ayala & The Bámbula Project in special off-campus performance Oct. 27

Wichita, Kan. – Friends University will present an evening of Latin music at Odd Fellow Hall Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. The performance will include the Friends University’s elite Latin jazz group, Conjunto Latino, opening up for Alex “Apolo” Ayala & The Bámbula Project.

Conjunto Latino, led by Miguel Santana Morales and Dr. Nick Schroeder, was established at Friends University in 2020. The group’s instrumentation trades the traditional drum set for a team of percussionists that contribute their own rhythmic voice to an aggregate choir of percussion.

Sharing the stage is Alex “Apolo” Ayala & The Bámbula Project. A native from Puerto Rico, Alex blends his Afro-Caribbean roots with jazz language. His vast knowledge of both Latin music and jazz languages makes him stand out as a visionary in this avenue of music. With a professional career of over 20 years, his body of work includes Grammy Nominations and a Latin Grammy Award as a sideman.

The Bámbula Project is 4-person jazz quartet that features a powerful, intense and nostalgic fusion of Afro-Puerto Rican “Bomba” rhythms with Jazz. A celebration of heritage and culture, Ayala’s Bámbula Project offers the audience a unique experience where they will not only enjoy these rhythms but also understand its history and significance through brief notes before or after each tune.

The performance will take place on Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at Odd Fellow Hall at 930 W Douglas Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Odd Fellow is a hidden gem in the heart of Wichita. It is a creative space that has recently undergone a full renovation, proudly adding to the movement of restoring Wichita’s Delano district. Tickets are $15 at the door for general admission.

Questions can be directed to Friends University Box Office at 316-295-5677 or

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