SOFRITO is composed of some very talented musicians who consist of Tim Forster, Dariusz Terefenko, Hector Diaz and Tony Padilla. SOFRITO is a musical group known for its ensemble of musicians that specialize in Jazz, Classical, Afro-Cuban rhythms and many other styles. By incorporating this array of styles SOFRITO has captured a loyal following. Since forming the group SOFRITO has built a reputation for displaying exciting live performances and skillful musicianship. One thing that is unique about the band is an approach that isn’t stylistically self-limited.

SOFRITO has performed for the WXXI Live concert series, local festivals and many private corporation events. All these talented musicians have a passion that is exposed during their live performances.


Flutist Tim Forster has been on the music scene in Rochester as a flutist and singer for almost 30 years. Besides Sofrito he manages jazz vocalist Madeline Forster’s quintet, and backs her on flute.  He also sings in Rochester’s premier a cappella group, The Bowties.  Tim is vice president of the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, and concert chairman for “A Taste of Song”, a bi-annual prism-style concert featuring 18 vocal groups at the Eastman Theater.  He is also music producer for Fairport Canal Days, which next to the XRIJF is the Rochester region’s largest jazz festival.

Bassist Hector Diaz has been playing with bands in the Western New York area since the age of thirteen. He has performed with Ismael Miranda, Hector Tricoche, "El Cano" Estremera, Paquito Acosta, Zafra Negra, Luisito Rosario, Wendell Rivera and Johnny Rivera. While in the Army, Hector toured with an All Soldiers show throughout Army bases in South Korea.

Pianist Dariusz Terefenko teaches at the Eastman School of Music, where he began his career as a master’s student of jazz piano. After completing his M.M. in jazz piano performance (1998), he enrolled and finished a PhD in music theory (2004) with a dissertation on “Keith Jarrett’s Transformation of Standard Tunes.”In addition to teaching for the Jazz and Contemporary Media Department, Terefenko is also Affiliate Professor of Music Theory.His interests lie in the area of classical and jazz improvisation and ways they interact with one another. Terefenko’s recently recorded solo album, Evidence, offers his creative take on favorite jazz standards, jazz instrumentals, and own compositions.

Percussionist Tony Padilla was born and raised in Rochester. A self-taught percussionist, he began playing at age 12 and has been performing professionally since the age of 14. Tony has played with such artists as Paquito De Rivera, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Arturo Sandoval, Jerry Gonzalez, Lou Gramm, The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble and The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1983, Tony has been conducting clinics/workshops throughout United States, including The Eastman School Of Music, The New York State Teachers Music Association, The Percussive Arts Society, and a variety of colleges and
high schools.