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35 Years Taller:
The Dissident Arts Festival


Saturday, August 16th
Time: 6:00pm
$15


Dissident Arts Festival The 9th annual Dissident Arts Festival, a celebration of revolutionary Free Jazz, New Music, World Sounds and radical Poetry, Performance Art and Film, moves uptown to El Taller Latino we celebrate 35 Years.

The Dissident Arts Festival serves as a showcase of radical arts commemorating the rich heritage of movement culture. The 2014 edition encompasses a tapestry of liberation jazz and new sounds including Festival headliner WILL CONNELL and VINCENT CHANCEY'S SADHANA Quartet, THE ANDREA WOLPER PROJECT, THE RED MICROPHONE, BERNARDO PALOMBO & Friends, TRUTH TO POWER!, HARMOLODIC MONK (celebrating the release of their debut recording), UPSURGE!, performance artist CRYSTAL SHIPP, poets SANA SHABAZZ and CHRIS BUTTERS, and Festival house band, THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA, performing an improvised score to "BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN" (Sergei Eisenstein, 1926)

The Dissident Arts Festival 2014 is produced by Dissident Arts and El Taller with John Pietaro serving as Curator/host.

For more information on the festival, please visit their Facebook page.

35 Years Taller:
The Leonor Falcon Quintet


Wednesday, August 6th
Time: 8:00pm
$15


Alexandra & Abram El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present The Leonor Falcon Quintet, as part of our 35 Years Taller series. Leonor's quintet includes original compositions that are influenced by her different backrounds, Venezuelan and Latin American roots, classical and jazz. The quintet will also perform standards from composers Bill Evans, Paul Motion and Lee Konitz.

About Leonor:
A native of Venezuela, violinist Leonor Falcon has a very diverse background in performing music of different genres. As a classical musician, she has appeared as a soloist with Virtousi de Caracas, as a chamber musician both in Venezuela and Switzerland with different groups, and also back home she was part of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela and founder of the Magical Mystery Band, with which she played Beatles arrangements all over the country and in Argentina, United Kingdom and Curacao at different festivals. In Switzerland, she was a co-founder of the chamber orchestra Camerata Candela that focused on Latin American contemporary repertoire and folk music.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from IUDEM (University of Music of Venezuela), studied under Virginie Roibilliard at Mozarteum de Caracas and holds a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland and a Master of Jazz performance degree from Queens College in New York city.

Leonor spends her time teaching at the MindBuilders Creative ArtsCenter in the Bronx, recording for Christian Howes production company and performing around the city with different projects which include latin american, classical, jazz and original music.


35 Years Taller:
Alexandra & Abram Alberto


Friday, August 1st
Time: 8:00pm
$15


Alexandra & Abram El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present our friends - Alexandra Castano & Abram "El Llanero", as part of our 35 Years Taller series. The duo reunites for an evening of boleros and folkloric songs of longing and love from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico, as well as from Abram's debut album Luna Y Lucero.

About the duo:
Alexandra is a long time friend and teacher of El Taller and returns to El Taller on Colombian Winter Vacation. While studying Communications and Journalism at the Universidad Pontificia Boliviriana in Medellin, Alexandra decided to join the choir Ensemble Vocal UPB, where she followed her childhood passion for music.

In Ensemble Vocal, she had the opportunity to participate in many choral festivals throughout the world in Spain, Paris, France and Argentina. She continued her vocal training in the Opera program of the Universidad Antioquia, where she studied for two years.Alexandra moved to the United States in 2005 to pursue a career in journalism and follow her passion for music and found a home at El Taller. With guitarist Abram Alberto, Alexandra has developed a beautiful repertoire of tangos, boleros and other popular songs.

Abram Alberto (a.k.a. "El Llanero") is a Venezuelan singer, guitarist and cuatro player. Though much of his repertoire features traditional boleros and folkloric music from the Venezuelan llanos, Abram has also taken the works of famous Latin American writers such as Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral and Luis Llorens Torres and set them to his own original compositions.


35 Years Taller:
Seeger Fest: A Memorial Concert



Lincoln Center Bandshell
Sunday, July 20th
Time: 4:00pm
Free


Bernardo and Friends Bernardo Palombo & Friends, along with the children at El Taller Latino Americano's Aventura's de Verano Spanish Camp will be sharing with the public what they learned during camp this weekend at Lincoln Center. The project is a collaboration between El Taller, Seeger Fest and Castle Bridge School Principal, Julie Zuckerman.

The collaboration has been in the making since Bernardo first heard about Pete Seeger through his performance of Guantanamera as a 7 year old. Over the years, Pete grew closer to El Taller and the music of Palombo, connecting with Leon Gieco, and even greeted Mercedes Sosa, when she performed at El Taller, and later supported his agent, Harold Leventhal, in arranging for the legendary Atahualpa Yupanqui to perform at Carnegie Hall. Pete grasped the work of El Taller, and how the world must crossover to connect with one another, be it through song, protest, a meal, or hearing the story of others: an act, he and Bernardo shared just before Pete passed away in singing "Deportee", at his Beacon, NY home.

It is fitting then, that Bernardo and Julie came up with the idea that through this week in camp, the children of Castle Bridge in Washington Heights would not only learn Spanish of the Americas, but also learn Guantanamera so they can perform the song publicly at Seeger Fest. An idea that Seeger Fest organizer, Kitama Seeger-Jackson, supported. Palombo wants "to spread the songs Pete loved and the continue the work in having others sing-a-long. And what better way to do it than through allowing children the chance to hear this music for the first time."

Join us as we honor the memory of not only a music legend, but our dearest friend.

For more information on Seeger Fest, please visit the Seeger Fest web page.



35 Years Taller Presents:
Leo Genovese & The Favela


Monday, June 30th
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $10


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to bring back Leo Genovese & The Favela, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller.

More than a concert, the night marks the alignment of the space time continuum, the eyes of all one-eyed deer, and the sonics within the galaxy, as Leo happens to be celebrating, like El Taller, 35 Years of existence upon this planet.

From the mythical town of El Venado Tuerto in the Argentinian Pampas comes Leo Genovese, a daring instrumentalist and composer who boldly traverses the lesser-known corners of the musical landscape, moving effortlessly between the melodic and chromatic. On Monday night, he will perform with the Favela, a group of diversely-talented, classically-trained musicians who are willing to stare down the devil together and explore the wide-ranging traditions of Jazz, World and Latin music.

For more information on Leo Genovese and his musical experiments, please visit his page.



FolkColombia Presents:
Riosucio: Homenaje al Carnaval


Sunday, June 29th
Time: 3:30pm

Free


FolkColombia El Taller Latino Americano is proud to partner with FolkColombia to host: Tertulia y Taller de Riosucio "Homenaje al Carnaval" with Ruben Dario Mejia and Ramiro Antonio Sandoval

The Carnaval de Riosucio (Caldas) is one of the richest and most significant events that takes place every two years. As FolkCOLOMBIA Musica y Danza prepares to pay homage to the carnival during FolkCOLOMBIA en el Parque 2014, Ruben Dario Mejia and Ramiro Antonio Sandoval will present lectures and workshops for the Homenaje al Carnaval de Riosucio (Homage to the Carnival of Riosucio).

Ruben Dario Mejia, master dancer, choreographer, and founding member of FolkCOLOMBIA Musica y Danza and Los Viajeros de la Danza, will present a tertulia to discuss the origins of the carnival and its integration of Black African, European, and Indigenous people and cultures of the region. As dance co-director for Homenaje al Carnaval de Riosucio, Mr. Dario Mejia will illustrate carnival dances and music through live demonstrations, performance, and video.

Ramiro Antonio Sandoval, artistic director of Homenaje al Carnaval de Riosucio, will conduct a hands-on workshop. Mr. Sandoval will provide a practical lecture on the use of masks and the use of space for dancers and actors participating in the July 20th event. Joined by maskmaker Domingo Ramos, Mr. Sandoval will lead attendees through the discovery of the organic-mask genesis and the body of the man-made mask. Participants will take part in the modification of masks to conform to cultural themes explored in the Carnaval de Riosucio.

For more information on FolkColombia, please visit his page.



El Taller Presents:
Gregorio Uribe


Friday, June 27th
Time: 9pm

Cost: $15


Gregorio Uribe El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present our friend and teacher, Gregorio Uribe in an intimate evening. With only his voice and his guitar, Gregorio brings to El Taller an intimate, and at times playful, collection of songs that speak of love and other daemons. His poetic lyrics and simple melodies are both sweet and nostalgic and have ecos of boleros, son and trova.

Join us as he launches a solo tour that traverses the Americas and Europe.



"And the words, which Uribe sings with plenty articulation and space, so that even Spanish-language beginners should readily grasp the general meaning, don't lack for social and cultural message." - The Boston Globe

35 Years Taller Presents:
Yolanda Torres and Victor Hernandez


Friday, June 20th
Time: 8pm

Cost: $5 Donation


Yolanda & Victor El Taller Latino Americano is honored to celebrate the contributions of our Spanish Teacher, Yolanda Torres, and resident poet, Victor Hernandez, as part of our 35 Years Taller series. Yolanda and Victor will receive Chaski Awards for their support in creating beauty and truth at El Taller, as the evening will be filled with celebrations, poetry, dance and music from Palombo & Friends.


More than our longest tenured teacher, Yolanda Torres is educator by day and community organizer of a co-op building of single mothers by night. You know her for her passion for language, but we honor her with a Chaski Award for being both friend and a relentless advocate for communities and still managing to jump on a table to demonstrate 'arriba' while teaching Spanish of the Americas.

With a warm smile and raspy voice, Victor Hernandez has taught Spanish, supported Bernardo during rough times by helping however needed and always had time to write. It was not until one day, many years ago, with guitar in hand, that El Taller recognized a found-poet in our midst. He will be honored with a Chaski for not only supporting El Taller through his volunteerism, but in showing us all that art arises and surprises.



35 Years Taller Presents:
Leon Gieco


Friday, June 13th
Time: 8pm

Cost: $25


Leon Gieco El Taller Latino Americano is honored to partner with La Iglesia de Sion to present Leon Gieco, as part of our 35 Years Taller series. Leon is supporting El Taller in a benefit concert, 24 years after he joined David Byrne & Pete Seeger to support the organization when faced with another eviction.


Leon Gieco, with songs like Dylan and anthemic ballads like Springsteen, is a folk rock performer and composer, known for intermixing Argentinian folk tunes with politically and socially charged, poetic lyrics, which brought him into direct confrontation with the Argentinian government during the 80s and forced his move to Los Angeles for a year. Leon's music continues to be popular all over the Spanish-speaking world and in folk, and world music scenes worldwide; he needs only take out his guitar for thousands of people to sing along with him.

In recent years, Leon has taken up the cause of disabled performers. In June 2014, a documentary "Mundo Alas" (World Wings) which portrays his collaborations with the disabled, will be screened at the United Nations' Forum on Disability and Development. El Taller will award Leon with the Chaski, in recognition of his music, his activism and his work promoting voices beyond his own.

Leon has a long and ongoing relationship with El Taller and its founder, Bernardo Palombo. In 1984 Bernardo introduced Leon to Pete Seeger at a festival in Ecuador. Leon subsequently invited Pete to perform at a concert in Argentina, and in 1990, Leon performed, along with Pete and David Byrne, Guantanamera, Solo Le Pido a Dios, among others. After hearing a group of El Taller students sing one of Bernardo's songs, Cuida El Agua," Leon has made it part of his repertory, recently performing the song at a concert in Buenos Aires dedicated to the Greenpeace activists imprisoned in Russia.

To learn more about Leon, visit his
website.

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35 Years Taller Presents:
The Eco-Socialist Convergence
with Ernesto Villalobos & Friends


Saturday, June 7th
Time: 10pm

Suggested Donation: $10


EcoSocialists El Taller Latino Americano is proud to welcome Ernesto Villalobos and Friends as part of 35 Years Taller as they present. After an impactful and impressive grassroots mobilization at the 4th annual North American Ecosocialist convergence in Pittsburgh, PA in late April that launched its "Mosaic" garden project and featured scientists, artists and activists from Canada, Italy, Mexico, and all over the United States, Ecosocialist Horizons is hosting a concert celebrating this groundbreaking cross regional solidarity and eco-centric community building at El Taller.

Artists will include the renowned Ernesto Villalobos (violin) and Ben Barson (baritone sax), who will also be celebrating birthdays, in a cross-pollinating revolutionary ensemble with influences from hip-hop, merengue, jazz, Mexican folk music, opera, and more. Amir Rashad, acclaimed artist and African American community organizer who has built and maintained urban gardens on three different continents and 10 countries, will be representing Pittsburgh's Mosaic project. The 8-piece folk and bluegrass band "The Hills and Rivers" will also be coming from the Three Rivers to celebrate the new alliances forged between communities of every stripe around a shared vision of self-sufficient, eco-centric production of food and basic needs.

For more information on the Ecosocialist Horizons please visit their website.

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35 Years Taller Presents:
The Resurrection of Victor Jara


Saturday, May 31
Time: 8pm

Suggested Donation: $10


Victor Jara El Taller Latino Americano is proud to welcome filmmaker and long time friend, John Summa, to speak and screen selections of his soon-to-be-released feature film, "The Resurrection of Victor Jara" (scheduled for festival release in 2014), including rare footage of Victor Jara performing right before his death in August 1973. Joanne Pottlitzer, who shot the footage of Victor, will make a special appearance to share stories about working with and video-taping Victor. For more information about the film, please visit The Resurrection of Victor Jara.


Victor Jara was at the forefront of a roots music revival during the tumultuous 1960s in Chile and across Latin America. A theater director, musician, activist and teacher, Victor transformed folk music into a revolutionary social movement known as "New Song" (Nueva Cancion). His songs and singing came to embody the hopes and dreams of an entire continent -- a legacy that still resonates today, not just in Latin America, but worldwide.

This feature length film documents the extraordinary life and legacy of iconic Chilean singer-songwriter, Victor Jara, executed in 1973 following a military coup. On one level the film chronicles courageous efforts led by Victor's widow Joan Jara to return the censored singer to cultural life in Chile.

At another level the documentary explores Victor's profound impact on artists, activists and musicians of all ages inside and outside Chile. Overall the film reveals how Victor Jara's life and music continue to inspire new generations.

To see the trailer click here: VJ Vive.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.



35 Years Taller Presents:
SoldierKane
with Pink Ride


Saturday, May 24
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $10


SoldierKane El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present SoldierKane, as part of 35 Years Taller. SoldierKane, the musical ensemble of violinist/musical eccentric Dave Soldier and guitarist/percussionist, Jonathan Kane will be performing, some say dismantling, their idiosyncratic and singular blend of Blues, the Great American Songbook, R&B dance, classical music and minimalistic trance-rock. The evening will be special, as Dave will be receiving the Chaski Award in recognition of his lifelong work in music, language exploration, and for bringing his talents and creativity to engage and bring value to communities across the globe.


Opening the evening will be Pink Ride, an instrumental Jazz band formed in Harlem in 2013, with Dan Keegan on the drums, Dylan Maida on the keyboards and Arden Yonkers on bass. Their brand of progressive psychedelia will set the tone for a night of crossing sounds.

About SoldierKane:

Dave Soldier is known for a wild range of collaborations, ranging from the 14 elephants he conducted at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, to the Brainwave Music Project, played by the performers' brainwaves, to working with child composers, featuring 2-10 year old Brooklyn schoolchildren from Brooklyn, East Harlem and Sant Mateo Ixtatan, Guatemala. He is a founder of the Soldier String Quartet, a punk chamber group, the Kropotkins, a punk delta blues band and The Spinozas, featuring lyrics from Arabic and Hebrew poetry from medieval Andalusia.

Jonathan Kane comes out of New York's Downtown Music scene of the early '80s and is known for his avant- garde musical work with such minimalist composers as La Monte Young and Rhys Chatham. He was a founding member of the NYC band Swans and leads his own minimalist blues band, February as well as being a member, like Soldier, of the Kropotkins.

"Any self-respecting fan of downtown music could tell you that a project involving drummer Jonathan Kane and multi-instrumentalist David Soldier is bound to be both intensely eclectic and a whole lot of fun."
-Time Out New York

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To learn more about Dave Soldier, please visit his website.



35 Years Taller Presents:
Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra


Saturday, May 17
Time: 7:30pm

Tickets: $20


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Karl Berger and his Improviser's Orchestra, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. Jazz great Karl Berger returns for his 2nd night at El Taller, where he will explore world music along with his Improvisational Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists. Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl will conduct this extraordinary group of improvising cohorts as they explore original and spontaneous themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions and compositions written by such legendary improvisers as Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, and the trademarks vocalization and poetry of Ingrid Sertso.

For more information on Karl Berger, his orchestra, and his other musical projects, please visit www.creativemusicfoundation.org.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



Aurora Arteaga with Eric Kurimski


Friday, May 16
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $10


Aurora Arteaga El Taller Latino Americano is honored to host Fulbright Scholar and jazz musician, Aurora Arteaga. Aurora will be performing with Eric Kurimski, and sharing original compositions, creative arrangements of jazz standards, music of Latin America and some well-known pop tunes revisited from a fresh point of view.

For more information on Aurora Arteaga please visit her website.











35 Years Taller Presents:
Michael Howell


Thursday, May 15
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $10


Michael Howell El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Michael Howell, as part of 35 Years Taller. Michael, a legendary jazz guitarist, will explore his compositions accompanied by percussionist Guillermo Cardenas and a special guest bassist. Both a teacher and composer, he has worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby Hutcherson, and toured across the globe performing, and taught guitar at the JazzMobile.

About Michael:

Born in Kansas City Mo., innovative and skillful guitarist, Michael Howell was inspired and taught by his father and noted K.C. guitarist Herley Dennis in his youth. He later studied classical guitar at the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco, and received a degree in Music from Lehman College in New York. Michael has performed and recorded with his own group as well as other musicians, from Dizzie Gillespie and Bobby Hutcherson, as well as a number of televisions shows such as Oscar Brown Jr's "Jump Street: The Story of Black Music ", 60 Minutes, and The Today Show. He has recorded three solo albums: "Alone" on Catalyst Records, and "Looking Glass" & "In The Silence" on Mile Stone Records.

Michael is in demand as an accompanist. He most recently performed with the wonderful singer Diane Reeves. Michael has taught both guitar and bass at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Harlem School of the Arts, and the Lucy Moses for Music and Dance. Presently, he teaches guitar at the JazzMobile Workshop where he was worked since 1990.

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35 Years Taller Presents:
Julio Santillán & Franco Pinna


Monday, May 5
Time: 9pm

Tickets: $20


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Julio Santillan and Franco Pinna, as part of 35 Years Taller. The musicians return to honor El Taller, where both started performing in NYC, as well as continue in their musical experiments and collaborations. And what better to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than to have the native Tucumán, Argentina musicians perform within the Guthrie/Parra Auditorium.

About the duo:

Julio Santillán is a Barcelona-based composer and guitarist originally from Tucumán, Argentina. His compositions combine elements from his home land folk music, jazz improvisation and classical music. He has studied classical guitar at Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) under the direction of maestro Pablo González Jasey. He graduated summa cum laude with a dual major in Classical Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA).

Franco Pinna started his musical career in 1988 in Tucuman, Argentina where he performed and recorded with some of the most distinguished musicians of the country. In January of 1998 Franco moved to Boston to enter the Berklee College of Music where he obtained the "Outstanding Musicianship" scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000 under the Professional Music Diploma program.

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35 Years Taller Presents:
Martín De León


Friday, May 2
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $20


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Martín De León, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. The acclaimed singer arrives to share an evening of Tango and New Songs, to support El Taller, where he made his NYC debut.

"Argentine tenor Martin De León has quite simply one of the finest voices I have ever heard for Tango and Latin American popular music." Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post.



Celebrated throughout Latin America, De León has been called the "Pavarotti of Tango," and most recently performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador. Well known for his multifaceted interpretation of the Tango, which reaches deep within his soul and roots, De León incorporates new composers with fresh perspectives while honoring the classics he admires and respects. León has performed all over the world. Nationally, he has appeared in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Houston Astrodome.

For more information on Martín De León, please visit his page.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.



35 Years Taller Presents:
Leo Genovese & The Tribe


Saturday, April 26
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $10


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Leo Genovese & The Tribe, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. From the mythical town of El Venado Tuerto in the Argentinian Pampas comes Leo Genovese, a daring instrumentalist and composer who boldly traverses the lesser-known corners of the musical landscape, moving effortlessly between the melodic and chromatic. On April 26, he will perform with "La Tropilla de Forasteros" (Tribe of Legal Aliens), four different groups of diversely-talented, classically-trained musicians. Together, they will explore the wide-ranging traditions of Jazz, World and Latin music.



For more information on Leo Genovese and his musical experiments, please visit his page.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller Presents:
Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra


Saturday, April 19
Time: 7:30pm

Tickets: $20


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Karl Berger and his Improviser's Orchestra, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. Jazz great Karl Berger returns to El Taller, where he will explore world music along with his Improvisational Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists. Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl will conduct this extraordinary group of improvising cohorts as they explore original and spontaneous themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions and compositions written by such legendary improvisers as Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, and the trademarks vocalization and poetry of Ingrid Sertso.

For more information on Karl Berger, his orchestra, and his other musical projects, please visit www.creativemusicfoundation.org.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller Presents:
The Hmong American Writers' Circle


Friday, April 18
Time: 7pm

Tickets: $5


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present The Hmong American Writers Circle (HAWC), as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. The evening will feature poems and prose from members of HAWC: Andre Yang, Mai Der Vang, Ying Thao and Anthony Cody and coincides with the writing collectives 10 year anniversary. The reading will explore exile, religion, war and identity within the Hmong community and from the emerging voices of the participants.

Founded in 2004, HAWC serves as a forum to discover and foster creative writing within the Hmong community. HAWC's efforts and achievements have been geared toward the creation of a visible body of Hmong American literature and the establishment of a Hmong literary culture. These efforts recently culminated in the first Hmong American literary anthology "How Do I Begin?", which California Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera noted as, "one of the finest collections of creative writing in decades."

For more information on the Hmong American Writers' Circle, please visit www.hmongwriters.org.

To purchase "How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology", please visit Heyday Books.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller Presents:
The Dao of New York, Hosted by Eric Darton


Saturday, April 12
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $9


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present The Dao of New York, hosted by Eric Darton, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. Do great cities have a "Dao" -- a way, a method or a rule of life that allows them to support and nourish the lives of their inhabitants? And if so, what is the Dao of New York? Eric Darton, an author and cultural historian, will explore that and other topics and discuss how to use a Daoist perspective in order to survive and thrive as a writer, performer and artist in New York City.

Come prepared to experience something real and mysterious shift within your sense of yourself and your city.

Eric Darton is a native New Yorker and cultural historian whose books include Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York's World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011), and Free City, a novel, (WW Norton, 1996). The final two books of his five-volume cultural memoir Notes of a New York Son, 1995-2007 were published in November, 2013. He teaches at several colleges including the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies and is a (happily) perennial student at El Taller.

For more information on Eric Darton please visit www.ericdarton.net.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller Presents:
Inténtalo Carito - "Afta Cuando?"


Friday, April 4
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $20


Karl Berger El Taller Latino Americano is excited to present Inténtalo Carito, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. With more than 6 million YouTube views of their viral song "Qué difícil es hablar el español," Colombian brothers Juan Andrés Ospina and Nicolás Ospina present "Afta Cuando?", a humorous musical show that has garnered global attention from media and fans.

Juan Andrés Ospina and Nicolás Ospina are Colombian pianists, composers, producers and arrangers, who also happen to be brothers. In 2011 they collaborated to compose a song for a cousin's wedding, and the success was such among close friends that they decided to compose a new song with a similar vibe and upload it to YouTube. The song, "Qué difícil es hablar el español", instantly became a viral phenomenon. With over 6 million views, the song continues to resonate with audiences throughout the world. Following the success of the song they decided to form Inténtalo Carito, a duo where they combine ingenious lyrics turning around daily life issues with a series of vocal and instrumental abilities. "Qué difícil es hablar el español" on YouTube.

For more information on Inténtalo Carito please visit http://intentalocarito.com/.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller presents:
Valerie Naranjo (with special guest Ichitey James)


Friday, March 28
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $20


Valerie Naranjo El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Valerie Naranjo with special guest Ichitey James, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. The event is very special for El Taller, as Valerie will be the first recipient of the Chaski Award during the series for her work in music and 'changing the course of musical history in Africa."

Valerie Naranjo is known for her pioneering efforts in West African music, and one of only two non-West Africans to win the Ghanian Kobine Festival gyil competition. She plays percussion for NBC's Saturday Night Live band, and Broadway's The Lion King, and has performed on six continents solo, with The Philip Glass Ensemble, David Byrne, The Paul Winter Consort, Zakir Hussein, and others. She compiled the published transcriptions "West African Music for the Marimba Soloist", "Joro" a series of works for Gyil and Orchestra, and 12 CDs. She teaches Lobi/Brifo Percussion at NYU, and The Manhattan School of Music, and was named Drum! Magazine's "World Percussionist of the Year" 2003 and 2008, and "Mallet player of the Year" 2012. Max Salazar, Latin Beat Magazine, "She is living evidence that women today can be all that they want to be."

Ichitey James will be joining Valerie for the evening. From the Lobi/Brifo Nation in northern Ghana, a master percussionist, he owns the Lobi/Brifo Gyil Center gyil student and construction at Accra's National Council for the Arts.

For more information on Valerie Naranjo please visit www.mandaramusic.com.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller presents:
Perry Robinson


Saturday, March 22
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $20


Perry Robinson El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Perry Robinson, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration — 35 Years Taller. Perry is an American Jazz clarinetist and composer. For over four decades, Perry Robinson has been the sui generis master of the clarinet in jazz, folk and avant-garde music. During his career he has performed with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, as well as Dave Brubeck.

For more information on Perry Robinson please visit him on Facebook.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller presents:
Hecho a Mano - An Evening of Migrating Songs honoring El Taller by Ruben Gonzalez


Friday, March 14
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $20


Ruben Gonzalez El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Ruben Gonzalez, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller.

The evening will be a border-crossing experience through music and words with original compositions and standards migrating back and forth between politics and poetry, South and North America, pain and humor. A true musical and political journey at and for the world famous Taller Latino Americano. Rock and roll, tango and tonada cuyana are part of the migrating songs collection.

Guests include renown multi-instrumentalist, choir director and peñero Guillermo Vaisman, violinist Sergio Reyes, members of electro tango group Amapola Dry, Uptown MusicVerse Collective, and from the new generation, Natalio Gonzalez. Bernardo Palombo, El Taller founder and Artistic Director, will perform his Tonada a Dos Aguas as well.

For more information on Ruben Gonzalez please visit www.rubengonzalez.info.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller presents:
Jim Scott


Friday, March 7
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $20


Jim Scott El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Jim Scott, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller.

Jim brings a warmth and authenticity that turns any size audience into an intimate gathering. With lyrical melodies, well-crafted words, guitar mastery and humorous surprises, he invites all to get involved with the songs and ideals he raises. Honed through his years with the Paul Winter Consort and his world travels as a soloist, Jim's enchanting manner and conviction moved folk legend Pete Seeger to call him "Some kind of magician."

For more information on Jim Scott please visit www.jimscottmusic.com.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



35 Years Taller presents:
Hudson Valley Sally (with special guests Bernardo Palombo and Sonia De Los Santos)


Saturday, March 1
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $25


Hudson Valley Sally El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Hudson Valley Sally, as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller.

Along with Hudson Valley Sally's repertoire of old and new American activist songs, this concert will feature our growing ties to Latin American music as special guests Bernardo Palombo and Sonia De Los Santos join us.

For more information on Hudson Valley Sally please visit www.hudsonvalleysally.com.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and support El Taller and the 35th Anniversary Celebrations.



"Buenos Aires Trip" by Adriana Nano


Friday February 7
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $10


Adriana Nano El Taller is proud to present the performance "Buenos Aires Trip" by Adriana Nano.

Nano is a musician and architect from Buenos Aires. She will give a multi-media performance with guitar, singing and video.

For the first half of the concert Nano will feature songs focused on personal stories with folk beats from Argentina. The second half will have sounds derived from tango and is dedicated to Buenos Aires. Join us for Nano's aural, visual and personal tour of Buenos Aires.



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