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About The Events


Tango and Argentine folklore: Telling tales from the South

November 14

Performance at 8pm

Admission: $15

ps109 Pedro Rene presenta:
"Tango y folklore argentino: contando historias del sur del mundo"

Un recorrido por la historia de Argentina a traves de sus canciones: obras de Gardel, Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui y otros autores que se tejen con las historias contadas a traves de la guitarra y la voz de Pedro Rene (autor y compositor argentino).

Artistas invitadas: Alexandra Castano y Rachel Bassini.

Pedro Rene presents:
A journey through Argentine history and music: songs from Carlos Gardel, Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui, and other composers. Stories told through the guitar and voice of Argentinean musician and songwriter, Pedro Rene.

Invited artists: Alexandra Brown and Rachel Bassini.

Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra

October 3, November 7 and December 5

Open rehearsal: 8pm
Performance at 9pm

Admission: $15

PS109 Karl Berger is BACK at El Taller!

Since its inception in 2011, the KBIO of 30 or more professional string, horn reed and percussion soloists has performed nearly 80 times.

Rehearsals are open to the public and begin at 8pm with performances starting at 9pm

Conducted in Karl's inimitable style developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisors explores original compositions as well as melodies from the world's folk traditions and themes by visionaries such as Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman.

El Barrio's
ArtSpace PS109

Saturday, September 26th
Time: 2:30-7pm


PS109 Join the resident artists in partnership with Artspace, El Barrio's Operation Fightback, Hi-ARTS, El Taller Latino Americano, and The Shakespeare Forum as we welcome and invite the community to celebrate the GRAND OPENING OF PS109 as a point of pride and community hub for East Harlem.

3pm-4pm: New York Style Salsa, "On 2", with instructor Yrma Arias. Yrma's students follow her from all over New York City. El Taller hosts her popular class on Saturdays: 1pm-2pm beginners, 2pm-3pm intermediate.

4pm-5pm: "The most prolific artist of this century" International art historian critic, Juan Ramírez de Lucas. El Taller presents: Pintando en Familia with Angelo Romano. Bring a plate, a shoe, a stone, or any thing ... and turn it into an objet d'arte

On Stage: PS 109 resident Poet Papoleto Jesus Melendez and El Taller's Founder/Artistic Director, Bernardo Palombo are joined by Mario Cancél, Willy Rosado, Miguel Rivera, for a presentation of Papleto's poem, Antonia, There Are No Innocent People, and Puerto Rico's Antonio Cabán Vale (El Topo)'s song, Antonia, inspired by the true story of Antonia Martínez Lagares, killed in Puerto Rico by police during a peaceful student protest on March 4, 1970.


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10th annual
Dissident Arts Festival

Saturday, August 15th
Time: 7pm

Tickets: $15

Dissident Arts Festival The Dissident Arts Festival, the annual gathering of revolutionary creativity, will fete its 10th anniversary with a special weekend-long 2 nites/2 sites edition. The event takes place on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 at El Taller Latino Americano (Manhattan) and ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn), respectively.

A highlight of this year's special anniversary Festival will be the reunion of free jazz master Daniel Carter and 1980s hardcore/no wave band Dissipated Face. Other features include modern dance/music performance by Patricia Nicholson-Parker (co-producer of the Vision Fest/Arts for Art), neo-beat spoken word by Steve Dalachinsky, Downtown stalwart Trudy Silver, the Nueva Cancion of Bernardo Palombo, liberation jazz by the Red Microphone, the expansive sound of the 12 Houses Orchestra (conducted by Matt Lavelle), poet Raymond Nat Turner's Remembrance of the Victims of Police Violence, the other-world art music of Sumari, topical spoken word by Chris Butters, Safiya Martinez and Sana Shabazz, and Festival founder John Pietaro's Literary Warrior Project. The event is sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation and the Rosenberg Fund for Children. It is endorsed by the National Writers Union-New York UAW Local 1981 and DooBeeDooBeeDoo world music magazine.

Folk Meets Jazz
Hudson Valley Sally
and The John Cantrell Trio

Saturday, June 13th
Time: 7pm

Tickets: $20

Folk Meets Jazz Hudson Valley Sally, a folk quartet keeping the tradition of activist music alive, and The John Cantrell Trio, a multi-genre jazz trio embracing musical forms both old and new, will be joining forces for a musical Encuentro (encounter) at St. Michael's Church on June 13. They will be joined by Bernardo Palombo and Guillermo Cárdenas for an evening of social justice music.

For 36 years, it has been El Taller's mission to promote cross-cultural friendship and collaboration between North and South, English and Spanish. This is the latest in El Taller's Encuentros series, which features musical encounters crossing genres and cultures.

In Concert at El Taller
Carlos Negro Aguirre

Saturday, May 30th
Time: 2pm

Tickets: $10

Carlos Negro Aguirre Argentine pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Negro Aguirre will join us for a special demonstration of Argentinian music and rhythms. For more than 25 years, Aguirre has been creating original music with its roots in Argentinian folkloric traditions. Aguirre says that the possibility of conversing with the music is a concrete opportunity for learning. It is a door which opens with every journey and with every bond formed.

Aguirre has performed with many notable Latin American musicians, such as Luis Salinas, Quique Sinesi, Francesca Ancarola, Juan Faló, Liliana Herrero, and many others. He has toured around the world. In addition to his large discography, Aguirre has also produced music for works of theater and short films.

North and South of the Song
Bernardo Palombo
with Todd Carter

Friday, April 17th
Time: 7pm

Tickets: $20

CarterPalombo El Taller Latino Americano will celebrate its 36th anniversary on April 17th with a special concert at St. Peter's church. North and South of the Song: A Celebration of the Arts and Letters of the Americas will feature performances from Todd Carter, of The Looking, and El Taller founder Bernardo Palombo.

Bernardo Palombo, originally from Mendoza, Argentina, moved to New York in 1969 and founded El Taller in 1979. He has long been a proponent of Latin music in New York, collaborating with musicians such as Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, David Soldier String Quartet, Big Bird, and many others. Todd Carter, who performs under the name The Looking, is a New York-based singer-songwriter and producer. He has released five albums, most recently an EP called Alone the Other Night, which he recorded at El Taller's previous home at 104th and Broadway. Fusing together a wide scope of inspiration, including opera, punk rock, traditional folk, and psychedelic soul, Carter creates music that has been described as intriguing....fascinating (Collected Sounds), eclectic and provocative, (The Chronicle), and like nobody else you have heard before (IndieMusic.com). The event will also honor Bell Chevigny, professor emeritus at SUNY Purchase, and César Chelala, a contributing editor of The Globalist, with Chaski awards in honor of their support of El Taller throughout its history.

Belleza de las Americas
Anna Tonna
with Francisco Rold¨¢n

Friday, February 20th
Time: 7pm

Tickets: FREE

Rosalia Roio El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Belleza de las Americas, an operatic concert with composers from both North and South America, featuring arrangements of American folk songs by Carlos Barbosa Lima, Negro Spirituals arranged by Rodney Stuckey and songs by US composer Elliot Carter. The sounds of classical Latin American composers are showcased with repertoire by Ernesto Cordero of Puerto Rico, Manuel Ponce of Mexico, Leo Brouwer of Cuba, Heitor Villa Lobos of Brazil, a song by Jaime Leon of Colombia as well as solo guitar music by Argentina's Astor Piazzolla.

Francisco Roldan and Anna Tonna are both champions of music from Spain and Latin America. As a duo, they have played at New York's CAMI Hall, Merkin Hall, St. Peters Citicorp, The Puffin Foundation, and in Granada, Spain as part of the festival, Project Cancion Espanola.

Many Continents... One Planet!
Gabriel Meyer Halevy

Thursday, February 12th
Time: 8pm
St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue

Tickets: $15

Rosalia Roio Many Continents...One Planet! journeys from intimate prayer to ecstatic joy - a puzzle of human cultures interconnecting many languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu & Sanskrit, among others. The message & music resonates as universal root & Hebrew wisdom, a new multicultural spirit emerging from Israel, an inspirational program full of spirit, bridging races, ethnicities & religions.

Gabriel Meyer Halevy is a pioneer of Hebrew sacred music, Jewish and Interfaith ritual and spirituality in Israel. Gabriel was born and raised in Argentina at the time of dictatorship and became a committed human rights and spiritual activist with his father, the late Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer z'l', (spiritual leader of New York's legendary BJ - B'nai Jeshuran Synagogue.) A world traveler, Gabriel serves as ambassador of a renewed spirit of Israel, offering music, education and healing rooted in the prophetic values of the Jewish People: justice (Tzedek tzedek tirdof: justice, justice you shall pursue) and love (V'ahavta le'reacha kamocha: Love your neighbor as yourself.) Gabriel's teaching draws from the wellsprings of Kabbalistic, Sufi and other sacred wisdom paths.

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