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Past Events at El Taller: 2002




A Project of Latin Music and Art on the Upper West Side

In 2002, El Taller and West Park Presbyterian Church collaborated on The Project of Worship, Arts & Music, to provide a forum for fostering multi-cultural awareness and appreciation in the Upper West Side's highly diverse neighborhood. As its cornerstone, the Project features evening concerts on weekend per month and art exhibits.

The performers all share several characteristics. All are composers as well as performers. They share a common interest in melding their traditional musical roots with the modern - of mixing styles to cross country boundaries, musical genres and audiences. For many, they share a common meeting ground, others often performing together at El Taller Latino Americano.

All concerts were held at West Park Presbyterian Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The Concerts


Cesar Isella and the Folk Music Revolution

Cesar Isella Since the beginning of the 1960's, Cesar Isella has been a leader among South American folk musicians. He started his career with the group "Los Fronterizos", the group responsible for the Folk music revolution of the 1960's, not only in Argentina but also throughout Latin America. There may be people unfamiliar with Isella by name, but everyone has heard his songs. His song Canción con Todos is considered the folk music anthem of Latin American.

He has set to music poems by Pablo Neruda, Julio Cortazar, Nicolas Guillen, Enesto Cardenal, and many others of Latin America's beloved poets. Singers like Mercedes Sosa, Silvio Rodriguez, Chavela Vargas, and Joan Manuel Serrat have spread his songs all over the world.

Accompanying Isella will be a coterie of talented Argentinean musicians, including his son and pianist Fernando Isella, pianist Fernando Otero, El Taller Latinoamericano's Creative Director, singer and songwriter Bernardo Palombo and guitarists Ruben Isola and Martín Quaglia.

Canción Con Todos
Todas las voces, todas
Todas las manos, todas
Todas la sangre pueden
Ser canción en el viento
Canta conmigo, canta
Hermano americano
Libera tu esperanza
Con un grito en la voz
     Song with Everyone
All of the voices, all of them
All of the hands, all of them
All blood can be
A song on the wind
Sing with me, sing
My brother American
Liberate your hopes
With a yell of your voice

An Evening of Afro-Peruvian and Women's Music

March 8th was the International Women's Day all over the world. This month we will highlight women from throughout the Americas, starting with Afro-Peruvian rhythms.

Pilar VillavicencioFrom when she was five years old, Pilar Villavicencio, La Flor de Criollismo, has continued the tradition of musica criolla of Peru, a musical tradition that encompasses the European inspired Vals Peruana to the Afro-Peruvian rhythyms of the Alcatraz. Pilar has performed both as a soloist and back-up singer with the most well known figures of Peruvian music. Accompanied by percussionist David Pala, and the guitar of Ruben Isola, she also performs Latin jazz.

MiladyAlso on the program will be Milady, a Dominican singer and winner of an "Independent Music Award" in the category of Best Latin for her song "Hábitos Pasados" she will light Westpark's sanctuary with her emotional ballads.

During her studies at Columbia University, Milady sang in the University Choir and was the second voice in various performances with groups and soloists in New York. In her most recent work as a soloist, she has recorded five powerful and emotional ballads, with Latin, pop and jazz rhythms.

Adela DaltoThe most important talent that any creative artist can have and develop is the ability to touch the heart and soul of the listeners. It is precisely this talent that differentiates singer Adela Dalto. Mixing sophisticated elements of this music with the most contemporary styles of American jazz, she creates a compelling blend of sensuous fiery rhythms with sultry vocals in her Latin jazz music.

Born in Texas to Mexican parents, she grew up with the influence of R&B and a growing interest in jazz. It was her late husband, Jorge Dalto, former pianist for George Benson, who encouraged her musical career. Jorge introduced her to the subtle and exciting rhythms of Latin and Brazilian music. Adela has been performing in the local clubs in New York City with her band and as a special guest. She has performed alongside great Latin musicians such as Jerry Gonzalez and Hilton Ruiz. She has also performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove in Japan, Brazilian pianist Aloisio Aguiar in Rio and with Mauricio Smith's Latin Jazz Orchestra at The Rainbow Room in New York City. Adela toured as featured vocalist with the late Mario Bauza's AFRO CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA at the Pori Jazz, North Sea Jazz, Umbria Jazz and the Montreux Jazz festivals and with Carlos "Patato" Valdes' AFROJAZZIA ensemble as they hit Europe's top nightclubs. Adela also has released three CD's, including Papa Boco, Exotica, Peace, and A Brazilian Affair.

Christine LarkinChristine Larkin began her career on the streets of New York City with folk legend, Pete Seeger, and his New York City Street Singers. The group performed at street fairs and cultural events singing songs of freedom and unity bringing cultures from around the world together in song. This involvement led to exposure to songs from Latin America and these melodies have become some of her favorites. She eventually met Bernardo Palombo and began her musical involvement with El Taller Latinoamericano, performing at its loft several times with her own band.

"Singing is like prayer to me and rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. When I sing, my hope is that people are affected in a positive way and that it touches the humanness in them, inspires them, and makes them feel better about their own uniqueness and power. I think music is healing."

Christine continues to perform throughout the New York City area with her own jazz ensemble, Skylark, as well as other local groups. She is very proud to part of this concert this evening.

Perlimplin

PerlimplinWest Park Presbyterian Church presents a reading of a new and charming one act chamber opera based on a play by Federico Garcia Lorca with music by Samir Elias.

Described by Lorca as an erotic lace paper valentine in four scenes, PERLIMPLIN is an eighteenth century romantic tragedy with farcical overtones about an older man who weds a much younger woman and then seeks an original albeit sardonic way out of the unhappy union.

Composer Samir Elias, grew up in Heliopolis, Egypt, and studied in Paris at the Ecole Normale de Musique. Moving to America, Elias received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. A member of the Music Faculty of Adelphi University for a number of years, Mr. Elias has also composed many instrumental works, including Night Journey, a ballet, as well as numerous pieces for theater and dance. He has also been associated with groups such as the Paper Bag Players and The New Dance Group. Mr. Elias currently works with a singing group which he founded, continues to compose, and serves as organist at West Park Presbyterian Church.

PERLIMPLIN, his first opera, was composed for the Adelphi University Theater Department, where it enthusiastically received its premiere in 1989. The present production, which is a revised version of the original, may best be described as an eclectic and harmonically conservative composition that reflects the composer's extensive experience with dancers and singers.

The Opera's English translation by James Graham-Lujan and Richard L. O'Connell, conveys the sparkle, freshness, and magic of the original Spanish.

The cast for the reading includes:
Gabrielle Firenze, mezzo soprano -- Elizabeth Spaeth, soprano -- Sachal Vasandani, baritone
Janet Briggs, alto -- Natalie Levin, soprano -- Victoria Weil, mezzo-soprano
Christine Locke, flute -- Dan Hobbs, pianist

Nueva York, Capital Cultural del Caribe

Before the music starts, we will also be showing the video Latido Latino (Latin Beat), directed by Eterio Ortega and Jose Pedro Estepa (Spain), 2000. A conversation between a taxi driver and his passenger set the stage for a discussion about the experiences and histories within the Latino community in New York City. Musician and actor Ruben Blades, politicians Guillermo Linares and Fernando Ferrer, actresses Melanie Rey and Josefina Báez, and journalists Rosana Rosado and Verónica Chambers are some of the personalities that are featured in this hour long movie, produced and filmed mostly at El Taller Latinoamericano. This program won a Special Mention in 2001 at the Docupolis, the international documentary film festival in Barcelona.

UrayoanUrayoan and Objet petit a is a New York based quintet whose sound combines pop songscraft, post-ethnic rhythms, poetry and punk. It is an unseen rock machine whose engine sputters but never stops collision course punk-parody-paths for discerning masses.

Objet petit a has played bars, art galleries and performances throughout Puerto Rico and New York City, including Nuyorican Poets Café, El Taller Latinoamericano, Hunter College, La Escuela de Artes Pl´sticas de Puerto Rico, La Tertulia, Hudson Street Settlement and El Taller Boricua. They have also produced soundtracks and incidental music for exhibits by artists and photographers such as Ivelisse Jimenez, Rabindrabat Díaz, Miguel Trelles and David Troncoso.

In addition to Urayoan Noel as vocalist, the band features Moncho Lopez (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals), Libertad O. Guerra (keyboards, synthesizers, vocals), Emanuel Bravo (percussion, MC).

Amazon, Andes and Coast

Columbia is a place where the Amazon meets the Andes and the Coast - each with its own special traditions and culture. Using the traditional instruments such as the drums, gaitas (indigenous flutes), and woodwinds, La Cumbiamba performs indigenous and traditional music, but infuse it with their own New York style. Rhythms include cumbia, porro, gaita, puya, currulao, and abosao.

/La CumbiambaLa Cumbiamba N.Y. was created in the summer of 2000 with a group of musicians who share an enthusiasm for investigating, performing and advancing musical expressions emanating from the mix of African, Native Indian, and European cultural contributions in the Americas.

Initially, La Cumbiamba N.Y. began performing a repertoire of cumbia related rhythms outdoors in different public areas of New York City. Given this circumstance, La Cumbiamba N.Y adopted its name from the cultural vocabulary of the north western Caribbean coast in South America. In Colombia, ëcumbiambaí is a familiar word that carries the meaning of an outdoors celebration with live cumbia music. La Cumbiamba N.Y. evokes this lively atmosphere with every performance, and has also extended them into different indoor stages throughout the city and beyond.

Recent public performances of La Cumbiamba N.Y include: 116th. Street festival and Vieques Rally, Newyorican Poets Café, Natives Roots Theater, La Cabana, Rhode Island, El Chibcha, WFMU 91.1 FM., EZ Bar.

Members include both Columbian born and New York born children of Columbian parents:
Ih´n Betancourt (alegre, harmonica, coros and musical director)
Wolfgang Barros (tambora, alegre, guache and coros) -- Sergio Borrero (llamador, clarinet and coros)
Richard Córdoba (saxes and coros) -- Sebastián Cruz (gaita macho, maracas and tambora)
Andreas Guarín (lead voice) -- Martín Vejarano (gaita hembra, tambora and coros)

Music of the Earth

Tonight we will feature music from the earth, represented by two of its masters, Valerie Dee Naranjo and Juan Namuncurá.

NaranjoValerie Dee Naranjo has a passion for the simple yet powerful Native American songs of her homeland, and for the complex yet soulful West African keyboard percussion music that has bonded, healed, and grooved for centuries.

A Colorado native of Ute and Latin descent, she is a specialist on the Gyil (jee-lee), one of the many existing West African marimbas. This instrument, popular in a remote area of Ghana, holds in its grace and complexity keys to African harmonic and polyrhythmic concepts.

Ms. Naranjo studied the gyil in Ghana, where in 1988 her playing led to the declaration of a chiefly decree in the Dagara nation that women be allowed to play the instrument. Also in the same region, in 1996, she and Barry took a "First Place" in the Kobine Traditional Festival competition, the first non-Ghanaian ever to do so.

In the United States, she received a BA in instrumental and vocal music at the University of Oklahoma and a Master's in Performance and Ethnomusicology at Ithaca College. She has studied with dozens of masters in America and Africa, including Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, David Samuels, Ladji Cam'ra, Adama Dr'me and Kakraba Lobi. She also plays percussion and arranges for the Saturday Night Live Band and has recorded and performed with the Paul Winter Consort, the Philip Glass Ensemble, David Byrne, Tori Amos, Selena, Airto, and the international percussion ensemble, MEGADRUMS, which includes Milton Cardona, Zakir Hussein, and Glen Velez.

Valerie has released five CD's, including the just released Song Of Niira and Song of Legaa (gyil music with Kakraba Lobi and Barry Olsen), Zie Mwea (ancient keyboard music of West Africa with Bernard Woma and Barry Olsen), Orenda (featuring traditional Native American songs and instruments) and Music for Gyil, Kuar, Voices and Dancing.

NaranjoThe GYIL (pronounced JEEL or JEE lee), is the national instrument of the Dagara and Lobi nations of West Africa. It is one of the grandmothers of the mallet keyboard family and is made from fourteen wooden slats that are suspended on a frame, over calabash gourds. Nearly every man in the community can play at least a tune or two, yet the gyil master (an instrument maker as well as player) studies the instrument for much of his life before he is considered worthy to represent the community at sacred events.

Gyil masters hold a position of great respect in their rural villages. Their extraordinary abilities take many years to attain, and that their role as both the gate to the spirit world in the sacred ceremony, and the world of joy and laughter in a simple moonlight dance is important in maintaining the health of each individual and in the bonding of the community.

NamuncuraJuan Namuncurá mixes trompe and kultrum with synthesizers, samplers and computers. This mixture starts in his blood, with a Bolivian Aymara father and Argentinean Mapuche mother.

Juan was born in Cochabamba (Bolivia), but grew up in the indigenous community of Villa Regina south of Río Negro in Argentina. It was here that he began his musical studies first with the Argentinean maestro Antonio Toninni and later with Nicholas Alessio and Oscar Baz´n.

Juan is a writer, poet and composer. He has won several awards both for composition and as instrumental soloist, including first prize at the Festival de Choele Choel, as instrumental soloist and honorable mention for his composition Pre-Cosquin 93. Among his many projects were soundtracks for the film La Nave de los Locos of Ricardo Wullicher, the plays Tupac Amaru and Hermano del Alma, creation of music and poetry with the actor Miguel Angel Sol' for the piece Piedra Azul, a Mapuche ballet Meli and composing and directing the opening ceremonies at the 1996 Atlanta pre-olympic games.

As his Mapuche name of Werkén (messenger, ambassador) reveals, Juan has been documenting and sharing Mapuche culture with the world for many years. In 1993, he created a multi-media Mapuche-Spanish dictionary. In 1998 he founded the first record company in Argentina for indigenous music, Piedra Azul - releasing its first disc Tejido de Piedra, compilation of music, composed, produced and recorded by indigenous peoples. He collaborated with Susana Frank to present the first exhibition of contemporary indigenous art at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in 1999 and again in 2001, to present a workshop on Mapuche silver. As director of the Instituto de Cultura Indígena Argentina, he has a forum to continue his work.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow of Latin Music

Given a chance, most sounds---from the clatter of children playing in the streets of Indonesia to the rev of an old Chevy truck and the thunderous bellow of ice cracking below a frozen lake---are subject to sparking musical inspiration for Enstéreo. New Mexican-born Jaime Holguin is part producer, composer and arranger, stirring up a mixture that meanders through pop, folk, Latin and electronic distortion.

His music is a venture into "found sound" technology--organic sound of cross-cultural origins gathered and electronically manipulated to create a juxtaposition of traditional and cutting-edge. Enstéreo traverses all musical landscapes to arrive at its own unique "avant-barrio" sound. "I'm equally inspired and awed by the music of the Boredoms and Mr. Bungle as I am by Cuarteto Machin and Arseñio Rodriguez," says Holguin. He travels with his laptop computer, capturing any and all sounds that grab his attention. He prefers the isolation and intimacy of the recording studio where he can work with other musicians and utilize technology to stitch together the patches from his ever-evolving sound archive. A journalist by day, Holguin sees a lot of similarities between writing and making music. "As a writer you don't always know what the story is until you go out and talk to people and witness firsthand that which you are writing about," says Holguin. "Similarly, when making music you sometimes have to let the sounds of the street, of nature, of machines, of anything dictate the direction of the composition."

Mochi Parra is a Chilean singer and multi-instrumentalist. In 1985, she won Chile's Luis Cruz Martinez national medal of music for best young concert cellist. Currently, her work is based in the folkloric music of the Peruvian and Chilean coast, and is composed of a collection of exquisite works that are representative of the voices and the struggles faced by indigenous and native people throughout Central and South America. Instruments played by Parra include the cello, cajon, cuatro venezolano and charango. Currently her work is based in the music of the Peruvian and Chilean Coast. Directed by Master (Maestro) Carlos Hayre, her repertoire is composed of rhythms such as: festejo, lando, marinera, limena, samacueca, tondero and valses and incorporate the guitar, cajon, quijada, cajita, and voice. In addition to the cello, Mochi also plays cajon, cuatro venezolano, and charango.

The quality and comforting voice of Mochi Parra, invites us to travel through a beautiful gamut of songs from the Peruvian Coast, from the ancient repertoire and pioneer music ensemble, "Ricardo Palma", to the present with works from Andres Soto and poet Cesar Calvo, L.H. Salamayer, Chabuca Granda and Alicia Maguina.

Mochi has conducted workshops at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and the American Museum of Natural History. She has also performed in numerous venues, including La Pena de Berkeley (California), La Pena del Sur in San Francisco, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, New York University, The Ethnic Dance Festival, the American Institute of Guitar, El Taller Latino Americano, Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing, Works In Progress at New York University and on the weekly television show Mi tierra, mi corazon, y su música at Telemundo studios.

Accompanying Mochi will be maestro Carlos Hayre, celebrated guitarist and recognized "maestro" of Peruvian criollo and Afro-Peruvian music. In the 1960s, he worked alongside the noted Peruvian musicologist and decimista Nicomedes Santa Cruz, recreating and introducing music pieces into the Peruvian repertoire that have become classics, such as "No me Cumben," "La Raiz del Guarango," and "Manuel Antonio." As a guitarist, bassist, arranger, conductor, director, and accompanist, he has recorded over 80 albums with major Latin American orchestras and recording stars including the renowned singer and composer Alicia Maguina with whom he set new performance standards. Carlos pioneered the use of the cajon as a percussion instrument in the vals, one of the most typical popular and folkloric musics of Peru. Additionally, he innovated this musical genre by introducing new harmonies and dynamics, which gave the vals new life and developmental impetus, thus shaping its contemporary performance style. Carlos is also a foremost interpreter of the marineralimena, recording the 1970 album La Marinera Limena es Asi with the renowned singer Abelardo Vasquez, and the previous generation of Peruvian masters that included guitarist Vicente Vasquez, singers Augusto Ascuez and Curita Gonzalez, and cajon player Canano.

OTERO X-TANGO TRIO

This evening will feature the Otero X-Tango Trio: Fernando Otero - piano; Hector del Curto - bandoneon and Pedro Giraudo - bass.

Fernando Otero's music is unmistakably bonded to the expressive roots of the language of Buenos Aires. These elements are the Tango and its predecessors, the Milonga, either in its southern style, slow and melancholic, or in its agile urban dance form, as well as the Murga. Meshing his roots in traditional music with modern rhythms, Otero has created a very personal style and unique language presented in his albums X-Tango (1990), Revision, Escenas, and Siderata.

Otero's music has been well received by audiences and critics alike both in Europe and the USA. He has written music for film and theater, with premieres in the U.S., Europe, and South America. He has performed in more than thirty countries. Among the venues that he has played are Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), and Teatro de la Villa de Madrid.

Fernando Otero was born in Buenos Aires into a family of musicians, receiving his first singing and piano lessons from his mother, Elsa Marval, a renowned Opera singer and pianist. He grew up absorbing the influences of traditional tango and folklore, as well as classical music, and Jazz. From the beginning he studied piano, harmony, and composition until he begun his master classes of orchestration and conducting with Domingo Marafiotti (resident conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires). His special interest in Argentine folklore brought him to the study of the characteristic instruments like the bandoneon, guitar, charango, acordeon, and percussion. Otero started writing for piano, choir, string quartets, and brass quintets. He incorporated the use of the bandoneon in most of his compositions.

Dominique Denis in his review for L'Express de Toronto wrote... In X-Tango, composer-pianist Fernando Otero liberates the tango from the kind of rigid romanticism perpetuated in the Broadway-style productions that have become the main tango reference for so many people. Without betraying the fundamental passion of the tango, Otero pushes the boundaries of the idiom, both structural and orchestral. This allows him to convey the dichotomy at its very core -- highly civilized yet somehow untamed. A courageous and mature work, X-Tango is for those who dare to follow the tango down new paths, in these post-Piazzolla years".

Roots of North American Music: A Night of Blues

Alligator ClubJuly celebrates independence in the United States and being the United States, a land of immigrants. The mix of its many cultures has nurtured and created some of the most vibrant music influences on the world.

The blues originated in the cotton fields of the Mississippi delta and then migrated to the industrial North. It is now an international musical language. Blues has transcended vast cultural boundaries. Everywhere that western popular music is played you can here its profound influence. The blues is the cornerstone on which an entire musical tradition is built.

THE ALLIGATOR CLUB is exploring that tradition. Anyone familiar with their hard driving, electrified performances at El Taller will be surprised to see that the band has returned to the roots of the blues by packing up the amplifiers and adopting a string band sensibility. Just as raw and as rocking as before THE ALLIGATOR CLUB now opens its searing sound to welcome the voices of the past.

"Growlin" Greg Neu: guitar -- Alex Koslovsky: bass/guitar -- Jeff Glickman: banjo/harmonica

Routes of Folklore

Guitarist and composer Cristian Amigo brings both his hybrid music and traditional music of Peru, Chile and Argentina to West Park Presbyterian Church as part of the Project of Latin Music and Art on the Upper West Side. He will be joined by legendary Afro-Peruvian master guitarist Carlos Hayre and Chilean folklorist Mochi Parra, as well as other special guests, including those from the El Taller Latino Americano musical community.

Cristian Amigo is a Los Angeles/New York-based acoustic and electric guitarist, composer and ethnomusicologist who has produced music for film, dance, theater, and live performance. His work combines elements of world music, Latin American music, electronics, "new" music, funk, jazz and noise. Cristian has collaborated with master artists from North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa in both traditional and contemporary settings. He has received fellowships and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, The Sundance Institute, The UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance, The ASK Playwright/Composer Labs, Making Books Sing/Vineyard Theater (NY), and the Smithsonian Institute's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Recent projects include Folklore Nuevayorquino, a chamber suite of music and performance which premiered in New York at El Taller Latino Americano during the winter of 2002; a live concert session with David Ornette Cherry and Impressions of Energy for BET's Live at the Knitting Factory series; live dates in San Francisco and New York with legendary Afro-Peruvian master guitarist Carlos Hayre and Chilean folklorist Mochi Parra, concerts in Los Angeles with avant-garde composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the musical score (percussion trio and electronics) for Mexican director Joel Juarez' film Sin Azul, and the release of the CD Cristian Amigo/LA Live Sessions on BA Records. Upcoming projects include performances in New York as a featured artist at the American Museum of Natural History and in Los Angeles at the 2002 World Festival of Sacred Music and the Open Museum of Los Angeles. Cristian has also been commissioned to write the music for the theatrical setting of Mexican-American poet Juan Fermin Herrera's award-winning children's book The Upside Down Boy to be produced in New York in the Winter of 2004.

Afro-Peruvian Night

The African tradition in Peruvian music is just beginning to be recognized worldwide with the success of singers like Susana Vaca and the best selling CD Peru Negro presented by David Byrne. One of the legends of this tradition is Carlos Hayre who will highlight this evening with his guitar. Accompanying Maestro Hayre will be other well known interpreters of Afro-Peruvian music including Mochi Parra, a talented singer who was featured in June's West-Park series, Victor Valle, infectious percussionist and interpreter of Afro-Peruvian dance, Luis Casanova, another wonderful percussionist and great dancer, who formerly worked with the dancer Tania Libertad and Luisa Valencia, formerly the leading dancer with the well-known group, Perú Negro and exquisite interpreter of the criolla zapateo.

Maestro Carlos Hayre was one of the first to insert modern harmonies into Peruvian criolla and marinera music, receiving the support of some of Peru's great Jarana masters including los Ascuez, los Vasquez, Wilfredo Franco, Quintana, Guzmán and others. A fine composer, among his most popular pieces are Despertar, Miraflorina and Siempre.

In the 1960s, he worked alongside the noted Peruvian musicologist and decimista Nicomedes Santa Cruz, recreating and introducing music pieces into the Peruvian repertoire that have become classics, such as "No me Cumben," "La Raiz del Guarango," and "Manuel Antonio."

As a guitarist, bassist, arranger, conductor, director, and accompanist, he has recorded over 80 albums with major Latin American orchestras and recording stars including the renowned singer and composer Alicia Maguina with whom he set new performance standards.

Carlos pioneered the use of the cajon as a percussion instrument in the vals, one of the most typical popular and folkloric musics of Peru. Additionally, he innovated this musical genre by introducing new harmonies and dynamics, which gave the vals new life and developmental impetus, thus shaping its contemporary performance style. Carlos is also a foremost interpreter of the marineralimena, recording the 1970 album La Marinera Limena es Así with the renowned singer Abelardo Vasquez, and the previous generation of Peruvian masters that included guitarist Vicente Vasquez, singers Augusto Ascuez and Curita Gonzalez, and cajon player Canano.

Independence in Brazil

Come help celebrate Brazil's independence day. Brazil is the Latin American country where all cultures meet yet each hold on to their own identity. In the US, it is the music from Rio that people know - the bossa nova, the samba, etc.. But there is a whole treasure to be discovered in Frevo, Baiao, Xaxado, Forro, and Choro.

These genres have increasing been important in Brazilian music as they have mixed with contemporary music to create a whole new sound. In the northeast, it is still possible to hear Pre-Columbian music mixed with the intricate European counterpoint and the frantic percussive rhythm of Africa.

Born in Areia Branca (Natal), in the Northeast of Brazil, Tico da Costa grew up listening to all the rhythms of the "nordeste" as well as those from Rio de Janeiro, eventually combining them all into his own inimitable style. An extremely prolific singer/song writer (he writes two to three songs a day), he is also a guitar virtuoso, a composer of instrumental music and a born-showman that can magnetize any audience whether as a solo performer - voice and guitar, or accompanied by his band, comprising drums, percussionists, bass, accordion/piano, saxophone/flute and backup vocals.

He has performed in more than 300 concerts across many countries, including Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Turkey, North Africa, Canada, USA, Costa Rica, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, etc. In New York he has performed in Town Hall sharing the stage with Joao Bosco, Paquito D'Rivera, Jonh Patitucci, Toninho Horta and Artur Maya, and in The World Trade Center, Symphony Space, The Knitting Factory, side by side with the great American composer Philip Glass and the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. He has also performed at the Newport Folk Festival; Brazil New York Jazz Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn Festival and Clearwater Revival Festival; International Jazz Festival of Córdoba, Bariloche (Grand Marshall Award), Mar del Plata (Argentina), Jazz Festival of Asuncion and others.

Mr. da Costa is a knockabout folk troubadour and message-spreader... his light, easy tenor adorned polyrhythmic guitar lines that could always go fast enough to suit his needs, sometimes striking the band into a precarious double time. He had the crowd chanting a percussive chorus... ...this was where Mr. Da Costa showed himself to be a superb artisan: skillfully recreating a few minutes of a beatific locomotion that in its proper context could have stretched into hours. - Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES

Power and Grace

Power and grace are two terms that best exemplify composer Jamie Begian's music. The breadth demonstrated by these words directly correspond to the wide range of Mr. Begian's musical palette. While Mr. Begian considers himself a jazz composer, his music reflects a far-reaching approach that knows no stylistic boundaries -- his work tells a story, both taken as a whole and as seen in the development of each individual composition. Mr. Begian's music is a unique and original expression of modern jazz.

Mr. Begian started his career in New York City as a jazz guitarist and continues to perform with his own trio. His interest in composing was fueled by his enrollment in the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in 1993. In 1996 he was first featured on the workshop's annual concert with his piece "Trance" and has been on each concert since that time. In 2001 his composition Fuzzy Math was named composition of the year by the workshop and was awarded the prestigious Charlie Parker Prize.

Mr. Begian formed The Jamie Begian Big Band in 1998 and debuted at El Taller LatinoAmericano February 18, 1999. Through its many performances since then, at such notable New York City venues as The Knitting Factory and The Cutting Room, it has come to be recognized by fans and critics alike as one of the most original big bands active on the New York scene. With the coming release of the band's first CD TRANCE, The Jamie Begian Big Band will continue to prove itself as an outstanding and creative ensemble.

Original songs in Spanish, French, Kreyol, Italian and English

Los Acustilocos bring together diverse musical backgrounds and ethnic heritages to create programs of joyful music. Members of the six piece band hail from Venezuela, The United States, France, Russia and the Czech Republic, and are united by their common interest in Caribbean, Latin American and American music. They sing and play traditional songs on guitar, acoustic bass, cuatro, flute, saxophone and percussion and through their original compositions demonstrate how they enrich these traditions with their own experiences as composers and musicians. Come join Los Acustilocos for a night of magical music in Spanish, English, French, Italian, and Haitian Creole.

Flamenco Song and Dance

Alfonso Cid, singer and flautist, a native of Andalusia, presents a performance that encapsulates the many elements of Flamenco tradition. He offers his audience traditional cante flamenco using his own lyrics, the poetry of Miguel Hernandez and his translations of Sephardic poetry of the 11th century.

With guitarist Arturo Martinez, Alfonso explores the new wave of flamenco, fusing the traditional styles with jazz riffs, Cuban and Arabic flavors. Adding the talents of guitarist Gary Raheb and bassist/percussionist Sean Kupitz and percussionist Peter Basil, Alfonso creates a diverse and refreshing program of an art form that is still rapidly evolving from its deep roots.

Interspersed throughout the evening will be featured the dancing of Maya De Silva and Mieko Seto, two of New Yorks' most accomplished Flamenco dancers, adding the dynamic rhythyms of zapateado (footwork) to the music.

Born and raised in Seville, the heartland of Flamenco music. Alfonso absorbed the Flamenco ambiance from an early age. As a child, his mother would often sing to him the traditional styles from Triana, a gypsy enclave of Seville, where she was born. Alfonso enrolled at the Seville Conservatory in 1990 to study flute and music theory. For the following 5 years he received a classical training. His interest in Flamenco gave him the incentive to join one of the most significant Flamenco clubs in Andalusia; the Pe*a Flamenca Torres-Macarena 1987. He continued this affiliation until he left Seville in 1996.

Alfonso is a founding member of Al Ba*o Maria, the resident group of Pe*a Flamenca Torres Macarena in Sevilla. Since his arrival in the United States he has worked for numerous Flamenco Companies playing at many theatres in New York, as well as appearances in Philadelphia and Toronto. In July of 2002 he made a guest appearance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as part of the "Proms Festival" at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England

Featuring:

Alfonso Cid, Vocals and Flute -- Arturo Martinez-- Guitar
Gary Raheb -- Cuban Cuatro, Electric Guitar -- Sean Kupitz --Bass
Peter Basil -- Percussion -- Maya De Silva -- Dancer and Palmas
Mieko Seto -- Dancer and Palmas

Other 2002 Concerts

FIRST THURSDAYS

A smoke-free, alcohol-free evening of good music, good words and friends.

Hosted by Paula Larke, the evening will feature a performance of Paula with special guests, "a very special musical and spoken word jam fest funky latino open mike." (Paula's words) and a sing-along/jam.

El Taller's vast diaspora of musical friends are all invited to bring their words, their instruments and their good feelings in these electric/acoustic Thursday nights.

Organic juice, coffee bar, great company - and it's a chance to sing!

TICO DA COSTA

Born in Areia Branca (Natal), in the Northeast of Brazil, Tico da Costa grew up listening to all the rhythms of the "nordeste" as well as those from Rio de Janeiro, eventually combining them all into his own inimitable style. An extremely prolific singer/song writer (he writes two to three songs a day), he is also a guitar virtuoso, a composer of instrumental music and a born-showman that can magnetize any audience whether as a solo performer - voice and guitar, or accompanied by his band.

Mr. da Costa is a knockabout folk troubadour and message-spreader... his light, easy tenor adorned polyrhythmic guitar lines that could always go fast enough to suit his needs, sometimes striking the band into a precarious double time. He had the crowd chanting a percussive chorus... ...this was where Mr. Da Costa showed himself to be a superb artisan: skillfully recreating a few minutes of a beatific locomotion that in its proper context could have stretched into hours. - Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES

SALSA FIESTA


A casual evening of Salsa dancing with both live and recorded music. Attend a free Rueda de Casino workshop, and spend the evening practicing your new steps with many new friends.
Beginning Rueda de Casino Workshop: 6:00 - 7:00
Intermediate Workshop: 7:00 - 8:00
Live music: 9:00 - 11:00>

THE SCHUMACHER SANFORD SOUND ASSEMBLY

The Schumacher / Sanford Sound Assembly is a 17-piece collective of New York's finest players featuring the original compositions of David Schumacher and JC Sanford. Disciples of Bob Brookmeyer, Schumacher and Sanford strive for organic structures/ extended forms, and motivic development through a colorful palette of orchestration. They intertwine improvised and composed elements into their work to create a natural/ seamless evolution of material. It's a combination full of excitement and intrigue that will fulfill the most critical and demanding jazz audience.

Sound Assembly members bring a vast range of experience to the group. Its personnel has performed with such innovative artists as Gerry Mulligan, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, and Anthony Braxton in addition to the orchestras of Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mingus, and Ellington. The talents of these members showcase the unmistakable sound, style, and nuance of co-leaders Schumacher and Sanford.

World renowned composer, pianist, and band leader Jim McNeely says, "This is some adventurous writing and strong playing. You guys are a force to be reckoned with. Let me hear more!" "It is very gratifying for a teacher to see two of his star pupils enter the 'real world' with such a positive move. Their band and their writing combine to make a valuable contribution to our field. May they continue and prosper!" wishes legendary composer, trombonist, and band leader Bob Brookmeyer.

David Schumacher is a composer and saxophonist who began his schooling with Branford Marsalis and Andrew Speight at Michigan State University. Following that he spent two years studying composition with Bob Brookmeyer at the New England Conservatory of Music earning a MM in Jazz Studies-Composition. Along the way Schumacher has also studied with jazz greats George Russell, Jerry Bergonzi, Rodney Whitaker, Donald Walden, and Marcus Belgrave.

Currently David is teaching in the Boston area and has performed with artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Branford Marsalis, Frank Carlberg, and the Bob Brookmeyer Composer's Big Band. His compositions have been commissioned by Joe Lulloff, Dead Cat Bounce, Triocracy, Andrew Speight, the New England Conservatory Little Big Band, Pentucket Regional High School, and the Michigan State University Jazz Band.

Composer and trombonist JC Sanford has recently completed his D.MA. in Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory. At NEC, he studied with Bob Brookmeyer for three years and conducted the NEC Little Big Band for two. He is currently Visiting Artist-in-Residence Director of Jazz Studies at Williams College. Sanford's current projects include his improvisational trio Triocracy, the jazz trio Triptych (co-led by bassist/composer Mark Urness), and the Radley/Sanford/Urness trio. He has also performed around the Boston and New York areas with Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Ron McClure, Chico & Arturo O'Farrill, George Garzone, and the Mili Bermejo/George Schuller Octet. His individual performance honors include a 1995 Outstanding Solo Performance award from Down Beat magazine and recognition at the 1994 Elmhurst Jazz Festival for performance as an Outstanding Ensemble with the JC Sanford Sextet, and as an Outstanding Soloist. Sanford was also featured with Danilo Pérez Trio on the sound track to the movie “Hugo Pool” directed by Robert Downey. In 1996, he won the International Association of Jazz Educators of Massachusetts Composition Contest in the Big Band category with his extended work, ...In Marengo Suite.


Reeds: John O'Gallagher, Eric Rasmussen, Chris Bacas, Ben Kono, Tom Olin
Trumpets: Bud Burridge, John Hines, John Bailey, John McNeil
Trombones: Mark Patterson, Jeff Bush, Lolly Bienenfeld, Chris OIness
Rhythm: Andy Green, Deanna Witkowski, Dave Ambrosio, John Hollenbeck

MOCHI PARRA & JAIME HOLGUIN

Given a chance, most sounds---from the clatter of children playing in the streets of Indonesia to the rev of an old Chevy truck and the thunderous bellow of ice cracking below a frozen lake---are subject to sparking musical inspiration for Enstéreo. New Mexican-born Jaime Holguin is part producer, composer and arranger, stirring up a mixture that meanders through pop, folk, Latin and electronic distortion.  His music is a venture into "found sound" technology--organic sound of cross-cultural origins gathered and electronically manipulated to create a juxtaposition of traditional and cutting-edge.

Mochi Parra is a Chilean singer and multi-instrumentalist. Currently, her work is based in the folkloric music of the Peruvian and Chilean coast, and is composed of a collection of exquisite works that are representative of the voices and the struggles faced by indigenous and native people throughout Central and South America. Instruments played by Parra include the cello, cajon, cuatro venezolano and charango. Directed by Master (Maestro) Carlos Hayre, her repertoire is composed of rhythms such as: festejo, lando, marinera, limena, samacueca, tondero and valses and incorporate the guitar, cajon, quijada, cajita, and voice.

VALERIE NARANJO

The marimba is a magical instrument that we associate with Mexico, Honduras, or Guatemala.

In an effort to understand the American marimba's "other side",Valerie Naranjo has been chasing the Lobi and Dagara people in West Africa who play the gyil (pronounced JEE-lee), the ancient West African marimba and healing medium. She has stood at interrogations from the elders, apprenticed with village gyil masters, and played in their funerals and festivals. In 1988 her playing led to the declaration of a chiefly decree in the Dagara nation that women be allowed, for the first time, to play the instrument. After several CDs with gyil masters, Valerie has just released her first marimba CD, "West African Music for the Marimba Soloist". Joining her for Friday night's CD release celebration will be multi-instrumentalist Barry Olsen, with whom she recorded the gyil CDs, and with whom she won a "first place" in Ghana's Kobine festival competition, the only non-West Africans to date to do so.

The press has said: "...fling their entire bodies into executing their fantastically complicated lines. The prayerful, otherworldly quality of these patterns reveals that contemporary minimalism owes as much to African as to Indian parentage. In every piece the ripe, refreshing clatter of MANDARA's instruments rapt concentration of its players " Valerie Naranjo is a dynamo of creative energy. The experience of being taken back to African roots and then hearing its transformation into cutting edge art that retains its hold on tradition was a breathtaking one." Agency "...splendid...a brilliant percussionist..." - William Raidy, The Star Ledger and "Valerie Naranjo will be .... jamming in the usual whirl of energy and passion that makes her one of the most accomplished percussionists in New York."

JEAN FEOLA

Powerful, dynamic vocals and piano. Eclectic, harmonious and melodic. These are the themes that best describe the music of Jean Feola. Jean's roots were in classical piano, but she is heavily influenced by her early career in an original rock band in the Jersey music scene in the eighty's, opening up for major acts in clubs and concert venues, followed by several years of folk-style performance, 'unplugged', at café's and festivals in the NY Metro area. In between and throughout the years, Jean sang and played with a number of gritty blues and R&B bands. The result is a convergence of these influences into a unique and versatile phenomenon. Borrowing from blues, folk, and rock, Jean and her ensemble have continued to provide lively, energetic and enjoyable interpretations of blues and pop music with innovative, original arrangements.

Music and performance are an energy that this group of seasoned entertainers strives to transfer to the listener, whether playing an original, a ballad, or an old blues staple, while striving to preserve the authenticity of that feeling. This group includes some of the Region's most unsung heroes and best-kept secrets. They're true performers blessed with interpretive powers, presenting a stylistically wide-reaching program that will pay tribute to some of the best-loved popular music of western culture.

MARTA TOPPEROVA & HER ENSEMBLE

Marta is a singer/composer who writes and arranges her own songs and repertoire. Her influences range from Cuba, Venezuela & Brazil as well as the folk music from her native Czechoslovakia.

Come and share in this special evening. (Nov. 15th is Marta's birthday!)

THE ALLIGATOR CLUB

Everywhere that western popular music is played you can hear the profound influence of blues. In The Alligator Club US and Minsk bred musicians discovered a common ground in their common love for that classic American musical tradition. Anyone familiar with their hard driving, electrified performances at El Taller will be surprised to see that The Alligator Club has returned to their blues roots by packing up the amplifiers and adopting a string band sensibility.

Just as raw and as rocking as before The Alligator Club opens its searing sound to welcome the voices of the past with songs from Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and other blues masters.
"Growlin" Greg Neu: guitar, vocals
Alex Koslovsky: bass/guitar, vocals
Jeff Glickman: vocals, banjo/harmonica

MOCHI AND MARTIN SING BALLADS

This evening highlights a new pairing of two Taller favorites Martin Quaglia will play alongside Mochi Parra whose voice and musical talents and will leave the audience with a memory of beautiful music and a haunting voice singing traditional favorites and new compositions, the fruit of a new collaboration.

Mochi is a Chilean singer and multi-instrumentalist. Based in the folkloric music of the Peruvian and Chilean coast, Mochi's music is a collection of exquisite works that are representative of the voices and the struggles faced by indigenous and native people throughout Central and South America. Her repertoire is composed of rhythms such as: festejo, lando, marinera, limena, samacueca, tondero and valses and incorporates the guitar, cajon, quijada, cajita, and voice.

Argentinean born Martin is a guitar virtuoso, arranger and composer. He has performed and recorded with many great musicians including Carlos Hayre, Victor Hernandez, Mario Hernandez, Siraj Al Hassan and Taller founder, Bernardo Palombo.

THE PABLO MAYOR ENSEMBLE

The Pablo Mayor Ensemble features the original music and arrangements of composer/arranger/pianist Pablo Mayor. Mr. Mayor fuses the Afro-Colombian rhythms of his native country of Colombia with complex jazz harmonies and form. The result is both groove-oriented and intellectually stimulating. The sound is fresh; The Pablo Mayor Ensemble features a stellar jazz horn section comprised of soprano saxophone/clarinet, euphonium, and baritone saxophone, a jazz rhythm section (set, baby bass, and piano), and Colombian folkloric drums.

Mr. Mayor's original music is well crafted and his arrangements shed new light on old standards as well as forging new territory by presenting the intellectual elements of jazz while retaining the groove and flavor of an Afro-Colombian tradition that is mostly unknown today.

Ensemble leader,Pablo Mayor, composer, arranger, pianist, was born in Palmira, Colombia, and holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in Jazz Arranging from the University of North Texas. While Professor of Jazz at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, in 1998, Mr. Mayor began his personal investigation of the native music of Colombia. Although it will be a lifelong process of discovery, Mr. Mayor has taken his current knowledge of Colombian folklore and combined it with an extensive knowledge of jazz harmonies. Since moving to NYC in 1999, in addition to his Colombian project, Mr. Mayor has been working as both pianist and arranger for Orquesta Broadway and has been an active pianist in the Afro-Cuban scene. He is also an active arranger for Drop 6 Media. Inc., a publishing company based in Denton, TX. Since 1999, he has been professor of Latin piano at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and is also teaching jazz arranging and directing a jazz ensemble at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory in Flushing. Mr. Mayor has produced and arranged for musicians in Dallas, New York, Colombia, and Mexico, and his own CD Folklore Urbano will be released in the fall of 2002.

In addition to Pablo Mayor, other members of the ensemble includes:

Christopher Karlic: baritone saxaphone -- Rafi Malkiel: euphonium -- Rob Wilkerson: soprano saxophone, clarinet
Chris Michael: drums -- Thomas Garcia: bass -- Ian Betancourt: alegre
Martin Vejarano Avila: tamboro -- Sebastian Cruz: maracas -- Sergio Borrero: llamador

TALLER HOLIDAY FIESTA AND FUND RAISER


Get into the holiday spirit and help Taller pay its rent! Many have already given generously to make this party the best possible time.

Becky Bliss of Wednesday night's popular salsa class will start off the evening with two hours of salsa classes starting at 7pm.

Then, Paula Larke, our host of First Thursdays will keep everyone hopping with her warm heart and big spirit. Paula Larke plays guitar, banjo, and bass in a style all her own. She's been called "a cross between Nina Simone and James Brown" - a tribute to the wide range of musical emotions she shares so generously with her audiences. Paula's style is inviting, thoughtful and joyful.

During the breaks we'll have a selection of music with volunteer DJ Benji Rosen who is back with us for the evening, plus raffles, door prizes, refreshments, holiday gifts and more!

Tickets are on sale at the Taller office. Buy five and get a sixth one free. Or buy 10 and and get a baker's dozen! You can also buy raffle tickets. Or give the gift of language to yourself or a loved one and buy a gift certificate for Spanish classes at a discount from the regular rate.

ABYA YALA


Peruvian folklore is full of mystery and magic. Perunka Folk Dance Company uses dance and anthropological studies to rescue the popular dances of Peru from oblivion. The Company was formed by a group of professional artists, graduates from the Escuela Nacional de Folklore del Peru and other universities. They are dedicated to spread the dances of Peru throughout the country and around the world.

Carlos & Milagros have performed in various locations in the New York metropolitan area and in New Jersey. Carlos David has a master's degree in composition from Queens College and has written music for television, radio and theater. He co-composed the music for the play La Gringa, which has been playing at Repertorio Espanol since 1995. He also did the music for the Latin Heritage Awards in 1997 and 1998 on NBC.

Milagros Albrecht, performing with the Trujillo Symphony orchestra was a finalist in the Pavarotti singing competition and has performed in many Latino radio and television shows in the United States.

Abya Yala is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promote the arts and culture of the indigenous pueblos throughout the Americas.


ZACK GLASS

Zack Glass has been writing and arranging his own songs since his early teens when he took up playing the guitar. His music is a unique fusion of classic singer/songwriter pop using the rhythms of Central America, Brazil, the Caribbean and West Africa. You might also hear influence of jazz, funk, rock, R&B, but the root of his music is in its simplicity.

Zack has toured in California and Hawaii and plays frequently in his home city, New York. He has played as a rhythm guitarist for reggae and West African bands and has accompanied a master steel pan drummer on guitar and bass. Currently he plays with his trio or solo on acoustic guitar as well as writing new songs and working on new recording projects.


HOLIDAY FIESTA CUBANA

Celebrate the Holidays, the Winter Solstice, and the musical treasures from Cuba with a very special evening of both live Cuban Son, live Rumba, and Rueda de Casino. The Winter Solstice, as a celebration of light, is the ideal opportunity to warm-up your bodies and lift your winter spirits to vibrant, passionate Cuban beats.

Attend a Rueda de Casino workshop, and spend the evening practicing your new steps with many new friends.

Rueda de Casino Workshop: 7:00 - 8:00
Live music with Cafe Con Leche and Grupo Oriki: 8:00 - 11:00
Recorded music for Salsa practice between sets

LIVIO GUARDI AND WILSON MONTUORI

Livio Guardi and Wilson Montuori are an acoustic duo who have found their unique musical blend after ten years of performing together. Their repertoire includes songs in English and Italian, and they play instrumental pieces that draw from Mediterranean, Blues, Old-Time, Jazz, Latin and Irish music. The variety of instruments and their touch of Italian humor makes this duo an incredible musical journey. Livio and Wilson have played extensively in ltaly in renowned clubs like the "Armadillo" in Sarzana (Sp), the "Teatro Marconi" in Salzano (Ve), the "Folkclub" in Rome, the "Bluesin" in Vicchio, and important acoustic festivals like the "Musicanti" in Torino.

From "Fantastic, invigorating, hip-moving acoustic guitar," (as the Italian paper La Nazione di Empoli called their performance), to open-tuning boogie-woogies and Scottish banjo standards, to soul-wrenching Italian blues and waltzes and haunting melodies "born in the silence of a winter's night," Guardi and Montuori's will take you on a whirlwind musical world tour without asking you to so anything even remotely resembling holding hands and singing "we are the world."

Livio Guardi (guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals) was born in Florence, Italy. He toured throughout Europe and United States with singer / songwriter Paul Stowe, with whom he appeared in "Suddeutschfernsehr", a German television program. He was the founder of the Celtic group "Dagda", who has backed up Bob Geldof and the Chieftains, among others, Livio recorded a solo album called "Com é strano" in Florence, where he lives, performs and teaches music.

Wilson Montuori (guitar, violin and vocal) first began playing guitar in Barcelona, Spain when he was ten years old. He then continued developing his music career in his native city Florence, Italy, where he played with numerous bands, including the Italian band Coda, with whom he recorded a CD. He presently lives in New York City where he performs with "I Giullari di Piazza", a music and theater company that specializes in traditional Italian music from southern Italy. Wilson teaches guitar in Manhattan.

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Urayoán Noel (vocals)
Moncho López (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals)
Libertad O. Guerra (keyboards, synthesizers, vocals)
Rebio Díaz (bass, guitar, vocals)


Viento de Agua is a breathtakingly original Latin dance band with a groundbreaking new sound. Viento de Agua is, literally, a Puerto Rican phrase used to describe the damp air that precedes a heavy storm. The traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena are fused with other Afro-Caribbean rhythms and jazz creating a new contemporary style.

This New York based group was conceived and created by three young Puerto Rican musicians in the Fall of 1997. Percussionist and singer Hector "Tito" Matos, a native of Santurce, came up with the idea. At the age of 31, Matos is a veteran of numerous bomba and plena groups in Puerto Rico and New York and has appeared in many recordings including David Sánchez and Eddie Palmieri's 1998 Grammy nominee albums.

During the Fall of 1998 Viento de Agua presented their first production under the Qbadisc label, De Puerto Rico al Mundo, recording that was ranked top ten in 1998 by New York Time's Peter Watrous, Latin Beat, and New York Latino Magazine among others. In 2000 Viento de Agua performed in many important stages including Wolf Trap Jazz Fest, MassMoca Jazz Fest, Lincoln Center's Outdoors and Midnight Swing Series, Celebrate Brooklyn, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, SOB's, and Joe's Pub.

WarmAyllu

WarmAyllu - a word deriving from quechua (the native language of Peru) warma (child) and ayllu: (community) is a Non Governmental Organization that realizes its cultural-educative mission in the rural areas of Peru.

Our objective is to foster the self-development, creativity and strength of cultural identity of rural children as protagonists of their community. We hope to realize this goal through the promotion of art and native culture in rural education, as well as the creation of opportunities that elevate the level of education in the community.

TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY GYIL (AFRICAN MARIMBA) MUSIC OF WEST AFRICA

Bernard Woma - Gyil, vocals -- Valerie Naranjo - Gyil, djembe, vocals
Barry Olsen - kuar, trombone, vocals

The Gyil (pronounced JEE-lee) is made from wooden slats that are suspended, on a frame, over calabash gourds. Each gourd has several holes that support a mirlitron of spider's film that allows each bar to produce a column of buzzing air. Its timbre is somewhat like the Western marimba, yet "earthen" in character. Gyil music is to the ear as a kaleidoscope looks to the eye - a dazzling matrix of consistent yet ever-changing interlocking elements engaged in dynamic conversation. It's curious to find that such a powerful sound can soothe so much. People believe that the gyil's "woody" quality comes from a water vibration that physically balances the water in the bodies of humans and animals, able to heal maladies of the body mind and spirit. The hand drum Kuar is the gyil's most important musical mate. It is made from a large calabash with a hide of crockodile or alligator hide.

South of the Sahara Desert in West Africa there is a long standing tradition of gyil artistry. In the gyil tradition, every rural community has its own style of playing, its own tonality, and its own musical masters.

The only schools to cultivate this national treasure are private apprenticeships with the gyil master. This type of school is straightforward and strict. If you have a keen interest (and obliging parents who are willing to buy you a pair of instruments) you might consider "enrolling". If then, the community (via the master musician) evaluates you to be of high character, you are enrolled. If you are intelligent and observant, you will begin to grasp the complicated and extensive literature. If you're dedicated for a long time you'll be able to play, and if you play well enough, often enough, and for a long enough time, the master musician will allow you to play publicly. This musician is especially important as the initiator of the funeral, the Lobi's and Dagara's most important rite of passage. Among those who have traveled to perform and teach outside of the land of the Lobi and Dagara nations, only two have gained an international reputation. Bernard Woma is one of those.

He is also the state ceremonial Atunpan drummer, and the principle percussionist and soloist with the National Dance Company of Ghana. Valerie Naranjo is Ghana's first woman award-winning gyil soloist. (At home she plays in NBC-SNL House Band, and with such as David Byrne, Philip Glass, and Paul Winter.) Barry Olsen has played with every Afro-Cuban star from Celia Cruz to Marc Anthony (and performed extensively in Africa). The three are a performing trio that released the CD ZIE MWEA in May of 2001.

FOLKLORE NUEVAYORQUINO / NEW YORK FOLKLORE

Original music composed by Cristian Amigo
Cristian Amigo is a Los Angeles/New York-based acoustic and electric guitarist and composer who has produced and performed music for film, dance, theater and concerts. He has worked with master artists from America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa in both traditional and contemporary settings. As a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at UCLA, he is also a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Cristian recently released Cristian Amigo/LA Live Sessions on BA Records, composed the music (percussion and electronics) for Mexican director Joel Juarez' film Sin Azul, and plays in Chilean folklorist Mochi Parra's ensemble.

Folklore Nuevayorquino/ New York Folklore is an original and contemporary folk/chamber music and performance that draws its inspiration and techniques from Latin American sources in the city. Folklore Nuevayorquino / New York Folklore comprises a suite of songs, instrumental compositions, and performance influenced by folkloric musicians living in the world city. Cristian mixes Latin American musical elements with his own style which is informed by world musics, improvisation, avant-jazz and electronics. Folklore Nuevayorquino/ New York Folklore is a meditation on New York life, music and identity composed by this contemporary guitarist.

Additionally, the piece will also draw from collaborations with other Latino artists: New York/Dominican performance artist Josefina Báez, master Peruvian criollo guitarist Carlos Hayre, bassist Reggie Carson, percussionists Pedro Perico Diaz and Daniel "Oseiku" Diaz, singer Mochi Parra and other special guests.

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With funds provided by the Jerome Foundation
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