El Taller Latino Americano 215 E. 99th Street, New York, NY 10029
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Past Events at El Taller: 2005




¡Jazz Argentino!

A few years ago in New York City, a group of Argentinean musicians started a movement to create a new sound in jazz incorporating tango from Buenos Aires and Folkloric music from the countryside of Argentina. This concept began with pre-eminent tango composer Astor Piazzola and later it was developed by new generations of Argentinean composers and performers all over the world.

Through the "Argentinean night" at El Taller Latino Amfontericano our goal is to consolidate the concept of Argentinean jazz and expand it to musicians from all origins. Los Changos are pleased to invite young musicians from South America, Africa, Japan and the US to bring their cultural background and play Argentinean rhythms.

The Concerts


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LA BALTEUBAND / LOS CHANGOS SEPTET

La Balteuband is an instrumental ensemble lead by Emilio Teubal. His compositions are a balanced blend of jazz elements such as improvisation and elements of Argentine music such as the lyricism of the tango and the richness of folk rhythms like chacarera and zamba. The music of La Balteuband weaves rhythmically and harmonically rich pre-composed structures with improvised sections that highlight the musicality of each member of the band. This is something that makes each performance of the group so fresh and special. As a composer, Mr. Teubal's influences range from some of the main Latin American composers of all times, like Astor Piazolla, Hermeto Pascual, and Egberto Gismonti, to the great masters of the jazz tradition, like Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus. La Balteuband has performed in venues such as the Knitting Factory, 55 bar, nublu, and Galapagos arts space.

  • Emilio Teubal - Piano/Compositions
  • Franco Pinna - Drums
  • Moto Fukushima - Electric bass
  • Felipe Salles - Saxes and flute
  • Kobi Solomon - Saxes and clarinet

MARIANO GIL QUARTET / LOS CHANGOS TRIO

  • Mariano Gil - Saxophones and flute
  • Ryan Scott - Guitar
  • Chris Higgins - Bass
  • Franco Pinna - Drums

OCTAVIO BRUNETTI TRIO / LOS CHANGOS SEPTET

The Octavio Brunetti Trio will play an instrument set of tango, folklore and more.

  • Octavio Brunetti - Piano
  • Pedro Giraudo - Bass
  • Franco Pinna - Drums

PEDRO GIRAUDO / MR. VIVO

Mr. Vivo, a 12-piece big band led by bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo, has captivated listeners around the world with its unique blend of South American grooves, Argentine folk songs, the passion of tango, and jazz improvisation. Mr. Giraudo, in the tradition of such composers as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, highlights the unique talents of each band member, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements.

JULIO SANTILLÁN / FRIENDS

Julio A. Santillán is a young composer and guitarist from Tucumán, Argentina. He has studied classical guitar and composition at Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) and then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major in Jazz and Classical Composition from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). He received the 2004 Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellowship, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, the Arif Mardin Award, Ascaplus Award, the Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement Award and the BEST Scholarship (Berklee). He has recorded and performed with many musicians from Argentina, Boston and New York including César Isella, Oscar Stagnaro, Livingston Taylor, Raúl Carnota and Sandra Mihanovich. As an arranger he has worked with artists from all over the world. Since 1998 Julio leads "Los Changos" (trio & septet) a group that performs his own compositions. Currently he is a faculty member at Manhattan College.

LOS CHANGOS TRIO / PABLO ASLAN GROUP

Argentine-born bassist and composer Pablo Aslan is a leading figure in the tango revival. In addition to directing Avantango, he is a founder and co-director (with Latin Grammy nominee Raul Jaurena) of New York-Buenos Aires Connection and the acclaimed NewYork Tango Trio.

He is a member of the Pablo Ziegler's Quintet for New Tango, and has toured US and Japan with Yo-Yo Ma.

Pablo has performed and recorded with Grammy Award Winner Shakira, Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee Jorge Calandrelli, Latin Grammy nominee pianist Adrian Iaies, Latin Grammy winner Carlos Franzetti, Lalo Shiffrin, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, Paquito D'Rivera, as well as the New World Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, among many others.

LOS CHANGOS TRIO / OCTAVIO BRUNETTI

Julio Santillán/Guitar, Moto Fukushima/bass and Franco Pinna/drums

Octavio Brunetti/piano, Pedro Giraudo/bass and Franco Pinna/drums. They will play an instrumental set of Tango, folklore and more.

FERNANDO OTERO / X TANGO SPECIAL GUEST

Performing with X Tango Special Guest: Nicholas Danielson - Violin

Fernando Otero was born in Buenos Aires, into a family of musicians. He received his first singing and piano lessons from his mother, Elsa Marval, a renowned opera singer and pianist. Since early childhood he has studied piano, harmony and composition which prepared him for his later master classes in orchestration and conducting with Domingo Marafiotti (resident conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires). The inspiring environment of his upbringing allowed Otero to absorb diverse musical styles such as the traditional tango, local folklore, classical music, and Jazz.

Still in his student years, Otero started writing music for piano, choir, strings and brass quintets. However, his special interest in Argentine folklore led him to explore intensely the instruments which are characteristic for such music, like the bandoneon, guitar, charango, acordeon, and percussion. It was not long after that he started to incorporate the use of the bandoneon in most of his compositions. By combining elements of the popular music of his nation with improvisational jazz solos and classic piano cadenzas woven together by traditional as well as contemporary composition techniques, Fernando arrived at his own unique style. It is a style that generates moods and taps into the increasing appetite of sophisticated audiences for a new authentic sound.

It therefore comes as no surprise that his performance schedule has taken him to more than thirty countries and allowed him to excite audiences in some of the most prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall and the Glenn Gould Studio.

PEDRO GIRAUDO / MR. VIVO

Mr. Vivo, a 12-piece big band led by bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo, has captivated listeners around the world with its unique blend of South American grooves, Argentine folk songs, the passion of tango, and jazz improvisation. Mr. Giraudo, in the tradition of such composers as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, highlights the unique talents of each band member, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements.

BERNARDO MONK / MASS TANGO

Bernardo Monk and MassTango celebrate the magic and spirit of the streets of Buenos Aires, blending music and dance to recreate the unique atmosphere of a city where tango is a way of life.

Musician and vocalist, Bernardo Monk began singing tango at the age of nine. He went on to study woodwinds at the Buenos Aires Institute of contemporary Music and the Berklee College of Music. With a strong background in both jazz and tango, Monk brings a unique style and sound to traditional tango. He combines a varied musical background, high-level technique, masterly vocals, and especially the use of the saxophone—a non-traditional instrument—with a deep understanding of traditional tango streams to create a unique program that both honors and expands the tango form.

In May 2004, Bernardo Monk with MassTango pianist Octavio Brunetti took first prize in the Best Tango Duo category at the New York City International Tango Competition for professional instrumentalists and singers.

  • Bernardo Monk - Saxophone and Vocals
  • Octavio Brunetti - Piano
  • Sergio Reyes - Violin
  • Pedro Giraudo - Contrabass

JULIO SANTILLÁN / FRIENDS

Julio A. Santillán is a young composer and guitarist from Tucumán, Argentina. He has studied classical guitar and composition at Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) and then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major in Jazz and Classical Composition from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA).

He received the 2004 Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellowship, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, the Arif Mardin Award, Ascaplus Award, the Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement Award and the BEST Scholarship (Berklee). He has recorded and performed with many musicians from Argentina, Boston and New York including César Isella, Oscar Stagnaro, Livingston Taylor, Raúl Carnota and Sandra Mihanovich.

As an arranger he has worked with artists from all over the world. Since 1998 Julio leads “Los Changos” (trio & septet) a group that performs his own compositions. Currently he is a faculty member at Manhattan College.

FERNANDO HUERGO TRIO / LOS CHANGOS TRIO

Fernando Huergo was born in Cordoba, Argentina. This talented bass player has recorded over 70 albums, including 7 as leader. Fernando has toured in North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed with great musicians like Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Billy Pierce, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Kikoski, Rick Margitza, Kenny Werner, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Don Braden, Claudio Roditi, Mike Stern, Dave Weckl, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio Hernandez, Richie Flores, Paulo Braga, Romero Lubambo and Portinho. Fernando graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1992, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Bass Department. He has also taught at Tufts University since 2001.

  • Mika Pojiola - Piano
  • Fernando Huergo - Bass
  • Franco Pinna - Drums

EMILIO TEUBAL / OSCAR FELDMAN / LOS CHANGOS TRIO

Emilio Teubal was born in Madrid, Spain on 1976. He lived almost all his life in Buenos Aires until 1999 when he decided to relocate to New York City. He has studied jazz performance, composition and arranging at the City College of New York with renowned musicians like Ron Carter, Marc Copland, Bruce Barth, Mike Holober and Jhon Pattitucci. He has played with artist such as Jhon Benitez, Bob Mover, Hector del Curto, Lucia Pulido, Pancho Navarro. He has been a member of Jane Blackstone's quartet, Sebastian Cruz's "Coba", and Los Chantas Tango group. He has arranged for the prestigious Westchester Jazz Orchestra, and for the CCNY big band as well. He composes, arranges and plays the piano on his own Argentine Jazz group, "La Balteuband", with whom he performs regularly in the New York area.

Oscar Feldman created quite an uproar by the end of the nineties with his impressive recording debut as a leader of El Angel. Known for his splendid tonalities and melodically outstanding charts, the Argentinean native demonstrates his superb skills on alto, tenor and soprano saxes, while employing a wide range of Pan-American references, from straight ahead to tango to candombe to samba to mambo. Mr.Feldman won the Outstanding Performance Award as the Best Soloist in fusion in Buenos Aires, 1986 and in 1992 the Achievement Scholarship Award from Berklee College of Music, where he graduated cum laude in 1995 with a Major in Professional Music. Oscar has recorded and toured internationally as a lead alto with Paquito D'Rivera's United Nations Orchestra, once led by the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. In 1999 Oscar recorded the album "Tropicana Nights", with a Big Band conducted by Paquito D'Rivera which received the Latin Grammy Award 2000 for "Best Latin Jazz Album". In 2000 he recorded the album "The Grande Passion" with guitar legend Al Di Meola and recently toured Europe and South Africa with Grammy winner and top producer/arranger Eumir Deodato.

HIROYA TSUKAMOTO TRIO / LOS CHANGOS TRIO

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer and guitarist. He began his musical career playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. Influenced by many songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Niel Young and James Taylor, he started to compose songs in the folk genre while attending high school in his native Kyoto, Japan.

In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University of Foreign Studies and majored in Comparative Cultural Studies of South America. He developed a deep interest in jazz and formed a fusion band called Playa Azul. His group performed live on Japanese radio and in various jazz festivals throughout the Osaka area. Inspired by the nueva canción movement, he joined a traditional South American music group called Voces del Sur and performed all over Japan.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. Since then, he has studied with Wayne Krantz, Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook and Adam Rogers. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award (2003). Hiroya is a recording artist of the Boston-based record label Jazz Revelation Records. Hiroya completed a full-length album entitiled "The Other Side of the World" with his band "interoceanico" and released it in March 2004. The album was introduced by well-known DJ Peter Barakan on Japanese National Radio.

FERNANDO HUERGO QUARTET / LOS CHANGOS TRIO

Fernando Huergo was born in Cordoba, Argentina. This talented bass player has recorded over 70 albums, including 7 as leader. Fernando has toured in North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed with great musicians like Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Billy Pierce, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Kikoski, Rick Margitza, Kenny Werner, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Don Braden, Claudio Roditi, Mike Stern, Dave Weckl, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio Hernandez, Richie Flores, Paulo Braga, Romero Lubambo and Portinho. Fernando graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1992, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Bass Department. He has also taught at Tufts University since 2001.

left Julio A. Santillán - guitar
Julio is a young composer and guitarist from Tucumán, Argentina. He has studied classical guitar and composition at Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) and then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major in Jazz and Classical Composition from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). He received the 2004 Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellowship, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, the Arif Mardin Award, Ascaplus Award, the Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement Award and the BEST Scholarship (Berklee). He has recorded and performed with many musicians from Argentina, Boston and New York including César Isella, Oscar Stagnaro, Livingston Taylor, Raúl Carnota and Sandra Mihanovich. As an arranger he has worked with artists from all over the world. Since 1998 Julio leads "Los Changos" (trio & septet) a group that performs his own compositions. Currently he is a faculty member at Manhattan College.


Franco Pinna - drums
Franco has performed and recorded a wide variety of rhythms with many artists such as Julio Santillan, Marta Gomez, Fernando Huergo Fernando Isella y Los Makanudos, Sandra Mihanovich, Santiago Greco, Daniele Camarda , Manuel Santos, Katie Viqueira, Danilo Perez, Diego Urcola, Nando Michelin, Pablo Ablanedo , Bonnie Raitt, Livingston Taylor, Bruce Barth, Oscar Stagnaro, Chris Cheek, Guillermo Klein, Jeff Ballard, Oscar Feldman, Claudio Ragazzi, Hiroya Tsukamoto among others. As a sideman, Franco has recorded more than 30 CDs, some of them released by prestigious labels such as "Fresh Sound" ,"Chesky Records", "BigSur Records" and "Putumayo".

Fernando Huergo - bass
Fernando has performed with Mike Stern, Danilo Perez, Dave Weckl, David Sanchez, Dave Liebman, Claudio Roditi, Tom Harrell, Jeff Ballard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bruce Barth and Dave Kikoski. He teaches bass at Berklee College of Music. He has recorded more than 70 albums and toured with many latin-jazz artists from New York and Boston.

Other 2005 Concerts

Jammin Anyone?

Jammin anyone? Written Jams by Carlos Cervantes

Legendary New York jazz percussionist Carlos Cervantes is announcing a concert series without knowing exactly whom he'll be playing with. "Jammin' Anyone" is an event for musicians, and music fans, who will learn their parts and then put on a show for the audience.

Guest artists will vary, but they will consistently be the best musicians that New York has to offer. Why are we so sure? Consider the following true story: Jack Jeffers and Enrique Fernandez were preparing the details of their own concert with their big band "New York Classics" when they heard what Carlos was going to play. They immediately jumped on the opportunity, forgetting for a moment their own show! "When is Carlos playing? Let me know! I used to go to his midnight concerts in the 80's! I'm coming when he plays!" The same has been said by many other musicians. Carlos is truly a musician's musician, called by one music critic "The most famous unknown musician in New York." His list of collaborators is surprising not only for the quantity, but also for the quality of names, including Luis Miguel, Lupita D'alessio and Jaco Pastorius.

Carlos Cervantes notes his that he has been influenced by Julian Carrillo, and he has incorporated some of the Mexican composers' styles into his own. Carlos Cervantes prefers to avoid definitions, but when pressed categorizes his own music as a form of spiritual jazz. Please join us at El Taller to enjoy the pleasure of seeing music not just performed, but truly being formed by some of the highest quality musicians in the city!
  • Jesus Garcia -- Saxofone
  • Chucho Jesus Salinas -- Bass
  • Fernando Hernandez -- Piano

Fernando Otero &X Tango Special Guest

Performing with X Tango Special Guest: Nicholas Danielson - Violin

Fernando Otero was born in Buenos Aires, into a family of musicians. He received his first singing and piano lessons from his mother, Elsa Marval, a renowned opera singer and pianist. Since early childhood he has studied piano, harmony and composition which prepared him for his later master classes in orchestration and conducting with Domingo Marafiotti (resident conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires). The inspiring environment of his upbringing allowed Otero to absorb diverse musical styles such as the traditional tango, local folklore, classical music, and Jazz.

Still in his student years, Otero started writing music for piano, choir, strings and brass quintets. However, his special interest in Argentine folklore led him to explore intensely the instruments which are characteristic for such music, like the bandoneon, guitar, charango, acordeon, and percussion. It was not long after that he started to incorporate the use of the bandoneon in most of his compositions. By combining elements of the popular music of his nation with improvisational jazz solos and classic piano cadenzas woven together by traditional as well as contemporary composition techniques, Fernando arrived at his own unique style. It is a style that generates moods and taps into the increasing appetite of sophisticated audiences for a new authentic sound.

It therefore comes as no surprise that his performance schedule has taken him to more than thirty countries and allowed him to excite audiences in some of the most prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall and the Glenn Gould Studio.

For more information about Fernando Otero, visit http://www.fernandootero.com

Milady

MiladyConcert in benefit of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at El Taller. The theme of this concert is "Love in all its seasons", as explored through the poems of Pablo Neruda, Jose Agustin Goytisolo, Carl Sandburg, Alfonsina Storni, Bernardo Palombo and Gabriela Mistral among others. This will be a very intimate concert, bring all your loved ones to share an evening together in benefit of this important cause.

Admission is $20.00. However, if inspired, you are welcome to donate more generously. All proceeds go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Milady writes: "Deep thanks for the support and words of encouragement I have received from each and everyone of you along this journey. You make my participation (an idea that not until long ago seemed so remote) an incredible reality. On October 23rd I will be in San Francisco participating in my first marathon and I will be inspired by each one of you."

Cantos Latinos Kickoff Event

Museo del Barrio

El Taller is proud to partner with Thirteen/WNET for its Cantos Latinos celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. In addition to participating in the Cantos Latinos launch event on September 12th, El Taller plans to collaborate with WNET on future programming and events. In September, Thirteen/WNET New York celebrates Cantos Latinos - our annual on-air celebration of the contribution of Latinos to our shared cultural identity. For 16 years, Cantos Latinos has given viewers a unique look at the cultural make up or our society through stimulating and provocative programs.

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Ruben "Flaco" Gonzalez

Ruben Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rubén "Flaco" González presents his latest batch of freshly baked songs just out of the oven at El Taller Latinoamericano. Flaco's lyrics touch upon social issues and current events as well as personal and relationship topics. In his music, Rock en Español, bossa nova, and the Latin American popular song share space with his own rhythmic style with novel harmonies. Rubén's performance will be an excellent opportunity to taste original music with Spanish words in an intimate and rhythmic environment.

Alfonso Maya

Alfonso Maya Alfonso Maya is one of the most outstanding young singer-songwriters in Mexico today. His music reflects both folkloric and contemporary influences, and incorporates rhythms of the world. He is singer, composer and producer on two albums: "Giros y Giros" and "Tarot".

Alfonso writes songs to free himself and he walks through life telling stories about his life experiences. Born and raised in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Alfonso began writing songs at the age of 14 and studied music with private teachers and in schools like the Morelense Arts Center, where he studied classical guitar.

Alfonso has shared the stage with great artists such as Hector Infanzon, David Haro, Mexicanto, Fernando Delgadillo, Gerardo Penna and Gerardo Alfonso, among others. This is his first time playing in New York, after recent concerts in Puerto Rico and Chicago. He has also played in California, and in European countries such as France and Spain.

Check out his website at http://trovadictos.com/alfonsomaya

Peña del Taller

Bernardo Palombo, Mochi Parra, Fernando Otero, Carlos Cervantes, Malena, Ricardo Cuevas, Anna, Jorge Jarufe and Ruben Isola will appear in this "PEÑA EN EL TALLER", a concert of rhythms typical of North, Central and South America.

The concert will include traditional songs and original compositions.

Do not miss this opportunity to listen to good music in an authentic Latin American setting!

Benefit for The Tipitina's Foundation

Help us save the music of New Orleans!
Featuring:
  • Mambo NYC - West Side Salsa Dance Band
  • Casa Mantequilla - Amsterdam Avenue Originals

Special Tribute:    Music of Dr. John, Neville Brothers, Wild Tchoupitoulas, and more.

100% of proceeds will go to The Tipitina's Foundation

Mambo NYC is proud to represent a new generation of salsa players, dedicated to exploring the continued evolution of salsa music in New York City. A culturally diverse group with members from San Juan, Madrid, the Bronx and Brooklyn, Mambo NYC has captivated audiences with their unique blend of Salsa Dura, Cuban traditional, and original arrangements. Mambo NYC is at the vanguard of the surging cross cultural salsa-swing movement with one foot planted in the Fania tradition and the other in R&B. We WILL get you on your feet, so come prepared to dance!

Check out the Mambo NYC website and listen to the music! www.mambo-nyc.com

Casa Mantequilla is a New York City based, all-originals band which grew out of Mantequilla house on 109th street back in the early 90's. The writing team of Brendan "Chucho" Malone on guitar and Hawthorne "Hawk" Smith on saxes spans world styles from Mississippi Blues to North African Flamenco and back again. Percussionist Mark "Butta" Righter and bassist Jefferson "Baby" Stonier round out this talented crew of musicians who have performed around the world only to land back on Amsterdam Avenue. The music they make ranges from the sensuous to the sublime, with a delicious and infectious groove at all times. This band will get your hips moving, your fingers popping, wake your mind up and put a smile on your face!

Check out their music: www.mambo-nyc.com/casa.htm

AfroMantra

AfroMantra Formed at SIR studios in New York City in November 23rd, 1997 by Chilean-Cuban drummer and composer Alejandro "Alex" García, AfroMantra has been renowned for combining rich harmonies with the powerful rhythms and flavors of North and Latin America. With a contemporary outlook, AfroMantra incorporates a wide variety of jazz elements into the work, creating a palate that highlights the group's stirring inspirations and spiritual creativity. The group skillfully balances original compositions, drawing from the Cuban, American and South American traditions and influences.

AfroMantra has been playing extensively throughout New York City and the Northeast for the past five years, performing in several Jazz Festivals in the area and hitting such venues as El Taller Latinoamericano,The Izzy Bar, 17 Main, Studio 54, Arka Lounge, Nell's, Nuyoricans Poets Café, the Jazz Gallery, Willie's Steak House, among many others. They were also featured artists on Jazz at Noon, a popular New York City jazz television show, and performed at the Chenango Valley Music Festival with Grammy nominee and Master Cuban trombonist Juan Pablo Torres. The band also appears in critically-acclaimed book Caliente "Una historia del Jazz Latino" by critic and writer Luc Delannoy. AfroMantra receives extensively air-play throughout the United States & Canada.

This project serves as a testament to this young, yet progressive and innovative enclave of instrumentalist. AfroMantra enriches the human spirit with music that is dynamic and powerful, crafting beautiful solos and establishing a conversation whose versatility seems to have no limits. As acclaimed by respected jazz writer and critic, Peter Wartrous, AfroMantra really is one of the most important Latin-jazz bands to emerge in the NYC scene.

Ricardo Cuevas

Ricardo Cuevas Born and raised through high school in Chile, Ricardo Cuevas came to the U.S. on March of 1988. Music was probably the earliest artistic incentive he was exposed to. Both his parents sang in the choir of the University of Chile, where his mother also taught Voice Technique to choir members. His father was a folkloric researcher and performer. Ricardo's artistic birth was a need for self-expression in the new world he came to inhabit, and of which he new nothing, least of all the language. A self-taught guitar player and composer, Ricardo draws his inspiration from the conflicts and balance of daily live.

Grupo Miguelito

Miguelito Consisting of core members Richard Padron (guitar), Ze Luis Oliveira (horns and percussion) and Mychael "Miguelito" LaMorte (vocals/acoustic bass), Grupo Miguelito hits a mark somewhere between the bolero/flamenco stylings of mid 1970's Jose Feliciano and the modern energy of Manu Chau. The songs, some in Spanish and some in English, are rooted in a folkloric background with topics of devotion and struggle at the forefront, while others like "Sr. Marti" (a homage to famed Cuban poet Jose Marti), are festive as well as thought provoking.

And we can't forget the romance. Always a topic of classic songs, and ever-present in the themes of Grupo Miguelito's live shows and recordings. Stirring up a blend of instrumentation, with many talented friends at their disposal, Grupo Miguelito have been able to perform in intimate settings as well as in larger more lively venues by having a timeless repertoire of songs that translate with almost any combination of instruments as a backdrop for edgy tenor Miguelito. With a fusion of Bossa Nova, R&B, Salsa and Rock, Grupo Miguelito emote a sound that is uniquely their own.

Currently working on a self-titled EP (which includes collaborations with talented songwriters Victor Hernandez and Jaime Holguin) Grupo Miguelito continue to perform with some of New York City's finest musicians that include Mauro Refosco, Mike Williams, Bernardo Palombo, Mike McGinnis, Michelle Manzo, Claudia Chopek, Tom Aldrich, Jason Fratichelli, Marni Rice, and Joe McGinty.

Hector "Numa" Moraes

The renowned Uruguayan singer and guitarist, Héctor "Numa" Moraes will delight us again with his talent on Friday October 28, 2005 at EL TALLER starting at 8:30 PM. He will lead us through some of his extraordinarily varied repertoire, a voice of solidarity in songs with lyrics that challenge and denounce. Deeply rooted in the folkloric music of the Uruguayan Northern lands, the lyrics represent some of the highest universal and contemporary poetry by many of the great Uruguayan and Latin American poets.

A virtuoso of the guitar and a well-recognized cantatour, Numa has shared stages all around the world with artists of the caliber of Alfredo Zitarrosa, Daniel Viglietti, Los Olimareños, José Carvajal, Joan Manuel Serrat, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Isabel y Angel Parra, Mercedes Sosa, Tania Libertad, Beto Caetano, Emma Junaro, Toñito Vargas, Inti-Illimani and Quilapayún among many others.

Born in Curtina, Tacuarembó, Uruguay, Numa has developed the repertoire and experience playing his guitar of a truly exceptional level that he uses as a means of bringing us closer to the people of the countryside, integrating us into the daily lives of its people. He was exiled during the military dictatorship in 1972 and his music was prohibited during 13 years by that same regime. He continued his work to promote popular folk music in exile until his return, when together with several other well known exiled artists, in 1985, with “compañeros” from the “canto popular” he shared the stage in a concert at the Franzini Stadium.

His activities continue to focus around teaching and dissemination efforts. He works in Montevideo at the National School of Dance – Folcloric Division, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.

This activity at the Taller is organized by the Grupo Uruguay.

For more information about Numa, visit http://www.lacancionnuestra.com.uy

OctoberFiesta

Featuring Benjamin Lapidus and Son NY with DJ Gary Dominguez playing Salsa and Timba between sets. Members of Benjamin Lapidus and Son NY have performed and recorded, as individuals, with: Albita, Cachao, Raices Habanera, Israel Cantor, Buena Vista Social Club, Paquito D' Rivera, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Larry Harlow, and many others.

Learn to Dance Traditional Cuban Son at 8:00 pm!
Snacks and Drinks Served!
Halloween Costumes Welcome!

Los Changos Septet Concert for El Taller

Come join us to Benefit El Taller!

The musicians want to give back... El Taller's generosity and support throughout the summer and fall of our Jazz Argentino Series has helped these young artists to take flight with the original compositions of Julio Santillan, the incredible singing of Marta Gomez and the exquisite musicianship of the band led by virtuoso drummer of Franco Pinna. We can only say, DON'T MISS IT!

To describe the music of Los Changos Septet, you would have to learn different languages: The language of Tango and folkloric music of their native homeland and the language of jazz, that is evident in the new generations of composers. But I would dare to say, that not even understanding these worlds you would be able to describe the magic hidden behind this fine ensemble of musicians.

Ciclo de Cine Chileno

El Fondo Becario Esperanza, El Taller Latino Americano and Art for Change are proud to present Ciclo de Cine Chileno! The goal of this Ciclo de Cine is not only to view great contemporary Chilean films but also help eradicate social inequality that persists in Chile and the rest of Latin America. The $5 admission will go towards the Fondo Becario Esperanza which helps exceptional children from shantytowns similar to Machuca's, attend private schools.

Enjoy an afternoon of inspiring films and great company!

On Saturday, the featured film is Machuca (www.machucacine.cl). Check out NYMosaico's review of Machuca here.

On Sunday, there will be a screening of Sexo Con Amor, a Chilean comedy made in 2003 which shows a set of parents dealing with how to present the topic of sexual education to their children while they resolve their own marital and extra marital affairs. It's very funny and explores the topic of sex in a society that has been very conservative and traditional.

Grupo Elegua

Grupo Elegua

Maria Cangiano

Maria CangianoCalled by her many fans, "Anna Magnani with voice," Maria Cangiano, originally from Argentina, has a unique voice within Argentine a new generation of Tango singers in New York. Tango is much more than the lusty and sensuous dance familiar in the United States and around the world. Since the genre's birth among the lower classes of Buenos Aires at the turn of the 19th century, it comprised not only music and dance, but a rich lyric tradition. Tango songs portray humankind conflicts from gender issues, ethnic stereotypes, and class conflicts to the plain old heartache of love in all its forms. Trained as an opera singer, Maria Cangiano combines drama and singing in her interpretation of old and new Tango songs as "mini-operas" or melodramatic stories.

As the Brooklyn press said, "The depth and power of Maria Cangiano's woeful, soulful voice brings the nostalgic nature of the music to life." Her musicians -some of the best exponents of new tango in the United States- are two incredible international performers with a rich background in classical, jazz and tango music: Victor Prieto (accordion), called the "accordion genius" by The Daily News and Octavio Brunetti (piano), the winner of the New York Tango International Competition. The result is an original "global tango," that mixes traditional and avant-garde tango trends with the musicians' backgrounds and life experiences.

For more information about Maria Cangiano, visit http://www.mariacangiano.com

Interoceánico 3

Interoceanico 3 Interoceánico means inter-oceanic. Interoceánico 3 is a unique blend of three musicians from Japan and Argentina. The group was formed in Boston in 2002 by composer and guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto from Kyoto, Japan. They have performed many concerts throughout the Boston and New York areas including several appearances at The Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA), Ryles Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA) and Satalla (New York, NY). They had successful tours to Japan (November 2004) and Korea/Japan (August 2005).

They are a musical ensemble different than most of their contemporaries. Interoceánico's music is a cornucopia of lush harmonies, lyrical melodies, driving rhythms and the first class arrangements that form their original music. They combine elements of South American folklore, contemporary fusion, jazz and pop music to create an overall sound that is appealing to both non-musicians and musicians. The architecture of their music is shaped by the variety of diverse influences and backgrounds that each members have.

For more information on Interoceánico 3, visit http://hiroyatsukamoto.com/interoceanico3.html

Peña del Taller

Peñas are South American musical get-togethers that started during the 60s in Chile and Argentina, then extended to other Latin American countries. There are a lot of musicians at a peña but their main task is to get the audience to sing and participate. To describe it in an inter-generational context, a peña is a combination of hootenanny, coffeehouse and open mike. Food is usually served and there is often folk dancing.

Participating in this Peña del Taller will be Joshua Brown, Mochi Parra, Bernardo Palombo, Sabrina Lastman, Marcos Wasen, Guillermo Cardenas, Ricardo Cuevas, Malena, Ana Cienfuentes, Diana Toledo and Carlos Cervantes.

La Balteuband

La Balteuband La Balteuband is an instrumental ensemble lead by Emilio Teubal. His compositions are a balanced blend of jazz elements such as improvisation and of elements of Argentine music such as the lyricism of the tango and the richness of folk rhythms like chacarera and zamba. The music of La Balteuband weaves rhythmically and harmonically rich pre-composed structures with improvised sections that highlight the musicality of each member of the band. This is something that makes each performance of the group so fresh and special. As a composer, Mr. Teubal's influences range from some of the main Latin American composers of all times, like Astor Piazolla, Hermeto Pascual, and Egberto Gismonti, to the great masters of the jazz tradition, like Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus. La Balteuband has performed in venues such as the Knitting Factory, 55 bar, nublu, and Galapagos arts space.

  • Emilio Teubal - Piano/Compositions
  • Franco Pinna - Drums
  • Moto Fukushima - Electric bass
  • Natalio Sued - Saxes and clarinet
  • Kobi Solomon - Saxes and clarinet

Peña del Taller

Peñas are South American musical get-togethers that started during the 60s in Chile and Argentina, then extended to other Latin American countries. There are a lot of musicians at a peña but their main task is to get the audience to sing and participate. To describe it in an inter-generational context, a peña is a combination of hootenanny, coffeehouse and open mike. Food is usually served and there is often folk dancing.

Let's celebrate the holidays together with music, poetry, empanadas!

¡Vamos todos a celebrar juntos las fiestas con música, poesía y empanadas!


Participating in this Peña del Taller will be Mochi Parra, Elena Greco, Guillermo Cardenas, Rubén Isola, Nicole Singer, Omar Bergara, Rodrigo Bermudez, Pancho Rodriguez, Wayno, Ricardo Cuevas, Bernardo Palombo, Carlos Cervantes, Caroline Drouin, José Valdés, Nelida Silva.... plus surprise guests!

Jamie Begian

Jamie Begian The Jamie Begian Big Band is a seventeen-piece big band, founded in 1998 to perform the original music of award-winning composer/conductor Jamie Begian. After its debut at El Taller on February 18, 1999, The Band went on to perform at such notable venues as The Knitting Factory and The Cutting Room in New York, and the 2003 International Association of Jazz Education Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario.

In its five years of existence it has considerably honed its unique sound and is widely regarded as one of the most original bands in New York. The Village Voice has called it "some of the most gorgeous post-Gil hues in recent memory." TimeOut NY praises it as "a crack large ensemble" while All About Jazz labeled it "a rigorous encounter with the entire history of eclectic big band composition" The band is made up of some of the finest musicians in New York including John O'Gallagher (alto), Matt Shulman (trumpet), Roberta Piket (piano) and Deborah Weisz (trombone); all committed to both the power and delicacy that Mr. Begian's music demands.

To read more about Jamie and the band, check out their web site at www.jamiebegian.com.

  

Los Changos Trio

Los Changos Trio To describe the music of Los Changos, you would have to learn different languages: the language of classical music that had a strong impact in the development of composer Julio Santillan; the language of Tango and folkloric music of his native Argentina and the language of jazz, that is evident in the new generations of composers. But I would dare to say, that not even understanding these worlds would you be able to describe the magic hidden behind this fine trio of musicians. Those three styles, so different from each other, find in "Los changos" a point of connection, a door to unlimited musical possibilities.

Los Changos was formed by guitarist/composer Julio A. Santillan's and drummer Franco Pinna when they both attended Berklee College of music in 1998. Bassist Fernando Huergo, a Berklee faculty, joined them later and the group started recording and performing in and outside the US. they have participated in many concerts and festivals in the east coast including: The group has toured Argentina in four opportunities. In 2001 the trio released their first CD called "Desde el Norte" (BigSur Records). In 2003 Los Changos released "Anit Negra" (BigSur Records). The repertoire of the trio is original music by Julio Santillan, who received the prestigious "Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellowship Award" in 2004, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, the Arif Mardin Award and the ASCAPlus Award. In "Qann" the trio consolidates the path that started many years ago with "Desde el Norte". Another step to find their own sound and identity in music.

  • Julio A. Santillan - guitar / composition
  • Fernando Huergo - bass
  • Franco Pinna - drums
www.juliosantillan.com

Nguillatun / Mochi Parra

Nguillatun A celebration of cultural roots and traditions, evoking the strength of our ancestors and reaching the highest level of internal peace through folkloric music, dance, and story telling. With the special participation of Nguillatun, a fusion of traditional sounds from Latin America, performing songs from Victor Jara, Patricio Mans, Inti Illimani and their own original compositions:
  • Daniel Lucero - cuerdas, accesorios, vocal
  • Raul Lucero - cuerdas, percusión, vocal
  • Rodrigo Bermudez - flauta, saxo, accesorios
  • Andres Pascual - percusión
  • Omar Vergara - cuerdas, accesorios, vocal

El Taller's own Mochi Parra, singer from Chile, will also be participating.

The Nguillatun Ceremony is a ceremony of the Mapuches, an indigenous group from Chile, carried through in order to communicate with the cosmic forces and the authors and builders of human life.

The Music of Esdeihewe

Esdeihewe graphic Con la misma fluidez que mana el agua fresca del manantial, así surgen del autor los temas que conforman la obra musical de Esdeihewe, escritas en géneros que van desde el pop hasta la balada, en una profusión creativa sin limites, descubriendo permanentemente sonidos y recursos musicales que acompañan una lírica impecable, cargada de belleza y, sobre todo, de profundo sentido.

Definida por el autor como música pop espiritual, integrando el sonido único de la música acústica con la suave emotividad de sus himnos al amor, a la humanidad o al Absoluto. la música de Esdeihewe es la música del universo, llena de matices, y en ella tienen cabida los más sublimes conceptos para cantar al amor, al Absoluto, a los sentimientos puros o a la consciencia del ser humano, en un permanente llamado a la unión, la paz, la armonía.

Muchos de sus temas contagian de energía y entusiasmo invitando al oyente a moverse al compás de su ritmo; otros tantos van directos al alma, en una identificación perfecta con las vibraciones de la emoción; pero unos y otros representan la más exquisita experiencia auditiva en sí mismas, aunque en su voz adquieren dimensión de eternidad.

Jammin Anyone?

Jammin anyone? Written Jams by Carlos Cervantes

Carlos Cervantes announces a concert without knowing exactly with whom he'll be playing; afterward; musicians arrive and play their parts. They are not always the same, but they are the best musicians that New York has to offer. Jack Jeffers and Enrique Fernandez were preparing the details of their big band "New York Classics" next performance, but when they heard what Carlos was going to play, they forgot their own concert: "When is Carlos playing? Let me know I used to go to his midnight concerts in the 80's I'm coming when he plays!" The same has been said by many other musicians since

Carlos began to play and the list is surprising not only for the quantity, but also for the quality of names of those who come since the initiation of Luis Miguel of a production of Lupita D'alessio an her collaboration with Jaco Pastorius. Carlos Cervantes mentions that he gets musical influence from Julian Carrillo, and he has incorporated some of the Mexican composers' styles into his own. Carlos Cervantes prefers to define his music as a form of spiritual jazz, if it had to be categorized.

  • Jesus Garcia -- Saxofone
  • Chucho Jesus Salinas -- Bass
  • Fernando Hernandez -- Piano

Dr. Saul Contreras Martinez: Lecture and Party!

El Taller invites you to a healthy night of discussion, and a unique opportunity to meet and get to know Dr. Saul Contreras Martinez. Saul will be lecturing on his work done as a coordinator for the organization: 'Doctors for Global Health' in Nicaragua, and he will be presenting a visual collection of images from the medical communities in rural Nicaragua.

Check out this article about Saul, which details his work: DB Profile

Malena

Malena Malena is a Chilean singer. She studied voice at the Experimental Music in Santiago. In 1988, Malena was an active participant in the political campaigns to restore democracy in Chile. She sang in many political demonstrations and performed for thousands of people throughout Chile. After moving to New York, Malena auditioned and was selected for Music Under New York (MUNY), being the only South American woman participant in this organization. Malena has been studying voice at The Julliard School for the last two years, mixing Latin American folk music with classical voice technique. Malena has been working in the last year at recovering traditional Latin American songs in a new and original style. Malean is working with one of the most prominent Peruvian guitarists, Rufino Ortiz, creating a wonderful performance full of Latin feelings.

  • RUFINO ORTIZ -- guitar
  • PANCHO -- guitar
  • YAYO -- percussion

Peña de las Americas

Pena at the TallerAll America represented with music and dances, performed by artists of excellent level, in a great and friendly environment!

Featuring Gastón Pourrieux, Marta Gomez (Colombian Singer) performing Colombian Folk Music, accompanied by Franco Pina, Julio Santillán (of Los Changos), and Ana Quinteros singing tangos. Also featuring Galia y Emiliano (Dancers); Bernardo Palombo and Juan Pourrieux as special guests singing Argentine Folkloric Music.

"Cosas humanas, adentro y afuera"

Mara Goodman "Cosas humanas, adentro y afuera" / "Human Things, Inside and Outside: Reflections on loneliness, good and evil, love, and war"

Featuring Mara Goodman, Martha Siegel, Gene Glickman, Sarah Safford, Ellen Davidson, Marie Robinson, Chrissy Word, Bernardo Palombo, Mike Tsukahara, Don Raphael, Ben Silver, Chris Carlson.

Mara sings, accompanied by keyboard, cello, guitar, and vocalists. Dancer Sarah Safford collaborates. Songs will be in English, Spanish, Yiddish and Old French.

Obo Addy & Valerie Naranjo

Igniting the Rhythm: Master Drummer Obo Addy with guest Valerie Naranjo

Valerie Naranjo Valerie Naranjo has performed as a percussion, marimba and gyil soloist on six continents, and plays percussion and arranges for NBC´s Saturday Night Live Band and Broadway’s The Lion King.

Obo AddyObo Addy, master drummer, is a repository of Ghanaian music history, a brilliant musician who has traveled all over the world with his innovative compositions. Obo has also written orchestral pieces for Kronos Quartet and Third Angle New Music Ensemble & played jazz with Randy Weston and Andrew Cyrille.

Guillermo Cardenas

Guillermo CardenasDrumming in the Valley (a chant for peace)

A concert in which the audience will be exposed to a wide variety of beat, color, and texture from different parts of the world, inter-related in a metaphorical way, providing plenty of aesthetic joy.

"In addition to possessing expertise in the Cuban and Brazilian bass rhythms of most Latin Jazz, Guillermo Cardenas is a virtuoso performer of Afro-Dominican genres ranging from merengue to seldom heard forms such as gaga, palos and pri-pri. He fuses these expertise with an acute sensitivity to jazz aesthestics, thus representing a unique voice in contemporary improvised music."

Professor Paul Austerlitz, Music Department, Brown University

Michelle Manzo, Grupo Miguelito and R-Status

Miguelito Vocalist Michelle Manzo is as elegant as the timeless songs of her repertoire. Showing us the beauty and soul of simplicity, her performances betweeen Birdland & Zinc Bar have been a stripped-down honest affair with plenty of emotion to spare.

Grupo Miguelito returns with a “conjunto pequeno” lineup for this affair. Performing songs from a forthcoming EP, singer songwriter Michael “Miguelito” LaMorte will be joined by Ze' Luis (Caetano Veloso,Bebel Gilberto), Guy Finley (Honeycomb,God's Green Earth), and Richard Padron.

R-Status is the collective force of Cuban-born guitarist Richard Padron and alto saxophonist Benny Reid. They will be joined by Ernesto Simpson, Alex Hernandez, and Robert Rodrigez for this performance of explosive jazz with elements of every style of music as a focus.

"What a Neighborhood!"

What a Neighborhood! Music by Neighborhood Composers

A celebration of our neighborhood's abundance and variety of composers and of the community that supports them. This concert of beautiful music will be an occasion to meet terrific people who are creative and active in the community and be inspired by music and music-making that lives and breathes, speaks to the heart, and is created by our neighbors!

Music by neighborhood composers, including Ishmael Wallace, Kate Ettinger, Franklin Latner and Bernardo Palombo, as well as Latin American music.

Orfeo DuoThe first half of the concert will feature the Orfeo Duo, violinist Vita Wallace and her brother, pianist Ishmael Wallace, with guest artists clarinetist Anna Maria Baeza and soprano Mary Ellen Callahan. They will perform: Journey to the South, a maverick waltz for violin and piano by Ishmael Wallace (born 1971, lives on 113th St.), a new piece for violin and piano and finger cymbals, by Kate Ettinger (born 1989, lives on RSD at 113 St.), Joy, Hope, Juke Box Love Song, and Harlem for soprano and piano, music by Franklin Latner, (1945-99, lived on102nd St.), texts by Langston Hughes (who also lived in the neighborhood), and Nickelodeon: Walk-Ons, Film Cards, Dramatis Personae; Love Song "Hearts and Flowers"; Chase: Trains, Fire Engines, Fancy Feet, Custard Pies, for clarinet and violin and piano, also by Franklin Latner.

Anna Maria BaezaThe Orfeo Duo's playing has recently been described by listeners as "tender," "healing," "splendid and inspiriting." Reviewers have called their CDs "daring and fresh" and "magnificent." You can visit http://www.orfeoduo.com for more information.

Marta Gómez

Marta Gomez Marta Gómez started her musical studies at the age of six in her native Colombia when she entered the Liceo Benalcazar choir being its soloist for ten years. In 1993 Marta moved to Bogota to continue her musical studies at the Javeriana University and In the summer of 1999 she entered the Berklee College of Music where she received the "Best Achievement Scholarship" and the "Alex Ulanowsky" composition award before graduating magna cum laude under the Professional Music degree program. with more of 70 composed songs, She has also developed an extensive studio career recording for radio and TV for more than ten years in her native Colombia, and three years in the US.

In 2001 Marta recorded a self-titled CD and in her new one called "Solo es vivir" the singer and songwriter not only traverses a whole range of Colombian cumbias and bambucos, Argentine zambas, Cuban sones and Peruvian landos but she also writes the kind of melodies and refrains that translate across whatever language she is singing in.

In March of 2003, Marta's song "Paula Ausente" based on the book "Paula" by Isabel Allende, won the The SIBL Project International songwriting contest as the best song inspired by a South American book. The song was included on a CD among others by artists such as Tom Waits and David Bowie.Only a month later the same year, Marta was chosen by Bonnie Raitt to open her concert at the Orpheum Theater in Boston with Grammy winner John Mayer.

The Boston Globe called her show "A piece of South America brought by a world-class singer full of passion".

Rhythm Harvest

Formed by noted percussionists Montego Joe and Guillermo Cruz, Rhythm Harvest draws upon the rhythms of Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Brazil, India, the Middle East, Ireland and American Jazz to create a unique aural experience.

Now including percussionists Vivian Warfield, Glen Fittin, Robert Stoy, and singer/dancer Sandra Rodriguez, Rhythm Harvest unites their collective rhythmic knowledge and performance skills with the unique joy that comes from creative expression.

Los Changos

Los Changos
Julio Santillan (guitar/composition) -- Fernando Huergo (bass) -- Franco Pinna (drums)
Marta Gomez (voice) -- Yulia Musayelyan (flute) -- Felipe Salles (clarinet) -- David Hodges (bandoneon)

Los Changos' music mixes jazz concepts with argentine folk rhythms. The group started performing in the U.S.A. in 1998. Since then they have participated in many concerts and festivals in east coast including: XIII° International Folk Festival (Boston, MA); III° & IV° Argentina Jazz Festival (New York, NY); II°,III° & IV° Latin Culture Week (Boston, MA). The group has toured Argentina in two opportunities. In 2001 the trio released their first CD called "Desde el Norte" (BigSur Records). In 2003 Los Changos released "Anit Negra" (BigSur Records) , their first CD as a septet. Los Changos play Julio A. Santillán's compositions and arrangements. Some of the rhythms they perform are: Chacarera, Zamba, Vidala, Tango, Huayno, Milonga and Candombe.

La música de Los Changos mezcla ritmos argentinos con conceptos de jazz. El grupo se formó en U.S.A. en 1998. Desde entonces ha tocado en numeros conciertos y festivales como: XIII° International Folk Festival (Boston); III° & IV° Argentina Jazz Festival (New York); II°,III° & IV° Latin Culture Week (Boston). El grupo estuvo de gira por Argentina en dos oportunidades. En 2001 el trio editó su primer album "Desde el Norte" (BigSur Records). En 2003, Los Changos editaron "Anit Negra" (BigSur Records) , su primer disco como septeto. Los Changos tocan composiciones y arreglos de Julio A. Santillán. Algunos de los ritmos que tocan: Chacarera, Zamba, Vidala, Tango, Huayno, Milonga y Candombe.

For more information and to hear their music, check out their web page at www.juliosantillan.com

Trio Chaskinakuy

Trio Chaskinakuy Deeply rooted in mountains that rise well above 10,000 feet, the traditional music from the Andes is both profoundly earthbound and joyously uplifting. As the trio Chaskinakuy (Cha-ski-NOCK-wee),Andean music masters Edmond Badoux, Francy Vidal and Daniel Zamalloa bring this music to life, performing the compelling melodies and infectious rhythms of high mountain festivities in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, northern Chile and Argentina. Equipped with an extraordinary, museum quality collection of regional instruments that includes flutes and panpipes of bamboo, bone and feathers, goatskin drums, the 10-foot long Peruvian trumpet, fiddle, harps, guitars, mandolins and more, the trio explores musical terrain travelled by few. Taking its name from the native Quechua word that means "to give and receive from hand to hand among many", Chaskinakuy charts new territory for Andean and world music lovers alike. Of Chaskinakuy's 2002 CD, A Flor de Tierra, Dirty Linen Magazine writes: "With its exquisitely played traditional selections that are as transcendent as they are infectious, these left coast statesiders are the real thing."



En el idioma Quéchua, Chaskinakuy significa "recibir de mano en mano entre muchos". Con este espíritu, los músicos Edmond Badoux, Francy Vidal y Daniel Zamalloa ejecutan melodías sentidas y ritmos contagiantes propios de las festividades celebradas en las altas montañas de Sudamérica. Ellos cuentan con una extraordinaria colección de instrumentos regionales que incluye flautas y zampoñas de bambú, hueso y plumas, una trompeta de 10 pies de largo, violín, arpas, guitarras, mandolinas y tambores de cuero de cabra. Este virtuoso trío recorre el territorio musical de Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia y Argentina y traza nuevas rutas para viajeros musicales por los Andes y el mundo. La revista Dirty Linen elogió el CD "A Flor de Tierra" producido el 2002: "Con su repertorio tradicional exquisitamente ejecutado, que es tanto trascendente como contagiante, estos músicos residentes en la costa oeste son realmente genuinos."
CHASKINAKUY
Andean Village Music
PO Box 11421, Santa Rosa, CA 95406
(707) 571-1377
info@chaskinakuy.com
www.chaskinakuy.com

Samuel Torres

Samuel Torres This five-piece Contemporary Latin Jazz Ensemble will showcase the work of Samuel Torres who has been gaining recognition in the U.S. since arriving from his native Colombia in 1998. Samuel performed for 5 years with multi-award winner, Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval and now tours worldwide with renown African bassist and singer Richard Bona. Samuel has appeared with such musical stars as Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Don Byron, Paquito D'Rivera, Michael Brecker, Dave Valetin, The Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. He was awarded Second Place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition 2000, also composed the music and produced the instructional DVD entitled "Drum Solos Revisited" for the musical instrument manufacturer Latin Percussion-LP which is distributed by Warner Brothers worldwide.His debut solo recording, entitled "SKIN INTERLUDES" will be released in summer of 2005.

Featuring:
  • Ernesto Simpson, drums
  • Hector Martignon, piano
  • Michael Campagna, trumpet
  • Hans Glavischnig, bass
  • Samuel Torres, percussion & keyboards


Check the new official website: www.samueltorres.com

"... a keen-eared, light-handed percussionist [who] can draw a rainbow of intriguing sounds. "The Washington Post

"...a ferocious conga solo by Samuel Torres that seemed not humanly possible."
The Boston Globe
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