Past Events at El Taller: 2006
Sabrina Lastman & Fernando Otero
TANGO JAZZ DUO
Vocalist Sabrina Lastman performs Tango - Jazz with pianist and composer Fernando Otero.
"Her imaginative sounds, her rich range of sound, her musical vocabulary, and her creativity are vital and profound".
—Anat Shamgar, Jerusalem, 2005.
"Otero is a seriously talented pianist, and his orchestrations are equal parts Bernard Herrmann and Charlie Parker. That is, they alternate between jagged suspenseful crescendos and long, sinuous melodies. This music bounds out of the speakers and leaps into every corner of the room at once, exhilarating but also bewildering — it's not tango, jazz, or classical, but some brand-new combination of all three. Fernando Otero has given the listener his best, most focused and fascinating ideas all in one high-powered dose. All that remains is for unsuspecting jazz fans to delve in and discover the unique sonic treasures on display here".
—Phil Freeman, "PLAN", Jazziz Magazine, 2005, USA.
Francesc de Paula Soler
Known as "The Poet of the Guitar", FRANCESC DE PAULA SOLER's extensive
international activity as a performer has brought critics to hail him
as one of the most notable names in the guitar world. His concerts
have been broadcasted on radio and television both in Europe and the
United States. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including
special recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives (2001 &
2002) for his artistic merits.
The Washington Post wrote: "Soler showed himself to be unusually
sensitive to color and the rhapsodic rise of the phrases... He played
dazzling solos with his left hand on the fingerboard, unleashed a battery
of right-hand percussive effects on the body of the guitar, and engaged
in some creative pitch-bending on blues-tinged melodies."
Born into a well-known Spanish artistic family, Soler began to study
guitar at age 11, receiving highest honors at the prestigious "Conservatorio
Superior de Música" of Barcelona, Spain. He continued his postgraduate
studies with Andrés Segovia and also received guitar instruction from
Narciso Yepes, as well as from some of the most important Latin-American
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Tribute Night to Carlos Rivera
IN MEMORY OF CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA
Carlos Rafael Rivera was a great Puerto Rican Singer and songwriter who passed
away last April. Carlos worked with the Raf Astor Band from 1995 to 2006. He
contributed vocals and lyrics to the CD "El Andar" and some vocals on the CD
"Puede Oirlo?". Carlos was well loved by all the artists and musicians that
worked with him. On November 6, the Raf Astor Band will perform a free concert
as a tribute to his life and musical works. The band will include:
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND!
In addition to singing, Carlos worked for the Office of the Mayor of NYC, Dept.
of Language Services, and was a long time friend of El Taller Latino Americano.
Fernando Huergo Quartet
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.
Fernando Huergo - bass
Andrew Rathbun - sax
Mika Pohjola - piano
Franco Pinna - drums
Matthias Bublath & Franco Pinna's Groove Connection
Original music influenced by funk, R&B, jazz, Brazilian, Argentinean and Afro Cuban rhythms. For more information, visit
Matthias Bublath - keys
Tim Collins - vibes
Fernando Huergo - bass
Franco Pinna - drums, perccusion
Matthias Bublath is a pianist, organist and composer/arranger. He has performed around
the globe in many festivals and events. Currently he is performing at jazz clubs
around NYC, composing and arranging for various ensembles including full orchestra
and recording for film and television. Besides his jazz, R&B, gospel and funk
influences, Matthias is also a specialist of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban piano styles
and is always searching for new ways to play.
Uli & Grupo Miguelito:
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Brooklyn Based, Mexican Born ULI is getting ready to release her first solo album titled "Simple". Mixing different styles and languages, the 10 song cd was produced by The Gacierz in Mexico city with the help from the band 'Liquits' and finished in New York with some of the the city's finest musicians.
Blending styles from 'Banda' to 'Electronica Nueva', ULI serves a powerful blend styles rarely heard this far north of the border. As a producer ULI has worked with artists Ashanti, Gigi & Bill Laswell, Baby Monroe, and Lazy K. For this 'Cinco De Mayo' show her band goes 'unplugged'.
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Consisting of core members Ricardo Padron on guitars, Ze Luis Oliveira on woodwinds, drummer Mike Williams and Miguelito on vocals, upright bass, guitar, piano, and cuatro, the band hits a mark somewhere between the bolero/flamenco stylings of mid 1970's Jose Feliciano and the modern energy of artists like Manu Chau and Juanes. The songs, some in Spanish and some in English, are rooted in an almost 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. The bands EP is slated for digital release (on itunes, Napster, Rhapsody) on 'Cinco De Mayo' (May 5) - So why not celebrate? For more info visit:
Julio Santillán & Yulia Musayelyan
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.
YULIA MUSAYELYAN was born in Moscow, Russia, and began her studies at
the Gnessin School of Music for gifted children. After relocating to
the U.S. in 1993, she studied at the New England Conservatory and in
2005 graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. As a
classical flutist, she has won awards and distinctions such as the 2001
"National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Award". She has
recorded with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic
Orchestra (2001) and the Manhattan School of Music Opera Orchestra
(2002), and performed as a soloist with TACTUS ensemble under the
direction of Maestro Pierre Boulez (2005). Yulia has performed at the
2001 Montreux Jazz off-Festival in Switzerland, IAJE conventions in
New York (2004) and New Orleans (2000), and the London Jazz Festival
(2005). She has recorded with Marta Gomez (Chesky Records), Marta
Topferova (World Village Records), Hector Martignon, Angus Martin, and
The Massachusetts Flute Choir, among others. She is currently pursuing
a Masters Degree in Flute Performance and is an adjunct flute faculty
member at New York University.
Camerata Flamenco Project
An original chamber music group, made its worldwide debut during the Singapore Arts Festival
to great critical and public acclaim. These talented musicians will play their original
and ambitious compositions at El Taller after a steady series of concerts at concert halls,
jazz and flamenco venues, and music schools.
- Pablo Suarez - piano
- Jesus Torres - guitar
- Fernando de la Rua - guitar
- José Luis Lopez - cello
- Ramiro Obedman - flute
- Daniel Suarez - percussion
La Balteuband and Interoceanico
is an instrumental ensemble lead by Emilio Teubal. His
compositions are a blend of jazz and elements of Argentine music, such as
rhythms like chacarera and zamba along with the lyricism of tango melodies.
La Balteuband's music consists of rhythmically and harmonically rich
pre-composed structures and improvised sections that highlight the
musicality of each member of the band. This is what makes each performance
of the group so fresh and special.
The compositional influences of Emilio Teubal include Astor Piazolla,
Hermeto Pascual, Egberto Gismonti, and great masters of the jazz tradition
such as Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, and Charles Mingus.
La Balteuband has performed in New York venues such as the Knitting
Factory, Cornelia Street Cafe, Nublu, Bowery Poetry Club, Galapagos Arts
Space, and was included in the Argentine Jazz series at El Taller
Latinoamericano during the summer of 2005. La Balteuband recorded its first
album to be released in the Fall of 2006
La Balteuband features:
- Emilio Teubal - piano
Felipe Salles - saxes and flute
Kobi Solomon - clarinet and saxes
Moto Fukushima - bass
Franco Pinna - drums
INTEROCEANICO is a unique blend of musicians from different countries. The
group was formed in Boston MA in 2002 by composer and guitarist, Hiroya
Tsukamoto from Kyoto, Japan. They have performed many concerts throughout
the Boston and New York area 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. Interoceanico's music is a cornucopia of lush
harmonies, lyrical melodies, driving rhythms and the first class
arrangements that form their original music. Their music is an amalgamation
of traditional rhythmic elements from various South American countries with
Western harmonies and lyrical melodies, resulting in a unique and original
souns. It is best described as "folkloric music with contemporary harmony
in a jazz format".
- Hiroya Tsukamoto - guitar
- Moto Fukushima - bass
- Franco Pinna - drums
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.
LOS CHANGOS SEPTET
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 Santillán; 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 ensemble 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's was formed by guitarist/composer Julio
Santillán 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: 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 many opportunities. In 2001 the trio released their first
CD called "Desde el Norte" (BigSur Records). In 2003 Los Changos added
voice, flute, clarinet and accordion and released "Anit Negra" (BigSur
Records), their first CD as a septet. Ñann, their last CD was
released in 2005 by the New York label CAP records. The repertoire of
the ensemble is original music by Julio Santillán, who received the
prestigious "Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellowship Award" in 2004,
the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, the Arif Mardin Award and the
Santillan and company have found a way to weave together startling
tapestries of color that splash both surprise and warm feelings
everywhere as they move a cultural fusion into the future."
- Julio A. Santillán - Guitar/Compositions
- Franco Pinna - Drums
- Fernando Huergo - Bass
- Marta Gomez - Voice
- Yulia Musayelyan - Flute
- Nuno Antunes - Clarinet
- Evan Harlan - Accordion
JULIO A. SANTILLÁN
Julio A. Santillán is a 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
He has recorded over thirty CDs 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