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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.

Sabrina Lastman and Fernando Otero

"Her imaginative sounds, her rich range of sound, her musical vocabulary, and her creativity are vital and profound".
—Anat Shamgar, Jerusalem, 2005.

www.sabrina-lastman.com.

"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.

www.fernandootero.com.

Francesc de Paula Soler

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 guitarists.

For more information, visit www.telefonica.net/web2/fpsoler.

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:

     Raf Astor
     Mario Rodriguez
     Joe Gonzalez
     Renato Thoms
     Noel Sanchez
     Guido Gonzalez

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 JAZZ ARGENTINO
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.

Featuring:

     Fernando Huergo - bass
     Andrew Rathbun - sax
     Mika Pohjola - piano
     Franco Pinna - drums

Matthias Bublath & Franco Pinna's Groove Connection

Mathias Bublath Original music influenced by funk, R&B, jazz, Brazilian, Argentinean and Afro Cuban rhythms. For more information, visit visit www.matthiasbublath.com.

Featuring:

     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

ULI
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'. For more info about ULI visit: www.myspace.com/ulimusic

GRUPO MIGUELITO
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: www.grupomiguelito.com
www.myspace.com/grupomiguelito
www.sonicbids.com/GrupoMiguelito
www.current.tv

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.

www.juliosantillan.com       www.yuliamusayelyan.com

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.

Featuring:

  • 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

LA BALTEUBAND 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".

Interoceanico features:
  • Hiroya Tsukamoto - guitar
  • Moto Fukushima - bass
  • Franco Pinna - drums

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.

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 ASCAPlus Award.

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."
—Boston Herald


featuring:

  • Julio A. Santillán - Guitar/Compositions
  • Franco Pinna - Drums
  • Fernando Huergo - Bass
  • Marta Gomez - Voice
  • Yulia Musayelyan - Flute
  • Nuno Antunes - Clarinet
  • Evan Harlan - Accordion


www.juliosantillan.com
www.yuliamusayelyan.com

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 Scholarship (Berklee). 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 Manhattan College.


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