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Past Events at El Taller: 2010




North & South: A Musical Trip

December 10, 2010
Todd Carter and Bernardo Palombo

Join us for a special concert on "North & South: A Musical Trip", a night to bring together the music from North and South of the Americas. The concert will include both original music and cover songs, but with a fusion twist, including songs in both English and Spanish. "North & South" promises to be more than just a performance, but a crossing over to form new music.

The night will be led by local singer/songwriters Todd Carter and Bernardo Palombo with performances by indie-folk band The Looking and Rebecca Salazar, Alexandra Castaño, Demian Palombo, Tony Graci, Rosario Serna, Meagan Van Ahn and Andrea Oliva.

Crossover Tango

November 13, 2010
Otono Porteno

Cross Over Tango SingersEl Taller Latino Americano is pleased to welcome Cascada de Flores ("waterfall of flowers") - a professional music ensemble dedicated to the exploration, preservation and dissemination of Mexican and Caribbean folk music and dance. The trio features the vocal duet of Arwen Lawrence de Castellanos and Sabra Weber and guitarist Jorge Liceaga.

Cascada Flores Singers
"One song and you feel as if you're in a smoke-filled café in France, the next one carries you to a small village in the Mexican countryside. They do sophisticated improvisations with a jazzy charge that makes your whole body vibrate, then turn around and perform a canción about love that brings you close to tears." - Joanne Hoover, Music Critic Emeritus, Washington Post/Albuquerque Journal
For more information, visit www.cascadadeflores.com or www.youtube.com/user/cascadadeflores

Following the opening perfomance by "Cascada de Flores", "la noche de tango" begins. The event will be a fun and interactive night of traditional and contemporary Argentinean tango music featuring El Taller's own Alexandra Castaño, Andrea Oliva, Rebecca Salazar, Chantel Lucier. Other special guests will include Guillermo Vaisman (accordionist), Guillermo Cardenas (percussionist) and Gilberto Mendoza (singer). Sing along to your favorite tangos including "Malena", "Milonga Sentimental" and "El Dia que Me Quieres"! Traditional yerba mate, empanadas, and wine will be served.

Venezuelans in New York Festival: Aquiles Báez

November 12, 2010


Aquiles Baez
Guitarist, arranger, Latin American strings player, composer and music producer, Aquiles Báez is living history in the world of Venezuelan and Latin American music. His compositions have traveled all around the world and his guitar has entertained the most demanding audiences for more than 30 years. His discography includes 13 productions.

He has participated in several productions including the documentary "Calle 54" by Fernando Trueba, a film about the Latin-American music scene in New York City. He has also composed music for films, theater, dance, TV, and has received multiple awards for his job as an arranger, producer, composer and performer.

For more information about Aquiles Báez and to listen to samples of his music, please visit http://aquiles-baez.com
Guitarrista, ejecutante de las cuerdas latinoamericanas arreglista compositor y productor musical, Aquiles Báez es historia viva de la música en Venezuela y Latinoamérica. Sus composiciones han recorrido el mundo y su guitarra ha deleitado a los más exigentes públicos en sus ya más de treinta años. En su historial cuenta con trece producciones discográficas.

Ha realizado innumerables participaciones, entre ellas fue el único venezolano escogido para engrosar el selecto cartel de músicos que participaron en el rodaje del documental "Calle 54" del español Fernando Trueba, documento que registra la escena musical latina en Nueva York. También ha compuesto música para cine, teatro, danza televisión y posee una gran cantidad de premios al reconocimiento de su trabajo como arreglista, productor, compositor e intérprete.

Para más información sobre Aquiles Báez y para escuchar ejemplos de su música, visita http://aquiles-baez.com.

Pedro Reñé

November 6, 2010
Otono Porteno



Pedro Rene
Pedro Reñé is an Argentine musician who currently lives in Rosario, Argentina. Guitarist, singer, and composer, Pedro has released two solo albums, "Pinceladas del Sur" ("Brushstrokes of the South") in 2006 and "NOS" ("US") in 2010. He is now beginning to showcase "NOS", an album of all original songs that was recorded in Rosario in 2008 and 2009. "Pinceladas…" was recorded in 2005 and published by the Editorial Municipal de Rosario after winning a contest sponsored by the organization. Pedro is influenced by Silvio Rodriguez, Serrat, tango and traditional Argentinean folklore. In recent years, Pedro has toured in a number of different countries: Cuba, Spain, Switzerland and the Annual Latin American Cultural Week festival in New York. Next, he will be touring in various cities throughout Spain including Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Barcelona and of course will be returning to New York.

For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/pedrorene#ixzz0uQyv3BOu.
Pedro Reñé es un músico argentino y vive en la ciudad de Rosario en Argentina. Guitarrista, cantante y compositor, Pedro tiene editado dos discos solista "Pinceladas del Sur" (2006) y "NOS" (2010). Empieza a presentar "NOS", que es un disco de canciones propias, grabado durante el 2008 y el 2009 en Rosario. "Pinceladas..." fue grabado durante el 2005, y editado por la Editorial Municipal de Rosario, en el año 2006, gracias a haber ganado el concurso de la Editorial Municipal. Pedro está influido por Silvio Rodriguez, Serrat, tango, y folklore. En los últimos años realizó varias giras: Cuba, España, Suiza, y en el marco del Annual Festival de Latin American Cultural Week en Nueva York. Próximamente volverá a hacer una gira por varias ciudades de España incluyendo Madrid, Granada, Córdoba, Barcelona y claro volverá a Nueva York.

Para más informacíon , visita http://www.myspace.com/pedrorene#ixzz0uQyv3BOu.

Venezuelans in New York Festival

C4 TRIO & ZUMBATRES C4 Trio
November 5, 2010

C4Trio
The origin of the C4 Trío is directly related to the "Concurso Internacional La Siembra del Cuatro" (International Competition The Sowing of the Cuatro), event conceived by master Cheo Hurtado, in which Jorge Glem, Héctor Molina and Edward Ramírez had outstanding participations in 2004 and 2005. As a consequence of those experiences is that, in November 2005, these three musicians were invited, as well as a fourth cuatro player, Rafael Martínez, to participate in a concert organized by "Fundación Multifonía" (The "Multifonía Fundation"). In the concert, each one of them would show their work as a soloist, but, spontaneously, the four musicians decided to make duets, trios, and a final performance playing as a quartet. That moment marked the genesis of this union that keeps the Venezuelan cuatro as a predominant figure.

El origen de C4 Trío está directamente emparentado con el Concurso Internacional La Siembra del Cuatro, ideado por el maestro Cheo Hurtado, en el cual Jorge Glem, Héctor Molina y Edward Ramírez tuvieron excelentes participciones en la ediciones de 2004 y 2005. Y es a raíz de ello cuando, en Noviembre de 2005, estos tres músicos fueron invitados, junto a un cuarto cuatrista, Rafael Martínez, a participar en un concierto organizado por la Fundación Multifonía. Allí, cada uno haría una muestra de su trabajo como solista, pero espontáneamenteestos músicos decidieron hacer dúos, tríos y un cierre final a cuarteto. Este momento marcó la génesis de este ensamble que tiene como figura predominante el cuarteto venezolano.
Zumbatres

ZumbaTres


Under the concept of blending borders and crossing boundaries, Jose Duque's ZumbaTres is a band, where the subtle combination of French Impressionism and the rhythmic flare of South American culture takes a sharper turn. Rooting the music in the essence of jazz, the band, led by Venezuelan-born drummer, Jose Duque, offers an invigorating new sound that blends odd meter time signatures with their Latin influenced rhythms.

Jose has performed with "Amaya: Flamenco Sin Limites", Venezuelan pop artist Felix Roman, Juan Francisco, Roldan Pena's Jazz 3, Flamenco y Duende, and Sara es Rara. He is also currently the drummer/percussionist for The Randy Armstrong Trio, T.J Wheeler, and Ottawa-based flamenco guitarist, James Cohen.
Bajo el concepto de fusionar fronteras y cruzar límites, ZumbaTres es una banda donde la sutil combinación del impresionismo francés y la llamarada rítmica de la cultura suramericana toma un giro inesperado. Teniendo sus raíces en la esencia del jazz, la banda, liderada por el baterista venezolano Jose Duque, ofrece un estimulante y novedoso sonido que mezcla marcas de tiempo impares con sus ritmos influenciados por la cultura latina.

Jose Duque se ha presentado con "Amaya: Flamenco Sin Limites", el artista pop venezolano Félix Roman, Juan Francisco, Jazz 3, Flamenco y Duende, y Sara es Rara. También trabaja actualmente como baterista/percusionista del Randy Armstrong Trio, T.J Wheeler, y Ottawa basada en el guitarrista de flamenco, James Cohen.

Halloween Party

October 30, 2010
Halloween party

Stay after Viernes Social for our annual Halloween Party on Friday October 29 at 9PM for great music, dancing and lots of fun! Come in your best "disfraz" (costume) and enjoy snacks and drinks.

Samy Mielgo & Marina Santillán

October 23, 2010
Otono Porteno

Mielgo and Santillan
Samy Mielgo is a musician, choral director, and arranger from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a guitarist he has worked with some of the biggest figures in Argentinean popular music. Recently, as part of several trios he has moved forward with various personal projects and has released two albums: "Pequeñas Alegrias" ("Little Joys") with Saba and Condomí and "A Otro Lugar" ("Elsewhere") with Mantega and Condomí. He is also a music teacher and specializes in teaching harmony, composition, and arranging.

Marina Santillán is a dynamic young vocalist from Buenos Aires. She performs a mix of iconic Argentinean songs and her own compositions. This fall at El Taller Marina will be featuring work from "Mar Adentro," her most recent album.

For more information, visit http://samymielgo.com and www.myspace.com/marinasantillan.
Sam Mielgo es músico, director de coros, y arreglador originalmente de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Como guitarrista ha trabajado junto a grandes figuras de la música popular argentina. Con formato de trio ha llevado adelante su proyecto personal, teniendo dos CDs en su haber: "Pequeñas Alegrias" con Saba - Mielgo - Condomí y "A Otro Lugar" con Mantega - Mielgo - Condomí. Es educador especializado en armonía, composición, y arreglos.

Marina Santillán es una cantante dinámica de Buenos Aires. Ella toca una mezcla de temas icónicos argentinos y sus propias composiciones. Este otoño en El Taller va a tocar canciones de "Mar Adentro," su disco mas reciente.

Para más informacíon , visita http://samymielgo.com y www.myspace.com/marinasantillan.

Julio Santillán Trio

October 22, 2010
Otono Porteno

Julio Santillan Julio A. Santillán is a composer and guitarist from Tucumán in northwestern Argentina. His compositions combine traditional Argentinean musical elements with folk, jazz improvisation, and classical music. He has studied classical guitar at Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) under the direction of maestro Pablo González Jasey. He graduated summa cum laude with a dual major in Classical Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

As a composer and arranger, he has produced music for documentary films, theater, recordings and live performances for artists around the world. As a sideman, he has recorded and performed with many musicians from Argentina and the U.S. including Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D'Rivera), Livingston Taylor, Raúl Carnota, Quique Sinesi, Juan Falú and Sandra Mihanovich. He has performed and given workshops in Argentina, Colombia, Finland, Greece, Canada, Spain, Italy, Romania and in more than fifty cities in the U.S. including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Washington D.C.

Julio A. Santillán has recorded forty CDs, including a play-along CD for "The Latin Bass Book" (Sher Music by Oscar Stagnaro), two albums with the Pablo Ablanedo Octet (Freshsound records), four cds with Marta Gómez (BigSur records /Chesky Records)-one of which was chosen among the best 10 records of 2003 by the Boston Globe- and one with tango diva Katie Viqueira (Freshsound records)-Independent Music Award winner, 2005 best World Music Album.

Julio Santillán plays solo and leads several ensembles. He and his groups have been featured in some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S. such as "Blue Note" (New York) and "Regattabar" (Boston). He has released six cds with his compositions: "Desde el Norte", "Anit Negra", "Ñann", "El Bosque de la Memoria" (BigSur Records), "Argentinean Jazz in New York" (BlueMusicGroup) and 'Un Instante" (BigSur Records).

Julio will be performing at El Taller as part of the Julio Santillán Trio featuring Fanco Pinna and Andres Rot. This amazing trio has been called "a striking combination of jazz sensibility applied to Argentinean folk rhythms" by The Boston Herald.

For more information, visit www.juliosantillan.com.
Julio A. Santillán es compositor y guitarrista nacido en Tucumán, Argentina, residente en la ciudad de Barcelona. Su composiciones combinan elementos de la música folklórica de su tierra, el jazz y la música clásica. Estudió guitarra clásica en el Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) bajo la dirección del maestro Pablo González Jasey y luego se graduó con los máximos honores en Classical Composition y Contemporary Writing and Production en Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA).

Como arreglista y compositor ha producido música para documentales, teatro, grabaciónes y conciertos de artistas de todo el mundo. El señor Santillán ha tocado y grabado con numerosos músicos de Argentina y USA como Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D'Rivera), Livingston Taylor, Raúl Carnota, Quique Sinesi, Juan Falú y Sandra Mihanovich. Ha tocado y dictado clínicas en Argentina, Colombia, Finlandia, Grecia, Canadá, España, Italia, Rumanía y en mas de cincuenta ciudades de los EEUU incluyendo Nueva York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Dallas y Washington D.C.

Julio A. Santillán ha grabado 40 discos, incluyendo un CD para el libro de Oscar Stagnaro "The Latin Bass Book" (Sher Music); dos albumes con el Pablo Ablanedo Octet (Freshsound Records), cuatro CDs con Marta Gómez (BigSur Records / Chesky Records)- uno de los cuales fue elegido dentro de los 10 mejores del 2003 por el diario Boston Globe); y uno con la cantante de tango Katie Viqueira (Freshsound Records)- ganador del Independent Music Award bajo la categoria de Mejor Album de "World Music".

El sr. Santillán toca como solista y también lidera varios grupos. Él y sus ensambles tocaron en algunos de los clubes mas prestigiosos de los EEUU como ser "Blue Note" (Nueva York) y "Regattabar" (Boston). Santillán ha grabado seis discos con su música: "Desde el Norte", "Anit Negra", "Ñann", "El Bosque de la Memoria" (BigSur Records), "Argentinean Jazz in New York" (BlueMusicGroup) y "Un Instante" (BigSur Records).

Este otoño Julio va a tocar en El Taller como parte de su Julio Santillán Trio juntos con Franco Pinna y Andres Rot. Este trio impresionante ha sido llamado "una combinación increíble de la sensibilidad del jazz aplicado a ritmos folklores argentinos" por The Boston Herald.

Para más informacíon, visita www.juliosantillan.com.

Astraea Records presents: Black Horse Riders, The Looking and Waiting for Elijah

October 21, 2010

Astraea Records presents an evening of music with Black Horse Riders, The Looking and Waiting for Elijah.

BLACK HORSE RIDERS is an acoustic duo of Roland Hasbrouck and T. Curtis-Verderosa, a New York based electric-roots trio. BHR elicits enchanting, dark, and hopeful sounds of cathartic ritual. In the tradition of folk song writing, the songs talk of pain, struggle, and redemption. Hasbrouck’s voice has been compared to Jeff Buckley, Tom Verlaine, and Neil Young among other luminaries. Black Horse Riders are currently completing a full length recording at Marcata Studios w/producer Kevin McMahon.

WAITING FOR ELIJAH is the dynamic and overflowing ensemble of voices and instruments that combines ancient Jewish liturgical melodies, timeless spiritual themes, virtuoso instrumentation with lush contemporary folk harmonies and rhythms. WAITING FOR ELIJAH is the creation of Adam Feder (The Shul Band) and includes the amazing voices of Rebecca Bellingham and Sabrina Lastman. The music soars and inspires! Tonight’s performance will be in an intimate ‘unplugged’ format and will feature our newest vocal compositions.

Todd Carter (a.k.a. THE LOOKING) is a singer and producer who draws from the worlds of pop, classical and folk music. For this performance at El Taller, Todd will be joined by Tony Graci on drums, Gerald Menke on pedal steel and John Carey on bass along with some special guests. Currently at work with producer Roger Greenawalt on an album of cover songs, Todd will be performing some of these songs including “Terrapin” by Syd Barrett, a love song about an underwater relationship, and “Who by Fire” a litany of death by Leonard Cohen.

Espectáculo de Guatemala: Guatemalan Marimba and Folkloric Dances

October 16, 2010

Guatemalen Night La Casa de la Cultura de Guatemala presents world-class Marimbista Baudilio Ordoñez in an El Taller-only New York appearance. There will be folkloric dances by Grupo Gucumatz who display the colorful "trajes típicos" (traditional Mayan dress) from the different regions.

El Taller's own Rebecca Salazar will perform traditional songs, while guests savor the delicious pan, horchata and other local flavors.

Cecilia Zabala

October 2, 2010
Otono Porteno

Cecilia Zabala Cecilia Zabala combines musical creativity and interpretation with guitar and voice, mixing sensibility, expression, technique, and intuition. In her music, Cecilia crosses a variety of different styles including traditional Argentinean folklore, contemporary 20th Century musical rhetoric, jazz, tango, and Brazilian folk music.

Cecilia has released four independent productions as an interpreter, composer, and arranger: "Halo de luz" with woodwind musician Emiliano Alvarez, "Milonga sin palabras" with flautist Ianina Pietrantonio, and "Aguaribay", her third album and first as a solo musician. This album features original compositions side-by-side with her own renditions of traditional Argentinean music for solo guitar and guitar and voice. These renditions feature Juan Falú, Quique Sinesi, and Silvia Iriondo as invited guest musicians.

Her second solo abum, "Pendiente", was selected by Argentinean record label MDR for their "Serie Toque Argentina" ("Argentinean Touch Series"), a series of distinguished musical albums curated by guitarist Ernesto Snajer. "Pendiente" includes more original compositions and traditional renditions featuring new artists Diego Penelas, David Aguilar, and critically acclaimed Russian-American recording artist Regina Spektor. Special invited guests on the album include Marcelo Moguilevsky, César Lerner, Luciano Dyzenchauz, and Victoria Zotalis among others.

Since 2007 Cecilia has toured extensively as a solo artist throughout a number of different countries in Europe. In 2008 she was selected to take part in "International Guitar Night," sharing the stage with Benjamin Verdery, Pierre Bensusan, Dale Kavanagh, Miguel de la Baside, Andy Sheppard, and Brian Gore for concerts in Canada, England, Scotland, and the United States.

Cecilia teaches harmonic guitar at the Leopoldo Marechal Art School of La Matanza and the Conservatorio Alberto Ginastera of Morón outside the city of Buenos Aires. Currently she is working as part of a trio with Luciano Dyzenchauz and Rodrigo Quirós revising the songs of "Pendiente" and working on new material.

For more information , visit http://www.myspace.com/ceciliazabala#ixzz0uLahykK8
Cecilia Zabala combina la interpretación y creación de música con la guitarra y la voz, mezclando sensibilidad, expresión, técnica, e intuición. En su música se cruzan estilos tan diferentes como el folklore argentino, el lenguaje contemporáneo del siglo XX, el jazz, el tango, y la música brasilera.

Realizó cuatro producciones independientes como intérprete, compositora y arregladora: "Halo de luz" (alvarezabala dúo) junto al vientista Emiliano Alvarez, "Milonga sin palabras", junto a la flautista Ianina Pietrantonio (las morochas dúo), "Aguaribay", su tercer disco y primero en formato solista. Esta producción incluye música propia y versiones del músicas argentinas para guitarra sola y/o guitarra-voz, donde participaron como invitados Juan Falú, Quique Sinesi y Silvia Iriondo.

Su segundo disco solista fue elegido para la Serie Toque Argentino del sello MDR, curada por el guitarrista Ernesto Snajer. Se llama "Pendiente" e incluye más música propia y versiones de artistas nuevos como Diego Penelas, David Aguilar y la ruso-americana Regina Spektor. Como invitados en esta producción participaron Marcelo Moguilevsky, César Lerner, Luciano Dyzenchauz y Victoria Zotalis entre otros.

Desde el 2007 realiza giras como solista en diferentes países de Europa y en el 2008 fue elegida para formar parte del "International Guitar Night", compartiendo shows con Benjamin Verdery, Pierre Bensusan, Dale Kavanagh, Miguel de la Baside, Andy Sheppard y Brian Gore y visitando con su música países como Canadá, Inglaterra, Escocia y Estados Unidos.

Es maestra de guitarra armónica en la Escuela de Arte Leopoldo Marechal de La Matanza y el Conservatorio Alberto Ginastera de Morón. Actualmente con su nueva formación en trío junto a Luciano Dyzenchauz y Rodrigo Quirós reversionan los temas de "Pendiente" y trabajan en material nuevo.

Para más informacíon, visita http://www.myspace.com/ceciliazabala#ixzz0uLahykK8.

La Peña de las Americas: A Tribute to Mercedes Sosa

September 25, 2010
Otono Porteno
Mercedes Sosa Otoño Porteño's opening night features a tribute to the late Mercedes Sosa, one of Argentina's most iconic and legendary folklore fingers who first performed at El Taller in 1979, it's inaugural year in New York City. Join us for a fun and informal night of music, tango dancing, art, and friendship. Performers will include Rebecca Salazar and a number of special guests from the extended (and rapidly growing!) Taller family. Traditional Argentinean wine, mate, and empanadas will be served. La noche del estreno del Otoño Porteño va a ser un homenaje a la difunta Mercedes Sosa, una de las cantantes mas icónica y conocida de la música folklore argentina quien cantó en vivo en El Taller por primera vez en 1979, el año inaugural en la ciudad de Nueva York. Júntese con nosotros por una noche divertida e informal de música, tango, arte, y amistad. Van a tocar Rebecca Salazar y algunos invitados especiales de la familia expansiva (¡y rapidamente creciendo!) del Taller. Se sirven vino, mate, y empanadas tradicionales de Argentina.

enCayapa: Ensamble Urbano de Venezuela

July 2, 2010



encayapa
The enCayapa Ensemble is one of the most original music groups to have emerged from Venezuela during this generation. Their music transcends both academic and popular borders and ranges in style from the traditional to the contemporary. Composed of clarinet, violin, piano, electric bass, Venezuelan cuatro and Afro-Venezuelan drums, enCayapa's influences are both common among classic and modern Venezuelan music groups, but their music gives a fresh urban sound that reflects the avant-garde music of Latin America and leaves the listener with a musical flavor that cannot be identified with just one country.

enCayapa is one of the most respected groups by the public, by critics and the highest caliber of musicians in the US. That’s why their most recent musical production, "Urban Ensemble" has been praised by the best musicians in the industry such as Paquito d' Rivera, Aquiles Báez, Gerry Weil, "Chuchito" Sanoja, "Toñito" Naranjo, Henry Martínez, Gerardo Rosales, Marcos Granado, Pablo Gil and Cesar Miguel Rondón.

For more information about this The enCayapa Ensemble, visit myspace.com/encayapa
El Ensamble enCayapa es una de las agrupaciones de Música Venezolana Contemporánea más originales de esta generación. Su música trasciende las fronteras entre lo académico y lo popular, entre lo tradicional y las nuevas tendencias. Su formato (Clarinete, Violín, Piano, Bajo Eléctrico, Cuatro y una Batería hecha con tambores Afro-venezolanos), poco usual dentro de los ensambles venezolanos y sus influencias tanto clásicas como modernas, dan como resultado una sonoridad fresca y urbana que refleja la vanguardia del arte latinoamericano y que a su vez deja el sabor de la música que nos identifica como país.

enCayapa es uno de los grupos con mejor respuesta del público, la crítica y de los músicos de más alto nivel en nuestro país. Es por ello, que sus producciones discográficas, enCayapa "Ensamble Urbano", ha recibido los mejores elogios de músicos como: Paquito d` Rivera, Aquiles Báez, Gerry Weil, "Chuchito" Sanoja, "Toñito" Naranjo, Henry Martínez, Gerardo Rosales, Marcos Granado, Pablo Gil y de personajes como Cesar Miguel Rondón.

Para más informacíon sobre El Ensamble enCayapa, visita myspace.com/encayapa.

Rosalia Roio: SuVersiones de Música Tradicional Española

June 5, 2010
Rosalia Roio El Taller Latino Americano, The Spanish Consulate of New York City and Spain Foreign Cultural Cooperation are proud to present vocalist/guitarist/songwriter, Rosalía Roio of Spain. In October 2009, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) presented Rosalía Roio in their program "New Voices from Spain". Her work, rooted in the traditional music of Spain, has been enthusiastically acclaimed as "an alchemy of sounds where the spirit of ancient Spain combines with the language of modern music".

Rosalía's unique guitar technique granted her an invitation to participate in "Guitarras del Mundo", an annual festival in Argentina, where the world's leading guitarists convene. Besides playing guitar and singing, Rosalía makes music with the city using found objects. Bicycle handlebars, kitchen pipes and pizza boxes become flutes, whistles and percussion instruments in the hands of Rosalía Roio. This concert is a unique opportunity to experience Rosalía's performance in the intimate El Taller setting, "como en su casa".

For more information about Rosalía Roio, please visit myspace.com/rosaliaroio and trespies.com/rosalia

Jamie Begian Big Band

May 27, 2010
Big Fat Grin CD The Jamie Begian Big Band is bringing its unique blend of Jazz, Funk, Serialism and whatever else Jamie can synthesize back to the friendly confines of El Taller Latino Americano to celebrate the release of its second CD titled Big Fat Grin.

The Jamie Begian Big Band debuted at El Taller on February 18, 1999 and has earned a reputation over the last 11 years as an adventurous and unique sounding band, driven both by Jamie's broad compositional palette and a roster of outstanding musicians bringing that Palette to life. In addition to El Taller the band has performed at numerous NYC venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Bahai Center, The Cutting Room and several universities in the tri-state area.

The upcoming release of the band's new CD Big Fat Grin (on the Innova label ­ http://www.innova.mu) will show both growth and maturity since the band's 2003 debut CD Trance. Says Jamie: "On my first CD, Trance, I feel as if I was experimenting, figuring out my own unique voice. On Big Fat Grin, I think I have found my voice. I understand what I do and I can concentrate on what I can express with in my own voice. I also think I understand my band better. For the first time, I'm hearing specific soloists or picturing specific people playing certain parts."

The Jamie Begian Big Band is
Saxophones: John O'Gallagher, Marc McDonald, Ben Kono, Dimitri Moderbacher, Dan Goble

Trumpets: Tom Goehring, Dave Scott, Marty Bound, Jason Colby

Trombones: Jeff Bush, Deborah Weisz, Paul Olenick, Max Seigel

Rhythm: Bruce Arnold — guitar, Jamie Begian — guitar, Dave Ambrosio — bass, Peter Retzlaff — drums

For more information visit http://www.jamiebegian.com

From A to Z Featuring Zack Glass


May 22, 2010
From A to Z

Join us for the second installment of our "From A to Z" concert series, featuring Ali Shaw, Rebecca Salazar and Zack Glass with Demian Palombo, Barry Kornhauser and other surprise guests.

ABOUT ZACK GLASS
By the time he turned 13, he had taken up piano and electric guitar and was beginning to write his own songs. Listening to classic rock and punk music at a young age, his taste changed when he started going through his parents' record collection and discovered an array of music including Reggae and African. After high school, Zack had the opportunity to travel to West Africa and Latin America several times which greatly influenced his music and led him to play guitar for Reggae and African bands as well as accompanying a steel pan player from time to time. He started his own reggae band and was writing and singing his own songs, but by the end of the 90's he started to see the limitations of Reggae and began to explore world music. Soon after, he took a leap of faith and began a solo career.

Since then, Zack has explored almost every style of popular music most recently being influenced by folk, country and classic rhythm and blues. Zack has now come full circle; returning to the blues based music he grew up on. Zack's first album, Days of Innocence, was recorded in Brazil where he lived for three years. He currently spends half his time in Brazil, where he performs and records and half his time in New York where he does the same. Considering his lineage (the son of the renowned composer Philip Glass), Zack is a singer/songwriter whose influences include Van Morrison, Lyle Lovette, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Leo Kotke, John Lee Hooker, Segovia, Smokey Robinson and other decidedly mainstream musicians. Though young, Zack has already had the honor to share the stage with some of this century's greatest musicians; Steve Earle, Keb' Mo', Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega, Al MacDowell, Andrew Sterman and Eddie Bobe and has also had the performed with some of today's up-and-coming stars including Vampire Weekend, The National, and Jazz Trumpeter Mark Rapp. He is in the process of recording his 2nd album, Southern Skies, an eclectic album infusing many different styles.

For more information and listen to samples of his music, please visit myspace.com/zackglassmusic

Kumba Carey: Afro-Dominican Music Ensemble

May 15, 2010
Kumba Carey Field songs, love songs and more from coffee fields in the Dominican Republic. A magical celebration of the coffee crop. All by KumbaCarey playing in addition Merengue, Mangulina, Palos, Gaga, Son, Congo. Traditional rhythms and contemporary arrangements bringing the richness of Dominican music to audiences of all ages and tastes.

For more information, please visit kumbacarey.com

Traditional Colombian Music and Dance in NY: Rafael Gomez, Guillermo Penate and Daniel Fetecua Soto

May 15, 2010
Center for Traditional Music and Dance
El Taller has teamed up with The Center for Traditional Music and Dance to host two of a five-part workshop series designed to engage audiences in the traditional performing arts of Colombia. At each workshop, local master artists will present traditional music and dance forms from Colombia's coast to the plains.

This evening will feature Rafael Gomez, Guillermo Penate and Daniel Fetecua Soto. Director of Grupo Latino Son, Rafael Gomez, and percussionist with Los Macondos and Insignia Vallenata, Guillermo Penate explore the vallenata sounds of Colombia's north coast. Daniel Fetecua Soto, founder of the folk dance ensemble Pajarillo Pintao, will present various traditional dances from throughout Colombia.

For more information about this series and the Center, visit www.ctmd.org
El Taller se reunionio con el Centro de Músiaca y Danza Tradicional para presentar dos de una serie de cinco talleres diseñados para fomentar la participación y el interés de las audiencias y su interés por las Artes escénicas de Colombia. En cada taller, artistas maestros locales presentarán música tradicional y formas de baile que provienen de la sierra y la costa Colombiana.

Esta noche presentamos Rafael Gómez y Guillermo Penate, y Daniel Fetecua Soto. Director del Grupo Latino Son, Rafael Gómez, y el percusionista de Los Macondos e Insignia Vallenata, Guillermo Penate exploran el sonido vallenata de la costa norte de Colombia. Daniel Fetecua Soto, fundador del grupo de baile folklórico y ensamble Pajarillo Pintao, presentará varias danzas de distintas regiones de Colombia.

Para más informacíon, visita www.ctmd.org.

Mariana Baraj

May 8, 2010
Mariana Baraj

Mariana Baraj is a Argentinian musician, singer and percussionist. Her Latin American classic/folkloric repetoire incorporates textures and sounds that emerge from a fusion of styles - a result of time spent with other groups from a wide range of musical genres. Mariana's music reveals an artistic vision that has come about through her own personal journey - as a musician, she is determined not to repeat the steps previously taken by the folklore tradition. Her voice, which takes the audience through a undiscovered territory of sounds, has redefined popular music.

Photo by Nora Lezano.

Traditional Colombian Music and Dance in NY: Ronald Polo and Johanna Castaneda

May 6, 2010
Center for Traditional Music and Dance
El Taller has teamed up with The Center for Traditional Music and Dance to host two of a five-part workshop series designed to engage audiences in the traditional performing arts of Colombia. At each workshop, local master artists will present traditional music and dance forms from Colombia's coast to the plains.

This evening will feature Ronald Polo and Johanna Castaneda. Ronald Polo, vocalist and co-founder of Grupo Rebolu, offers an exploration of the percussion sounds of the Atlantic coast. Master of the four-stringed cuatro from Colombia's plains Johanna Castaneda will present a workshop on llanero music.

For more information about this series and the Center, visit www.ctmd.org
El Taller se reunionio con el Centro de Músiaca y Danza Tradicional para presentar dos de una serie de cinco talleres diseñados para fomentar la participación y el interés de las audiencias y su interés por las Artes escénicas de Colombia. En cada taller, artistas maestros locales presentarán música tradicional y formas de baile que provienen de la sierra y la costa Colombiana.

Esta noche presentamos Ronald Polo y Johanna Castaneda. Ronald Polo, es el vocalista y co-fundador del Grupo Rebolu, ofrece una exploración de sonidos de percusión de la costa Atlántica. Maestra del cuatro de la sierra colombiana, Johanna Castaneda presentará un taller sobre música llanera.

Para más informacíon, visita www.ctmd.org.

Eric Darton

May 1, 2010
Eric Darton's Things Fall Together Can a book bear the seeds of a future city? Please join us in the heart of the El Taller community as we celebrate the planting of Things Fall Together, the first volume of Eric Darton’s Notes of a New York Son.

A multi-layered cultural journal covering more than a decade in the City's recent life, Notes of a New York Son serves as both prequel and sequel to Darton's New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York's World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999). Renowned urbanist Marshall Berman hailed Divided as "a model not only of writing but of citizenship, fusing analytical brilliance with personal feeling."

Eric Darton was born in New York in 1950. His novels, short stories, and numerous works of nonfiction all deal in some way with individual and collective adaptation to, and creation of, the urban environment. His newly released Things Fall Together has already drawn praise as "a survival manual, a spiritual foraging guide for urban dwellers, demonstrating how to draw nutrients and sustenance from the city around them."

This event features a reading by the author followed by an open-ended dialogue about our city’s past, present and its possible futures. All attending are invited to participate.

Among other refreshments, appetizer and dessert courses of music and visual imagery will be served.

For more information about Eric Darton, please visit http://ericdarton.net/htm/edb.htm

Regional Dances of Mexico

April 11, 2010
Casa Mexico dance performance Casa Mexico and El Taller are pleased to present the regional dances of the states of Zacatecas and Veracruz in honor of the bicentennial Independence of Mexico of 1810 and the Centennial Mexican Revolution of 1910.

Performers will include The Ballet "Nuevo Amanecer" of San Juan Diego Community Center of St. Paul's Church of El Barrio,,East Harlem, and Music students of Casa Mexico.

Casa Mexico y El Taller se complacen en presentar estampas de Danzas Regionales de los Estados Mexicanos de Zacatecas y Veracruz en honor al Bicentenario de la Independencia de Mexico de 1810 y el Centenario de la Revolución Mexicana de 1910.

Presentaran El Ballet "Nuevo Amanecer" del "Centro Comunitario San Juan Diego" de la Iglesia de San Pablo de "El Barrio", East Harlem y Estudiantes de Musica de Casa Mexico.

From B to Z de la guitarra

March 27,2010
From B to Z

A night of original music featuring Brendan Baker, Demian Palombo, and Zach Glass with special guest Ali Shaw.

Atahualpa

March 14,2010
Atahualpa Atahualpa is a new project that was born in New York City in 2009, with the idea of performing argentinean rhythms to continue the expansion of the Latin American and Jazz amalgam.

The group has been playing some of the most interesting and exquisite styles of the Argentinean palette of rhythms such as Chacareras, Zambas, Carnavalitos and Vidalas, among others. This repertoire has been valued not only in its country of origin but also in Europe and Asia because of its musical complexity and profound poetry.

The music chosen has achieved in its evolution an artistic maturity comparable to other musical trends such as Jazz, Tango, Brazilian music, Flamenco, to name a few . The band plays compositions of both traditional and new authors like Atahualpa Yupanqui, Cuchi Leguizamon, Lucho Hoyos, Pepe Nunez, among many others.

This group is composed of four distinguished Argentinian musicians, residents of NYC: Sofia Tosello, on vocals, Ignacio Hernandez, acoustic guitar, Andres Rotmistrovsky, on bass and Franco Pinna, on drums.

For more information you can visit myspace.com/atahualpaband

Afro-Dominican Vodu-Jazz: The Paul Austerlitz Quintet and Jose Duluc

March 6,2010

Afro Dominican Jazz Band The AFRO-DOMINICAN JAZZ PROJECT will present cutting-edge jazz fused with African-based Vodú rhythms of the Dominican Republic and featuring the PAUL AUSTERLITZ QUINTET with guest drummer, dancer, and singer JOSÉ DULUC.

While Afro-Cuban music has a long history in the United States and merengue is widely enjoyed around the world, Afro-Dominican Vodú rhythms such as PALOS are rarely heard. These concerts present African-based musical treasures from the Dominican Republic in seamless fusion with the classic African American music we call jazz. The Afro-Dominican Jazz Project ignites infectious MERENGUE and PALOS rhythms, inspiring you to move your body, while freely improvised jazz incites dancing in your head.

An ethnomusicologist (or researcher of world music) as well as musician, Dr. Paul Austerlitz has played and studied Dominican music since the 1980s. This concert presents music from Austerlitz's CD Journey (on Innova Records), which incorporate Dominican and other world rhythms; V. Conte writes that the CD includes the first recorded example of fusion between jazz and palo, a common rhythm found in the Dominican Republic." As an instrumentalist, Austerlitz distinguishes himself as a master of the bass clarinet: Dave Liebman notes that he "has a unique voice on one of the more rarely played jazz instruments" and "conveys his own personality through the horn." Austerlitz's books are also acclaimed: Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity (Temple University Press) is a classic in its field, and Jazz Consciousness (Wesleyan University Press) was awarded prizes by the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Dr. Austerlitz teaches at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. Jose DulucSince the 1980s, visionary, song-writer, drummer, dancer, and singer José Duluc has championed pride in the African origins of Dominican culture and produced hits of Afro-Dominican roots music such as "La ciguapa" (which went platinum) and "Carnaval para a gozar" (a carnival theme song). A long-time collaborator with Paul Austerlitz, he will contribute his skills as a dancer and singer as well as drummer to the Afro-Dominican Jazz Project.

The tour also features a stellar line-up of players including drummer Babatunde Lea (formerly with McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, and others), pianist Richard Johnson (currently with Wynton Marsalis), bassist Eric Wheeler (formerly with Roy Hargrove and Jimmy Heath), and percussionist Guillermo Cárdenas (formerly with many top Dominican bands including Super Uba).

Photos by Giovanni Savino and Jose Duluc.

Sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and Gettysburg College.

Fati & Charles

February 27, 2010
Fati and Charles If you've never heard a salsa song about a rag doll, or a cumbia about getting ready to go to bed, come see Fati & Charles at El Taller! Fati & Charles are Brooklyn parents who were inspired by their children's love of music and dance to start a sing-along in Spanish that has grown into a CD called, El Baile del Sombrero. The dances, hats, puppets and sponges in the show will get families moving and laughing together! Come join the fun!

Visit www.abbasubi.com to hear songs from the CD, watch videos, and learn more about Fati & Charles.
Si nunca habían escuchado una salsa sobre un muñeco de trapo, o una cumbia sobre prepararse para ir a dormir, vengan a ver a Fati & Charles el Sábado, 27 de febrero a las 11:00 am en El Taller Latino Americano. Fati & Charles son padres de Brooklyn que, inspirados por el amor de sus hijos a la música y el baile, empezaron a cantar canciones en español para otras familias. Esas canciones se transformaron en un CD que se llama El Baile del Sombrero. Los bailes, sombreros, títeres y esponjas del show van a hacer mover y divertir a grandes y chicos. Vengan a disfrutar con nosotros. ¡Los esperamos!

Visiten www.abbasubi.com para escuchar las canciones del CD, ver videos, y aprender más acerca de Fati & Charles.


Show Your Love!

February 11, 2010
Fundraiser This Valentine's Day, you're invited to "show your love for El Taller"!

ValentinesJoin us for an evening which will begin with a salsa class - no partner necessary! - taught by El Taller's dance instructor Garry Portugal. The class will be followed by a performance featuring a group of salsa dancers.

Get your portrait taken with your "sweetheart" by a professional photographer. Enjoy wine, hors de'vours, music and a chance to win "lovely" raffle prizes.

All proceeds will benefit El Taller programs.


Quique Sinesi

February 7, 2010
Quique Sinesi QUIQUE SINESI is returning to El Taller. Be sure not to miss this very special event.

Born in Argentina, Quique Sinesi's distinctive music is a mix of elements that includes Argentinean Folklore, Tango, Jazz, Classical and contemporary sounds. His compositions have been edited in France (Lemoine), Japan (Gendai), Belgium (Ediciones Latinoamericanas) and Argentina (Riccordi). He made several recordings and International "Solo" tours with different projects. He founded with Matias Gonzalez and Horacio Lopez the trio "Alfombra Magica". He has recorded the Concerto for Guitar, Bandoneon and Orchestra by Astor Piazzolla with the "Deutschland Radio Berlin Symphony orchestra" in Germany. He played with very important musicians from Argentina and Europe such as: Dino Saluzzi, Pablo Ziegler with whom he won a Latin Grammy in 2005, Marcelo Miguilevsky; Carlos Aguirre, Juan Falu, Charlie Mariano and Markus Stockhausen among many others.

Check out El Taller's YouTube channel to see one of Quique's previous concerts at El Taller.

Haiti Fundraiser

February 5, 2010
Haiti Even with the outpouring of support from around the world, getting access to aid remains a hurdle for thousands of Haitian families affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti. The next major step in the relief efforts is to help sustain these families with their most basic daily needs.

Please join us at El Taller on Thursday February 5th at 7pm for for a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Haiti and the Haitian people. Musical performances will be give by Tiga Jean Baptiste, a world renowned Haitian musician, who has performed with numerous musicians, including Wyclef Jean. Film screenings will include Welcome to Batey 6 by Haitian-American director Emmanuel Alexandre depicting the lives of impoverished Haitians working in sugar cane fields in Haiti and Birth of the Sun by director Thomas W. Campbell about the namesake of El Taller's gallery, Grady Alexis, a Haitian immigrant.

All funds collected from this event will go to Lemonaid For Haiti (www.lemonaidforhaiti.com) which is a grassroots effort based out of Brooklyn that helps to support The Caribbean Grace Children's feeding Program in Port au Prince.

La Americana

January 21, 2010
La Americana Join us for the screening of La Americana and a post-Q&A session with the director.

La Americana is an intimate documentary following an undocumented immigrant's journey from Bolivia to New York City and back, as she struggles to save the life of her ailing daughter. Filmed across three countries in a captivating cinematic narrative, La Americana is Carmen's story, and the story of millions of illegal immigrants who make the difficult decision to leave their families behind to pursue the elusive American dream. La Americana shows how immigration policy affects families on both sides of the border, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue. La Americana is being used as the centerpiece for a nationwide campaign to engage and inspire audiences to dialogue about immigrants' rights and immigration reform.

When nine-year-old Carla suffers a life-threatening accident, her mother, Carmen, must leave her behind and make the dangerous and illegal journey from Bolivia to the U.S., where she hopes to earn enough to save her daughter's life. Working in New York to support Carla's medical needs, Carmen struggles in vain to legalize her immigration status, and wrestles with the prospect of never seeing her daughter again. Then, after six years of separation, Congress proposes "amnesty" legislation that could allow Carmen and Carla to be reunited at last.

La Americana won seven awards at over 30 film festivals and received funding from the Fledgling Fund and NYSCA for its national audience engagement campaign for immigrant rights.

Producer's Bio:
Nicholas Bruckman is producer and director of La Americana, Nicholas' production credits include Bronx Princess (POV 2009) and "The New Recruits" (PBS 2010). He has directed short documentaries on topics ranging from the conflict in Kashmir to high-school revolutionaries in the U.S. Nicholas works as a producer for Ironbound Films, and directs corporate documentary projects around the world for Fortune 100 and nonprofit clients.

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