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Past Events at El Taller: 2011




FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents TANGOLANDO Featuring Sofia Tosello & Yuri Juárez

December 16 2011
Tosello and Juarez Sofia Tosello together with Peruvian guitarist Yuri Juárez present a preview of their latest project called Tangolando including a variety of Latin American songs.

Tangolando is a journey made of sounds and shapes, from the River Plate to the Afro and Creole rhythms of the Peruvian Coast, a new and refreshing fusion that connects musical styles such as tango, milonga, lando, festejo, waltz all in one unique and innovative sound. The penetrating passion of the tango siding with the naughtiness of a milonga through the joyous festejo, with sounds of Peruvian cajón and bandoneon: the result is this production, born from the 21st century's new musical conscience and its need to integrate, also called "the fusion". The repertoire includes tango classics filtered through Peruvian rhythms, songs like Cambalache, Vuelvo al Sur, Naranjo en Flor, Nostalgias, Volver, Milonga Sentimental, that are treated with finesse and a stylistic intent, on the technique as well as the interpretation.

Originally from Argentina, Sofa Tosello's music is rooted in the variety of Latin American cancion traditions, including tango, chacarera, bolero filin, son, zamba, and bossa nova. Tosello prefers to see herself as a border-crosser, not bound by the logic of genre. Christopher Loundon, writing in Jazz Times, notes "The purity of Tosello's voice is matched by the vibrancy of her emotional palette and inventiveness of her cross-cultural technique. The next wave in Latin American Jazz may well begin with Tosello".

Yuri Juárez is a guitarist, arranger and composer from Lima, specializing in Afro-Peruvian music, folk and fusion. Yuri has shared the stage and recorded with the likes of Eva Ayllón, Susana Baca, Chaqueta Piaggio Ebelin Ortiz, Pilar de la Hoz, iconic Peruvian composers such as Kiri Escobar and Javier Lazo, and trail blazing bands including the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Novalima, Teatro del Milenio and Sin Líneas en el Mapa. In 2008 Yuri releases his first album, Afroperuano, which achieves great success in domestic and international criticism and in 2009 receives the Latin Jazz Corner Awards in the categories of Best Afro-Peruvian Jazz Album and Best Latin Jazz Guitarist debut.

For more information about Sofia Tosello and to listen to samples of her music, please visit her website at www.sofiatosello.com

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Voicing

December 3 2011
This concert is the culminating process of three months of work with voice students. They will be presenting songs from the jazz, Latin American repertoire --traditional and new bossa nova, landó, Peruvian vals, bolero-- music from Cape Verde like the morna, as well as collective improvisations.

Vocals: Katheryn Ojeda, Ivette Oliveras, Nineth Pinzón, Gina Rae Foster
Sabrina Lastman - voice teacher
Pedro Rodriguez - guitar


Sabrina Lastman is a vocalist, composer and educator born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Drawing from jazz, Latin American and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, Sabrina concentrates her work on jazz projects, and the creation of interdisciplinary performances combining voice, sound, electronics, movement, and visuals. Sabrina has performed at Carnegie Hall, Classical Guitar Association of NY, Blues Alley Jazz, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Juilliard, CUNY, Yale University and NYU, among others. She has played with musicians such as Fernando Otero, Meredith Monk, Bakithi Kumalo, Tali Roth, Pablo Aslan, Emilio Solla, Pedro Giraudo, David Silliman, The M6, Alexander Norris and Meg Okura. Her album "The Folds of the Soul" was nominated by the Graffiti Award 2008 as one of the best jazz albums of the year. She was awarded grants by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) & New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She has taught at the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), IATI Theater, Middlebury College, Portland Arts & Technology School, Movement Research, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), Actors Movement Studio, Teatro La Tea, Art for Change, Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, and privately at her own studio. She's the co-director of "Vital Vox", a vocal festival exploring the myriad power of the human voice across a multitude of genres by vocal artists creating and performing their own original work. She has toured internationally playing in many musical and interdisciplinary projects from Tango to New Music. Sabrina graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance in Israel, and is also a Feldenkrais Method ATM Teacher. Her next album "The Candombe Jazz Sessions" will be released in March 2012 with ZOHO Music. www.sabrina-lastman.com

Pedro Rodriguez is a talented musician, guitarist whose stylistic versatility expands into the areas of performing, arranging and composition. During his years as a student at William Paterson University he had the opportunity to learn from and perform with master musicians in the field of Jazz, such as Gene Bertoncini, Cecil Bridgewater, David Demsey, Armen Donelian, Steve LaSpina, Jim McNeely, Paul Meyers, Rich de Rosa, Rufus Reid , Mulgrew Miller, Stanley Turrentine, among many others. His arranging skills have also been in the service for Randy Brecker & The William Paterson University Big Band, The Dead Man Trio, La Banda Del Capitan Corneta, Los Titulares, Midtown Direct Quintet and William Paterson University Jazz Ensembles. Pedro has also been commissioned to write music for film and theater: Dos Hermanos by Alberto Fuguet (2000), En tu casa a las ocho by Christine Lucas (1995), Buick becomes Elektra or the Torrid Zone(2010) directed by Edward Matthews, La casa de Bernarda Alba directed by Martin Rodriguez (2011) awarded by Funds for the Arts in Chile (Fondart), and La Inquisicion directed by Natalia Cuellar (1999). As part of his performing career, recording has been registered in albums such as Bipolar by Los Titulares(2003), Dead Man Plays Dead Man by the Dead Man Trio (2006), Hot Jazz with Roberto Lecaros Quartet (1994), and Perros Dias by la Banda del Capitan Corneta (1994). Pedro has also achieved enormous teaching experience working extensively as a music teacher in Santiago de Chile teaching at PROJAZZ Music School (1998-2000) and the ARCIS University (2000-2003). His teaching subjects were guitar, ensemble workshops, music theory, guitar workshops, arranging, and ear training, among others. His successful achievements of this learning experience will also be presented as a future publication 'Writing and arranging for the guitar' sponsored by eminent figures in the field of both guitar and arranging.

Pupa Santiago: Boricua Guitar Power

November 18 2011
Pupa Santiago Boricua Guitar Power is Pupa's vision for Puerto Rican musicians: they can create and play in many styles of music, even though Puerto Ricans are known for their Salsa and Latin music. There are many musicians that go beyond the norm and are very talented in many other forms of music from Jibaro, African, Jazz, Blues, Samba, Merengue, Metal, Hard Rock, Soul, Funk, World Music and many others.

Put on your ears and join Pupa as he and his group bring it home in a very eclectic way.




FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents M2Duo

December 2 2011
m2Duo Though violinist Machiko Ozawa and pianist Makia Matsumura first began performing together at Cafe Mozart on the Upper West Side in 2001, it was their unique and passionate interpretation of Piazzolla at the East Village venue La MaMa in 2005 that marked the birth of M2Duo. Since then the pair has performed throughout the City and beyond while expanding its repertoire to include original interpretations, whether mixing tap dancing with violin or by reinventing 70's Japanese pop as tango.

Both musicians are Julliard-trained and accomplished in their respective fields: Ozawa is a much sought-after tango violinist; Matsumura is one of the youngest pianists to regularly contribute improvised scores to classic silent films.

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.






Venezuelans in NYC Festival:Featuring Juancho Herrera Jazz Trio & Ensemble a Contratiempo


November 12 2011
Venezuelan NYC Festival El Taller is thrilled to once again collaborate with festival organizers to present the 2nd Annual Venezuelans in NYC Festival featuring the Juancho Herrera Jazz Trio and Ensemble a Contratiempo. For more information about the festival, please visit their website at www.venezuelansnycfestival.com

Juancho Herrera started his musical journey with the influence of traditional Venezuelan music. He enrolled at Ars Nova School of Music in Caracas and later moved to the U.S. in 1993 to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music, were he received a scholarship as a guitarist. He has recorded several CDs as band leader and sideman, and has performed in prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Centro Cultural La Estancia in Caracas and Carnegie Hall in New York. Juancho has collaborated and performed with several artists including: Grammy Award winner Lila Downs (Mexico), Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Marta Gomez (Colombia), The Chieftains (Ireland), Tony Award winning vocalist Tsidii Le Loka (South Africa), guitarist Aquiles Báez (Venezuela), Joe Vasconcellos (Chile), salsa icon Johnny Pacheco among many others. Juancho Herrera will perform with his jazz trio, alongside Ben Zwerin and Yayo Serka. For more information about Juancho Herrera, please visit his website at www.juanchoherrera.com.

Ensemble a Contratiempo was born from a fusion of musical traditions including Bossa Nova, Jazz and traditional Venezuelan rhythms. The Ensemble, compromised of Angel Tolosa Moreno (harp), Luis Tolosa (cuatro venezolano), Ezequiel Lopez (electric bass) and Cesar Alberto Gonzalez Cisnero (percussion), has performed throughout Venezuela, in the International Folklore Festival in Mexico, and at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California. www.ensambleacontratiempo.com

FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents "Como Los Viejos Tiempos" featuring Abram Alberto & Alexandra Castaño

November 11 2011
Alexandra Castano and Abram Alberto "Como Los Viejos Tiempos", featuring guitarist Abram Alberto and vocalist Alexandra Castaño, presenting a beautiful collection of boleros and folkloric songs about love from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico. From the popular "Sabor a Mi", "Vereda Tropical" and "Flor de Azalea" and hidden gems like "Besame Morenita" and "Amor Se Escribe con Llanto".

ABOUT ALEXANDRA CASTAÑO & ABRAM ALBERTO
While studying Communications and Journalism at the Universidad Pontificia Boliviriana in Medellin, Alexandra decided to join the choir Ensemble Vocal UPB, where she followed her childhood passion for music.

In Ensemble Vocal, she had the opportunity to participate in many choral festivals throughout the world in Europe (Pais Vasco and Cataluña in Spain), Paris, France and Argentina. She continued her vocal training in the Opera program of the Universidad Antioquia, where she studied for two years. During this time, she performed as part a renaissance music duo with Colombian guitarist, Donaldo Diez. Alexandra moved to the United States in 2005 to pursue a career in journalism and follow her passion for music. Under the study of accordionist Guillermo Vaismann (Choral Director of the Choir of the United Nations) and guitarist Abram Alberto, Alexandra has developed a beautiful repertoire of tangos, boleros and other popular songs.

Abram Alberto (a.k.a. "El Llanero") is a Venezuelan singer, guitarist and cuatro player. Though much of his repertoire features traditional boleros and folkloric music from the Venezuelan llanos, Abram has also taken the works of famous Latin American writers such as Pablo Neruda and Luis Llorens Torres and set them to his own original compositions.

Abram was also featured as part of El Taller's 2007 Famosos Desconocidos concert series, supported by the New York State Music Fund. The series presented the works of famous but hidden talents of New York based musicians including Dan Zanes, Marta Gomez and David Soldier. In 2010, Bernardo Palombo and El Taller produced Abram Alberto's first album entitled Luna y Lucero

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Quique Sinesi: Virtuoso Guitarist from Argentina

October 9 2011
Cecilia Zabala El Taller is thrilled to welcome back Latin Grammy award-winning virtuoso guitarist and composer Quique Sinesi.

Born in Argentina, Sinesi's distinctive music is a mix of elements that includes Argentinean Folklore, Tango, Jazz, Classical and contemporary sounds.

Sinesi recorded the Concerto for guitar, Bandoneon and orchestra by Astor Piazzolla with the Deutschland Radio Berlin Symphony Orchestra in Germany. Among his other more than 40 recordings are the recently released Cuchichiando and Cuentos de un Pueblo Escondido. He has toured extensively and his compositions have been edited in France (Lemoine), Japan (Gendai), Belgium (Ediciones Latinoamericanas) and Argentina (Riccordi).

In addition to his solo career, Sinesi founded the trio "Alfombra Magica" with Matias Gonzalez and Horacio Lopez, and has had the honor to play with Dino Saluzzi, Pablo Ziegler (with whom he won a Latin Grammy in 2005), Marcelo Miguilevsky; Carlos Aguirre, Juan Falú, Charlie Mariano and Markus Stockhausen among many others.

For more information about Quique Sinesi and to listen to samples of his music, please visit his website at www.quiquesinesi.com/

A special thanks to the Consulate General of Argentina for their support of this concert.


Peter Lerner

October 7 2011
Peter Lerner Join us for a highly evocative evening showcasing a blend of original compositions and Jazz standards with guitarist Peter Lerner.

Peter Lerner is "one of Chicago's finest guitarists, a player with great technique and an equal amount of taste, soul and versatility" so says Chicago Tribune's METROMIX.

From his home base in Chicago, guitarist Peter Lerner brings his formidable talents as a performer and composer to New York City, with a stellar lineup of world class musicians including trumpeter Shunzo Ohno and tenor sax/flautist Jun Myake.





Domingos Colombianos: Vaqueros y Campesinos

September 25 2011
Cecilia Zabala The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Folk Colombia Música y Danza present their ongoing series of family-friendly programs entitled: Domingos Colombianos. Vaqueros y Campesinos will explore Colombia's Andes and plains traditions with performances, workshops, games for children, film, and a demonstration and tasting of regional foods.

Performances by Daniel Fetecua-Soto, Anna Amadie, Johanna Castañada, Andres Garcia, Alejandro Florez, Sebastian Cruz, Vidal Guzman and more!


FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents Oh, What a Neighborhood!: Original Compositions by Orfeo Duo

September 24 2011
Cecilia Zabala Join us for a family-friendly matinee as part of Ofreo Duo's Oh, What a Neighborhood!, a series of concerts and composition workshops celebrating Morningside Heights and West Harlem through music by local composers past, present, and just beginning. The performance will feature original compositions by Vita and Ishmael Wallace, Jerome Kern, Demian Palombo, and neighborhood children.

The Orfeo Duo, comprised of brother and sister Ishmael Wallace and Vita Wallace, are known for their close rapport with each other and their power of communication in performance, encouraging and inspiring audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Their repertoire includes daring and fresh interpretations of Beethoven and Schumann sonatas for violin and piano, but they are equally at home singing and playing the accordion and enjoy exploring many styles of music.

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick with Bernardo & Demian Palombo

September 23 2011
Cecilia Zabala Join us a coming together of two father and son duos - Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick with special guests Bernardo and Demian Palombo, plus Latin percussionist Gene Golden. The night will feature a repertoire of songs from folk music legends from North and South America such as Mercedes Sosa's "Cancion con Todos" and Woody Guthrie's "Deportee", in addition to original compositions by each of the performers.

Mike and Aleksi Glick have joined forces as "Generations", a father/son guitar and songwriting duo. Both bring unique talents to this new mix. Mike toured the USA, Europe and Asia winning fans and praise from The New York Times' Robert Palmer who wrote, "Their material has the sound and rhythms of Brazilian... and Afro-Cuban music (and) is more rousing and musically substantive than the music of city folk singers of previous generations.

For more information about Mike Glick and "Generations" and to listen to samples of their music, please visit their website at www.generations-music.com/

Born in Mendoza, Bernardo Palombo achieved his first musical success at the age of seventeen when his song "Vendimiador" was recorded by the legendary Argentinean vocal group, Los Trovadores. He moved to New York City in 1969 and continued to write songs that have been recorded by some of the best-known exponents of Latin music in New York and Nueva Canción in South America including Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass and Lucecita Benitez.

Guitarist, songwriter, and teacher Demian Palombo incorporates many music influences to create an eccentric and eclectic style of music that is authentically unique. Demian studied traditional fingerstyle blues guitar with Woody Mann and fingerboard harmony with Howard Morgan at Mannes College The New School and Hunter College. He has also had the honor to work with numerous notable musicians including Dan Zanes, Quique Sinesi and Rosalia Roio.

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Amanecer: A Celebration of Mexican Independence

September 17 2011
Nuevo Amanecer Casa Mexico and El Taller come together to celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a special presentation by Nuevo Amanecer. The group will present the regional dances of the Mexican states of Zacatecas and Veracruz.






FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents Michael Ross: Sidewalks

September 16 2011
Michael Ross Michael Ross performs the music from his album, Sidewalks.

Raised by Broadway parents, Michael Ross grew up in song-crazy New York, instilling a desire to reach the biggest, most intimate musical moments possible. In SIDEWALKS, Michael Ross' bittersweet moments come from his sincere lyricism with a resonating ukulele and Edgar Castellan's percussion.

'Michael Ross brilliantly employs piano, guitar and baritone ukulele on his debut solo outing. His songs are intimate without being cloying, and the vibrant arrangements never fall into the mundane singer/songwriter pattern.'
-Barb Wire, WLUW Chicago

For more information see www.michaelrossmusic.net

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Art & Argentina NYC: A Night to benefit Finding Mabel

September 10 2011
Finding Mabel El Taller is pleased to present an evening of music, food, and art to benefit Eileen Reardon's upcoming documentary film Finding Mabel.

Following a brief screening of the film in progress, guests will be treated to musical performances by El Taller's own Bernardo Palombo, Andrea Enriquez and chantel cherise lucier. Food, courtesy of event sponsor Trader Joe's, and wine will also be provided. Support this great cause by bidding on silent auction items including fantastic original art and photography by NYC and L.A artists, dinner at Perilla NYC, reflexology sessions by Angel Feet, Alexander technique, voice, and dance lessons, jewelry by Stella & Dot, and much much more!

About the Film
In Finding Mabel, an American woman journeys to her parents' homeland of Argentina to piece together the story of her namesake, Mabel Damora. Through interviews and investigations, she learns about Mabel and contextualizes the dark years in Argentina's history that tragically claimed her life and 30,000 desaparecidos like her. With little more than a tattered black and white photograph and some her parents' memories, the jigsaw-like mystery of Mabel's disappearance begins to take shape. But what will she find along the way?

Cascada de Flores Trio

June 30 2011
Cascada de Flores El Taller is pleased to welcome back Cascada de Flores, who first performed at El Taller Latino Americano at the "Crossover Tango" concert in November 2010.

In the spirit of the gorgeous melodic-poetic tendencies of Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican troubadours of yesteryear, Cascada de Flores captures song, poetry and rhythm from diverse inspirations. With a vocal duet that entices and envelops you and a guitarist that milks his instrument for every possible emotion, this trio serves up a rich plate of bolero to bambuco with a touch of danza and danzón, a pinch of zapateado and seasoned with a crazy mix of traditional string and percussion instruments.

With special guests: Alexander Arcelay on violin, Gene Baker on trumpet, Cynthia Holberg and her luscious voice...

"The voices of Arwen and Sabra intertwine so perfectly, and their phrasing is so exquisite, that often it sounds as if there is a single voice singing two parts at once. Indeed, Jorge's guitar sings directly to your heart."
The Community Music Forum

The Adam Kromelow Trio

June 17 2011
Adam Kromelow Trio The Adam Kromelow Trio is made up of some of the most creative and forward-thinking young jazz musicians in New York City. Unafraid to push boundaries, this jazz band displays an atypical level of versatility by creating a sound that reflects the culmination of their favorite music and art, as well as their own personal experiences. With the ability to switch effortlessly from rocking out to playing at a beautiful whisper, the Adam Kromelow Trio creates music that is powerful, haunting, and unpredictable.

This band has performed at some of New York's most prominent jazz venues such as the The Jazz Gallery and Iridium. Also, members have performed at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Jazz Showcase, and the 2008 GRAMMY awards. The Adam Kromelow Trio is currently working on their first CD, Upgrade, which will be produced by GRAMMY-award-winning jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, and is scheduled for release in the Summer of 2011.

For more information, check out their web site at www.adamkromelow.com/.

Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick with special guest: Gene Golden

June 11 2011
Mike and Alexsi Glick Mike and Aleksi feel very privileged to be working with Gene Golden, a world class percussionist who has performed with such music legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz and others.

This is a second time working together for Mike and Gene as Gene was part of Mike's earlier group, The New Song Project.

Juancho Herrera Trio

June 10 2011
Juancho Herrera Trio Juancho Herrera comes to El Taller Latino with his South American urban trio, for an evening of songs from his upcoming CD "Banda".

The repertoire of the group is based on rhythms from South America and the Caribbean, with a touch of jazz reminiscent of the Trova movement with a New York flair. The group features Ben Zwerin on Bass, Franco Pinna on Drums/Percussion and Juancho on Guitar, Cuatro and Vocals.

For more information and Juancho, check out his web sites at www.myspace.com/juanchoherrera and www.juanchoherrera.com

Bluegrass for the Grassroots with special guest: Two Lost Turkeys

June 9 2011
Two Lost Turkeys Enjoy oldtime fiddle music by the "Two Lost Turkeys." Feel good to the music while doing good by supporting the work of Doctors for Global Health and El Taller Latino.

Doctors for Global Health(DGH) is a private, not-for-profit organization promoting health, education, art and other human rights throughout the world.

DGH builds long-term relationships between people and communities around the world to find effective solutions to social justice issues. DGH is unique, focusing on helping to make underserved communities healthy, but in the broadest definition of health possible.

For more information, see their web site at www.dghonline.org/.

The Shul Band

May 21 2011
Shul Band The Shul Band, unique to The Jewish Music scene!

An exploration of culture and tradition. A meeting of Urban and Ancient, Hip and Hazzan. Steeped in Synagogue melody, musical rigor, and an 'over the top' sense of playfulness. An amazing blend of virtuoso folk, klezmer, bluegrass and niggunim into a stew we playfully call: "Jewgrass Music."

The Shul Band is from The Lower East Side of New York City and has grown out of years of playing Jewish liturgy together at The Shul of New York.

Adam Feder, guitar, voice -- Ernesto Villalobos, violin
Matt Snyder, clarinet -- Dave Hertzberg, bass
Seth Ginsberg, mandolin -- Sabrina Lastman, voice
Rebecca Bellingham, voice

Valerie Naranjo and Barry Olsen: Benefit for El Taller

May 1 2011
Cecilia Zabala Valerie Naranjo and Barry Olsen return to El Taller bringing the intricate rhythms of Africa in what promises to be an unforgettable performance.

St. Anne's (of Brooklyn) Gyil Monsters, a second grade gyil ensemble will be opening the concert. Bring your children and be inspired, and rejuvenated.

The gyil is a West African marimba. Its special sound is believed, in its culture, to carry a vibration which restores and maintains health and balance. The wood that forms the gyil's keyboard is gleaned from the former homes of the "kontombe", the spirit keepers of beauty and good. Permission to master the instrument is granted to few. The music is unbelievably complicated, yet tuneful, soulful, danceable,and simple in its essence. The gyil and drums gangaa and kuar's most important functions are to diagnose and treat illness and to transport the soul of a deceased from this world to the next.

Valerie Naranjo has been the house band Percussionist for "Night Live" for over 16 years as well as performing in Broadway's The Lion King, and with The Philip Glass Ensemble. She is a descendent of the Ute Native American Nation and hails from Colorado, where she credits her mother, Pauline for suggesting she study drumming at an early age.

Known for her pioneering efforts in West African keyboard percussion, Valerie studied for 15 years with Maestro Kakraba Lobi (master of the gyil - West African solo marimba) from Ghana, has been featured with him on CNN, and has toured and recorded 4 CDs with him and Barry Olsen.

Barry Olsen began his career in the late 70's playing trombone in New York's Latin dance music scene. He has recorded and performed all over the world including Paul Simon, Tito Puente, David Byrne, Celia Cruz, and Marc Anthony.

Barry is the pianist for the Latin-Jazz group Syotos and is featured on their 5 recordings. On marimba and percussion he is frequently heard in the orchestra of the hit Broadway musical "The Lion King."

Barry starte performing Lobi and Dagara music from northern Ghana in 1988, playing the drums known as kuar and gangaa, which accompany the gyil.

The proceeds from the concert will benefit programming at El Taller Latino Americano.

Christine Larkin & The Robert Anderson Jazz Band

April 30 2011

El Taller is proud to present The Robert Anderson Jazz Band, featuring singer Christine "Skylark" Larkin.

The band began as a workshop in the Harlem residence of bass player and band leader, Robert Anderson, and his wife, pianist Cheryl Anderson. After working with several musicians, they established the current ensemble that also includes Ira Atkins on drums, Desta Walker on saxophone and Kiane Zawadi on trombone. Each musician comes from an eclectic background of expertise and performance and together they display a unique arrangement on jazz standards, as well as some popular favorites.

Although this is the band's debut at El Taller, Ms. Larkin has performed here in the past with other ensembles. She was introduced to El Taller's founder and Artistic Director Bernardo Palombo through her singing with folk legend, Pete Seeger and the New York City Street Singers.

Aquiles Báez

April 24 2011
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.



Gypsy Soul - A Night of Flamenco with Saray Munoz and Pedro Cortes

April 17 2011
Saray Munoz and Pedro Cortes Pedro Cortes, who grew up both here and in Spain, is the outstanding guitarist in this style in the country. Saray Munoz is one of the most admired younger flamenco singers in Spain, where she works with some of the best known dancers (Joaquin Corex, Antonio Canales, Sara Baras).

Both come from a line of Gypsy Flamenco Families. Saray's family are all singers: her mother and aunt were the famous "las Grecas", an astonishing and, in southern Spain, extremely popular Gypsy rock and disco band from the 70's.

Pedro Cortes is a third generation Flamenco Guitarist who grew up under the wing of the great Sabicas, who along with Ramon Montoya, Paco de Lucia and Niño Ricardo is acknowledged as the foundation of the current guitar tradition.


Zack Glass & Rubén "Flaco" González

April 16 2011
Ruben GonzalezAbout Rubén "Flaco" González
Rubén Gonzalez's music is a journey crossing borders between distant places and spaces: South and North America, politics and poetry, pain and humor. His lyrics reflect his world vision, politics, as well as popular stories. The music echoes a vast set of influences from Latin American rhythms and genres, to jazz and rock.

Ruben's music has a "hand made" feeling that can draw audiences into a communal music making experience. His performances are rhythmic, energetic, thoughtful and fun.

He has two CD's out: Foto de mi Aldea (2006) and La Libertad (2010)

About Zack Glass
Zack Glass Growing up in New York's Lower East Side and coming from an artistic family, Zack Glass was exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age. 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 parent's 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.

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. Zack has also had the pleasure to perform with some of today's up and coming stars; Vampire Weekend, The National, and Jazz Trumpeter Mark Rapp. He is in the process of releasing his second album, Southern Skies, an eclectic album infusing many different styles.

Ruben and Zack will be accompanied by: Michael Wimberly (percussion), Don Babatunde Eaton (voice), Michael J. Campbell (percussion), Wally Irizarry (guitar).

What Can I Do?: Film Premier

April 6 2011
What Can I Do A film and happening inspired by the earthquake in Haiti. What Can I Do? uses magical realism to explore themes of power, responsibility, and the ever-shrinking size of our planet.

The evening will include the film premier, Q&A with the director, and town hall forum-style conversation with the audience. Reception with food and music to follow.

Elizabeth Richardson is a senior and Centennial Scholar at Barnard College. She directed What Can I Do? and co-founded Certain Trumpets in response to her experiences studying in the Dominican Republic and working periodically in Haiti post-earthquake.

For more information about the project please visit www.certaintrumpets.com

Gabriel Ríos

April 2 2011
Gabriel Rios El Taller is thrilled to present Gabriel Ríos, an up and coming singer-songwriter from Puerto Rico. Gabriel's music fuses together a wide variety of genres including rock, punk, hip hop, and salsa.

He only recently arrived in New York, after several years of studying, recording and touring in Belgium. For Gabriel, Belgium was a welcoming place. A fleeting five years, he earned a Fine Arts Diploma and a unique place in the local music scene. But finding himself far from home, songs played by his father and grandfather began to visit him in dreams. In a cold attic and with a more than worthy sidekick (Jo Bogaert of Technotronic), he concocted a blend of Puerto Rican rhythms and Belgium surrealism that churned through computers and samplers and became two consecutive albums: Ghostboy and Angelhead.

The European festival scene is an enticing and powerful force. Crowds cheering, brass blowing, people knowing the words to your songs. And let's not forget the good food. Feels like one could stay there forever, but Gabriel started to feel the pull of a smaller, organic, and more intimate set up. Flanked by Kobe Proesmans and Jeff Neve, he hit the theater circuit with a new sound and a new album. His latest, The Dangerous Return is a stripped-down collection of songs featuring piano, percussion, and guitar interwoven with whimsical tales of growing older and of the end of the world as we know it.

And so it was that the need to fly proved irresistible once again. It was only after his arrival in Brooklyn, New York, that he realized with a strange grin on his face that he had forgotten to pack.

For more information about Gabriel Rios, please visit his website at www.gabrielrios.com/ or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gabrielriosofficial

Accompaning Gabriel will be David Freyre (vocals, percussion), Nicky Paul (piano), and Peter Gall (drums).

Colleen Kattau with Barry Kornhauser & Ben de la Garza

March 31 2011
Colleen Kattau Help us welcome "la primavera" with a night of Nueva Canción, folklore, and canciones de protesta by singer-songwriter Colleen Kattau, cellist Barry Kornhauser and guitarist Ben de la Garza. The night will feature original compositions, as well as songs written and performed by artists such as Guardabarranco (Nicaragua), Lila Downs (US/Mexico), Victor Jara (Chile), Mercedes Sosa (Argentina) and Jolie Rickman (US). The songs for the evening are ones of hope and solidarity with all peoples of the Americas and the show will be in the spirit of "peña", with various artists performing together and separately throughout the evening.

Colleen is a vocalist and songwriter in both Spanish and English and a dynamic performer, whose music is "power and beauty steeping in a fine tea." Inspried by everyone from her grandmother to Chilean folksinger Violeta Parra, Kattau's music embodies her belief that "we carry the past with us". She's performed on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now and is a featured artist at SOAWatch vigils.

"A Journey": An Evening of Art Song with Nilko Andreas and Angelica de la Riva

March 27 2011
Cecilia Zabala Classical Guitarist Nilko Andreas and Brazilian Soprano Angelica de la Riva will bring their warm and virtuoso interpretations, to a concert of music for voice and guitar. The program features selections from the renaissance period to contemporary music including works by: F. Schubert, H. Villa-Lobos, G. Faure, F. Garcia Lorca, F. Mendelsonh, M.Giuliani, J. Dowland and J.S. Bach.

Duo's recent performances included concerts at Carnegie hall in NYC as well as concerts in France and Switzerland to a full house and rave reviews.

"Ms. de la Riva has a gorgeous presence, a warm, agile and powerful voice, refinement and posture of a great singer." (Jornal do Brasil)

"Guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin plays with casual charisma and spontaneity that grows irresistible" (Backstage, New York)

For more information about the musicians, please visit www.nilkoandreas.com -- www.angelicadelariva.com

Esa Llovizna Azul

March 26 2011
Rebecca Salazar There are few individuals who can carry on the legacy of Mercedes Sosa. Rebecca Salazar is one of those few.

A versatile singer and musician born to Guatemalan immigrants and raised in New York, Rebecca Salazar's powerful voice has the ability to carry everything from tangos to rancheras, to folk and opera, and is inspired by singers from Ella Fitzgerald to Celia Cruz. The night's repertoire will include songs made popular by the greats of Latin America, but will also bring to life a selection rare and little known songs such as Carlos Barocela's "Lluvia", from which the concert takes its title.

Rebecca Salazar will be accompanied by Nilko Andreas (guitar), Juan Barrera (percussion), Guillermo Cardenas (percussion), Barry Kornhauser (cello), Guillermo Vaisman (accordion), and Bernardo Palombo (voice and guitar).

For more information about Rebecca Salazar and to listen to samples of her music, please visit her website at http://www.rebeccasalazar.net.


One Soul Fellowship

March 25 2011
One Soul Fellowship Founded in 2005, One Soul Fellowship (OSF) is a multi-ethnic jazz group comprised of local musicians Haengsoo Seol, Franco Pinna, Art Hirahara, and Xavier Perez which provides free jazz concerts to underprivileged in East Harlem.

In 2006, OSF was formally established as a non-profit arts organization with the mission to provide artistic services in both New York City and around the world. With the concept of "Susceptible Art", OSF is committed to fostering emotional relief through art appreciation and creative expression. OSF's music is unique, combining traditional jazz with hip-hop and classical music.

For more information about One Soul Fellowship, please visit their website at www.osfnyc.org

Threepenny University Jam Session

Thursday March 17 2011
Eric Darton and 3 Penny University Beginning in September 2010, El Taller formed a collaboration with Spanish students Eric Darton and Katie Kehrig to create Threepenny University - a new educational collective where "Everybody teaches, everybody learns". The collective faculty/ students of Threepenny University have been meeting on a monthly basis to develop a pedogogy and curriculum while also brainstorming ideas for events, courses and fieldtrips all with this mission of community learning in mind.

About the project, Darton says "...what we have come to think of as education may be recast as something more than the refinement of various fields of cognition and the production of experts in those fields. The opportunity now exists for education to be broadened, and deepened, into a process of actively seeking and constructing new systems of survival." The relational nature of Threepenny University allows for all who engage to participate as faculty in the constantly unfolding, ever-transforming process.

With that, El Taller and Threepenny University open to the community for a special jam session led by guitarists Victor Weiss and Demian Palombo.

Says Victor: "I've often thought about the fact that when musicians play together, there are those kinds of moments, when you can just listen to the music as a whole, when something special is created, when egos disappear. Maybe there's an art to playing with other people, maybe it's the art of listening. Maybe this can't, or shouldn't be over analyzed with words, maybe just learned by experience, by just playing with others."

Bring your own instruments if you have them, or we'll provide hand percussion.

Please RSVP, affirmations only, to Eric Darton at edarton@earthlink.net by Monday, March 14. For further information on this event or other Threepenny University programs, please feel free to email Eric Darton directly.

"La Peña for Victor"

March 12 2011
Victor Jara In these times of cruelty and savagery, it is of utmost importance that we always work to "ensayar la alegría y el canto". Victor Jara, the voice of the Chilean people, dedicated his life to that mission. Shortly after the President Salvador Allende was overthrown in September 1973, Victor Jara was taken prisoner, tortured and brought to an untimely and unwarranted death by machine gun fire for refusing to stop singing. Both in life and after his death, Victor became a symbol of the fight against the perpetual struggle for human rights throughout Latin America. For us, his life is a reminder that we, too, should never stop singing for harmony, love and social justice.

And so, on March 12 at 8PM, El Taller Latino Americano, along with filmmakers John Travers and John Summa, celebrate the life and music of this folk legend with a "peña", a musical gathering. "Peñas" were made popular in the 1960's by folk musicians like Jara and Violeta Parra in Chile, while at the same time Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie were holding their own American folk music "hootenannies" at clubs like New York's The Bitter End. We invite you to join us to sing the songs of Victor in celebration of his life and his music. Travers and Summa will also be showing clips from their upcoming documentary film "The Resurrection of Victor Jara".

For those musicians and/or singers who are interested in performing one of Victor Jara's songs, please R.S.V.P to us via e-mail at info@tallerlatino.org no later than Monday March 7.


Cecilia Zabala

February 19 2011
Cecilia Zabala El Taller is pleased to welcome back Argentine guitarist and vocalist, Cecilia Zabala, who was featured in the "Otoño Porteño: The New Generation of Argentine Music" concert series last fall.

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Cecilia Zabala has been wowing the world stage with her incredible and awe-inspiring performances. Cecilia's approach combines creativity and experimentation using both guitar and voice, through a unique mix of classical technique and sheer intuition. Her music crosses a wide array of musical styles including traditional Argentinean folklore, jazz, tango, and more.

While on tour here in the US, Cecilia met musicians Don Davis and Joe Deleault and the connection was immediate. Together, the trio has combined South American rhythms with the spontaneity of North American Jazz, which has led to an unforgettable collaboration.

Performances by:
Cecilia Zabala - guitar and vocals
Joe Deleault - piano, bodhran, accordion
Don Davis - alto sax, bass clarinet, shakuhachi, percussion

For more information about the musicians, please visit www.ceciliazabala.com.ar -- www.joedeleault.com -- www.myspace.com/davisanddeleault

Jerry Palacino

February 11 2011
Jerry Palacino Most Upper West Side residents probably know Jerry Palacino better as a local building supervisor, but he is also a gifted musician and composer. His music fuses together blues, classic rock, and folk music to create his own unique sound.

Jerry and his friends will perform live, as a special musical tribute dedicated to Jerry's beloved dog, Congo, who recently passed away.
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