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Past Events at El Taller: 2012




The People's Theatre Presents -- "What Happens Here/Lo Que Pasa Aqui"

Monday, November 19
An interactive and bilingual theatrical event about housing rights and discrimination in our communities.

Una obra teatral, bilingue e interactiva, sobre los derechos de vivienda y problemas de discriminación que existen en nuestras comunidades.

Conceived, written and performed by the Uptown Action community actors: Mary Anderson, Maria Aristy, Carmen Barbosa, Bob Braswell, Lyana Fernandez, Ruben Gonzalez, Brittany Maldonado, Mariel Pla, Yaqui Ramos, Carla Robles, Esdras Santana, Kaarli Tasso and Naomy Taveras Facilitated by: Mino Lora and Oscar Trujillo.


Formers and Performers presents: Michael Howell

Friday, October 26
Michael Howell Formers and Performers presents Michael Howell who will perform original compositions.

Michael's compositions have been recorded and performed by jazz masters. He has recorded three solo albums: "Alone" on Catalyst Records, "Looking Glass", and "In The Silence" on Milestone Records. In addition, he recorded "Fire Up" with Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, "Bahaina" with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and "Bahia" and "Racanteur" with Dizzy Gillespie.



Formers and Performers presents: Williamsburg does Broadway!

Friday October 5

Battle of the Camel A product of the musical effervescence and the ethnic diversity of Wlliamsburg (Brooklyn), Battle of the Camel is a trio (of sometimes 4) that escapes any label. In their own words: "Battle of the Camel" is a Brooklyn-based, post-punk band comprised of Pasquale Cangiano, Leila Darabi and Nicholas Watson on vocals, guitar, bass and drums with the occasional trumpet interjection.

For more information visit their website www.battleofthecamel.com

Mario Casartelli: LATIDOAMÉRICA

Thursday, October 4
Mario Casartelli From Paraguay a performance by Paraguayan singer Mario Casartelli with his repertoire of political and traditional Paraguayan songs. The life of Mario Casartelli is dedicated to graphic journalism, literature and music. He will be presenting his album, Algo tenemos que hacer.

Recital del cantautor paraguayo Mario Casartelli con música de su autoría y del cancionero tradicional lationoamericano. La vida de Mario Casartelli está consagrada al periodismo gráfico, a la literatura y a la música. Presentation of his album Algo tenemos que hacer.


Humberto Flores

Friday September 28
Humberto Flores PAAX closing the successful series "Young Classical Masters"

HUMBERTO FLORES, El Terceto Paax esta integrado por los músicos mexicanos Jorge Caballero, Miguel Angel Ramirez y Humberto Flores. Desde su fundación en el año 2009, el Terceto de Guitarras Paax contribuye con el rescate y difusión a nivel nacional e internacional, del arte musical mexicano y latinoamericano compuesto, adaptado y arreglado para la guitarra.

This concert by Paax is the last one of the series Classical Masters succesfully curated by Humberto Flores


Karl Berger

Thursday September 20
October 18
December 13

Karl Berger 4 Thursdays for Improvisers and reduced audiences.

The Music Legend comes Uptown! The Taller is honored to welcome Karl Berger following a critically-acclaimed run at The Jazz Gallery, and before that at the Stone.

Karl Berger's Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn and percussion soloists continues to turn improvisational ideas developed in the 7:30 pm workshop/rehearsal into a fully formed 9:00 pm performance. Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound.

Conducted in his inimitable style and developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions and compositions written by legendary improvisers such as Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman, as well as musical ideas that arise spontaneously. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's uncanny vocalization and poetry.

Due to the number of musicians these 4 events require an RSVP and only 40 persons will be seated


Independence Day with Casa Mexico

Saturday September 15
Casa Mexico

Casa Mexico celebrates with Nuevo Amanecer a folkloric dance group ,food and friends. The guitar school will present some of its younger students playing traditional Latin American songs.

Especially recommended to Spanish students.


Formers and Performers presents: Torsten de Winkel

Friday September 14
Torsten de Winkel Formers and Performers presents German-born guitarist Torsten de Winkel,former member of the Pat Metheny Group and founder of the UNESCO-recommended Bimbache openART initiative and festival, platforms for the collaboration of artists and thinkers from diverse backgrounds and traditions.

He will presents an evening of encounters, teaching, discussion and a concert of his European trio.

At 8:30pm will be a Master Class on The Language of Rhythmic Interaction for All Secrets of Rhythmic Communication: motif development, shifting of accents in the style of Herbie Hancock, the South Indian tradition

Followed at 9:30pm by a performance by TORSTEN DE WINKEL EUROPEAN TRIO with PHIL DONKIN (London) - TOBIAS BACKHAUS (Berlin) and surprise guests from Spain and Latin America.


Roberto Fernandez Iglesias: Poetry Reading

Friday, August 3
Roberto Fernandez Iglesias Roberto Fernandez Iglesias was born in Panama City on August 27, 1941. He obtained a degree in Philosophy and English from the University of Panama in 1970. He is a retired professor of from the Academy of Letters within the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. Now retired, he was also a full-time professor on the faculty of Political and Social Sciences, UNAM. He was a professor at the School of Writers of Cuernavaca, SOGEM and from the School of Writers of the state of Mexico in Metepec, Mexico DF. His poems have been included in various anthologies, and he has dictated conferences and offered lectures of his artwork in various countries in Latin America. His poems, prose texts, and articles have been published in magazines and newspapers throughout Europe. He is also cited in diverse histories of Hispanic literature. He is the founding director of tunAstral.

Roberto Fernandez Iglesias el poeta mas grande del mundo, aquí con su mujer Margarita Monroy se prepara para visitarnos este viernes 3 de agosto en el Taller. Los anarquistas, los noctámbulos empedernidos, los libres pensadores, los tomadores de ajenjo y abisintia, los irreverentes amantes de la lengua de Quevedo Arreola y Manu Chao, están de parabienes. Nos visita el poeta del "huevito"(ver al final), el que nos aclaró que "lo malo no es Cristo, sino los cristianos" y por supuesto que "lo malo no son las putas, sino los hijos"(de las antedichas).

Uno de los ultimos especímenes de los poetas de la claridad, los que le retorcieron el cuello al cisne del barroco nerudiano y sacaron la poesía a la calle y del coloquio diario. Los poetas "comunicantes" decia Nicanor Parra en un seminario que dio en la universidad de Columbia y en su lista favorita incluía desde el Arcipreste de Hita a Rimbaud, de Giordano Bruno a la Violeta, su hermana. Todos los que se animan a usar la palabra para desafiar y mostrar las mentiras del orden establecido. Cuando Nicanor fue invitado a Panamá, preguntó al llegar por el "poeta del huevito". Desconcierto entre los organizadores... nadie lo habia invitado.

A pesar de haberse codeado con ministros y presidentes, Roberto está acostumbrado a no figurar en listas oficiales. Por eso no vayan a pensar que esto es una invitación oficial, es solamente una sugerencia para el primer viernes de agosto, una incitación lirica a disfrutar de la compañí y las palabras de una de las mentes mas lúcidas y creativas de nuestra generación.

Licores y manjares variados se sumarán al éxtasis poético de la velada.

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra

Thursday July 26
Karl Berger Following a critically-acclaimed run at The Jazz Gallery, and before that at The Stone, Karl Berger's Orchestra of 20 or more professional string, horn, and percussion soloists continues to turn improvisational ideas developed in the 7:30 pm workshop/rehearsal into a fully formed 9:00 pm orchestral performance. Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound.

Conducted in Karl's inimitable style, developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions and compositions written by legendary improvisers such as Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman, as well as musical ideas that arise spontaneously. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's uncanny vocalization and poetry.

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra has a rotating cast of soloists, with a solid core of regulars. Players for this El Taller performance are: Warren Smith, drums, Hollis Headrick, percussion, John Pietaro, percussion, Hill Greene, bass, David Perrott, bass, Harvey Valdes, guitar, John Ehlis, guitar, mandolin, Sylvain Leroux, African flutes, Ken Ya Kawaguchi, shakuhachi flute, Frederika Krier" violin, Sana Nagano, violin, Judith Insell, viola, Tomas Ulrich cello, Brian Groder, trumpet, Thomas Heberer, trumpet, Blaise Siwula, clarinets, Avram Fefer, bass clarinet, David Schnug, alto sax, Welf Dorr, alto sax, Bill Ylitalo, alto flute, baritone sax, Mossa Bildner, vocals, Ingrid Sertso, vocals, poetry, and Karl Berger, keyboards/conducting.

For more information, see http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html

FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra

Tuesday June 12

Karl Berger Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra is moving uptown for its last performance this season at El Taller.

Following a critically-acclaimed run at The Jazz Gallery, and before that at the Stone, Karl Berger's Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists continues to turn improvisational ideas developed in the 7:30 pm workshop/rehearsal into a fully formed 9:00 pm performance. Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound.

Conducted in Karl's inimitable style, developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions and compositions written by legendary improvisers such as Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman, as well as musical ideas that arise spontaneously. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's uncanny vocalization and poetry.

Among the 20+ players in Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra are: Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Warren Smith (drums), Hilliard Greene (bass), Ken Filiano (bass), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, flute), Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Steve Swell, (trombone), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Blaise Siwula (clarinet), and Sylvain Leroux (flute).

Karl BergerThe Creative Music Foundation, Inc was founded by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman as a not-for-profit support for the vision of a world view and common ground of music beyond styles and categories. Out of this vision grew the now legendary Creative Music Studio (CMS). For nearly two decades, the Creative Music Studio was considered to be the premier center for the study of creative music.

All net proceeds support the Creative Music Studio's Archive Project, the preservation and re-mastering of over 400 historic CMS recordings from the 70s and 80s of some of the finest innovators in jazz, improvisation, and world music. The Archive Project is in collaboration with Columbia University.

For more information, see http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html

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

Saturday May 12

This concert is the culminating process of four months of work with voice students. They will be presenting songs from the jazz standards & South American repertoire from Brazil and Argentina in the genres of Samba, Bossa Nova and Zamba, as well as Fado music from Portugal.

Vocals: Nineth Pinzón and Gina Rae Foster
Voice Teacher: Sabrina Lastman
Guitarist: Pedro Rodriguez

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, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Juilliard, and Yale University among others. Her album Her latest album "The Candombe Jazz Sessions" was released in March 2012 with ZOHO Music. www.sabrina-lastman.com

Pedro Rodriguez is a talented guitarist whose stylistic versatility expands into the areas of performing, arranging and composing. 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, and Stanley Turrentine.

Nineth Pinzón studied music education in her native Guatemala and and recently earned her Master's Degree in Arts, Spanish Language and Literature from St. John's University. She has also performed in several choirs singing different music periods and Latin-American folk music. She currently participates and leads the choir at her church, and participated in the Archdiocesan Mass dedicated to "El Cristo de Esquipulas de Guatemala" at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, led by Guatemalan violinist Sergio Reyes.

A poet, theorist, and vocalist, Gina Rae Foster holds a doctorate from the European Graduate School (EGS), Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She is currently the EGS Poet-in-Residence for Media and Communications, the EGS Marina Tsvetaeva Fellow in Poetics, and the 2011-2012 Scholar-in-Residence at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Foster directs the Lehman Teaching & Learning Commons for Lehman College/CUNY. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, heart speech this and Beautiful Laceration, both published by Atropos Press.


Julio Santillán


Saturday April 28
Julio Santillan Julio Santillán will present his original compositions in this rare New York solo appearance. This intimate concert is going to take you in a trip through the sounds and colors of the Argentinean landscape. You will experience folkloric rhythms like chacarera, zamba and huayno as well as music from urban areas like tango and milonga.

"Santillán has an open style of playing. His notes are eloquent and speak intimately to the listener."
All About Jazz (USA)

Julio Santillán is a composer and guitarist, based in Barcelona and originally from Tucumán. His compositions combine elements from the folk music of his homeland, jazz improvisation and classical music. He 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 & Production from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). While in New York (2004-2009), he was a faculty member at Manhattan College.

As a composer/arranger Santillán has produced music for documentary films, theater, recordings and live performances for artists around the world. As a performer he has given concerts and workshops in Argentina, Colombia, Finland, Greece, Canada, Spain, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Germany and the US. Julio Santillán plays solo and leads several ensembles. He and his groups have been featured in prestigious venues and festivals such as "Blue Note Jazz Club" (New York), "Festival Guitarras del Mundo" (Argentina) and "George Enescu Festival" (Romania). He has released six CDs as a leader and over 35 as a sideman. He has published two books with studies for guitar.

For more information, visit his website at juliosantillan.com


SADHANA: Classical Ragas & Talas from India

Thursday, April 26
Paul Livingstone and Hom Nath Upadhyaya Paul Livingstone and Hom Nath Upadhyaya are performing dynamic concerts of Indian raga music this spring across the US, Mexico and Canada. Paul is one of the leading sitarists in America today and a direct disciple of world music icon Pt. Ravi Shankar and master sarodist Pt. Rajeev Taranath. Paul will be accompanied by Hom Nath a master tabla player from Katmandu, Nepal, senior disciple of the legendary Ustad Ahmedjaan Thirakwa among others.

Paul and Hom Nath are releasing a new recording of devotional classical ragas this March called SADHANA and releasing the recording worldwide. The majority of the concerts will feature Palu's sitar solo with Hom Nathji on tabla. In addition there will be a select handful of concerts on the tour featuring Nepali dance by Mamta Upadhyaya and a few special jugalbandi programs with Paul's senior gurubhai Partho Sarathy, one of India's leading sarodists from Kolkata.

Here are videos from a concert at California Institute of the Arts: http://tanpura.com/Videos.htm or for more information on Hom Nath Upadhyaya go to http://homnathtabla.com/


Classical Masters: Bernardino Rodríguez

Friday April 20
Bernardino Rodriguez El Taller Latino is proud to welcome Mexican guitarist Bernardino Rodríguez, as part of the monthly "Classical Masters" concert series curated by Mexican guitarist Humberto Flores.

Bernardino began his musical studies at the Juventino Rosas Music Institute in Xalapa, México, and later studied personally with Professor Karim Vázquez. In August 2003, under the guidance of Professor Cutberto Córdova, Rodriguez continued his studies at the Universidad Veracruzana. For many years, he played and toured with the Xalapa Guitar Orchestra, founded and directed by renowned guitarist Alfonso Moreno.

Currently, he attends the Triennio Accademico Superiore at Jacopo Tomadini Conservatory of Music in Udine, Italy, under the guidance of Stefano Viola.

The Xalapa, Veracruz native is one of Mexico's most vibrant and talented guitar players. There is no doubt that Bernardino Rodriguez will find a privileged place within the realm of classical guitar.

At just 22 years old, he has already won multiple important international competitions including:

  • 2011 International Guitar Competition Paracho 2011 Michoacán, México
  • 2010 National Guitar Competition Paracho 2010, Michoacán, México
  • 2009 International Guitar Competition Boston Guitar Fest, MA, USA
  • 2008 International Guitar Competition Julián Arcas, Almería, Spain
  • 2008 Concorso Internazionale de Chitarra Classica Premio Accademia Mario Santoro in Bojano, Italy
  • 2008 International Classical Guitar Competition Suoni Nuovi Interpreti in Latina, Italy
  • 2007 Concurs International de Guitare Classique de Montreal youth competition, Montreal, Canada
  • 2007 Concorso Europeo di Chitarra Classica Premio Enrico Mercatali in Gorizia, Italy

Luiz Simas

Saturday April 14
Luiz Simas A concert featuring Brazilian composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas with Kerry Linder on percussion and vocals and Leco Reis on bass.

The repertoire will consist mostly of Mr. Simas' own original compositions in Portuguese and in English, in various Brazilian genres and styles, from uplifting and exciting sambas, bossa and baião to beautiful ballads and choros.














FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents Rebecca Salazar & Pablo Zinger

Friday April 13
FORMERS & PERFORMERS, a concert series featuring New York-based composers who also performer their own works, is presented at El Taller thanks to generous support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Rebecca Salazar Singer Rebecca Salazar brings heartfelt passion to Latin American folkloric music.

Born to Guatemalan immigrants in New York City, she absorbed traditional, popular, and classical music, developing a singular interpretive brilliance. She imbues her performance with sultry vocals and exciting rhythms that turn every song into an intensely personal experience.

Trained classically at Manhattan School of Music, and inspired by Latin American protest music, Rebecca has become known for her interpretation of la nueva canción and la nueva trova, as well as of samba, bolero, tango, and huapango.

Rebecca has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. She regularly performs in New York, and is thrilled to return to El Taller Latinoamericano for her April 13 performance alongside world-renowned pianist Pablo Zinger.

For more information about Rebecca Salazar, please visit her website at rebeccasalazar.net

Uruguayan-born New Yorker Pablo Zinger is widely known as a conductor, pianist, writer, composer, arranger, lecturer and narrator, specializing in the music of Astor Piazzolla, tango, Spanish zarzuela, and Latin American vocal and instrumental music.

He has conducted and played with orchestras, singers and chamber groups throughout the Americas and in Spain, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Germany and Norway.

He has accompanied Pl´cido Domingo singing tangos at Washington's Constitution Hall, conducted the closing of Paquito D'Rivera's Carnegie Hall 50th. Anniversary Concert, played and conducted the Moscow premiére of Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires, and narrated Piazzolla's Pueblo Joven at Tokyo's Opera City, to rave reviews. In 2011 he has conducted La Bohéme in Anchorage, Alaska and played a concert in Tokyo two days after the earthquake.
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 THE KROPOTKINS

Saturday April 7
Kropotkins FORMERS & PERFORMERS, a concert series featuring New York-based composers who also perform their own works, is presented at El Taller thanks to generous support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Kropotkins were founded by Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier in 1994 after they heard Mississippi fife and drum music and flipped out on it. Othar Turner and Sid Hemphill showed you could mix the bass and snare drum with the banjo, fiddle, and guitar and vocals. Everything can be played without electronics at a barbeque.

"It takes a lot of guts (and a lot of brains) to try to imbue northern Mississippi fife-and-drum music with an anarchic spirit. The composer Dave Soldier, a neuroscientist, and the drummer Jonathan Kane, a downtown no-wave legend, perform as the Kropotkins, with an assist from, among others, the fine Mepmphis-based singer Lorette Velvette."
New Yorker, 2010

Back at El Taller for the first time since the 2007 "Famosos Desconocidos" concert series, The Kropotkins have also played at the Bottom Line, the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room in New York and the Blues in Roots Festival in the mountains of British Columbia. The group will performing music from their latest relase "Paradise Square", available now from Mulatta Records.

The Kropotkins consists of:
  • Lorette Velvette - vocals and guitar (Hellcats, Tav Falco, recorded w. Sonic Youth, Jessie Mae Hemphill)
  • Charlie Burnham - violin (Cassandra Wilson, James Blood Ulmer, Henry Threadgill)
  • Dave Soldier - banjo & violin (Thai Elephant Orchestra, Soldier String Quartet, John Cale, Bo Diddley)
  • Dog - guitar (Mark Deffenbaugh, John Cale, Souxie & the Banshees)
  • Alex Greene - keyboard (Iggy Pop, Jim Dickinson, Reigning Sound)
  • Jonathan Kane - percussion (February, Rhys Chatham, LaMonte Young, Swans)


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.

Mala Intenciones (Bad Intentions)

Friday March 30
Bad Intentions A Peruvian film that was written and directed by Rosario Garcia-Montero, Mala Intenciones, The Bad Intentions, is an offbeat drama that is full of heart and humor and tells the story of Cayetana, an eight year old girl Peruvian girl with a vivid imagination who convinces herself that the day her brother is born is the day she needs to die.

Las Malas Inteciones had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, its US premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival and in New York premiere at the MoMA. It received "Best Latin American Film"_ at the Mar del Plata Film Festival and "Best Peruvian Film"_ at the Lima Film Festival. Other festivals it has screened at include Guadalajara Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, Milan Film Festival and Rio Film Festival.

For more information, check out their trailer or their web site

Announcing a great new voice in the world of cinema, Rosario Garcia-Montero's "The Bad Intentions" is a brilliant coming-of-age story that's funny, subtle, touching, and one of the best films of the year.
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Forró Dance Workshop

Saturday March 24
Forro dance Brazil is known world-wide for its contagious happiness. In the world of dance, it is no different! Join Gabi and Carol as they bring forró, xote and baio to El Taller for the first time!

Natives of Sao Paulo and students of the best Brazilian teahers, Gabi, Carol, and El Taller invite people of all ages to participate in this fun and exciting dance workshop.






Classical Masters: Edel Muñoz

Saturday March 17
Edel Munoz Edel Muñoz: Join us for the second concert of Classical Masters: A series featuring world-class classical guitarists.

A Cuban native and United States resident. Edel Munoz is one of the most acclaimed and sought-after players in the classical guitar scene.

Edel is the first prize winner in more than 20 international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitar Fest, The Miguel Llobet International Competition in Barcelona, the Montreal International Guitar Competition and the Havana international guitar festival. He was only 13 years old when Maestro Leo Brouwer described him as "perfect" and a "professional" in every sense of the word.

Edel Muñoz is an outstanding performer with a commanding stage presence that has appeared as a revelation in the guitar scene of today.

For more information, see www.edelguitar.com

Newer Sounds Series -- Devyn Rush -- Jeremy Exelbert -- Bailen Brothers

Friday February 24
Newer Sounds

  • 8:30 Devyn Rush (pop)
  • 9:30 Jeremy Exelbert (pop/rock)
  • 10:30 The Bailen Brothers (folk rock)
Bringing the excitement of the Downtown music scene Uptown, "Newer Sounds" features the next generation of New York musicians ranging from psychedelic salsa by Brooklyn-based Llama to the folk rock sounds of The Bailen Brothers.

Following in the path of El Taller Latino Americano's mission, the "Newer Sounds" concert series seeks to establish a community of young emerging artists on the Upper West Side where their works can be presented to an engaged audience of music lovers at a price accessible to all.

The series is curated by New York-based composer and guitarist Aleksi Glick, with the support of Sofia Melon from MusicUNITES and Meagan Van Ahn from El Taller Latino Americano.

"Newer Sounds" is proud to dedicate a portion of the proceeds to help benefit "MusicUNITES", a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining music education programs in under-served school districts throughout the country.



Family Valentine's Workshop & Party with Little Masters, and ¡Acopladitos!

Saturday February 11
Little Masters and Acopladitos El Taller Latino Americano, Little Masters, and ¡Acopladitos! are hosting a fun-filled Valentine's Party featuring fun art activities and live music en español!

In the first part of this family workshop, we'll be creating heart-shaped maracas decorated with words and pictures about love, family, and friendship. Following the art workshop, we'll be using our creations during a live performance by ¡Acopladitos!, a Brooklyn-based duo that will perform their own original bilingual music for children.

The kid-friendly band ¡Acopladitos! is dedicated to teaching Spanish language through music and movement to young learners. Nora and Angélica will guide your children through a fun and interactive musical experience enhanced by delightful illustrations and props designed by local visual artist Tatiana Arocha. Children will listen, play, move, and sing-a-long to live music from this magical new music project created by members of the Brooklyn indie band Balún. Come and sing en español with Acopladitos on their debut at El Taller. For more information about ¡Acopladitos!, please visit their website at http://acopladitos.com/

Please call or email El Taller's Program Manager, Meagan Van Ahn, at "meagan at tallerlatino.org" and indicate the name and age of each child.

Newer Sounds Series: BAM -- Llama -- Jake Snider

Friday February 10
Newer Sounds

  • 8:00 BAM (rock/indie)
  • 9:00 Llama (psychedelic salsa)
  • 10:00 Jake Snider (folk rock/pop)
Bringing the excitement of the Downtown music scene Uptown, "Newer Sounds" features the next generation of New York musicians ranging from psychedelic salsa by Brooklyn-based Llama to the folk rock sounds of The Bailen Brothers.

Following in the path of El Taller Latino Americano's mission, the "Newer Sounds" concert series seeks to establish a community of young emerging artists on the Upper West Side where their works can be presented to an engaged audience of music lovers at a price accessible to all.

The series is curated by New York-based composer and guitarist Aleksi Glick, with the support of Sofia Melon from MusicUNITES and Meagan Van Ahn from El Taller Latino Americano.

"Newer Sounds" is proud to dedicate a portion of the proceeds to help benefit "MusicUNITES", a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining music education programs in under-served school districts throughout the country.

A special thanks to our sponsors for this concert: The New York Guitar School, with a special 10% discount to anyone who attends opening night and signs up for a new session of guitar classes. Refreshments provided by The Hungarian Pastry Shop. Additional support from Westside Market and Hosteling International of New York.



Classical Masters: Cecilio Perera

Sunday February 4

Cecilio Perera
Just days after debuting at Carnegie Hall, El Taller is proud to welcome Mexican musician Cecilio Perera, First prize winner of the 44° International Guitar Competition Michelle Pittaluga in Alessandria, Italy and one of the most renowned classical guitarists of present day.

Cecilio's concert marks the start of a series featuring classical guitarists that will be held throughout El Taller's spring season, curated by Mexican guitarist Humberto Flores.

For more information about Cecilio Perera, please visit his website at http://www.cecilioperera.com/

  • First Prize of the "44° International Guitar Competition "Michelle Pittaluga - Alessandria, Italy, 2011"
  • First Prize of the "Boston Guitar Fest 2008" Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A."
  • First Prize of the International Guitar Competition "José Tomás-Villa de Petret" Valencia, Spain, 2008."
  • First Prize of the "XII International Guitar Competition Leo Brouwer" in Havana, Cuba 2004"
  • First Prize at the" V Taxco Guitar Competition", Taxco, México 2002
  • National Prize of Youth in México Arts 2003
Cecilio creates a unique atmosphere in every piece he interprets. Impeccable technique, sound, musicality, virtuosity, passion, aggressiveness, beauty, and sweetness are just a few of the many qualities that this young guitar virtuoso transmits in each of his interpretations, establishing a bridge of emotions with the audience in each of his presentations.

"Cecilio Perera is currently one of the most internationally recognized young Mexican interpreters in the classical guitar world." John Williams, Classical Guitarist (2004)

Cecilio logra crear una atmósfera única en cada obra que interpreta, impecable técnica, sonido, musicalidad, virtuosismo, pasión, agresividad, belleza y dulzura son algunas de las tantas cualidades que este guitarrista transmite en cada una de sus interpretaciones, logrando establecer un puente de emociones con el público, lo cual le pertenece como una necesidad constante y que lo compromete en cada una de sus presentaciones como el mismo menciona.

Cecilio Perera es hoy en día uno de los jóvenes intérpretes mexicanos más importantes en el ambiente de la guitarra clásica a nivel mundial": John Williams

Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick

Sunday January 15
Mike and Aleksi Glick Join us for the return of father and son duo - Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick, with guests The Bailen Brothers .

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.

Generations
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/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/generations.music.nyc.

The Bailen Brothers
Bailen BrothersSongwriting twin duo David and Daniel Bailen have been playing music and writing songs ever since the womb, in fact, they came out singing in perfect harmony! The two grew up singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, where both were featured soloists. In 2007, the two went into the studio and recorded their first album as The Bailen Brothers Band, "Come and Get Your Art." The band made their national television debut when they were featured on Nickelodeon throughout that summer.

The members of the band emanate from NYU and Juilliard and have been playing on the New York Club scene since 2007, with short college tours in the Northeast and California. In 2010, the band moved to Florence, Italy, where they had a weekly residency at two clubs in the city center. They also performed at other venues around Italy including the Blue Note in Milan, and The Pinocchio Club.

On their return to New York, the band kept the weekly residency going by hosting Thursday Throwdowns at the Local 269. Since being back, the Bailen Brothers have played on the Vh1 Save the Music Summer Concert Series, Harlem Jazz Museum's Annual July 4th Concert in the Park, and the CMJ Music Marathon. They have also played residencies at the Bowery Poetry Club, Bitter End, Sullivan Hall and the Studio @ Webster Hall.

They are currently working with world-renowned producer Joe Mardin in New York, and are releasing their first full-length record on February 11th. For more information and listen to samples of their music, please visit thebailenbrothers.com or "Like" them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheBailenBrothers

Lidia Cerro - Folkorica Argentina

Saturday January 14
Lidia Puebla Linda Cerro presenta un repertorio de música popular de folklórica argentina, inspirado por aquellos autores que sobreviven por su arte al paso del tiempo, aportando a través de la música y la poesía siempre una novedad a descubrir.

Linda Cerro presents a repertoire of popular Argentinean folk music, inspired by those authors who, over time, survive because of their art, and through their music and poetry are always sharing something new to discover.


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