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Past Events at El Taller: 2013

Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra

Saturday, December 7
Friday, November 22
Friday, October 4
Friday September 13
Thursday May 30
Thursday April 4
Thursday January 10
Karl Berger Jazz Great Karl Berger returns to El Taller for his last concert in the Fall Series, where he will explore world music through his Improvisor's Orchestra.

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 through world music to find common ground.

Conducted in his improvisational 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 and Ornette Coleman, as well as musical ideas that arise spontaneously. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso?s uncanny vocalization and poetry.

Formers and Performers Presents: Wool&Grant

Saturday, November 23
Wool GrantEl Taller presents WOOL&GRANT, the duo of Ina May Wool and Bev Grant. Through the Formers and Performers Series, WOOL&GRANT will perform new work honoring their roots in the Americana Folk Tradition from their debut Album WOOL&GRANT. Accompanying WOOL&GRANT for the evening will be Jeremiah Birnbaum on guitar and mandolin, Jeremiah will also be performing a guest set.

WOOL&GRANT shows are full of feeling and fun. "My favorite duo since Thelma and Louise," says David Massengill about the New York-based group. "They got chops, heart, and soul-stirring harmonies." After playing together at festivals, house concerts, clubs and coffeehouses, Ina May Wool and Bev Grant are bringing their debut alternative folk Americana CD out into the world.

"They come from different places -- Ina May Wool as a character-driven singer-songwriter and Bev Grant as a topical songwriter - which makes their collaboration as a duo all the more intriguing and satisfying," says John Platt, host of Sunday Breakfast on New York's WFUV.

They tell their life stories. They celebrate South African grandmothers on a soccer team. They salute a solitary old man who just won't leave his mountaintop, and they shine a powerful light on the short, spectacular life of Janis Joplin. WOOL&GRANT remind us with grace and power that wild women don't have the blues.

Formers and Performers Presents: Juan Andrés Ospina's 'BBB: Barcelona, Bogotá, Boston'

Friday, November 15
Juan Andrés Ospina El Taller presents Juan Andrés Ospina's "BBB: Barcelona, Bogota, Boston" Band. Through the Formers and Performers Series, Ospina will weave together his original compositions influenced by his time in the three cities that gave birth to his album. Combining elements of jazz and traditional Colombian styles of cumbia, pasillo and the bambuco, his music has been described as "an absolutely welcome addition to the jazz landscape" (David Sumner, All About Jazz). The repertoire has been requested for educational purposes from institutions that span the globe. Join us for an amazing evening that will feature piano, percussion, bass, trombone, alto/soprano saxophone, drums, tenor saxophone and vocals.

Juan Andrés Ospina currently splits his time between New York, Colombia and Europe, working as a pianist, composer, arranger and producer in a wide range of musical styles. Ospina is regarded as one of the most active and prominent exponents of a very outstanding generation of Colombian musicians. His debut album 'BBB: Barcelona, Bogota, Boston' (Armored Records, 2009) was recorded in Boston with a select group of emerging jazz musicians from New York. His work has been performed across the globe. The album was referred by the prestigious 'All About Jazz' review as one of the "best 2010 jazz albums".

For more information about the band please visit http://www.jaospina.com.

Formers and Performers Presents: Valerie Naranjo & the Gyil

Sunday, November 3
Valerie Naranjo El Taller presents Valerie Naranjo in a Gyil Performance with her current instructor Ba-ere Yotere. Through the Formers and Performers Series, Valerie brings the intricate rhythms of Africa in what promises to be an unforgettable performance with a gyil master. To the Lobi/Brifo people of northwest Ghana and the neighboring areas in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, the music of the gyil is the essence of cultural identity. These people, whose primary occupation is subsistence farming, have over the centuries developed a highly refined musical technique and a vast and beautifully complex repertoire. The proper execution of gyil music is an art requiring years of training and study.

Valerie Naranjo known for her pioneering efforts in West African keyboard percussion music, was the first woman to play gyil (African marimba) in public in Ghana, and, with Barry Olsen has been the only non-West African to win the Ghanaian Kobine Festival gyil competition. She has lived in New York since 1981, plays percussion for NBC's Saturday Night Live band, and Broadway's The Lion King, and has performed at 9 PASIC conventions, and on six continents solo, with The Philip Glass Ensemble, David Byrne, The Paul Winter Consort, Zakir Hussein, Richard Barone, and others. She compiled the published transcriptions "West African Music for the Marimba Soloist", "Joro" a series of works for Gyil and Orchestra, and 10 CDs. She teaches Lobi/Brifo Percussion at NYU, and was named Drum! Magazine's "World Percussionist of the Year" 2003 and 2008, and "Mallet player of the Year" 2012.

Ba-ere Yotere was born in Saru, Northern Ghana and was taught the gyil repertoire and practice by his grandfather, Dannah Dommoche, the patriarch of a traditional family of gyil masters. At age 20 Ba-ere himself was qualified as a gyil master (required to perform in the sacred funeral rite in Lobi society). He toured internationally long before that, with the late gyil maestro Kakraba Lobi. Himself a master teacher who is sought after by other professional gyil players, Ba-ere performs in Ghana's capital city Accra, at such venues as the Arts Council, the University of Ghana, and Kokrobitey's International School of the Arts. Baere also constructs gyils, and is an advisor for the New York Univeristy African Percussion Ensemble. Ba-ere will introduce his CD "Gyil, the Virtuoso Art" on this journey.

Latin American Piano with Juan Valencia

Saturday, October 26
Juan Valencia El Taller Latino Americano is proud to host Juan Valencia, for an evening of Latin American Piano and Song. From tangos to waltzes to rumbas to joropos to cumbias, Juan and his supporting band members will traverse the sonic geography of the Americas in a single evening.

A native of Medellin, Colombia, Juan started his piano studies at young age in special program for children at Bellas Artes y La Universidad de Antioquia . During his youth years he continued his musical training with the Russian concert artist Eva D'Hermann in Venezuela. He studied organ with the German organist Judy Krautzer for a period of 5 years. Juan studied at the Ohio State University, School of Music with a full scholarship, He studied with Sylvia Zeremba and Earl Wild.

Latin American Art Song

Friday, October 25
Marinez Petingi El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present David Guzman, Tenor, for a night of Latin American Art Song. From Gustavino to Maria Grever, David will be accompanied by pianist Natalia Katyukova, as he explores the Latin American Art Song, a vocal music composition written for one voice, within the well suited and unique acoustics of El Taller.

Colombian tenor David Guzman has been highly regarded by critics for his exquisite beauty of tone and impeccable musicianship in opera, oratorio and zarzuela. Recently, he sang Rafael in Foglia/Martinez's To Cross the Face of the Moon with Lyric Opera of San Diego and Houston Grand Opera, Haydn's St. Nicholas Mass with DCINY in Avery Fisher Hall, a solo recital in the Amira de la Rosa Theater in Barranquilla, Colombia and recitals with Opera al Parque in Bogota, Colombia. When not singing, David teaches children Spanish through Music in after school programs.

One of the highly regarded young collaborators of her generation, Russian pianist Natalia Katyukova is currently working as an Assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. A native of Klin, the city of Tchaikovsky, she has been invited numerous times to play in the House-Museum of Tchaikovsky on the composer's own piano. A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, The Juilliard School and Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, her teachers included Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, Ken Noda and Lev Naumov.

America Latina Canta - Marinez Petingi

Saturday, October 5
Marinez Petingi El Taller Latino Americano is proud to host Marinez Petingi. Marinez began in the Uruguayan Nuevo Canto Movement as a singer, guitarist and composer. Since then, she has received international acclaim in both Mexico and the united States. After a hiatus from music, Marinez returns to the stage, offering her first performance at El Taller. Her music is a testimony of the voice of the people of Latin America, utilizing both folkloric and popular styles.

Trío Mielgo-Condomí-Correa: An Evening of Argentine Folk Tradition

Saturday September 21
Samy Mielgo El Taller is proud to host Samy Mielgo and his Trio. Masterful musicians, educators and composers, the evening is will explore the traditions of Argentine folkloric rhythms, as well as original compositions from the group. Previously, the Trío has recorded 2 albums "Pequeñas Alegrías" and "A Otro Lugar".

Samy Mielgo, a native of General Pico, Argentina has shared the stage as a guitarist with renowned artists such as Marian Farías Gómez, Guadalupe Gómez Farías, César Isella and Marina Santillan (with whom he toured the United States in 2010), among others. He divides his time between recording, as well as serving as a master guitar teacher and choir director.

Quique Condomí was born in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires. Currently, he is also violinist for the Morgado Quartet and the Orchestra of Tango Buenos Aires. He teaches and often provides musical accompaniment for several recording projects.

Eduardo Correa was born in La Plata. A pianist, guitarist, arranger and composer, he has shared the stage and record with artists such as León Gieco, Oscar Alem, Adrian Abonizio, among others. He has worked as a producer and received awards for his work across Latin America. Eduardo often travels to present workshops and lectures related to folk music of Argentina and Latin America.

Ensamble A Contratiempo

Friday September 20
Ensamble A Contratiempo El Taller presents Ensamble A Contratiempo, a project of Venezuelan Quartet Ensamble A Contratiempo, a music group combining the sounds of harp, cuatro, bass and percussion. The evening will feature Angel Tolosa (harp), Jose Luis Tolosa (cuatro) and special guest, Jimmy Smith (percussion). A summer tour brings the Tolosa's from Venezuela to New York where they are performing across the city.

Angel Tolosa was born in Caracas, and is a composer and harpist. Angel began studying the harp at the hand of the Maestro Solomon Villegas, and continued his studies with another master harpist Carlos "Metralleta" Orozco, who has been his greatest musical influence, mentor and teacher. Considered one of the greatest harpists of his generation, Angel's musical training has enabled him to be versatile in his music and venture into genres such as Bossa Nova, Jazz, Bluegrass, and World Music among others.

Jose Luis Tolosa was born in Caracas, and is a Musician, Composer, Educator, and Venezuelan Cuatrista with a strong and wide knowledge of a variety of techniques and rhythmic styles of the Cuatro. His in depth knowledge is a result of his exploration of diverse sonic tendencies, including adapting and interpreting techniques from other musical instruments via the cuatro.

Jeremy Smith is a freelance percussionist based in New York City. A recent graduate of The Juilliard School, he is already beginning to establish himself as a versatile performer in many different areas in music.

Formers and Performers: Perry Robinson - A Clarinet & Djembe Performance

Saturday September 14
Perry Robinson and Gerry Drums El Taller presents Perry Robinson and Gerry Drums in a Clarinet and Djembe Duo Concert through the Formers and Perfomers Series.

For over four decades, Perry Robinson has been the sui generis master of the clarinet in jazz, folk and avant-garde music. For the concert the duo will explore jazz and world rhtyhms first explored in the 2009 album "Three Neighbors". This special collaboration is not to be missed.

Perry Robinson is an American Jazz clarinetist and composer. He has been a top contender in the annual Down Beat International Critics Poll. Perry has performed with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian and Dave Brubeck, among others.

Gerry Drums hails from Trinidad and Tobago and leads the ensemble, Village Drums of Freedom.

Sebastián Pecznick: Classical Guitar

Saturday, July 13
Sebastian Pecznik

El Taller Latino is proud to host an evening of classical guitar from Argentina. Sebastián Pecznik is a guitarist from Buenos Aires. He plays and composes tangos, classical music and jazz fusion. "Sensaciones de Tango y Otros Momentos del Dia" is his latest album, in which he shares the sounds of tango greats Astor Piazzolla and Gardel, Troilo and other essential works of Argentine and Latin American music. His pieces on the album are critically acclaimed for his technical skill.

Leo Genovese and the Legal Aliens

Sunday June 30
El Taller Latino Americano has discovered a man from the mythical town of the One Eyed Deer, or el Venado Tuerto, located in the wild Argentinian Pampas of Buenos Aires. He is not alone: bringing with him "La tropilla de forasteros" (the tribe of legal aliens): a collection of 20 amazingly talented and classically trained musicians exploring the traditions of Jazz, World and Latin American music. The evening will feature 4 groups in a festival of Latin American music.

When not traveling Leo Genovese plays piano, rhodes and keyboard for the Radio Music Society Ensemble.

Formers and Performers: Opera in the Round

Saturday June 29
El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Opera in the Round as part of the Formers and Performers Series. Join us as Roberto Esquivelzeta, Tenor, Lucia Song, Soprano, and Todd Carter, Tenor, lend their operatic voice in this not to be missed evening of opera.

Milonga Night: Nido Tango

Thursday, June 27
Thursday, June 13
Tango Milonga El Taller is proud to present, in partnership with Lorenzo Miércoles, a Milonga Night. The evening will be hosted by DJ Lorenzo Miércoles, who will be providing the music with an expansive collection of magnificent tango rhythms and will resonate with the very best music that tango maestros of both past and present have ever recorded. Experienced and beginning dancers are invited to join this new community of Milonga.

Lorenzo Miércoles was introduced to authentic tango in Argentina, just prior to the Falklands (Malvinas) War. At the time, virtually all tango music available here in the U.S. was a caricature of the culture of tango in Argentina. The real stuff was simply nearly impossible to find. So Lorenzo began avidly collecting tango records primarily in South America thirty-five years ago. Currently, after many years of collecting and librarianship, his tango library contains many thousands of titles and is completely digitized and accessible. He plays a wide variety of tango styles and performers and most often presents his music at milongas in classic format: complete with well chosen and arranged tandas, sets of tastefully arranged songs, and interesting and contrastive cortinas as musical intermissions drawn from his vast library of non-tango music.

People's Music Network:37th Summer Gathering

Special appearance by Bernardo Palombo, Epworth Camp and Retreat Center
Friday, June 7 to Sunday June 9 People's Music Network The People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom And Struggle, Inc (PMN) invite you, your family, and friends to the 2013 Summer Gathering. During the gathering, Bernardo Palombo, Founder/Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano will perform songs from The Inmigrante Project on Friday, June 7.

The following day, Saturday, June 8, Bernardo will conduct a workshop related to the immigrant experience and La Nueva Canciín Movement.

For more information please visit: www.peoplesmusic.org

John Ehlis Trio

Thursday June 6
John Ehlis El Taller Latino Americano is proud to host the John Ehlis Trio. The Trio combining jazz sensibilities with several World Music traditions, John Ehlis gathers a group of talented and like-minded musicians who share a spirit of adventure and playfulness. His large group, the John Ehlis Ensemble has a new release entitled "Along the Way" and he can be heard at El Taller with Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra.

Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, John Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own unique style. As a multi-instrumentalist, he learned the mandolin busking on the streets of Denmark, Germany and Italy and has studied various woodwind instruments and percussion, including the Balinese Gamelan. While in Zimbabwe he met local musicians and performed with Motsi Uruka at the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo. He also performs and studies the music of the Basques. Ehlis has performed throughout the United States, with musicians ranging from the avante-garde jazz of John Tchicai, Oliver Lake, Joseph Jarman (Art Ensemble of Chicago), Perry Robinson and Francis Wong (Asian Improv Arts), to Marie Afonso (Zap Mama), the instrument maker Ken Butler, Joe Craven (David Grisman's Group), classical guitarist Philip Hii, Basque musicians Tapia and Leturria, Ghanian musician Zorkie Nelson, and Pakistani singer Fawzia Afzal Khan.

Mikko Innanen is one of the best known saxophonists and composers of his generation in Finland and Northern Europe. He has performed and/or recorded with a long list of artists including, Andrew Cyrille, Ted Curson, Han Bennik, Herb Robertson, William Parker and Kasper Tranberg. Innanen is currently active as a bandleader/co-leader with Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, The Curators, PLOP, Mikko Innanen F60.8, Delirium, Gourmet, Mikko Innanen Trio (w/Joe Fonda and Lou Grassi), and as a sideman with Zanussi 13, Kalle Kalima K-18 and Stefan Pasborg's Free Moby Dick. Last June, Innanen organized a two-day festival, the "Mikko Innanen Intercontinental Extravaganza" at the I-Beam Music Studio in Brooklyn. The event featured four different groups consisting of himself and some of his favorite musicians from New York playing original works and free improvisations.

Glen Fittin has focused on world percussion sounds for the last 25 years. Specializing in frame drums, he has presented percussion workshops at National and International Festivals demonstrating a variety of techniques and traditions. The Egyptian Riqq, Tar, Kanjira, and various Cooperman Bodhran and Frame drums are among those which have been a point of focus for Glen. Studies in percussion with New Music pioneer Ray Des Roches led to the sonorous awareness and possibilities of both pitched and non-pitched percussion composition. Working with Glen Velez's Handance Ensemble led to Fittins's interest in frame drum composition, improvisation and teaching. Fittin has performed and recorded with Glen Velez, Bernie Worrell, Montego Joe, Paul Winter, Annea Lockwood, Dez Cadena, Richard Barone, Tony Visconti, Valerie Naranjo, Women of the Calabash, The Rhythm Monsters, Marafanyi, Mbiradinda, Carl Landa, Shamou, Peter Jones, Jesse Manno, Tigger Benford and The Wet Tropics. As a dance musician Fittin has worked with choreographers Robert Battle, Michael Foley, Sean Curran, Gabe Masson, and Aya Shibahara and at festivals including the Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Korea Drum Festival, Seoul Dance and Music Improvisation Festival and Festival Rhethymno Crete.

Marvelous, True Tales of Love and War: Hungarian Folk Songs of Bartók and Kodály

Saturday May 25
Marvelous Tales El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Marvelous, True Tales of Love and War: Hungarian Folk Songs of Bartók and Kodály. Soprano Laura Ingram Semilian resonates shared realms of magic realism from Eurasia through her interpretations of Hungarian folk songs collected and arranged by composers and pioneering ethnomusicologists Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. Gathered in villages and from soldiers of the First World War, transported on Edison's phonograph cylinders, these incantatory melodies of courtship and battle yield echoes of universal experience and imagination.

Collaborating in this unplugged acoustic szalon are pianist Martin Wallace and flutist Barbara Frankel, who will also perform instrumental works of Bartók.

Laura Ingram Semilian's solo orchestral and operatic performances have ranged in repertorie from Orff to Verdi to Wagner. A first place winner of the southeastern region's Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, her musical training included study with Virginia Zeani, and she holds graduate degrees in both history and opera performance. Recently published writings include her new translations into English of Hungarian folk songs from the program, as well as collaborative translations with her husband Julian of Romanian Surrealist literature. She has composed soundscapes for several experimental films.

Barbara Frankel, a classically trained flutist and pianist with eclectic tastes, enjoys sharing her love of music through teaching and performing. She is delighted to be participating in tonight's concert after a 12-year hiatus from flute-playing. As a flutist, Barbara has performed classical, jazz, world and improvisational music. As a piano teacher, Barbara guides non-career oriented students, ages 5 to 95, to explore and expand their own musical tastes and loves. Please visit - www.barbarasmusic.com for more information about Barbara.

Martin Wallace is a pianist/composer who has been composing and performing for mediums as varied as movie soundtracks, jazz combos, latin boogaloo bands, marching bands and string and wind ensembles. Current experiments emphasize the interplay between sampled sounds from various environments and acoustic ensembles with an ear towards unusual tunings. Keep an eye out for his latest work with Off The Walrus Productions on www.martianwalrus.com.

Rubén González

Saturday May 18
Ruben Gonzalez El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Ruben Gonzalez and the GONZALEZ Band. Ruben's music is a journey that crosses borders between distant places and spaces: South and North America, politics and poetry, pain and humor. His lyrics tell stories, make observations and sound good even if you don't speak Spanish. Accompanying Ruben in the GONZALEZ Band will be Michael Wimberly, Michael Campbell, Baba Don Eaton and Domenica Fosatti; as well as Guest Artist: Natalio.

Ruben Gonzalez, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist hailing originally from from San Juan, Argentina. Musically Gonzalez echoes a vast set of influences from Latin American rhythms and genres, to jazz and rock. Phillip Glass invited Ruben Gonzalez and his band to perform at the Tune In Festival in 2012 for their "musical ingenuity" and as a new direction in music. His discography includes "Foto de mi Aldea"(2006) and "La Libertad" (2010). Please visit http://www.rubengonzalez.info/for more information.

Formers and Performers: Grupo Chonta

Thursday May 16
Grupo Chonta El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Grupo Chonta as part of the Formers and Performers Series. Join us as Grupo Chonta shares the sounds of the Pacific Coast of Colombia, music influenced by the Afro-Colombian tradition. The sextet is led by Diego Obregón, a talented marimbero, singer, composer/arranger, percussionist and instrument maker, who creates majestic and mystical music.

Diego Obregon was born in Guapi, Colombia. As a teenager, he started playing drums and cununo with Silvino Mina, a marimbero well known in the region. Diego soon joined the group and later became a representative of the folk traditions of Guapi. At age 24 he traveled to La Tola, Nariño where he learned to build marimbas. After a year of study, he moved to Cali, where he established a marimba-building workshop, and quickly became well known for his musical creations within the country. Throughout his career, Diego has been performed with the bands Diego, Real Black, Los Bogas del Pacifico, Grupo Naidy, La Cumbiamba Eneye, among others. Currently, he resides in New York and is dedicated to developing his new project, the Grupo Chonta, as founder and director.

Poetry and Jazz: The Blue Cat Occupies the Moon

Sunday, May 12
The Blue Cat El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present The Blue Cat Occupies the Moon. In an ever-worsening social and economic condition, The Blue Cat's fourth incarnation is a fresh mixture of verse-and-music to remind you what he's up to and where he's headed. Join us as Don Davis, Joe Deleault and F.D. Reeve share their latest collaboration.

Don Davis, a multi reed and flute player, studied composition and saxophone at Berkelee College of Music and then went on to the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY.

Joe Deleault is an award winning international performer, composer and session pianist. Recording credits include Carly Simon, among others, as well as for the film On Golden Pond. F.D. (Frank) Reeve has published poetry, fiction, translations, and literary criticisms in thirty books and in uncounted journals. An Academy of American Arts and Letters Award winner, Frank recently published The Puzzle Master and Other Poems.

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives 77th Annual Celebration

Special appearance by Bernardo Palombo at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (Pace University)
Sunday May 5
Abraham Lincoln Brigade Join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives as they honor United We Dream for their courageous work in support of progressive immigration reform with the ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Activism Award during their 77th Annual Celebration. The event will feature music of the Spanish Civil War performed by Barbez and Bernardo Palombo, Founder/Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano. Special Guests: Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation and Kate Doyle, recipient of the 2012 Human Rights Award.

For more information please visit: http://www.alba-valb.org/news-events/events

Formers and Performers:Barry Kornhauser - A Jazz Cello Concert

Saturday May 4
Barry Kornhauser El Taller presents Barry Kornhauser, a Jazz Cello Concert through the Formers and Perfomers Series. In approaching the cello Barry draws on a parallel musical incarnation as a bass player & guitarist thinking rhythm section first, plucking and strumming, laying down a funky skeletal harmonic foundation. Barry will be performing original jazz informed compositions, improvisations and songs. The band will be comprised of Barry Kornhauser (cello), Michel Gentile (flute), Ilusha Tsinadze (guitar), John Mettam (drums), and a guest vocalist.

Barry Kornhauser was born in the Midwest of the Bronx and lives in Brooklyn. He is a composer, arranger, teacher and multi-instrumentalist (bass, cello, guitar and mandola) in a wide variety of musical environments.Past collaborations include: Tomas Rodriguez, Lucia Pulido, Juan Lazarro Mendolas, Luis Diaz, The Derailers, as well as children's music artists Jay Mankita, Suni Paz, Patricia Shih and Meredith Wright.

Cafe Concierto -- Luna y Lucero

Alexandra Castaño Jazz Quartet (featuring Abram Alberto)

Friday, April 26
Alexandra Castano and Abram Alberto El Taller presents Cafe Concierto - Luna Y Lucero: A night of boleros from The Alexandra Castaño uartet with special guest Abram Alberto of El Taller. The performance will present a beautiful collection of boleros and folkloric songs about love from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico, as well as from Abram's debut album Luna Y Lucero. The quartet is comprised of Alexandra Castaño (vocals), Joe Falcon (bass), Luis Rodriguez (guitar) and Randy Sosa (percussion).

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, Gabriela Mistral and Luis Llorens Torres and set them to his own original compositions.

BilingualFest 2013

Special appearance by Bernardo Palombo at W83 Ministry Center
Saturday April 20
Bilingual Fest 2013 The first-ever cross-cultural, bilingual family event, BilingualFest 2013 showcases prominent artists from the Chinese-American and Latino-American communities in New York City. A concert and cultural celebration, BilingualFest 2013 features A Little Mandarin, led by Toni Wang, with a special appearance by Mencius Youth Orchestra & EastRiver Ensemble, and El Taller, led by pioneering artistic director Bernardo Palombo,Sesame Street Spanish programming creator and executive producer/collaborator with Grammy-award-winner Dan Zanes on the award-winning Spanish children's album "¡Nueva York!" and amazing musicians, Elena Moon Park and Sonia De Los Santos, from Dan Zanes & Friends.

This exceptional group of artists incorporates music and dance in celebrating Chinese and Hispanic language and culture in a fun, energetic program to enthrall adults and kids alike.

For more information please visit: www.bilingualfest.com

Pedro Reñé Concert and Album Release

Saturday April 13
Pedro Rene Pedro Reñé presents Detalles (Details), his new album of his original work. Pedro created the album after various trips around Argentina. His work is influenced by rhythms and poetry of the country, drawing influence from tango, waltz and the poetry of Julio Cortázar. The songs performed at the concert are written by Pedro Reñé and will be combined with popular Latin American songs. Pedro will be accompanied by El Taller's Alexandra Castaño.

Pedro Reñé lives in Rosario, Argentina. A guitarist, singer and songwriter he has released three solo albums "Southern Strokes" (2006), "We" (2010) and "Other" (2011). "We" is an album with original songs, and "Other" is an album of cover songs. "Southern Strokes", was winner of the Rosario Municipal editions, and was edited by EMR. His sound reflects his travels and an infinite tenderness.

Formers and Performers Presents: Grupo Chonta

Saturday, March 16
Grupo Chonta El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present Grupo Chonta as part of the Formers and Performers Series. Join us as Grupo Chonta shares the sounds of the Pacific Coast of Colombia, music influenced by the Afro-Colombian tradition. The sextet is led by Diego Obregón, a talented marimbero, singer, composer/arranger, percussionist and instrument maker, who creates majestic and mystical music.

Diego Obregón was born in Guapi, Colombia. As a teenager, he started playing drums and cununo with Silvino Mina, a marimbero well known in the region. Diego soon joined the group and later became a representative of the folk traditions of Guapi. At age 24 he traveled to La Tola, Nariño where he learned to build marimbas. After a year of study, he moved to Cali, where he established a marimba-building workshop, and quickly became well known for his musical creations within the country. Throughout his career, Diego has been performed with the bands Diego, Real Black, Los Bogas del Pacifico, Grupo Naidy, La Cumbiamba Eneye, among others. Currently, he resides in New York and is dedicated to developing his new project, the Grupo Chonta, as founder and director.

Formers and Performers Presents: A Night of Tango
(Concert and Class)

Saturday March 2
El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present A Night of Tango (Concert and Class) with Alexey Peshkovsky (guitar vocals) as part of the Formers and Performers Series, and Virginia Kelly (dance instructor). Join us to celebrate the beauty of Argentine Tango music with a night of tangos sung in Spanish and Russian, as well as original works in Russian, English and Spanish. Accompanying Alexey (guitar and vocals), will be Guillermo Vaisman (accordion), as well as a special appearance by El Taller's Alexandra Castano (vocals).

Before the concert, Virginia Kelly will hold an hour-long Tango Class for beginners and Tango aficionados, giving attendees the chance to put their tango into practice during the concert.

Alexey PeshkovskyAlexey Peshkovsky is a singer, songwriter and dancer who masterfully combines Russian and Argentinean cultures in his music. Born in Moscow, Russia, he lived in Cordoba, Argentina for several years, where he became profoundly inspired by the culture, tango music and dancing. In his original compositions and translations, Alexey frequently relies on what he belies to be an "emotional coincidence" between Russian and Argentinean cultures. Alexey's songs are in three languages: Russian, Spanish and English. He currently lives in New York City and performs throughout the United States.

Virgnia Kelly Guillermo Vaisman (accordion, piano) was born in the Argentinian province of Entre Rios, and begain studying the accordion at an early age. He pursued his musical education as an instrumentalist (accordion, guitar and piano) in Buenos Aires, and also as a choral conductor at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires. He specialized in the folk music of Argentina and tango. In New York, he plays tangos throughout the New York area, and is a regular guest at the Summer Tango Festival in Central Park in New York City.

Virginia Kelly is a dancer from Argentina, specialized in Tango. She has studied with the very best Tango dancers in her hometown of Buenos Aires. Among them were the world renowned Dinzels for whom she eventually taught. She has studied many other dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, tango, ballroom, latin, swing, Argentine folklore, flamenco and belly dancing. Virginia studied theatre for five years and voice for eight years, partly with Manuel Gonzales Gil, Argentina's greatest producer of Musicals.

Un Taller San Basilio de Palenque: A Palenquero Workshop by FolkCOLOMBIA Music and Dance

Sunday February 24
Taller Palenque Un Taller San Basilio de Palenque is a workshop/presentation of music and dance from Colombia's Palenquero region - a unique cultural area established in the 17th century by runaway African slaves who established fortress-villages where they could create their own society using Palenquero, a creole language combining Spanish and African languages. This event will feature percussionist Moris Cañate, and is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia.

Folk Colombia

Hudson Valley Sally

Friday February 15
Hudson Valley Sally Along with Hudson Valley Sally's repertoire of old and new American activist songs, this special concert will feature our growing ties to Latin American music: our collaboration with Paraguayan artist Mario Casartelli and our work with Bernardo Palombo's Inmigrante Project, who will perform his translation of Woody Guthrie's Deportees, entitled Deportado and an original work, Destino Cruel.

"Hudson Valley Sally sings with a freshness and innocence that reminds us why we fell in love with folk music in the first place."
-- Si Kahn

"Five amazing musicians who come together and sing like a single organism - the sound is magical." -- Bernardo Palombo, Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano

Formers and Performers Presents: Pete Wire Band

Thursday, January 31
Pete Wire Band Pete Wire Band is an Indie band with Bluegrass & World Music influence incorporating Soukous, Celtic & Brazilian sounds. In line with the all-around sound is the lyrical content which draws on all types of Mythologies & Esoterica: the Hasidic mysticism of the Baal Shem Tov; myths of ancient Greece; Zen Taoism of China; Veda from India amongst others. Emphasizing the "One" experience in the myriad activities of daily life.

This joyful journey is carried out by six talented New "Yawkas": Benny "The Kid" Piper on drums/vocals; Sir Charles Marine on percussion; Ian "Rasputin" Olasov on bass; Demian "Damon" Palombo on guitar; Tara "Supernova" Novie on Vocals; & Pete Wire on guitar/vocals.

Opening Set: Demian Palombo, guitarist/songwriter, will perform original work that incorporates the themes of love, loneliness, happiness and social conscience. Demian will be accompanied by Joy Hanson, singer, and Barry Kornhauser, cello. As a student he has studied traditional fingerstyle blues guitar with Woody Mann and fingerboard harmony with Howard Morgan at Mannes College, The New School and Hunter College. In his career, he has also had the honor to work with notable musicians, including Dan Zanes, Quique Sinesi, Aquiles Baez, and Rosalia Roio.

Ivette Oliveras

Friday, January 25
Ivette will be performing Jazz Standards and South American repertoire from Brazil, Uruguay, Cuba & Puerto Rico, in the genres of Samba, Bossa Nova, Bolero, and Cumbia.
Ivette Oliveras
Vocals: Ivette Oliveras
Guitar: Pedro Rodriguez
Double bass: Dave Hertzberg
Drums & percussions: Mauro Satalino
Voice Teacher & Concert Coordinator: Sabrina Lastman

Ivette Oliveras is a passionate singer, actress, dancer. She has been singing since she was a little girl. Ivette has performed many one woman cabaret shows as well as community theater. Her performance resume includes venues such as The Metropolitan Room and Don't Tell Mama's. Her vocal ability ranges from Broadway tunes to traditional Spanish tunes. Ivette has a strong background in the arts, and is also a professional belly dancer and teacher. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

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.

Bassist and composer Dave Hertzberg is the leader of Hearts & Bones, one of the most exciting bands to emerge from New York City's burgeoning neo-bluegrass scene. Hertzberg is also active as a bassist in an eclectic array of genres ranging from cumbia to klezmer. He is a longtime member of Pablo Mayor's renowned 13-piece Colombian big band Folklore Urbano; the Rafi Malkiel Ensemble, a group that fuses latin, jazz, and middle eastern sounds; and the Shul Band, a quintet whose repertoire spans from ancient Jewish liturgical melodies to klezmer and bluegrass-influenced original compositions. He has appeared on numerous recordings and has performed on both national and international tours.

Argentinean drummer and percussionist Mauro Satalino is part of a generation of young musicians engaged in exploring creative and rich links between jazz and the vast South-American traditional music. He is a magna cum laude graduated from Berklee College of Music. He had the great opportunity to learn and share stages with amazing teachers and performers: Mugrew Miller, Danilo Perez, Hal Crook, Ian Froman, Ed Tomassi, Mark Walker, Jeff Galindo, Kenwood Dennard and Jon Hazilla. Some of his collaborations: Ithaal Shur (Carlos Santana's Supernatural, Smooth), Keith Goldman (Eminen, Chaka Khan, Yossou n'Dour), Rosario Dawson (Rent), Calpulli Dance Company, Blue Man Group, Anna Saeki, Pablo Aslan, Raul Jaurena (Grammy Winner), among many others.

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 latest album "The Candombe Jazz Sessions" was released in March 2012 by ZOHO Music.

Un Taller Andino: An Andean Workshop by FolkCOLOMBIA Music and Dance

Sunday January 20
Folk Colombia This event will explore the diversity of genres and dance movements associated with the Andean regions of Colombia. From the highlands, valleys, and savannahs that extend through the heart of the nation, members of FolkCOLOMBIA will develop a family-friendly program before your eyes, one that encourages audience members to participate, sing, and dance!

Under the direction of Rubén Dario, Daniel Fetecua, Pablo Mayor, and Alejandro Florez, the company delves into aires de pubenza, chirimía, bambuco, torbellino, guabina, pasillo, Sanjuanero and more. Do not miss this interactive demonstration of the artistic and cultural richness and variety of Colombia's Andean folklore!

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