El Taller Latino Americano 215 E. 99th Street, New York, NY 10029
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Past Events at El Taller: 2016-2017




Blues Meets Latin

Saturday, March 18

name of image Featuring Peace Train with Boricua Guitar Power and Puerto Rico/New York
















Wolfe Glass and Band

Saturday, March 4

name of image El Taller will host singer-songwriter Wolfe Glass for a night of original music: Americana, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Rhythm and Blues, and Brazilian music!

Featuring: Wolfe Glass on vocals and acoustic electric guitar, Donald Nicks on Bass, Justin Wert on Electric Guitar, and Mike Shapiro on drums.

Since launching his solo career, Wolfe has explored almost every style of popular music. Most recently, he has been influenced by folk, country, and classic rhythm and blues. Now coming full circle, Wolfe has returned to the blues-based music he grew up on. Wolfe is now in the final stages of recording his third album, Life Lesson. Wolfe has added Brazilian popular music (MPB, or Música Popular Brasileira) songs to his repertoire and recently wrote and recorded his first song in Portuguese. He divides his time between Brazil and NYC.



Cecilia Zabala:
El color del silencio

Friday, March 3

name of image Argentine composer, guitarist, and vocalist Cecilia Zabala will present her new album, El color del silencio, in a special concert at El Taller Latino Americano.

El color del silencio is an essentially instrumental work, recorded with 7-string Spanish guitar, requinto, acoustic guitar, caja chayera, and voice. The album features original guitar music with Argentinean and Latin American folklore colors. The voice intervenes as an instrument, although there are five songs hidden within a list of fourteen songs.

Zabala writes: "El color del silencio is a very special album for me. It is the result of a period of looking inwardly in solitude and introspection, in a space where the sound of breathing is present, where time can run differently in front of the movements of the outside world. It is a stripped, transparent, raw material. The reunion with the love of guitar and music that 20 years ago invited me to follow this path. The joy of continuing to weave dialogues between my voice and my guitar, between the music that is hidden in the words and their meaning. The proof that art is the best trench 'against all the evils of this world' and that it is worth continuing to seek beauty despite the difficult times. I am happy with this new project, full of dreams like when I started to find a way in music; I walk slowly, steadily, step by step, accompanied by the lightness of the present, the music that heals the souls and the silence that tastes light."



Cantando en Familia" with Rubén González

Sunday, February 26

name of image "Cantando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event designed for children of all ages. Musician Rubén González and guests will perform songs to make the body move and the mind think.

Mark your calendar! "Cantando en Familia" is a monthly event.








patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, February 23

patrick brennan transparency kestra is a musical experiment in its third year, motivated by questions about music, listening, imagination and social interaction. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction. transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.



For more information see the
transparency kestra website.




OUR CULTURAL INHERITANCE A HUMAN RIGHT: A Day in the Count of TEZKATLIPOKA

Saturday, February 18

tlazokamati Don't miss this opportunity to experience an exhibition of the ancient pre-American Codex Borgia by Mazatzin, renowned assessor of the ancient culture of Anauak. Mazatin's presentation brings the Codices to life and will be complemented by a Cosmic Concert by the internationally known composer Marcelo Toledo, a virtuoso 16-year-old composer Angel Jochi Hernandez-Camen, and genius 12 yr. old violinist Randal Torres. Hear original songs by Rosse, and witness Shuar traditional dancing and Aztek Danza with Ruben Chikome.

For more information, didactic materials for further study, and cosmic profiles-TONALAMATL a correlation of a birth date and time with the ancient codices ... MAZATZIN (415)756-5589 zemazatzin@hotmail.com www.azteknology.com.

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY CUBRAITI, INC., EAGLE & CONDOR COMMUNITY CENTER, MARCELO TOLEDO, EL TALLER LATINO AMERICANO & TLATOKAN-GRAND COUNCIL 10+1



"Cantando en Familia" with Rubén González

Sunday, January 29

name of image "Cantando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event designed for children of all ages. Musician Rubén González and guests will perform songs to make the body move and the mind think.

Mark your calendar! "Cantando en Familia" is a monthly event.




patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, January 26

Patrick Brennan transparency kestra is a musical experiment in its third year, motivated by questions about music, listening, imagination and social interaction. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction. transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.

Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Lenor Falcón - violin, Brian Groder - trumpet, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Westbrook Johnson - trombone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass viol, Sam Parsons - percussion, David Sidman - guitar, patrick brennan, saxophone & composition, maybe Justin Wood - flute, others TBA.
For more information see the transparency kestra website.

Mochi Parra & David Pinto

Tuesday, January 10

Chilean singer Mochi Parra teams up with Grammy-winning virtuoso bassist, Peruvian David Pinto, and Pedro Diaz on percussion. They will be playing pieces from such South American composers as Violeta Parra, Chabuca Granda, Carlos Hayre, and Kiri Escobar, with innovative arrangements by David Pinto.


José Riveros with Juan Pablo Bosco and Rubén González

Wednesday, December 21

name of image The music of Chilean pianist José Riveros travels the Latin American landscape in a concert both delicate and furious, featuring the the music of Violeta Parra and Los Jaivas.

José Riveros Donoso (Chile) — piano
Juan Pablo Bosco (Chile) — drums
Rubén González (Argentina) — guitar





"Cantando en Familia" with Rubén González

Sunday, December 18

name of image "Cantando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event designed for children of all ages. Musician Rubén González and guests will perform songs to make the body move and the mind think.

Mark your calendar! "Cantando en Familia" is a monthly event.




patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, December 15

Patrick Brennan transparency kestra is a musical experiment in its third year, motivated by questions about music, listening, imagination and social interaction. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction. transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.

Eli Asher - trumpet & slide trumpet, patrick brennan, saxophone & composition, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Stephanie Griffin - viola, Brian Groder - trumpet, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Jerome Harris - bass guitar, Jason Kao Hwang - violin, Adam Lane - bass viol, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute
For more information see the transparency kestra website.

Karl Berger

Saturday, December 10

Karl Berger The Creative Music Studio Improvisers Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists continues at El Taller.

Improvisational ideas developed in the 7:00 PM rehearsal open to ticket holders transform into a fully formed performance at 8:30 PM.

Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl Berger introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. Conducted in Karl's distinctive style developed at the celebrated Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions, and compositions written by legendary artists such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's remarkable poetry and vocalization.

Cantando en Familia" with Rubén González

Sunday, November 20

name of image "Cantando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event designed for children of all ages. Musician Rubén González and guests will perform songs to make the body move and the mind think.

Mark your calendar! "Cantando en Familia" is a monthly event.




Karl Berger

Saturday, November 19

Karl Berger The Creative Music Studio Improvisers Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists continues at El Taller.

Improvisational ideas developed in the 7:00 PM rehearsal open to ticket holders transform into a fully formed performance at 8:30 PM.

Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl Berger introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. Conducted in Karl's distinctive style developed at the celebrated Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions, and compositions written by legendary artists such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's remarkable poetry and vocalization.

Tomás Latorre

Friday, November 18

Nery Olivares Tomás Latorre Group, with Tomás Latorre (Guitar, Voice), Benjamin Furman (Piano, Voice), Noam Israeli (drums) and special guests Agustín Uriburu (cello) & Miriam Elhajli (voice).

Opening set featuring Benjamin Furman (Piano, Voice), Yotam Ben Or (harmonica), and Clemens Grassman(drums).

Tomás Latorre is a bassist, guitarist, and composer originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His music fuses South American folklore and through composed arrangements together with jazz improvisation. His debut album, "Vidala Espera," is deeply rooted in the Argentine folklore--a journey of intimate songs with expansive instrumental pieces.

Listen: https://tomslatorre.bandcamp.com

patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, November 17

Patrick Brennan transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction.

For more information visit www.transparencykestra.org

Nery Olivares y El Grupo Yamasa

Saturday, November 5

Nery Olivares Nery Olivares y El Grupo Yamasa will perform the work of Dominican poets set to original musical arrangements. The music will feature traditional African rhythms and incorporate classical instrumentation. Many of the songs address political and social issues.

Ismael Torres
Vivo en Cuba

Friday, October 28th

Ismael Torres El Taller welcomes artist, singer, and composer Ismael Torres from Rosario, Argentina. Torres will perform at El Taller on October 28th as part of his US and Mexican tour, Vivo en Cuba. Recorded in Havana and released worldwide in 2015, Vivo en Cuba features the participation of talented Cuban musicians such as Augusto Blanca, Leonardo García Rodríguez, Roly Berrío, and Dúo Cofradía.

Torres's music, characterized by a personal and uniquely warm style, is influenced by artists such as Luis A. Spinetta, Fito Paez, Charly Garcia, Sting, John Mayer, and Djavan.

Andres Abramowski - Guitar
Ismael Torres - Voice and Guitar
Renzo Baltuzzi - Guitar

The Creative Music Studio Improvisers Orchestra, Conducted by Karl Berger

Saturday, October 22

Karl Berger The Creative Music Studio Improvisers Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists continues at El Taller.

Improvisational ideas developed in the 7:00 PM rehearsal open to ticket holders transform into a fully formed performance at 8:30 PM.

Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl Berger introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. Conducted in Karl's distinctive style developed at the celebrated Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions, and compositions written by legendary artists such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's remarkable poetry and vocalization.

Harmonic Insurgence

Saturday, October 22

Harmonic Insurgence Harmonic Insurgence's repertoire includes relevant new songs and lasting, meaningful, old material, all with the rich harmonies and intricate rhythms of director Gene Glickman's arrangements.

The singers--Laurie Bennett, Michael Bennett, Ellen Davidson, Lupe Family, Mara Goodman, Nancy Hoch, Mark Karwowski, Jennifer Kim, Chelsea MacMillan, Dennis Marshall, Togu Oppusunggu, and Carol Robbins--present songs of struggle and celebration from a range of histories and cultures. Come to rekindle your conviction that another world IS possible.

"The remarkable a cappella group Harmonic Insurgence sings about peace, freedom, and social justice under the nuanced direction of arranger and composer Gene Glickman. The impact of their music at our yearly celebration each January of Dr. Martin Luther King can be felt across a room full of children and their parents, high school and college students, and neighborhood residents of all ages and backgrounds."

--Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

Pedro Reñé

Friday, October 21

name of image Argentine singer-songwriter Pedro Reñé will present songs from his new album, "Andar!," and stories from his first book, "Un minuto antes de ser alguien."

With his particular style of weaving together singing and telling, Pedro uses his guitar to move between his own songs and songs from across Latin America. "Andar!" is Pedro's sixth album. His concert at El Taller is the first in a series that will continue throughout Spain in November, including performances in Barcelona, Madrid, La Coruña, and Córdoba, before Pedro returns to Argentina to perform in Buenos Aires before the end of the year.

Pedro has shared the stage with a number of talented artists and has made multiple tours through Spain and Latin America. He has had the honor and pleasure of singing at El Taller Latino Americano almost every year since 2007.


patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, October 20

name of image transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction.

Eli Asher - trumpet & slide trumpet, patrick brennan - saxophone, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Brian Groder - trumpet & fluegel-horn, Llyd Haber - percussion, Omar Kabir - trumpet, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass, Akira Ishiguro - guitar, Sam Parsons - percussion, Warren Smith - percussion, Michael T.A. Thompson - percussion, Justin Wood - flute Patrick Holmes - clarinet, Tashi Kaiser - snare & brushes, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute, Lloyd Haber & Reggie Sylvester - snare & brushes

For more information visit www.transparencykestra.org

CHAMA CD Release Party

Friday, October 14

name of image 8pm Lights from the Loft
Lights from the Loft is a project that explores the intersection of folk, jazz, experimental, and popular music. Combining these diverse elements into an exploratory ensemble, the group moves freely between song structures and improvisation. The music lives in between the cracks of genre, as Lights from the Loft challenges itself to interpret traditional material in new ways with each performance. LFTL is Zachary Swanson, Amanda Bloom, Stelios Mihas and Michael Sutton.

9pm CHAMA (CD RELEASE)
CHAMA (Spanish slang used in Venezuela and Nicaragua for young girl) is a dynamic group that applies a garage band aesthetic to composed and improvised music, drawing influences from rock, avant-garde, swing and Latin American music. Leonor, Juanma and Arturo first started as young musicians in Caracas/Venezuela who migrated and reunited 15 years later in the US, to form this exciting group.

10 pm Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen is a Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer. After growing up in rural Tennessee, Ben went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he studied with such luminaries as Jerry Coker and Donald Brown. After graduating, he moved to NYC where he continued his education under the tutelage of Ellery Eskelin. Now a regular on the Brooklyn creative music scene, Ben performs with Deric Dickens, Danny Fisher-Lochhead, John Merrit, Kenny Warren, Zach Clarke and many others. He leads his saxophone trio Viriditas and his record label Eschatology Records is poised to release a number of records this year. Find him at Bencohenmusic.com.

Raza y Resistencia
Race and Resistance

Monday, October 10
Tuesday, October 11
Wednesday, October 12


name of image Arts For Art and El Taller Latino Americano present three days of Un-Columbus celebrations, EVOLVING: Raza y Resistencia. Join us at El Taller on October 10th, 11th, and 12th for a festival of Free World Music, Poetry, Dance, & Art for Justice.

Featuring performances by William Parker Trio, Cooper-Moore Keyboard Trio, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Patricia Nicholson's Revolution Resurrection, Manu Sija & Franco Pinna, Gizelxanath & the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective, Indigenous Free Jazz Ensemble, students from Castle Bridge School, HI-ARTS performers, New Generation Musicians, and more...

For a complete schedule of events, please visit: artsforart.org/evolving.html.


Cantar Para Ser Libre: Rubén González, Hudson Valley Sally, and Friends

Friday, October 7

Ruben y Huson Valley Sally A joint concert featuring songs of freedom, hope, and social justice.

Hudson Valley Sally are longtime collaborators and friends of El Taller. Rooted in the tradition of activist folk music, the group performs protest songs, both new and old, that resonate across generations and across the Americas. For more information, please visit: hudsonvalleysally.com.

Rubén González has been sharing his music to make the body move and the mind think at El Taller since the 80's. Rubén's songs and stories cross borders, exploring love and politics, pain and humor, North and South.

"Cantando en Familia" with Rubén González

Sunday, September 25

name of image Come to El Taller on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm to share music, create art, and build community. "Cantando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event designed for children of all ages. Musician Rubén González and guests will perform songs to make the body move and the mind think.

Mark your calendar! "Cantando en Familia" is a monthly event.

Upcoming performances in 2016: September 25th, October 30th, November 20th, and December 18th.


The Henri Riquet Perpignand Foundation Art School of Haiti

Saturday, September 17

name of image The Henri Riquet Perpignand Foundation, in collaboration with El Taller Latino Americano, invites you to a concert and benefit exhibit introducing the work of talented underprivileged youths from Haiti.

Featuring live performances by Haitian and Dominican artists, including: Lumi Hilario, Guillermo Cardenas, Alexandra Castaño, Nery Olivares, Gini Rinaldy, Sky Menesky, and more...

Original pieces by the students will be sold in a silent auction. A few pieces by more known artists such as Gérard Fortuné, and Melchiors will also be available for purchase.


Conversation and Concert with Andrés Beeuwsaert of Aca Seca

Sunday, September 11

name of image El Taller announces a unique opportunity ideal for musicians but open to all. On Sunday, September 11th, Argentine composer-pianist Andrés Beeuwsaert will host a charla abierta, followed by a jam session.

Andrés will share some key music that describes him as both a musician and listener, show arrangements that he created for Aca Seca and for his solo albums, and tell about his experience as a producer and composer.

Born in Olavarría, Argentina, a province of Buenos Aires, pianist-composer Andrés Beeuwsaert fuses the most beautiful traditions of South America with jazz and classical colors. Andres has played and recorded with talented musicians on both the local and international scene, including: Charly García, Ivan Lins, Joe Lovano, Steve Khan, Hugo Fattoruso, Mono Fontana, David Lebón, León Gieco, Fats Fernandez, the Brazilian singer Tati Parra, guitarist Yotam Silberstein, Leo Genovese, Javier Malosetti, among many others.

In 1999, Andrés founded the Aca Seca Trio with Juan Quintero & Mariano Cantero. Considered a benchmark in the popular music of Argentina, Aca Seca has been praised for its musical syncretism by musicians such as Pat Metheny, Egberto Gismonti, Nathan East, Joe Lovano, Bob James, Steve Khan, Pedro Aznar, and Luis Alberto Spinetta. In 2005 and in 2015, Aca Seca was awarded the prestigious Konex prize, dedicated to 100 outstanding Argentinian personalities of the last decades (also won by Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mercedes Sosa, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Charly García, and Eduardo Falú). Over the last 15 years, Aca Seca has performed in the US, France, Italy, Spain, China, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, and in their native Argentina.

Presentación del libro de Poesía Pose

Saturday, September 10

name of image Presentación del libro de Poesía Pose: "Después de leer esto ya no deberías temerle a los Amish" de Anthony Alves. Esta presentación será en Español, aunque también podría ser con tintes e ínfulas multilingüe.

"This new long poem by Anthony Alves is a spectacular melange of surprises--linguistic, philosophical, political. The images and ideas flow through each other with great spontaneous energy, often returning to specific themes that the poet is intent on exposing. The manner is both serious and playful. The feeling is exhilarating--circular more than linear. This is a trip worth taking."

-Larry Fagin

"Anthony Alves is a live one. In Bookazine, with unflagging exuberance, Alves modifies conceptual thought with unrefined, tasty images to bring about the "Pose Poem's" new kind of comprehensibility. There is an intellectual intent behind his whimsies; they are think-throughable. A fundamental of the Pose Poem is that it is a succession, not a series, of leaps into imagination, coming down each time to an altered contextual platform. It's anarchy with a safety net of Zen. A concluding interview of "NYC" for "RIP" magazine contains, from NYC, a succinct statement of the Pose poet. Who better to say than NYC. Whatever the faux didactics throughout, the praxis is vivid, smart, and compacted, with a literary effect despite its abjuration of the literary. True play in the fields of The Word. Anthony Alves' gift is large."

-John Godfrey

Quique Sinesi with Marty Fogel, Manu Sija, Franco Pinna, John Ehlis, and Bernardo Palombo

Friday, September 9

name of image El Taller is delighted to welcome back Quique Sinesi. On September 9th, Sinesi will be joined by John Ehlis, Marty Fogel, Manu Sija, Franco Pinna, and Bernardo Palombo in the highlight performance of the season, if not the year.

Considered one of the most important guitarists in South America, Sinesi has been recognized around the world for his distinctive music combining the Tango and Folklore traditions of his native Argentina, including rhythms like Candombe from Río de la Plata, with elements of jazz improvisation, classical music, and world music on 7 strings, Spanish Guitar, Piccolo, Acoustic, and Charango.

Sinesi's exquisite compositions have been edited in France (Lemoine), Japan (Gendai), Belgium (Ediciones Latinoamericanas), and Argentina (Riccordi). With Matias Gonzalez and Horacio Lopez he founded the trio Alfombra Magica. Sinesi recorded the Concerto for Guitar, Bandoneon, and Orchestra by Astor Piazzolla with the Deutschland Radio Berlin Symphony Orchestra in Germany and has played with talented musicians from Argentina and Europe, including 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.

Saxophonist Marty Fogel has toured with renowned jazz artists Don Cherry and Gerry Mulligan amongst others. He also spent several years performing and recording in the band of the legendary rock artist Lou Reed. Marty was a cofounder of The Everyman Band, an innovative and internationally acclaimed group which toured in Europe and recorded for ECM Records.

John Ehlis draws inspiration from a vast well of creative minds, as well as in the traditional and folk music from around the world. Ehlis has performed with esteemed artists ranging from saxophonists Oliver Lake and John Tchicai to vocalists Marie Afonso (of Zap Mama) and LOIRE (aka Lori Cotler), Joe Craven (David Grisman Group), frame drum master Glen Velez, classical guitarist Philip Hii, singer/songwriter Scott E. Moore, Basque musicians Tapia and Leturria, Danish drummer Kresten Osgood, and Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen.

Chuño

Thursday, September 8

PinnaTosello Chuño is an experimental musical duo project originated by two Argentinean, New York City-based musicians, percussionist Franco Pinna and singer Sofia Tosello. Chuño blends the rhythms and melodies of South America, Africa, and Asia with the Arpa Legüera, an original instrument evoking sounds of a Charango, African Kora, and Asian Koto. Percussionist and drummer Franco Pinna first invented the Arpa Legüera using a piece of wood with guitar strings and a Bombo Legüero as a resonator. Bombo Legüero is one of the most ancient drums from Africa brought to South America throughout the Diaspora. Pinna has developed his own set of percussion, mixing parts of a drum set and different drums from Thailand, Brazil, Africa, and North America.

Pinna started his musical career in his home of Tucumán, Argentina, where he performed and recorded with some of the most distinguished musicians of the country. In 1998 he moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, where he obtained an "Outstanding Musicianship" scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Pinna has dedicated a large part of his study to the different rhythms from South American Folklore, creating a unique way of interpreting traditional rhythms and incorporating traditional percussion instruments into his drum set. Since he moved to New York City, Pinna has recorded more than 70 albums for many well known artists around the globe.

Originally from Córdoba, Argentina and now living in New York City, Sofia Tosello brings the voice, the interpretation of lyrics and stories behind these songs, to this musical project. Tosello has developed a new musical synthesis in finding an approach to Tango that draws from the rich variety of Latin American "canción" traditions, including Chacarera, Bolero Filin, Peruvian Vals, Son Cubano, Bossa Nova, and Zamba. One also hears shades of the downtown world jazz scene of New York in Tosello's performance. Christopher Loundon, writing in Jazz Times, notes that "[t]he 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." Tosello has toured and taught around the world in USA, Europe,Latin America, and Asia.

Dúo Ad Líbitum

Saturday, September 3

name of image El Taller welcomes Dúo Ad Líbitum, poeta María de las Nieves Morales Cardoso and trovador Leonel Pérez Pérez, from Cuba.

Dúo Ad Líbitum's unique compositions fuse dramatizations of poetic texts with Cuban "nueva trova" music. The duo's debut album, A través del espejo, features the irresistible tribute to Havana, "Ciudad Marcada." In addition to their work as Dúo Ad Líbitum, Leonel and María are internationally recognized writers in their own right.

Noche de Tango con Roberto Corral

Saturday, August 20

Roberto Corral Jorge Luis Borges found in the lyrics of tango "the true poetry of our time." With a repertoire spanning Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera's classic hit "Volver," to his original compositions, Roberto Corral establishes himself in the rich tradition of the tango lyricists. Corral transports audiences to a café porteño in the pulsing heart of Buenos Aires, where tango remains part of the life and landscape of the city. At El Taller he will perform the work of lyricist-poets such as Cátulo Castillo, Enrique Cadícamo, Homero Expósito, Enrique Santos Discépolo, and Homero Manzi.

Singer, actor, composer, and writer Robert Corral is a multifaceted artist. As a tango singer, Corral has captivated audiences with la emoción del tango in venues such as Centro Cultural de la Cooperación and the legendary Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires.

Dissident Arts Festival 2016

Saturday, August 13

Amina Baraka 7:00pm The Literary Warriors with special guest Amina Baraka: Amina Baraka- poetry, vocals; John Pietaro- spoken word, hand drums, percussion; Ras Moshe Burnett- saxophones, flute; Rocco John Iacovone- saxophones; Laurie Towers- electric bass

8:00pm Bernardo Palombo's nueva nueva canción ensemble: Bernardo Palombo- vocals, guitar; others TBA

9:00pm UpSurge! NYC: Raymond Nat Turner-poetry; Zigi Lowenberg-poetry; Ken Filiano-upright bass; Lou Grassi-drumset; Lee Odom-reeds

10:00pm The New York Free Quartet presents Steve Cohn's "Abstract Meets the Fundamental": Steve Cohn-piano, shakuhachi, trombone, percussion; Michael Moss-saxophones, bass clarinet, flute; Larry Roland-upright bass; Chuck Fertal-drumset

11:00pm Finale: "Song of the United Front" by Bertolt Brecht & Hanns Eisler: Performed by all musicians in the house

El Taller is proud to host Day 2 of the Dissident Arts Festival 2016. Join us for this special evening of revolutionary music and spoken word in which CULTURAL WORKERS SPEAK BACK TO TRUMP!

The Dissident Arts Festival, the 11th annual showcase of "revolutionary creativity," will occur on three stages in as many nights this August, featuring music, spoken word and performance art, and closing with the screening of a silent film complete with a live score performed by some of NYC's current new music coterie. This year's Festival occurs at sites in both downtown and uptown Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This 2016 Dissident Arts Festival is dedicated to the people's unity in the face of a divisive Right-wing. Performers will use this opportunity to make definitive statements in opposition to the hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump.

For more information you can visit dissidentarts.com

Storytellers: A Fundraiser

Friday, July 22nd

Omar Robles Join us for a night of cocktails, conversations, and stories to raise funds for the second edition of Huáscar Robles's book on post-quake Haiti, Puertos príncipes: temblemos todos.

The band Nuñez y Robles, cuatro master Mario Cancel-Bigay, producer Adrian Bridges, and many more to perform. Enter an auction for a photo from Omar Robles' Cuban dancers' series (shown here). Puertos príncipes was originally published by La Secta de los Perros in San Juan, Puerto Rico. La Cifra press in Mexico City will publish the second edition, bridging Haiti with Mexico, Latin America, and beyond.

Puertos príncipes: temblemos todos is a chronicle based on assignments and photographs by Robles during his time as a correspondent in Haiti in January and March 2010. The first part of the work summarizes initial reports of the earthquake, research on the border with the Dominican Republic, and the effect of international intervention on Haitian economy. In the second part, Robles reports on refugee camps and gender abuse. Throughout the text, Robles explores the influence of international bodies and humanitarian organizations in Haiti through the decades, as well as discrimination against Haitians in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Robles ends with a summary of the state of Haiti five years after the earthquake.

For more information, visit huascarrobles.com.

John Ehlis with Rosa Lazar

Friday, July 15th

name of image Guitarist, mandolinist, and multi-instrumentalist John Ehlis continues to surprise and delight audiences with a variety of musical offerings featuring a never ending cast of spirited and talented musicians. He has often been seen at El Taller playing mandolin with Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra but has also led his own groups with artists such as Leonor Falcón, Glen Fittin, Olivia Foschi, Yasuno Katsuki, and Sylvain Leroux. Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own unique style.

He is delighted to be sharing the stage with vocalist Rosa Lazar from Granada, Spain, along with Craig Yaremko (woodwinds), Scott Hogan (bass), and David Silliman (drums & percussion).

Since beginning her solo career in 2006, Lazar has been recognized for the great swing feel to her voice and is now considered one of the most sensual jazz singers in Spain. Her recent body of work, "Copla Sketches," mixes Spanish Copla with Jazz. The group will perform special arrangements of Lazar's song with music composed by Ehlis.

Sebastián Cruz: Songs for Tiny Giants - CD Release Party!

Sunday, July 10

Songs for Tiny Giants Sebastián Cruz's new children's music project invites us to stomp like Giants, fly like butterflies, and dance with abandon.

Join us for a celebration of the release of this fun and original collection of beautiful children's songs.

With Sebastián Cruz on voice and guitar, Martín Vejarano on drums, and Rudick Vidal on bass.

Listen to the album here.

"Cantando en Familia" with Ruben Gonzalez

Sunday, June 26

name of image Come to El Taller on Sunday, June 26th at 3pm to share music, create art, and build community!

"Cantando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event, designed for children of all ages. Musician Ruben Gonzalez and guests will perform songs that make the body move and the mind think.

Kintsugi

Saturday, June 25

Kintsugi lo-fi high brow. hi-fi low brow. shining shards in rutted grooves. damage undisguised, fill the cracks with gold...

Kintsugi is an improv trio. Musicians Jimmy Lee (guitar), Don McKenzie (drums), and Mark Cobrin (bass) have worked with James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Bill Laswell, Butch Morris, Karl Berger, Burnt Sugar, Nels Cline, Melvin Gibbs, William Parker, Olu Dara, and many others.

Blues, Noise, Funk: all's fair in love and Kintsugi.

Tell the Story of Antonia Martínez: Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra

Saturday, June 18

Antonia El Taller Latino Americano proudly presents an Encuentro of Nuyorican poetry, Free Jazz, and Nueva Canción.

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists begins a new chapter at El Taller with its inaugural Encuentro.

The founding father of free jazz and his Improvisers Orchestra will accompany "Poet and Prophet of El Barrio," Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, and icon of Nueva canción and El Taller founder, Bernardo Palombo, as they perform a poem and a song honoring Antonia Martínez Lagares.

Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. Conducted in Karl's distinctive style, developed at the celebrated Creative Music studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies of the world's folk traditions, and compositions written by legendary artists such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's remarkable poetry and vocalization.

Ideas developed in the 7:00 PM Workshop / Rehearsal transform into a fully formed 8:30 PM Performance. El Taller will also host a soiree with the artists after the performance.

patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, June 16

name of image transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction.

Eli Asher - trumpet & slide trumpet, patrick brennan - saxophone, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Patrick Holmes - clarinet, Tashi Kaiser - snare & brushes, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute, Lloyd Haber & Reggie Sylvester - snare & brushes

Composer & saxophonist patrick brennan has pursued a contrarian and independent musical path for over 3 decades in pursuit of those yet unheard somethings just around the corner. He has developed an individual musical language that expands on the possibilities of the jazz rhythm section. He has collaborated and recorded with Gnawa musicians in Morocco and has recorded numerous albums of his own original music.

For more information visit www.transparencykestra.org

Hecho a Mano: Ruben Gonzalez and Guests

Saturday, June 4

name of image Con Natalio Gonzalez, Mario Cancel, Alda Reuter, Martin Fuks, Sofia Juan, Michael Campbell, and others.

An evening of songs and stories that cross borders. Love and politics, pain and humor, North and South. Music to make the mind think and the body move.

Una velada de canciones e historias que cruzan las fronteras. Amor, politica, dolor, humor, el norte y el sur. Musica que hace trabajar la mente y mover el cuerpo.

Memorial Urchestra Concert for Bailey

Friday, June 3

name of image Dada artist Kurt Schwitters's classic "Sonata In Primeval Sounds," also called "Ursonate," is performed by URCHESTRA: vocalists Andy Laties, Rebecca Migdal and Jenny Gonzalez, percussionist Eric Blitz, GLOVE, John Landino (trombone, trumpet, cello), Don Rice (saxophones and bells), Pronoblem (bass, board, cane, clarinet). This Ursonate will be performed in loving memory of Urchestra's non-human member, the howling wolf-in-sheep's-clothing known as Bailey the Poodle.

Published in 1932, Kurt Schwitters's "Sonata In Primeval Sounds" is the granddaddy of sound-art poems: an hourlong opus that develops 26 abstract themes in classical sonata format. Andy Laties's rousing participatory interpretations were honored in Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art's major "Art In Chicago 1945-1995" retrospective.

Free-improv ensemble URCHESTRA has performed a dozen times in New York City (Bowery Poetry Club, Judson Church and Vox Pop), the Boston area (Outpost 186 and 119 Gallery), and Western Mass. (GonzoQuest in Holyoke; Easthampton town center).

Chorus As Community: The Power of Singing Together

Sunday, May 22

Left Forum Featuring: Bernardo Palombo, Ruben Gonzalez, Mario Cancel, Hudson Valley Sally (Terry Colliton, Dave Tarlo, Laurie Siegel, and John Fisher), with narration by Lupe Ramsey

From the Paris Commune to the present, songs have played an outsize role in energizing and inspiring progressive movements. As Pete Seeger said, "songs may not change the world, but they certainly change the people who change the world." Pete's words have proved especially true in the Americas, in both the Nueva Canción movement in Latin America and the civil rights and anti-war movements in North America. Join us at the Left Forum to sing some of the old songs and new songs as well--songs in both English and Spanish, but singable by all. Help us continue this long, rich thread of activist music. Raise your voice.

The Left Forum is the largest annual conference of the broad Left in the United States. Each spring thousands of conference participants come together to discuss pressing local, national, and global issues, to better understand commonalities and differences, to consider alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas toward building social movements that can transform the world.

Register to attend the Left Forum online at www.leftforum.org.

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra

Saturday, May 21

Karl Berger Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists continues at El Taller.

Improvisational ideas developed in the 7:00 PM Workshop / Rehearsal transform into a fully formed 8:30 PM Performance.

Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. Conducted in Karl's distinctive style and developed at the celebrated Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions, and compositions written by legendary artists such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's remarkable poetry and vocalization.

Words and Music | Una Noche de Palabras y Música

Friday, May 20th

Words and Music Don't miss the final "Words and Music" of the season!

Elisa Corona Aguilar of Doble Vida, award-winning Mexican author of "El Desfile Circular" and other books, and Huáscar Robles and Edgardo Nuñez, Puerto Rican composers and writers, present a selection of their songs accompanied by guitar.

The New York Guitar Circle is a group of guitarists who have attended courses in Guitar Craft and the Guitar Circle directed by Robert Fripp. They will present music composed for the international Guitar Circles over the last 30 years by Fripp and musicians from many countries.

"11": Performance and Album Release

Sunday, May 14

11 Flyer Come to El Taller for a night of "Avant-Garde / Free Improvisation Music." The quartet will perform pieces from the newly released "11" by David Zakarian & Mariano Gabriel Chamorro.

Find the album on iTunes.

Featuring:

David Zakarian - Alto Saxophone
Patrick McGee - Soprano Saxophone
Quincy Chimich - Electronic Devices
Mariano Gabriel Chamorro - Drums

World Voices
Voces del Mundo

Saturday, May 14

name of image Four artists from four countries join together for a musical encuentro at El Taller Latino Americano. "World Voices" presents two duets exploring the musical roots of their native lands (Brazil, Croatia, Turkey, and Mexico).

Cuatro voces de distintas latitudes se unen para una encuentro musical en el Taller Latino Americano. "Voces del mundo" presenta dos duetos que exploran las raíces musicales de sus tierras (Brasil, Croacia, Turquía, y México).

Featuring: Anne Boccato & Astrid Kuljanic and Pablo Reyes & Ulas Aksunger

patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, May 12

name of image Composer & saxophonist patrick brennan has pursued a contrarian and independent musical path for over 3 decades in pursuit of those yet unheard somethings just around the corner. He's developed an individual musical language that expands on the possibilities of the jazz rhythm section. He's collaborated and recorded with Gnawa musicians in Morocco and has recorded numerous albums of his own original music.

patrick brennan's transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble without drums & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction.

Eli Asher - trumpet & slide trumpet, patrick brennan - composition & saxophone, Michel Gentile - flute, Brian Groder - trumpet & fluegelhorn, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Patrick Holmes - clarinet, Jason Kao Hwang - violin, Adam Lane & Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass viols, Chris McIntyre & James Rogers - trombones, Dave Treut - soprano saxophone, David Sidman & Nico Sofiato - guitars, Justin Wood - flute

For more information visit www.transparencykestra.org

Una Noche de Música y Palabras

Friday, April 29

name of image El Taller invites you to a night of música, palabras, guitars, wine, and joy featuring:

The New York Guitar Circle (directed by Tony Geballe),

Doble Vida (Elisa Corona Aguilar),

and Nuñez y Robles
.

Bobby, Carolina: A film by Anthony Marchese

Sunday, April 24

Bobby, Carolina. El Taller Latino Americano invites you to the NYC premiere of Bobby, Carolina. Director Anthony Marchese will present a showcase of paintings in conjunction with the film screening. Reception to follow.

Bobby, recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq, has no physical scars but suffers emotionally.

He meets Carolina.

A Spanish speaking girl in the neighborhood, always covered in scarves and babushkas. Carolina reminds him of the strength and good within. Though she also is suffering trauma from a tragedy in her past.



For more information about the film, please visit: bobbycarolina.com

"Cantando en Familia" with Ruben Gonzalez

Sunday, April 24

name of image Come to El Taller on Sunday, April 24th at 3pm to share music, create art, and build community!

"Cantando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event, designed for children of all ages. Musician Ruben Gonzalez will be performing songs that make the body move and the mind think.

Gnawa Boussou

Friday, April 15

name of image GNAWA BOUSSOU is a New York-based Gnawa ensemble that performs traditional music from the Gnawa brotherhood of Morocco. Known to enchant the Zebulon crowd in Williamsburg on a weekly basis from early 2012 until the club's unfortunate closure in December of that year, Gnawa Boussou has been performing traditional repertoire from the Gnawa music of Morocco all throughout the city's boroughs.

Gnawa culture developed in Morocco, with roots in the forced displacement of people from other African countries. Gnawa music is part of a healing ritual called the "lila" which means "night" in Arabic. A "lila" is an intimate, communal night of celebration that can last up to 12 hours. It provides a safe space for those who wish to enter into a trance and to lose themselves in the hypnotic rhythms and soaring melodies of Gnawa music.

Maalem Said Damir - sintir, lead vocals

Brahim Fribgane - cajon, backup vocals

Amino Belyamani - qraqeb, backup vocals

ANTENNA + BRANDON and Entre-Deux

Friday, April 15

Atenna ANTENNA, a unique ensemble with flexible instrumentation, is a collective of creative composer-improvisers with like-minded musical visions.

Featuring: Zach Swanson on bass, Venezuelan guitarist and composer Juanma Trujillo, Venezuelan violinist and composer Leonor Falcón, drummer and electronic musician and composer Noel Brennan, and Mexican vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer Patricia Brennan. For this concert Antenna will count with the participation of special guest Brandon Sherman.

A collaboration between singer Lorena del Mar and Belgian pianist Alex Koo, Entre-Deux will perform compositions filled with free improvisation and different hues.

Encuentros Concert Series: Sana Nagano 4tet| Karolina Beimcik ZORYA project

Wednesday, April 13

Sana and Karolina An extraordinary musical "encuentro" not to miss. Boundless and free-spirited violinist/composer Sana Nagano will perform with her quartet, and Polish singer and violinist Karolina Beimcik will present her new project, ZORYA.

7:30pm - Sana Nagano Quartet (Sana Nagano - violin, Will Mason - drums, Dan Stein - bass, Keisuke Matsuno - guitar)

9:30pm - Karolina Beimcik ZORYA project (Karolina Beimcik - voice and violin, Josh Deutsch - trumpet, Miki Yamanaka - piano, Noah Garabedian - double bass, Jay Sawyer - drums)


For more information about the artists and their projects, please visit: www.sananagano.com and www.karolinabeimcik.com.

Evening of Poetry: Vrudna Prabhu

Saturday, April 2

Vrunda Prabhu El Taller Latino Americano invites you to an "Exploration of and into Creativity."

Please join us for an evening of poetry honoring Vrunda Prabhu (1961-2013): poetess, mathematics educator, mathematician.

House of Health with Dr. Carina Lopez

Monday, March 28

Carina Lopez El Taller introduces a monthly space for conversation, community, and learning centered around health and healing.

Dr. Carina Lopez is a Naturopath, Herbalist, and Acupuncturist. The alternative perspective she brings to the art of healing incorporates dialogue with leaders in social, critical, and cultural thinking. She has had clinical experience in Greece, India, and Belize. You can find her weekly column in the Daily News or visit her website at www.drcarinalopez.com.

Robert Street has worked as a homeopath in the Meher Baba free homeopathic clinic, open since 1936. He has practiced for 40 years and seen over 50,000 patients free of charge. He will discuss with Dr. Lopez what homeopathic medicine is, its availability to all people regardless of economic concerns, and its astonishing value in helping heal chronic diseases, such as asthma, and pain management.

Colombina Parra y Los Residentes Antisociales

Saturday, March 26

Colombina Parra Celebrating its 37th anniversary, El Taller proudly presents Colombina Parra y Los Residentes Antisociales.

Chilena Colombina Parra on guitar and vocals, Pancho Molina on drums, Francesco Marcocci on bass, and Leo Genovese on piano. Brought to you as part of El Taller's Encuentros concert series.

Candombe Trance: Intoxicating Afro-Uruguayan Music

Friday, March 25

Candombe Tambores: Arturo Prendez, Juanka Oleghy, Sergio Camaran, and Claudio Altero

Batería: Rodolfo Zanetti

Violín: Sergio Reyes

Voz: Solange Prat

Piano: Leo Genovese

Una Noche de Música y Palabras

Friday, March 25

musica y palabras Featuring:

The New York Guitar Circle (directed by Tony Geballe),

Nuñez y Robles,

Doble Vida (Elisa Corona Aguilar),

and Special Guest - Mexican author Luis Miguel Estrada, presenting his new book Alain Prost .

Dylcia Pagán
A Celebration and Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 22

Dylcia El Taller Latino Americano invites you to a celebration and fundraiser to support "Casa Yuiza," Dylcia's holistic art workshop and gallery in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

Dylcia Pagán has been an inspiration to her community and to working women everywhere. Her life reflects the power of women who have been transformed by their participation in revolutionary and artistic struggles.

Featured items for sale include Taino inspired pieces, small masks, hand engraved jewelry boxes all made from Higüera.

Wine, Empanadas, Charla

patrick brennan's transparency kestra

Thursday, March 17

Karl Berger Composer & saxophonist patrick brennan has pursued a contrarian and independent musical path for over 3 decades in pursuit of those yet unheard somethings just around the corner. He's developed an individual musical language that expands on the possibilities of the jazz rhythm section. He's collaborated and recorded with Gnawa musicians in Morocco and has recorded numerous albums of his own original music.

patrick brennan's transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble without drums & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration. Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction.

Eli Asher - trumpet & slide trumpet, patrick brennan - saxophone & composition, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Brian Groder - trumpet & fleugelhorn, Patrick Holmes & Clarinet, Jerome Harris - guitar, Jason Kao Hwang - violin, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass, Michael Rabinowitz, bassoon

Open Rehearsal: 6pm
Performance: 7pm




For more information visit www.transparencykestra.org

The Neo-Beats: Poetry Talk-Show Soirée Live!

Monday, February 29

Papoleto Poetry


Cantando y Pintando en Familia

Sunday, February 28

February Cantando Come to El Taller on Sunday, February 28th at 3pm to share music, create art, and build community. "Cantando y Pintando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event, designed for children of all ages.

Musician Ruben Gonzalez will be performing songs that make the body move and the mind think. Artist Angelo Romano will be leading art lessons to nurture the artist in all of us.

Samy Mielgo: Music Clinic and The Grand Jam!

Saturday, February 20

Samy Music Clinic: 6-8PM
Free Admission

Musical Encuentro & Benefit: 9PM
Suggested donation: $15

Samy Mielgo, master guitarist and teacher, is at El Taller for two special events on Saturday, February 20th.

From 6pm to 8pm Samy will share his wealth of knowledge about the rhythms of his native Argentina in a free music clinic.

Then, at 9pm, there will be a musical Encuentro and benefit performance for El Taller featuring Samy on guitar, the otherworldly Leo Genovese on piano, and Mario Cancel on cuatro.

Argentina meets Puerto Rico meets the cosmos!

Cantando y Pintando en Familia

Sunday, January 24

Ruben y Angelo Come to El Taller on Sunday, January 24 at 3pm to share music, create art, and build community. "Cantando y Pintando en Familia" is an interactive, audience participatory bilingual event, designed for children of all ages.

Musician Ruben Gonzalez will be performing songs that make the body move and the mind think. Artist Angelo Romano will be leading art lessons to nurture the artist in all of us.