El Taller Latino Americano

Event Calendar

CHAMA CD Release Party

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.