El Taller Latino Americano

People

 

 

People

Bernardo Palombo

FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Bernardo began the Workshop in 1979 in a small space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which has since moved to its current location at 215 East 99th Street in East Harlem, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Palombo achieved his first musical success at the age of 17 when his song  "Vendimiador" was recorded by the legendary Argentinean vocal group, Los Trovadores, and became an immediate and long-lasting hit. He moved to New York City in 1969 and continued to write songs that have been recorded by some of the best-known exponents of Latin music in New York and Nueva Canción in South America including Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, Conjunto Libre and Lucecita Benitez. Palombo also became a musical consultant and composer for film and television, involving himself in such diverse and innovative projects as the Lucas/Coppola production of Powaqqatsi , the film Americas in Transition and the PBS show Sesame Street, who have featured some of his Spanish language songs.

Bernardo's musical background and 30+ years of teaching inspired the development of El Taller's unique acoustic based language programs for adults and children. Prior to founding El Taller, Bernardo taught at the New School, Sarah Lawrence, Yeshiva University and the United Nations School. But it is at El Taller that his vision for language education flourished. In recognition of his unique contribution to the education and the arts, Bernardo received the Independent Educator's Award from Teachers College at Columbia University and numerous grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

Administrative & Creative Staff

BERNARDO PALOMBO — FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF THE HOUSES OF MUSIC AND LANGUAGE

JENNIFER PLIEGO — DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS, HOUSE OF ART

Ivonne García — COMMUNIty Engagement MANAGER

frank spring — bookkeeper

mark cobrin — sound engineer

miguel rivera — gallery coordinator

 

Teachers

Yrma AriaS (Dominican Republic) — Salsa

Indiana Bervis (Nicaragua) — children's spanish (Art)

ALEXANDRA CASTAÑO (COLOMBIA) — SPANISH

marilyn castillo (mexico) — CHILDREN'S SPANISH (music)

IVONNE GARCíA (venezuela) — SPANISH

LIBIA GIL (COLOMBIA) — SPANISH

David Guzmán (Colombia) — CHILDREN'S SPANISH (Music)

LINDA paula MARCOS (GUATEMALA) — CHILDREN'S SPANISH (ART)

Bernardo Palombo (Argentina) — Spanish

Mochi Parra (Chile) — SPANISH

maría de jesús aguilar sánchez (mexico) — SPANISH

Emma Smoluchowski (U.S.A.) — CHILDREN'S SPANISH (Art)

YOLANDA TORRES (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) — SPANISH

Sofia Tosello (Argentina) — Children's SPANISH (music)

Sofia Verzbolovskis (Panama) — Art, Photography

 

Casa México

Isabel Navarro — Founder & President

Carlos Navarro — Executive Director

Terry Romero — Founder & Vice-President

Raul Perez — Music Teacher

 

Board of Directors

Renée Typaldos, Chair

Stephen Brown

Lynn Feasley

Carmen Rivera

Bernardo Palombo, ex officio