w/ Sebastián Cruz Cheap Landscape Trio , Martin Vejarano-Chia's Dance Party , Nilko Andreas Guarín , Alejandro Flórez- Tibaguí , Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective , Pablo Mayor's Folklore Urbano Orchestra , Daniel Fetecua and Pajarillo Pinta'o Dance Company , Gregorio Uribe Big Band , M.A.K.U. SoundSystem , and Grupo Rebolú
About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:3:30 PM
Show Time:4:00 PM
Traditional, jazz, rock, dance, classical, and urban sounds collide as Pablo and Anna Mayor present the 9th annual Encuentro NYC Colombian Music festival. Colombian musicians unite on one stage as they do each year, in a celebration of Colombia’s rich traditions and modern innovations told through the voice of New York-based Colombian artists. The festival will feature six hours of back-to-back performances featuring the rhythms of cumbia, puya, currulao, joropo, and bambuco, among a myriad other styles, both as they have developed in New York and in their traditional root forms.
This year, the energy will reach new heights with the newest voice on the world stage, MAKU Soundsystem (featured at globalFEST 2011). Their driving rhythms are grounded in Afro- Colombian traditions and their gaitas come from Colombia’s indigenous heritage (like their name), as they present their music with the freedom of young Colombians hailing from urban Queens.
The annual Encuentro/Encounter of Colombian Musicians in New York music festival, founded by Colombian bandleader, pianist, and composer Pablo Mayor and his wife flutist Anna Povich de Mayor, continues its effort to provide a platform for Colombian artists in New York to present their art, while bringing these treasures to the attention of the international audience.
The festival coincides with PAMAR’S Latin American Culture Week, using the opportunity to showcase Colombia’s rich musical heritage and developments to the broader international and Latin American community. The six-hour extravaganza will begin with a dinner set featuring the sophisticated Andean sounds of Alejandro Flórez-Tibaguí, gaita, bullerengue, and other Afro- Colombian rhythms with Grupo Rebolú (for those who wish to dance from the beginning), New Orleans jazz-with-a-Colombian twist (drummer Martin Vejarano’s Chia’s Dance Party), Caribbean vallenato with Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective, and other artists ranging from rock to classical guitar (including Lucía Pulido’s right-hand man Sebastián Cruz and his Cheap Landscape trio), gradually transforming as the night unfolds into an all-out dance party with Pablo Mayor’s driving Folklore Urbano Orchestra and the wildly fun Gregorio Uribe Big Band. Special guests to include Limon Dance Company’s Daniel Fetecua and his Pajarillo Pinta’o Dance Company. The energy in the room will erupt once MAKU takes over as the closing act, and the audience is guaranteed to leave dancing!
Proud to participate at PAMAR’ s 7th annual Latin American Cultural Week in NYC leave dancing!
$20 GA, $15 for minors with legal guardians, at the door
This is a general admission, standing event.
This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s Concert Window channel, beginning at 4pm.
Traditional Colombian music and “urban electricity” led by guitarist/composer Sebastián Cruz.
CHIA’s Dance Party is a New York City-based Quintet/Sextet. The band delivers a unique musical experience where infectious danceable grooves mix harmoniously with extensive compositional and improvisational work. The band performs original material inspired by the Colombian rhythmic and melodic traditions, yet explores different genres and compositional approaches. All of these sounds are catalyzed by musical director, Martín Vejarano on Drums and compositions.
Colombian Born Guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin has performed throughout the United States, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, France and Portugal, and among numerous prizes is the recipient of the Colombia Exterior Award 2006, given to Colombians who have distinguished themselves outside of their native country, and “The Recognition award”, 2008 given by the city of New York for his contribution to the Arts.
Alejandro Flórez-Guitarist, Composer, Educator
Alejandro has been a professional freelancer musician for over ten years. Upon graduating from the University of North Texas, he moved to New York City, where he has successfully maintained a career as a performer, composer and educator. Currently he works with several groups from a variety of cultural and musical backgrounds, including bands led by Colombian folk musicians (including Grupo Rebolú and Grupo Chonta, and occasional collaborations with Cumbiamba eNeYé and Folklore Urbano) and smaller groups of jazz and folkloric roots (including working with singers Lucía Pulido and Sofia Koutsovitis among others). He has toured with these and other bands extensively through the USA. In addition, he has been able to work as a composer and producer, writing and recording music with a pool of gifted artists for his own projects, including the quartet Tibaguí, the Alejandro Flórez trio and several other collaborative bands. Currently he also serves as recording engineer for Terraza 7 Live Music, a venue of musical, cultural and communal expressions in Queens, New York, where he has worked with artists representative of the Latin American, World Music and jazz scenes from New York and around the world.
Carrying the Zuleta’s family legacy, a long line of great Vallenato musicians, New York based pianist, composer, singer and producer Alejandro Zuleta, presents an exciting journey into this alluring Colombian musical tradition from the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
Traditionally played on acordeón, during the last couple of years Alejandro has explored ways of translating this Vallenato acordeón repertoire to the piano. The result of this exploration is the unique sound of the Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective, that performs regularly at Terraza 7 (NYC). The band presents an exciting journey into traditional Vallenato music—filled with catchy melodies, contagious rhythms, and true to the spirit of “La Parranda”. The group also gives space for creative and engaging spaces of solo and collective improvisation.
This powerhouse 12-member orchestra seamlessly fuses the danceable swing of traditional Colombian rhythms with the lush subtleties of contemporary jazz harmonies and unique arrangements. The ensemble is driven by a rhythm section deeply grounded in traditional Colombian music. Like a feisty chef, leader Pablo Mayor then adds explosive horns and soaring, colorful vocalists to produce a tasty, sultry, addictive blend! Pablo Mayor, pianist/composer/arranger/producer, has dedicated the last 13 years to writing, producing, and promoting Colombian music. And his medium to reach the global community is his orchestra Folklore Urbano. The band presents Colombian music in Pablo’s unique style—-elegant, sophisticated (think Duke Ellington), while all along adhering to a strict philosophy of groove. Pablo is a seasoned writer, and his experience playing in dance bands goes back to his teenage years growing up in Cali, Colombia. He’s been pianist and arranger for the 50-year old Cuban charanga band Orquesta Broadway for the past 13 years, and he’s been commissioned to write for Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Big Band in NYC. FU showcases Pablo’s skill at orchestration and his in-born drive to produce music that stirs his audience to get up and dance if and whenever possible! (*note his frequent collaboration with Colombian dancer Daniel Fetecua and his Pajarillo Pinta’o dance company) The band is now an establishment in NYC, and has appeared throughout Canada, the USA, and Colombia at such renowned venues as: Chicago World Music Festival, Houston’s Miller Theatre, Detroit’s Symphony Hall (Festival of Colors), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Milwaukee Latino Arts, Festival International de Arte (Cali, Colombia), SunFest, Quebec City Summer Music Festival, Ottawa Blues Fest, Toronto Harbourfest, etc.
With the founding of Pajarillo Pinta’o in 2003, Artistic Director Daniel Fetecua Soto has started to investigate the fusion of traditional dances and rhythms of Colombian Folklore with the principals of modern dance and German tanz-theater. Pajarillo Pinta’o took its first steps as a traditional Colombian Folkloric dance ensemble while Colombian founder and artistic director Daniel Fetecua Soto was a student at the Folkwang Hochsule in Essen, Germany.
Later his choreography became shaped by not only his cross-cultural studies of Colombian traditional dance at Universidad Nacional in Colombia, but by his newly acquired experiences and training in dance-theatre, modern, and contemporary dance-notably, his position in the world-renowned Jose Limon dance company.
The culmination of this training and performance history has birthed a movement that interweaves the rhythms, music, choreographic structure and rites of the native dances of Colombia, with the lyricim and neo-expressionism found in contemporary dance.
When he was 17 years old, Gregorio Uribe decided to learn about different
music techniques and genres by backpacking and performing in streets,
buses and beaches around South America. After this experience, Gregorio
earned his Summa Cum Laude degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston
where he was influenced by jazz arranging, which induced him to create a
very unique project:
Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 16-piece musical experience that blends
Afr o-Colombian r hythms with funk gr ooves and power ful big band
arranging. This music machine brings together musicians from many
countries around the world that, under Gregorio Uribe’s leadership and
vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms.
Comprised of 8 members, hailing mostly from Colombia, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem makes big music that begins in traditional Afro- Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere. Clarinet, trombone, sax, guitarra, and Latin percussion supplement a rambunctious, driving rock core, creating a sound familiar enough to be danceable but always surprising.
Is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the united states. The group was created from the desire of Ronald Polo (vocalist/composer/gaitero) and Morris Canate (master folkloric percussionist) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendents of Colombia’s caribbean coast.
It is their belief that these folkloric traditions should continually evolve over time and with the ideas of new generations of folklorists. This belief is surely reflected in their music.
The original compositions of Ronald Polo forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to its ancestral roots. In the process, they create a truly unique musical and cultural experience.