Summer Jazz Program Schedule

Dear Friends,

Registration is now open for our summer Jazz Program!  Under the direction of pianist/composer Gustavo Casenave, the Harbor Conservatory  Jazz Program is designed to develop skilled performers, composers, and arrangers in preparation for advanced college level study and future professional careers.
Focusing on all aspects of Jazz education, this program offers an innovative curriculum, comprised of not only traditional Jazz studies, but a broader world – vision of Jazz and the art of improvisation. Master classes and concerts by major Jazz artists, are offered in addition to the arranging, composition, ear training, and performance courses and opportunities.  The semester runs from July 6th to August 13th.  The schedule is as follows:

Harbor Contemporary Jazz Ensemble –
Mondays:  4:30pm to 6pm (meets as usual)

The All Jazz Ensemble –
Mondays: 6pm to 7:30pm (meets as usual)

Ear Training 1 –
Wednesdays:  4pm to 5pm (different day from before, same time)

Arranging for contemporary Jazz Ensemble –
Wednesdays: 5pm to 6pm (different day from before, same time)

Jazz Composition –
Wednesdays: 6pm to 7pm (different day from before, same time)

Jazz Composition Ensemble –
Wednesdays: 7pm to 8pm (different day from before, same time)

The Harbor Jazz Ensemble –
Tuesdays: 6pm to 8pm (taught by Michika Ishikawa)
(different day from before, same time)

Jazz Private Instruction – (for schedule contact the office)

NOTE:  There will no Jazz Vocal Workshop during the summer semester.

NEW STUDENTS: Please call Gustavo Casenave @ 212/427-2244 Ext. 551 to discuss registering.

RETURNING STUDENTS: Please call the office @ 212/427-2244 Ext. 573 to register.

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Harbor Conservatory Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Nearly 400 people joined in honoring Arturo O’Farrill and Marcia Goldstein at Boys & Girls Harbor’s 18th Salute to Achievement benefit celebrating the Harbor Conservatory’s 40th anniversary on June 14, at the beautiful Hotel Mandarin New York, hosted by WNBC reporter Lynda Baquero. Arturo O’Farrill, GRAMMY Award-winning Musical Director, pianist, composer and educator was presented with the Tony Duke Founders Medal, which was given to him by Harbor Conservatory Director Ramon Rodriguez.  Mr. O’Farrill’s brief comments included reference to the fact that he personally knew so many musicians whose lives had been changed by the Harbor Conservatory. Also honored was Marcia Goldstein.  Ms. Goldstein’s remarks included remembrance of her early career, the many people who inspired her along the way, and her pro-bono and philanthropic work helping victims of domestic violence. The highlight of the evening was the wonderful performances given by Harbor Conservatory students featuring special guest artists from Broadway, Mandy Gonzalez, Rhett George and Nikki Renee Daniels.   More than $2 million was raised at this event to benefit the children and young people of Boys & Girls Harbor, and in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Pablo Mayor Launches 7th Annual Encounter of Columbian Musicians

HARBOR CONSERVATORY FACULTY MEMBER PABLO MAYOR

LAUNCHES THE 7TH ANNUAL

ENCOUNTER OF COLOMBIAN MUSICIANS IN NEW YORK

June 18 & June 19, 2010

AT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO

Pianist/Composer/ Bandleader and Educator Pablo Mayor, a long time member of the music faculty at Harbor Conservatory will present the 7th annual Encounter of Columbian Musicians in New York at El Museo del Barrio on June 18th and 19th. This popular festival features nearly twenty of New York’s renowned Colombian musical ensembles as well as special guests from Colombia. This event highlights Colombia’s musical treasures and its multiple rhythms like cumbia, currulao, vallenato, bambuco, and more, on the eve of the Bicentennial year of Colombian independence. El Museo del Barrio is located in the same building as Harbor Conservatory at Fifth Avenue and 104th Street.

Encuentro developed from an all-day event organized in Bogotá in 1998, when Pablo Mayor was directing the jazz program at the Universidad Javeriana. Mayor had students present music utilizing Colombian rhythms and melodies, with results so productive and enjoyable that Mayor made it the model when organizing a New York event in 2003. Encuentro highlights the finest contemporary and traditional Colombian music, brought together on the same stage for one of New York’s distinct “hot ticket” events

The Encounter, or Encuentro, continues to inspire, educate, and awe its audiences with its varied artist showcases, ranging from the poetry of Marta Gómez, to the fire of virtuoso percussionist Samuel Torres, to the pure joy of the Afro-Colombian music of Diego Obregon‘s marimba de chonta, to the more subtle sounds of Spanish-derived Andean guitar music this year featuring Plectro Trio direct from Colombia. Dance bands like La Cumbiamba eNeYe, Pablo Mayor’s renowned orchestra Folklore Urbano, and more jazz-oriented and avant-garde veterans like Hector Martignon and Lucía Pulido, reveal how Colombian music has taken its place at the forefront of the world music scene here in New York City and beyond.

TICKET PRICES FOR ONE DAY PASSES
Adult: at the door: $30.00, in advance: $25.00
Students /Members: $20.00 (valid ID required at the door)
Children (12 and under): $15 (ID required)

To purchase tickets online
Click on the links below ($1 convenience fee may apply):
For Friday: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8153625
For Saturday: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8153635
For TWO DAY Passes: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8153625

To purchase tickets by phone
Please call toll-free OvationTix customer service number 866-811-4111 ($1 convenience fee may apply)

To purchase tickets at Box Office
Visit El Museo’s store, La Tienda, Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00am – 6:00pm.

Afro-Colombian Rhythms Workshops

Harbor Conservatory presents:
In conjunction with
Pablo Mayor and the VII Encounter of Colombian Musicians in NY
4 workshops on Afro-Colombian Rhythms from the Caribbean coast of Colombia

June 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2010
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Individual sessions are $15, a series of all 4 are $50.

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to host 4 workshops on Afro-Colombian Rhythms from the Caribbean coast of Colombia taught by MARCO VINICIO OYAGA, master drummer and musical director for Toto la Momposina as part  of the VII Encounter of Colombian Musicians in New York Festival founded and directed by Pablo Mayor. Individual sessions are $15 each, and a series of all 4 are $50.  To reserve a space please call Pablo Mayor at 917-655-1927, or  Anna Povich de Mayor, at folkloreurbano@earthlink.net. Harbor Conservatory is located in the Heckscher Building along with El Museo del Barrio at One East 104th Street and Fifth Avenue

Learn the African roots of cumbia and other rhythms like porro, fandango, and puya from Colombia’s atlantic coast.  Selected workshop participants will play and participate in a culminating performance in conjunction with El Museo del Barrio’s Super Sabado Target Free Saturdays on June 19th event and Pablo Mayor’s “VII Encounter of Colombian Musicians in NY”

The Encounter, or Encuentro, continues to inspire, educate, and awe its audiences with its varied artist showcases, ranging from the poetry of Marta Gómez, to the fire of virtuoso percussionist Samuel Torres, to the pure joy of the Afro-Colombian music of Diego Obregon‘s marimba de chonta, to the more subtle sounds of Spanish-derived Andean guitar music this year featuring Plectro Trio direct from Colombia. Dance bands like La Cumbiamba eNeYe, Pablo Mayor’s renowned orchestra Folklore Urbano, and more jazz-oriented and avant-garde veterans like Hector Martignon and Lucía Pulido, reveal how Colombian music has taken its place at the forefront of the world music scene here in New York City and beyond. For a full schedule of performances please visit www.elmuseo.org.

A Conversation with Legendary Vocalist Toto la Momposina

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

El Barrio/East Harlem – Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts & the Raices Latin Music Museum are pleased to host A Conversation with Legendary Colombian Vocalist Toto la Momposina moderated by pianist/composer Pablo Mayor on Tuesday, June 15th at 5:00 pm in the Third Floor Theater located at One East 104th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.  Admission is $10.   Pablo Mayor is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual Encuentro Festival of Colombian Musicians in New York City scheduled for June 18 and 19, 2010 at El Museo del Barrio.

******Seating for A Conversation with Toto is limited, to reserve a seat  please contact: Pablo Mayor at 917-655-1927, or Anna Povich de Mayor, at folkloreurbano@earthlink.net.

In this informal dialogue, Columbia’s foremost vocalist will discuss her career, and her music which brings together the music of three races, indigenous porro, puya and gaita with Afro-Latin cumbia, mapale and sexteto. Toto, whose given name is Sonia Bazanta Vides was born in the northern Colombian village of Talaigua, in the island of Mompos. As its name suggests, Talaigua was once an Indigenous land. The Spanish invasion five hundred years ago forced the population inland. “The music I play has its roots in mixed race,” she explains. “The flutes are pre-Columbian, the drums of course are from Africa, and the guitar from the conquisadors.” However, she points out that the Spanish guitar actually has its roots in Moorish Africa.

“However, I don’t think of it as `folklore’,” adds Toto. “To me, folklore means something that is dead, in a museum. Traditional music, music from the old days is alive.” There probably isn’t a single person who has done more to revitalize the music of Northern Colombia’s shores. In 1993, she recorded the landmark album, “La Candela Viva” for Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld label and ever since has been busy performing at the world’s top music festivals.

She is a rare performer whose energetic and passionate recordings capture the energy of her live performances. With a fiery voice and a remarkable spontaneous wit, whether she is leading flute and percussion driven porros or brass section and guitar led Afro-Latin cumbias and sextetos, Toto La Momposina uses her torrid vocal power to make sure that there her audience is out of their seats and onto the dance floor, ready to get a taste of some of the most evocative music on the planet.

“We are excited to be able to partner with long time faculty member Pablo Mayor, on this historic conversation with one of Columbia’s foremost artists,” said Nina Olson, Director of External Affairs.   Our focus on Afro-Caribbean music dovetails so perfectly with that of Columbia as many of Totoa la Momposina’s   songs sound a bit Cuban, it is for good reason.”  Through the 19th century, there were huge waves of Cuban immigration along the northern Caribbean Colombian shores near Baranquilla. These slaves brought with them Cuban music, which led to the development of the sexteto, Colombia’s cousin to Cuba’s son. In addition, while Salsa was born among Puerto Ricans, Cubans and Dominicans in New York City it spread to Colombia. Native salsa groups like Fruko y sus Tesos and labels that recorded them like Discos Fuentes emerged. Artists like Joe Arroyo followed, inventing a distinctively Colombian form of salsa.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

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