Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Premieres New Comissioned Composition by Pablo Mayor

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory is pleased to announce that the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill will be premiering a newly commissioned composition by long time Harbor Conservatory faculty member pianist/composer/bandleader Pablo Mayor, as part of the Wall to Wall Sonidos festival at Symphony Space. The free event is part of Wall to Wall Sonidos, the culmination of a yearlong multi-disciplinary programming initiative focusing on Latino arts and culture at Symphony Space, located at 95th Street and Broadway.

The marathon’s closing segment, “Si Cuba,” …will feature the world premiere of O’Farrill’s “A Still Small Voice,” a New York State Council on the Arts commission that explores the central beliefs and tales of many religions and philosophies. O’Farrill describes “A Still Small Voice” as “a hybrid of classical, jazz, and Latin elements focused on the idea of a conscience, a voice inside of us that knows right from wrong.”

The work will feature the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with the 115-voice LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts Senior Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Jana Ballard. The concert will also feature other new works and guest artist/composers, reflecting the future of jazz across the Americas, including Afro Peruvian vocalist Corina Bartra, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato with famed accordionist Victor Prieto, In addition, pianist Vijay Iyer’s “Mad Hatter,” his first work for big band, will be performed.

Pablo Mayor – Composer, arranger, pianist, Pablo Mayor was born in Palmira, Colombia, and holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in Jazz Arranging from the University of North Texas.  Mr. Mayor began his personal investigation of the native music of Colombia while Professor of Jazz at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1998.   He has taken his knowledge of Colombian folklore and has combined it with an extensive knowledge of jazz harmonies and arranging which can be heard in the work of his popular group Folklore Urbano. Beginning in 2003, he founded the annual “Encounter of Colombian Musicians in New York,” an annual event uniting Colombian musicians. A pianist and arranger for Orquesta Broadway, Mr. Mayor is an active pianist in the Afro-Cuban music scene. He wrote and produced the music for “A Clear Midnight,” “El Patio,” and “El Pesebre,” three live theatre productions by the ID Studio performed throughout the New York area. In Spring 2006, he wrote and produced music for the popular theatre production, “Allende,” that had its opening run at the Theater for the New City.  Mr. Mayor has produced and arranged for musicians, such as Toto La Momposina and Armando Manzanero, in Dallas, New York, Colombia, and Mexico. For more info go to

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Symphony Space present

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as Part of Wall to Wall Sonidos

FREE! No tickets required.

May 14, 2011, 9:30 PM

Symphony Space
95th Street and Broadway, NYC


Free Jazz Concert

Dear Friends:
Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, is pleased to present the Harbor Jazz Composers Concert featuring the members of the Jazz Composition Ensemble on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm, at our home site at One East 104th Street in the Third Floor Theater, as part of the city-wide Composers Now Festival.  Admission is FREE. The concert will feature works by student composers enrolled in the Conservatory’s Jazz Program, under the direction of Gustavo Casenave.  The Jazz Composition Ensemble performs student compositions in the Jazz idiom. The repertory includes blues, ballads, contemporary post bebop, and avant-garde works.

COMPOSERS NOW, presently in its second year,  puts a public face on the vitality, diversity, and innovations that composers bring to our communities, and was established by composer, conductor Tania Leόn and composer Laura Kaminsky, Artistic Director at Symphony Space and Coordinator of Composers Now.  Believing that music pervades our world, yet the men and women who create the sounds we hear are often unsung.  The Harbor Jazz Composers Concert is a part of Composers Now, a festival celebrating the music of our time at venues throughout the city February 21-27, 2011

The Harbor Conservatory Jazz Program, under the direction of pianist/composer Gustavo Casenave 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.

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is the first New York City member of the Berklee City Music Network of the Berklee College of Music and is a recipient of support from the NAMM Foundation, D’Addario Music Foundation and Mockingbird Foundation.

Composers Now Festival a Success!

Dear Friends,

On February, 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM the newly initiated Composers Now Festival was kicked off at Symphony Space with a proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg read by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin.  Harbor faculty members Pablo Mayor and Gustavo Casenave both of whom are composers posed for a group shot with their peers.  In addition to Harbor Conservatory, Partners included El Museo del Barrio, Harlem Stage, The Jazz Gallery, Jazzmobile, Greenwich House, American Symphony Orchestra, and others.

The Conservatory’s program on Tuesday, February 23rd, entitled Composition: The Creative Process, moderated by Classical Music Director Dr. Martin Soderberg was a fascinating multi-generational conversation between Harbor faculty members Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Casenave, Francis Rodriguez and guest composer Rafael Landestoy.  Topics discussed included: What is a Composer? The Creative Process from inspiration to final product, the relationship between improvisation and composition, and current technological tools for composers.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Composers Now Festival February 23rd!

February 23, 7:00 pm

Third Floor Theater

Composition: The Creative Process
A Conversation featuring Composers Gustavo Casenave, Pablo Mayor, Francisco Rodriguez & guest composer Rafael Landestoy

In this informal dialogue, these gifted artists all of whom were born in Latin America before coming to New York City, will share their sources of inspiration, their musical influences, and their individual creative process.  This event is a part of Composers Now, a festival celebrating the music of our time at venues throughout the city Feb 22–28. The Composers Now Festival was born to put a public face on the vitality, diversity, and innovations that composers bring to our communities. The festival begins on Monday, February 22nd at Symphony Space at 10:00 am with a Mayoral Proclamation of Composers Now Day, followed by a panel discussion moderated by festival organizers Laura Kaminsky and Tania León with guest composers.  To learn about Monday’s Kick off events visit

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

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