HECTOR DEL CURTO – TANGO MASTER CLASS! – THIS WEDNESDAY JULY 20TH!! – Free admission


The Jazz Department at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, proudly presents Hector Del Curto, this Wednesday July 20th, in a Tango Master Class, open to all audiences.
The elements of Tango music will be discussed, as well as the mistic “bandoneon” instrument.
An evening of performance and lecture. No specific musical level required to attend

The admission is open and free, with limited seating, starting 7:30PM.

Location:

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts
1 East 104th Street Room B21
New York NY 10029

Hope to see you there!

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SUMMER MUSIC SEMESTER

HARBOR CONSERVATORY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
SUMMER MUSIC SEMESTER
Registration for the 2011 summer semester for Music is now open.  Classes begin July 5th and will continue until August 18th.  Private lessons are available in piano, violin, guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, drums, Latin percussion and voice. Workshops and Ensembles will also be in session. Harbor Conservatory is located at One East 104th Street, corner of Fifth Avenue and is a division of Boys & Girls Harbor. To register go to the Conservatory’s main office in Room 573. For more information please call 212/427-2244 Ext. 573 or 557.
Harbor Conservatory is a member of the Berklee City Music Network, established by the Berklee College of Music. Our Music Program takes pride in its commitment to serving children, teenagers and adults in a diverse range of styles from Classical and Jazz to Folkloric and Latin. Our program includes both vocal and instrumental music and instruction is available through individual and group classes. The Conservatory offers exciting, innovative and challenging classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students from ages 3 through adults.
The two main pillars of the music program are a strong theory foundation as well as an active performance calendar with monthly “in-house” student recitals, three major outside recitals and a guest artist series which hosts a variety of well-known performing artists and master teachers to work with our students.  A large number of ensembles and workshops in all styles and levels are offered to our young performers as an important part of their musical development.
The Harbor’s world-renowned Latin Music Program spans a curriculum that ranges from Contemporary Salsa and Latin Jazz to traditional Afro-Caribbean folkloric music, and a faculty of “who’s who in Latin music”.  Students study a variety of musical forms such as danzon, son, cha cha cha and mambo, as they learn music illustrating different periods and artists in Latin music history.
At the Conservatory students enjoy the unique opportunity to learn while playing classic music made popular by artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and others. The Conservatory has been a recipient of the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, Celia Cruz Foundation, Johnny Pacheco Scholarship Fund, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation and Phish Fan’s Mockingbird Foundation.

El Barrio Week 2011

EL BARRIO WEEK – JUNE 1-14, 2011
#EBWeek (Twitter)
JOIN LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS EATERIES IN EL BARRIO AS WE KICK OFF SUMMER WITH 14 DAYS OF
FUN, FLAVOR, ART, TRADITION AND CULTURE!
Full Schedule of Events:
6/1-5: East Harlem International Film Festival, Various Events. Fees vary.
6/1 –  Camaradas’ “Way Back Wednesday” – w/ DJ G-Bo The Pro spinning classic 70s-90s disco, freestyle, rap, house, salsa, merengue, and hip hop.
6/2 – Camaradas’ “Ritmo y Tumbao” – “La Descarga” Latin House Party w/ DJs Cuba, Ron Zilla, and Dres.
6/3 – 6-9 pm Taller Boricua’s opening reception for BARRI-O-RAMA!  On display from 6/3-7/16 at Taller Boricua Galleries, 1680 Lexington Avenue, “BARRI-O-RAMA” is a group exhibition Incorporating interactive and site-specific video, photography and mixed media installations. “BARRI-O-RAMA” celebrates the community of East Harlem and explores socio-political issues within the neighborhood. Featuring artists Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Rosalinda González, Johnny Ramos, Hatuey Ramos Fermín, Emcee C.M., Master of None and Marna Chester. http://www.tallerboricua.org
6/3 – 7-9 pm Poetry Unleashed! Spoken Word Performances:  9-11 pm, Music and Dancing. AFC Gallery: 1699 Lexington Ave (btwn. 106th & 107th St.) Basement Level – Poetry Unleashed: Voices of the Economy, drawing on the artistic wealth of our communities by highlighting voices of individuals.  Free.
6/4/11, 5 pm / Rain Date 6/5/11, 5 pm – Public art intervention, artist Zachary Fabri. Sponsored by Harlem Biennale. 105th Street and Lexington Avenue, North West corner.  Mirroring a human pin on a map of Harlem with a global positioning system inherent to the practice of the nomadic artist, Fabri’s intervention takes place on an iconic sidewalk of El Barrio. Fabri is one of the featured artists of HB2012, and this work is presented in association with Taller Boricua Cultural Center and Residency Unlimited. Free.
6/4 – 11:30 – 1 pm – El Museo Walking Tour of El Barrio. RSVP required: 212-831-7272. Free.
6/4 – 1:30-3:30pm, open to ages 4-12 – REFLECTIVE MOSAICS! LEARN THE ART OF MOSAIC WITH GUEST TEACHING ARTIST HAYAT GUL! AFC Gallery: 1699 Lexington Ave (btwn. 106th & 107th St.) Basement Level
Children will work with artist Hayat Gul to create their own mini-mosaics to take home using Mylar®, while learning some cultural history of the mosaic art form and learning art-making techniques of reverse painting on a transparent surface. Reflective plastic Mylar® sheets are enjoyable for children to experience painting on a surface other than paper or canvas. Fun for the whole family! Free.
6/6/11 – Camaradas El Barrio – DJ Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love
6/6/11 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Harbor Latin Big Band, Musical Director  – Louis Bauzó
Open Rehearsal, Heckscher Building, 1 East 104 Street, Studio, B-21.  The Harbor Latin Big Band, under the direction of Louis Bauzó, is dedicated to preserving the New York sound and style of the golden age of Latin music.  Paying tribute to Frank “Machito” Grillo, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow and other musical pioneers and innovators. Free.
6/6/11 – 6/7/11: El Barrio Eats! Participating restaurants offer art, music and exciting drink and food specials, including CREOLE RESTAURANT @ 2167 3rd  Avenue, DON PEDROS @ 1865 2nd  Avenue, La Fonda @ EAST 106th  STREET, BTW. LEX. & 3rd  Ave, CAMARADAS EL BARRIO @ 2241 1st  Avenue,  GRAN PIATTO D’ORO @ 1429 5th Avenue, AGUA FRESCA @ 207 East 117th Street, EL AGUILA @ 137 E. 116th STREET, MAKANA @ 2245 1st Avenue, El PASO TAQUERIA

6/7/11, 5 –7 pm: El Barrio Eats! Cooking demonstration and tasting @ La Marqueta by Creole, Agua Fresca and La Fonda. Free.

6/8 – 6/10/11, 5-7 pm: El Barrio Eats! Happy hour drink specials at participating restaurants.
6/8/11 6-9 pm: Wepa Wednesday at El Museo del Barrio – Free Evening Walking Tour of El Barrio, extended Gallery hours, live DJ-in-residence, and drink specials. RSVP: 212.831.7272 http://www.elmuseo.org
6/8/11:  6:30-11pm Salsa Wednesdays at Taller Boricua. Salsa Dance Party. Drink specials and admission.
http://www.tallerboricua.org
6/8/11: Camaradas’ Way Back Wednesday – DJ G-Bo The Pro spinning classic 70s-90s disco, freestyle, rap, house, salsa, merengue, and hip hop.
6/9/11, 5-8 pm: Enjoy local restaurant food tastings, a show by talented emerging artists, and El Barrio musical stylings at Modesto Flores Garden’s summer kick-off event! Free.
6/9: Camaradas’ “Ritmo y Tumbao” – Ritmo Y Tumbao “La Descarga” Latin House Party w/ DJs Cuba, Ron Zilla, and Dres.
6/10/11, 5-8 pm:  Mural unveiling. Come see the beautiful, moving new work “Soladeras” by El Barrio muralist Yasmine Hernandez as it’s revealed for the first time! Music, food and dancing at an art-driven, energetic block party! Free.
6/11/11 11:30 am – 1pm. El Museo Walking Tour of El Barrio – Free. RSVP required @ 212-831-7272
6/11/11, 12 noon – 5 p.m. 116th Street Festival. Celebrate 26 years of music, food and fun! Free.
6/12/11, 11 a.m. Puerto Rican Day Parade. Free. Fifth Ave. @ 44th Street – Fifth Ave. @ 79th St.
6/13/11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Harbor Latin Big Band, Musical Director Louis Bauzó
Open Rehearsal, Heckscher Building, 1 East 104 Street, Studio, B-21.  The Harbor Latin Big Band, under the direction of Louis Bauzó, is dedicated to preserving the New York sound and style of the golden age of Latin music.  Paying tribute to Frank “Machito” Grillo, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow and other musical pioneers and innovators. Free.
6/14/11, 6-9 pm: Museum Mile Festival. Free. Annual traffic-free, music and art-filled fiesta on Fifth Avenue, from 105th to 82nd Street. Art-making workshops, side walk chalk drawing, and Salsa and Bogaloo from East Harlem!  http://www.museummilefestival.org
For more information and a full list of events and promotions, please visit http://www.elbarriotoday.org

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El Barrio Today Arts Cluster is comprised of local organizations that have joined forces to raise awareness about the cultural richness of the area. Come visit us in El Barrio and taste, shop, and explore all we have to offer. ¡Bienvenidos!
Lead partners: El Museo del Barrio, Hope Community, Inc., and Upper Manhattan Development Corporation. With support from: New York City Economic Development Corporation, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, and Deutsche Bank.
Special Thanks to our Community Partners: East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, East Harlem Restaurant and Bar Association, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem One Stop, La Casa De La Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, MediaNoche Digital Gallery, NY Restoration Project, PR Dream, Harlem Biennale and Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Art, Boys & Girls Harbor.

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 www.folkloreurbano.com
INFORMATION

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

Become a Latin Music Master

LEARN TO PLAY LATIN MUSIC FROM A PRO
At the
Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts “The Home of Latin Music”
SPRING SEMESTER – February 2, 2011 – June 11, 1011
Registration on NOW

Our faculty comprises exceptionally talented artists and educators who bring a blend of musical skill and performance experience to the classroom and who have all performed with world-famous bandleaders Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, and more. Students can study almost any instrument in the Latin style and drummers may choose to specialize in conga, timbales, or bongo. Harbor Conservatory, a division of Boys & Girls Harbor is the first New York City member school of the Berklee City Music Network of the Berklee College of Music.
Harbor Conservatory is proud of its long-term history of celebrating the rich musical legacy of the Caribbean through individual and group instruction, special ensembles, public performances, master classes, and faculty and guest artists. Instruction is available for students as young as five years old as well as teens and adults, and the curriculum serves both novice as well as those with professional aspirations.
Harbor Conservatory conducts an array of Latin music workshops and ensembles preparing students with professional level challenges. Latin rhythm sectionals, Salsa workshops and a 21-piece Latin Big Band offer students the opportunity to advance as quickly as their talent, skill and commitment will allow.
To learn more about the Harbor Conservatory’s Latin Music Program you may visit us on-line at http://www.harborconservatory.org  For more information you may call us at 212/427-2244 ext. 573.

Celebrating Tito Puente

Dear Friends,

It’s been almost 10 years since the passing of one our country’s greatest multi talented musicians, the great El Rey—Tito Puente, but his music and memory are being kept alive by Joe Conzo, Sr., Ramon Rodriguez, Director of Harbor Conservatory’s Latin Music Program and Codigo Records with their new release of the complete Tito Puente TICO 78s and Tito Puente El Rey. To learn more about the maestro’s enduring love for Harbor Conservatory– the leading school for Latin Music and his great friend Joe Conzo’s memories of the man behind the music as told in his upcoming book “Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente”, and the new Codigo release– set your television sets for WABC Channel 7’s “Tiempo” scheduled for November 21st at 11:30 am.  Hosted by Joe Torres, “Tiempo” is a weekly round-table discussion show about topics affecting and relating to Hispanic citizens.

A master timbalero, arranger, composer, bandleader, and proud son of East Harlem, Tito Puente cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture. Up until his death in 2000, The Conservatory was an annual recipient of Mr. Puente’s own scholarship Fund, and with permission from the Puente family we have continued the scholarship in his memory. The Tito Puente Scholarship Fund provides support for Latin percussion students as well as piano students through the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Scholarship which was established by Mr. Puente at the Harbor almost twenty years ago.

Nina Gale Olson
Senior Portfolio Manager

Faculty Member Pablo Mayor at Latin American Cultural Week

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory faculty member Pablo Mayor will be performing as part of the Closing Event Celebration at the 5th Annual Latin American Cultural Week.  This event will take place on November 17th from 7:00-10:00 PM at the Flamboyan Theater on 107 Suffolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.  Hope to see you all there!

 

Celebrate Tito Puente with the Harbor Conservatory Latin Big Band

Dear Friends,

Join us on November 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. for a special concert produced by Joe Conzo celebrating the music of the late Tito Puente, the legendary composer and bandleader — one of the greatest figures in the history of Latin Jazz and Mambo. Louis Bauzó, a former member of the Tito Puente Orchestra, leads the Harbor Conservatory Latin Big Band in this thrilling concert honoring “The King of Latin Music” with special guest musician Ronnie Puente, Tito Puente’s eldest son, who continues his father’s musical legacy on percussion, bass, and saxophone. Adding to the excitement is a sizzling Salsa Dance performance. Celebrating Tito is a complement to the New York Historical Society’s current exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, Nueva York 1613-1945.

The Concert will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West. Full Price Ticket (Non-Members): $20.00, Member Cost: $10.00. Tickets for this program are sold through SmartTix, and can be ordered online at www.smarttix.com or by phone please call at 212-868-4444. The SmartTix Call Center is open 9am-8pm Monday through Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday. For more information on programs, please call the N-YHS Public Programs Department at 212-485-9205.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

New Latin American Music Choir

Latin American Music Choir
For Teens and Adults
Choir Director: Shadia Almasri

Auditions: September 20 & 27 at 7:00 pm

Dear Friends,

If you love to sing, can carry a tune, and love the musical repertoire of Latin America, then Harbor Conservatory’s new choir is the class for you.  Led by long time Conservatory faculty member Shadia Amasri, this choir for singers ages 16 years old and older will initially focus on the interpretation of Latin American Folkloric Music.  This includes genres like Joropo, Boleros, Tangos, Danzas, and Merengue and will feature lyrics by some of the leading poets of Latin America.

To schedule an audition, please call 212/427-2244 ext. 573. Harbor Conservatory is located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue.

The choir meets on Mondays from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and we are seeking a total of 24 choir members, featuring 6 singers per vocal range. That means 6 sopranos, 6 altos, 6 tenors and 6 bass or baritones. Previous vocal training is a plus but not a requirement, but a healthy voice with a clear tone is necessary.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Director of Jazz Department to play Blue Note Jazz Club

Dear Friends,

Come join Gustavo Casenave, director of the Harbor Conservatory’s Jazz Department, and his trio this Sunday for an afternoon of Jazz and Tango at the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club.  Brunch is served from 11:30 am until 4:00 pm, with showtimes at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. $24.50 includes brunch, the show and a drink.  For reservations please call 212/475-8592 or visit www.bluenote.net

To learn more about Gustavo, check out my interview with Mr. Casenave here.

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