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

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!

 

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

Three Palmieri Scholarships Awarded!

Dear Friends,

To pay tribute to piano master Charlie Palmieri and to honor his memory, the 20th Annual competition for the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship established by Tito Puente was held on Saturday, March 6th, 2010.  From a total of eight applicants, the Jury selected the following three young contestants: Tony Suero, Brian Olivo and Kevin Rentas, all of whom will receive half-scholarships to study Latin style piano at the Harbor Conservatory for a full year. The Jurors in this year’s competition were Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor and Gustavo Casenave, who reached a unanimous decision.

ABOUT THE RECIPIENTS

Tony Suero, age 19, a self taught musician, has been formally studying music at the Harbor Conservatory since 2007, with Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Schartz, and Gustavo Casenave. He is a three time Palmieri Scholarship recipient, who  enjoys the artistry of musicians like Pappo Luca, Sergio George, Michel Camilo and Gustavo Casenave because of their diversity in styles and creativity.  Tony’s goal is to become a composer, arranger, and to create his own musical institution in order to help others. He was given highest scores for his understanding and performance of the Latin style.

Brian Olivo, age 18, has been a student of Mohsan Rasool. He admires musicians such as Michel Camilo, Sergio George, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. When asked about his goals, Brian stated: “Music is my passion and I want to be the best that I can be. I want to learn to compose and arrange, and become a music producer.” Brian was given high scores for his understanding and performance of the Latin style.

Kevin Rentas, age 15, has studied piano at the Bloomingdale House of Music as well as at the Harbor Conservatory, under the direction of Pablo Mayor. He received highest scores in his preparation for the Competition. As part of the prize, Kevin will continue working with Mr. Mayor as a scholarship student.

Over the course of its 20 year history, a host of talented young pianists have received the invaluable support provided by the Palmieri scholarship enabling them to pursue in-depth training and preparing many of them for entry into leading conservatories such as the Berklee School of Music, and the Jazz Program at the New School.  The Conservatory is proud that the majority of Palmieri recipients are currently active professional musicians who represent the legacy of the great Charlie Palmieri and the generosity and vision of the King of Latin Music, El Rey Tito Puente.

Previous recipients include: Danny Kader, Yecenia Gaitan, Dominick Agostini, Migdio Dominguez, Crystal Triay, Victoria Hoyos, Richy Rojas, Christopher Holder, Zacai Curtis, Luis Irizarry, Ruben Flamenco, Yeisson Villamar, Dennis Guevara, Mauri Frosio, Silvio Delis, Harold Gutierrez, Luis Gomez, Jr., Miguel Vargas, Matthias Bublath, David Santiago, Luis Fernandez, Angel Echevarria,
Roy Assaf, and Christian Sands.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

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

Date Change for Charlie Palmieri Competition

Dear Friends,

The date of the competition for the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship has been moved from February 27th to Saturday, March 6th due to poor weather conditions.  The competition is now scheduled for March 6th, 2010 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan.  For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.

Serving as competition jurors are pianists Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Casenave and Dr. Martin Soderberg, Director of the Conservatory’s Classical Music Program.

The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano.  Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist.  In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system.  The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also 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.

Composers Now Festival February 23rd!

February 23, 7:00 pm

COMPOSERS NOW FESTIVAL, FREE ADMISSION
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 http://www.symphonyspace.org.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship

20th ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR THE
CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP
Established by TITO PUENTE
Saturday, February 27, 2010, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the Twentieth Annual competition for the CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP established by Tito Puente.  The competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan.  For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.

Serving as competition jurors are pianists Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Casenave and Dr. Martin Soderberg, Director of the Conservatory’s Classical Music Program.

The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano.  Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist.  In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system.  The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also 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.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

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