Encounter | Encuentro

Seventh Annual Festival to feature New York’s Renowned Colombian Musical Ensembles

NEW YORK, NY – June 18-19, 2010
El Museo del Barrio
Friday and Saturday, June 18-19: ticketed showcases, 6pm-midnight
Saturday, June 19: Target FREE Super Sabados, 1-4pm
One evening pass:
At the door: $30.00, in advance: $25.00
Students with ID: $20.00 (ID required))
Children (12 and under): $15 (ID required)

The seventh annual Encounter of Colombian Musicians in New York, to feature nearly 20 of New York’s renowned Colombian musical ensembles as well as special guests from Colombia, will convene upon one of NYC’s prestigous cultural institutions this year, turning Harlem’s El Museo del Barrio into a two-day center for Colombian music and culture on Manhattan’s upper east-side. This celebrated event will highlight Colombia’s musical treasures, its rhythms like cumbia, currulao, vallenato, and bambuco, among countless others, on the eve of the Bicentennial year of Colombian independence.

Marta Gómez

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.

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. Encuentro developed from an all-day event organized in Bogotá in 1998, when bandleader 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.

Samuel Torres

That first Encuentro took place during a visit by the Gaiteros of San Jacinto, paying homage to that group’s storied history playing Colombian folkloric music and showcasing talented acts such as singer Lucía Pulido, jazz pianist Hector Martignón, the dance bands Folklore Urbano and La Cumbiamba eNeYe, and Iván Benavides. Thus was born an annual event uniting the work of Colombian musicians in New York, bringing them before an international audience of all ages, eager to appreciate the beauty and diversity of this unique culture.

The VII Encounter of Colombian Musicians in New York will feature two evening ticketed showcases, as well as a free afternoon of educational workshop-presentations and a lecture by a leading ethnomusicologist as a part of El Museo’s Target FREE Super Sabados Saturday event. The artist showcases will feature:

In Concert

Dance Orchestras: La Cumbiamba eNeYe, Pablo Mayor-Folklore Urbano,
Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Harold Gutiérrez

Singers: Lucía Pulido, Marta Gómez, Johanna Castañeda

Jazz: Hector Martignón, Samuel Torres, Ricardo Gallo-Tierra de Nadie,
Carlos Renjifo-Citizens of the World (from Dallas, TX)

Folkloric/Atlantico/Pacifico/Andean: Rebolú, Diego Obregón-Grupo Chonta,
Plectro Trio (special guests from Colombia)

Andean/Guitar-based Originals: Alejandro Flórez-Tibaguí,
Daniel Reyes & Parias Ensemble

Jazz-Rock: Sebastián Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio

El Museo


Friday, June 18, 6 PM – 12 AM
*Saturday, June 19, 6 PM – 12 AM
*1 – 4 PM (Target FREE Super Sabados)

El Museo Del Barrio
1230 East 5th Avenue (at 104th Street)
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 831-7272
Website: http://www.elmuseo.org

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