Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano “El Barrio Project” Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano “El Barrio Project”

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Pablo Mayor, whose powerhouse orchestra has redefined modern Colombian music in the last decade, will present repertoire from his latest “El Barrio Project,” a cross-cultural meeting of Cumbia and Salsa which takes his renowned Colombian band into the heart of Spanish Harlem and the birthplace of salsa—historically known as “El Barrio.” Weaving a theatrical narrative, the story presents a musical ensemble as a metaphor for a NYC community with its diverse mash-up of peoples, and the real-life relationships that develop. Pablo Mayor collaborates with other composers in this project, with theatrical direction by German Jaramillo of ID Studio Theater. The group will feature its latest vocalist, Colombian ALEA (Maria Alejandra Jiménez), and invited guests of NYC’s Latin elite: Danny Gonzalez on congas (a long-standing member of the Cuban establishment Orquesta Broadway), vocalist and songwriter “Chino” Melao (an icon in the historic era of NYC salsa) and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Venegas (Marc Anthony side-man, Orquesta Broadway) on vocals and violin.

The Folklore Urbano Orchestra is the premiere ensemble of Colombian bandleader, pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Mayor. The group’s three highly-acclaimed CD’s, Aviso, Baile/Dance, and Corazón, have been broadcast throughout the World.