XII Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival XII Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival

with Gregorio Uribe Big Band “Cumbia Universal’, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano “El Barrio Project”, Bulla en El Barrio, Cumbia River Band, Olga Dominguez, Los Aliens, Veronica Tierra, Alejandro Flórez and the Tin Throat Project & Sebastián Cruz Band

Sat November 14th, 2015


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 3:30PM

Show Time: 4:00PM

Event Ticket: $25

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featuring: Gregorio Uribe Big Band “Cumbia Universal”, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano “El Barrio Project”, Los Aliens, Alejandro Flórez Tin Throat Project, Veronica Tierra, Olga Dominguez Sextet, Sebastián Cruz’ Cheap Landscape and special guests to be announced
$15 ticket available at the door for minors
This program is part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Latin American Cultural Week in NYC, organized and presented by PAMAR (Pan American Musical Art Research, Inc).
This is a general admission, standing event.

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XII Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival

ENCUENTRO NYC unites New York City’s Colombian talent every year presenting nearly 60 musicians on one stage. Founded in 2003 by Colombian pianist, composer and bandleader Pablo Mayor, the festival celebrates the richness of the traditions of Colombian music, while at the same time supporting the innovations and developments of these traditions. Past artists have featured special guests Totó la Momposina, Plectro Trio, and such local artists as MAKU SoundSystem, Edmar Castañeda, Lucía Pulido, Marta Gómez, Samuel Torres, Hector Martignon, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra, Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Grupo Chonta, Grupo Rebolú, Sebastián Cruz, Alejandro Flórez, La Cumbiamba ENeYe, Johanna Castaneda y su Grupo Llanero, Ricardo Gallo, and Chia’s Dance Party, among others. A grass-roots production of the husband/wife duo, musicians Pablo and Anna Mayor, ENCUENTRO NYC’s broader mission is to promote Colombian culture in the U.S.A., positively transforming the external face of Colombia through the voices of its artists young and old.

Gregorio Uribe Big Band “Cumbia Universal’

Uribe shows his poetic lyricism and intelligent composing and arranging. He offers a fresh view of classic Latin rhythms.” (
Born in Colombia, Uribe leads the high energy, 16-piece band that blends Colombian rhythms cumbia and chandé with funk and powerful jazz technique. Credited by The Boston Globe with creating “an intoxicating variety” of music, Uribe has performed with Grammy winners Carlos Vives and Arturo O’Farrill and has been interviewed by CNN, Univisión, El Tiempo, and The Miami Herald. Cumbia Universal will be released by prestigious Latin jazz label Zoho Music, which has released albums by Grammy-winning artists Ray Barreto, Arturo O’Farrill, and Bobby Sanabria. More information on Uribe and his buzzing band is available on GUBB’s official website. GUBB’s live performance consists of a remarkable combination of trumpets, trombones, and clarinets soaring over an amazing percussion section and the leader of the band dancing to the beat while rocking out on his accordion. GUBB revitalizes the sounds of the Colombian cumbia big bands of the 60’s by adding to Uribe’s original, more modern songs. The band features a unique combination of New York’s top musicians from all around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Uribe’s whirlwind travels began when he studied at the Berklee College of Music, where he was awarded the Steve Gadd Zildjia Scholarship Award in 2007. He moved to New York City in 2008 and soon established himself firmly within the heart of the city’s music scene. Uribe has since taken his music to The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), the United Nations, and the Colombian Embassy to The Netherlands. In 2012, Uribe was named by Colombia’s government one of the 100 Most Outstanding Colombians Living Abroad. The list included Shakira, Nobel Prize winner García Márquez, and actress Sofia Vergara.
Cumbia Universal features a collaboration with 7-time Grammy winner Ruben Blades, and other guests including guests from Senegal, Israel, and Portugal. “Cumbia is considered by some a rhythm, by others a genre and still others a movement. In this album cumbia is rhythm itself: tension and release, ones and zeros, action and reaction, down beat and up beat…continuous movement. It is also future roots and a common past.
Paint your village and you will be universal” was the Tolstoy quote that I mentioned to Juan Pablo when we met to discuss the concept of this album. I don’t remember how I came by these words but they struck a chord in me, as years before I had decided that my palette was a 16-piece orchestra and my village, Colombia. With sincere love I have painted the streets and houses of my village from afar, hoping that others will see in it their own.” -Gregorio Uribe
Gregorio Uribe Big Band official site

Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano “El Barrio Project”

Pablo Mayor-Folklore Urbano Orchestra official site

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.

Bulla en El Barrio

BULLA EN EL BARRIO is a group that aims to share the traditions, experiences, and lives of the Colombian cantadoras from the regions of Uraba, Cordoba, Bolivar,and Atlantico. Bulla is an effort to open a space in New York to explore at a deeper level the songs and the dances that are part of these traditions which historically have been a tool for self-expression among women.

Cumbia River Band

Martin Vejarano’s (Chia’s Dance Party, La Cumbiamba NY) brand new project draws from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia and Música de Río standards. These all time favorite Cumbia hits will take you back to the golden years of the genre as well as inspire you to dance and contemplate the joy and energy that this Cumbia River brings along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating sound.
Sonia de Los Santos – Voice/Guitar
Mary Knapp – Accordion
Andrew Madej – Tuba
Cristian Rodriguez – Percussion
Juan Montoya – Drums
Martín Vejarano – Clarinete & Charts.
Cumbia River Band on facebook

Olga Dominguez

Colombian-Born, NYC based Singer/Songwriter and Keyboardist Olga Dominguez brings a fresh, melodic yet contagious, danceable sound to the scene. After touring the world with Latin music star Gilberto Santa Rosa, she comes with her own project, which combines Pop/latin melodies with folkloric sounds from her native Colombia. La Dominguez just released her first single,”Entre los dos”, from her upcoming debut album to be released in 2016.
Olga Dominguez official site

Los Aliens

LOS ALIENS come from a place where their star radiates perpendicular into their atmosphere creating an environment where hot grooves reproduce like viruses becoming part of their daily sonic landscape. They infiltrated here and are using technology and their infectious rhythms to advance a tolerant planetary culture. They are known to be spontaneous creators on their sound machines to take the minds of their listeners to the vast unknown while they experiment with the power of their beats to make bodies move unconsciously and unceasingly.
Sebastian Cruz / Guitar
Amanda Ruzza / Bass
Andres Jiménez / Drums
Ricardo Gallo / Keyboards

Veronica Tierra

Veronica Tierra was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1992. She began her career at age three singing in her father’s ensemble of ‘Parrandera Music'(Musical tradition born in the fields of the state of Antioquia in Colombia). After migrating to Boston, Massachusetts with her entire family in 1997, her father Mario Tierra formed a theatre company with their entire family, in which Veronica is first introduced to acting. The first play performed was the comedy “Pobres Pero En Miami” (“Poor, Yet in Miami”) which was written and produced by her father. After 56 successful showcases in the city of Miami, the family embarks a tour that takes them to New York, Georgia, and South Carolina among other states of the US for the next 4 years. While several plays followed, she continued singing in theatres, restaurants, nightclubs and private parties. She recorded short commercials for the radio talk show ‘La Locomotora’ in New Jersey and ‘Radio Caracol’ in New York. She was also a columnist for the children’s section in ‘The Paisa Times’ newspaper. At age 6, Veronica participates in ‘Sabado Gigante’ (Univision) and wins first place ‘Miss Chiquitica’ modeling, singing, dancing and acting. Veronica has also received the ‘Inspiring Entrepreneur Award’ from New Women’s Entrepreneur Center (Miami, Fl).
She eventually became a member of the Colombian folk ballet ‘Estampas Negras’ in New York while continuing to participate in several of her father’s productions and other school affairs. After moving to the city of Cape Coral at age 14, Veronica joins the Christian band in her church and records her first demo tittled “Tu Princesita”. As a member of Roxy Performing Arts Center, she takes part in many shows and competitions in Florida. At age 16, Veronica begins song writing. Veronica moves to NYC to pursue singing and performance career at age 18 and begins classical voice training. She joins Tabula RaSa in 2012 and was part of the original cast of the award winning off-off Broadway production ‘Where There Was Fire’. She received a nomination as best actress at the ‘IV festival de Cultura Hispana’ and participated in ‘Festival Iberoamericano’ in Bogota, Colombia. Veronica is a current vocalist in the Afro-Colombian Musical Ensemble ‘Grupo Rebolu’. Her new project ‘Veronica Tierra Quartet’ takes one on a voyage through Latin America, while interpreting songs by The Beatles, Alicia Keys and ‘Amy Winehouse amongst others.
Veronica Tierra official site

Alejandro Flórez and the Tin Throat Project

Evocative and provocative, this band reaches into the reservoir of folk and improvisational traditions, setting them aflame and distilling an intoxicating essence of psychedelic rhythms, maddeningly catchy melodies and outright fury. The chaos of life in a modern metropolis, the resulting longing for harmony, and the humor and playfulness necessary to navigate through it, are all evident in the Tin Throat Ensemble, led by guitarist and composer Alejandro Flórez together with Dan Blake, saxophonist from Julian Lage’s and Esperanza Spalding’s bands; world-class drummer and veteran of the downtown New York jazz and improvisation scenes Satoshi Takeishi; and award-winning jazz bassist Chris Tordini
Dan Blake, saxophone
Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Chris Tordini, bass
Alejandro Flórez, guitar and compositions
Alejandro Florez and the Tin Throat Project
Alejandro Flórez on Soundcloud

Sebastián Cruz Band

Sebastián Cruz official site | Sebastián Cruz on Facebook | Sebastián Cruz on YouTube

Guitarist, composer and singer-songwriter, Sebastián Cruz has led and been a part of many influential bands in the Colombian music scene in NY including Lucía Pulido, La Cumbiamba eNeYé, Samurindó, Los Aliens, and his own Coba, The Cheap Landscape Trio, and Sebastián Cruz Band. In this projects he has contributed his sound and vision through his compositions and arrangements. In the last year Sebastián has been exploring his singing voice. First singing in the subway, and later singing in restaurants around New York in order to grow as a singer. For this Encuentro Sebastián will create a brand new ensemble to rediscover some of his old songs. Some from the last phase of his band Coba, and others created for movies. This is a rare performance of very dear repertoire that has never been released, and seldom been performed.

Sebastian Cruz, voice and requinto
Iván Barenboim, clarinet
Ryan Keberle, trombone
Chris Vanvoorst-Vambeest, bass
Jonathan Gomez-Cornejo, percussion
Martín Vejarano, drums


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