Friday, September 15, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Versatile Colombian pianist and composer, Pablo Mayor, blends an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary South American musical styles into the jazz idiom with a core group from his acclaimed orchestra, Folklore Urbano.
Pablo Mayor Bio, composer, pianist, producer
One cannot talk about Colombian music these days without referencing Pablo Mayor. One of the contemporary voices of Colombia outside its borders, Pablo has dedicated the last seventeen years to writing, producing, and promoting Colombian music in New York City. From Cali, Colombia, Pablo Mayor (B.A., M.A. Jazz Arranging/University of North Texas), formerly Professor of Jazz—Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, has produced three CD’s with his band the Folklore Urbano Orchestra and taken the band to both national and international venues. Mayor’s music has been featured by Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (annual commissions over the past four years, his Colombian porro Mercado en Domingo recorded on ALJO’s Grammy award-winning album released 2014 Offense of the Drum), and his arrangements recorded by Totó la Momposina. He is founder and producer of NYC’s annual 13-year running Colombian music festival Encuentro NYC.
Pablo Mayor worked for many years as pianist and arranger for the iconic New York Cuban charanga band Orquesta Broadway, Mayor’s arrangements and piano-playing are featured on the band’s forty-year celebration CD, and his piano playing and arrangements were featured in their 50th anniversary concert at Lincoln Center. As a composer, Pablo Mayor has produced over eighty original works, including many major commissions from Latin American orchestras.
As an educator, Mayor held the position of Performing Arts, Jazz and Colombian Music Coordinator at the Harbor Conservatory in Harlem until 2016, where he served as the Harbor’s representative to the Berklee College of Music City Network. As Latin jazz ensemble director and Latin piano professor, he worked educating the Harlem community (adults and youth) for over 16 years. He is co-founder, co-artistic director, and musical director of Folklore Urbano’s program Cumbia for Kids and Cumbia for All and is co-director of Turtle Bay Music School’s annual Colombian music and dance residency at multiple schools in NYC, with whom he also has worked teaching composition in their Saturday Music Program. Mr. Mayor has been working closely with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, co-founder of its Community Cultural Initiative project FolkColombia-Música y Danza
and co-producer of its annual festival FolkColombia en el Parque. He has been a part of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections and Neighborhood Concerts programs, and has taught jazz arranging at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory. Mr. Mayor has produced and arranged for musicians such as Totó La Momposina and Armando Manzanero, in Dallas, New York, Colombia, Chicago, and Mexico.
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Event Location and Ticket Information
Gallery at ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10601
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Friday, September 15, 2017
Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm