Pablo Mayor, whose powerhouse orchestra has redefined modern Colombian music in the last decade, crosses cultural boundaries with his latest “El Barrio Project,” which takes his renowned band into the heart of NYC’s barrios (ethnic neighborhoods). The music of the new production is a metaphor for a NYC community with its diverse mash-up of peoples, and the real-life relationships that develop, exploring themes of culture, immigration, tradition, and love through music and dance.
With “El Barrio Project-SALSA”, to be released in 2020, Pablo Mayor ventures into the historic birthplace of salsa: Spanish Harlem and the Bronx, featuring his renowned arrangements and collaborative work with song writers Nick Chavarria, Ricardo Gautreau, and an icon of the historic era of NYC salsa “Chino” Melao. This is Folklore Urbano-salsa, with new guest vocalists and instrumentalists, in a more salsa oriented set-up. El Barrio Project-SALSA will premiere on-stage at Franklin and Marshal College’s Performing Arts Center in February 2020, and the release date of the album TBA. Stay tuned!
Various manifestations of “El Barrio Project” have been heard since 2016 at Le Poisson Rouge, Flushing Town Hall (music of “el barrio Colombiano”), Flushing Meadow Park (Queens Museum-Louis Armstrong festival) featuring singers Colombian ALEA (Maria Alejandra Jiménez), and stars of NYC’s Latin elite: Danny Gonzalez on congas (a long-standing member of the Cuban establishment Orquesta Broadway), multi-instrumentalist Eddie Venegas (Marc Anthony side-man, Orquesta Broadway) on vocals and violin, and David Frankel (Ave. B Salsa Band). Other related works include “Unspoken Tales of the Tarrytowns” which will premiere in the coming year, featuring immigrant stories of the Dominican, Ecuadorian, and Portuguese barrios in Sleepy Hollow, NY (the composition thanks to an ArtsAlive grant from ArtsWestchester and additional funding from the Village of Sleepy Hollow).