Encuentro KIDS Encuentro XI

CUMBIA FOR KIDS AND CUMBIA FOR ALL Founders, artistic and musical directors: Pablo Mayor, Anna Povich de Mayor

Co-artistic and dance director: Daniel Fetecua


An engaging program for kids (CUMBIA FOR KIDS) and/or adults (CUMBIA FOR ALL) showcasing the rich musical (and dance traditions) of Colombia, presenting a taste of the music from South America and a new perspective on Latin American music.  This interactive concert features traditional and original music and arrangements, with an educational narrative, by Pablo and Anna Mayor, tailored to each particular audience.  Whenever possible, the show includes dance with original choreography by Limon Dance Company dancer Daniel Fetecua and members of his Pajarillo Pinta’o dance company.

***Standard format is 4 musicians + 1 dancer

***budget and space permitting, group can be expanded to up to 12 musicians and full dance company


“The school visit from Cumbia for Kids was an all-day electrifying and educational program.  The intimate, hands-on workshops provided for individual classes prepared the students to effectively participate in the wonderful interactive performance at the end of the day. The energized and entertaining performance showcased the rich musical and dance traditions of South America.  Students enjoyed participating in the concert by singing songs in Spanish as well as using rhythms and beats they had learned at the workshop earlier in the day.” Madeline Praino/John Paulding Elem., Tarrytown/Westchester, NY



-ideal for after-school programs

-multiple workshops on a weekly basis for up to 16 weeks

-optional one-day residency program, with a full day of workshops concluding with an assembly program


***workshops presented by 3-4 teaching artists, led by Gregorio Uribe, Anna Povich de Mayor, Daniel Fetecua, and Pablo Mayor, among other professional Colombian artists


Cumbia for Kids residency program takes Colombian music, culture, and dance into the community, in a hands-on workshop setting.  The residency presents weekly workshops (designed according to budget and time frame), with units covering the four geographical regions of Colombia, each with their distinct music and dance traditions, instruments, and culture.  Anna Mayor leads artists in teaching kids basic drum patterns, Spanish language through song, and dancer/choreographer Daniel Fetecua leads kids in dance and creative movement inspired by Colombia’s diverse dance traditions.  Children also learn about the geography, clothes, food, history, and customs of Colombia’s diverse regions.  The full-length residency program is designed to prepare kids to enter the stage for a fully-choreographed show where kids sing, dance, and drum along with members of Folklore Urbano.


The show….


-Is interactive, visual, visceral, and theatrical in nature with original music and arrangements, costume and choreography.

-teaches Spanish language through song

-promotes diversity by exposing audiences to Colombia’s rich cultural heritage of African, Spanish, and Native Colombian peoples, demonstrating the beauty of its diverse culture, instruments, music, and dance from each of the four distinct geographic regions of Colombia

-Inspires audiences with high-level artistry

-Challenges listeners with geography, language, rhythm and movement, fresh sounds and harmonies


The residency…

-Emphasizes values such as teamwork as well as individual growth

-Instills confidence by learning, preparing, practicing, and performing


The directors

Anna Povich de Mayor is a flutist, producer, and educator from the USA, known for her work as performer, as well as promoter and curator of Colombian music.  Aside from her work as classical chamber musician, she dedicates much of her time to working with her husband Pablo Mayor, his renowned band the Folklore Urbano Orchestra, and subsequent related projects.  Together they have founded and produced the now renowned annual Colombian music festival in New York, Encuentro NYC.  She is director of Folklore Urbano’s educational project Cumbia for Kids.  Anna is currently on the faculty of Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan, where she teaches flute, coaches chamber music, and directs an annual residency on Colombian music at PS/IS 217 on Roosevelt Island, at PS 59,  PS 267, among other schools in Manhattan.  She has worked with such organizations as Carnegie Hall (Musical Connections program and Neighborhood Concerts programs), the 92nd St Y (Musical Introduction Series), the American Composers Orchestra/VIA’s outreach programs, Associated Solo Artists Adirondacks teaching artist program, and has directed and curated concert series with the Queens library and Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan.  She has done extensive work as chamber musician with her group the New York Flute Quartet, and masterclasses and performances throughout Australia with her former group the New York Harp Trio, including numerous awards throughout her career as classical musician including a Chamber Music America grant with her flute quartet formerly known as Femmes Four.  Anna holds both an MM and a DMA in flute performance from SUNY Stony Brook.  Her doctoral lecture on performing popular Latin American music started her down a somewhat different path.  Anna’s career began as featured guest artist with the Spokane String Quartet where she presented a concert of Latin American music for flute and string quartet, and she now dedicates much of her time to performing and promoting Colombian music here in New York City and beyond.


Daniel Fetecua Soto