Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Martin Vejarano
Martin Vejarano is a Colombian multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer and educator. Born to a dancer/choreographer and a filmmaker in Bogotá, Colombia, Martin was surrounded by the arts from an early age. Based in NYC since 2000 as a free-lance musician and educator, Martín holds degrees in Jazz and Music Theory from The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and The City College of New York. As an educator and Colombian music instructor Martín has shared his knowledge and experiences with students in grade schools and universities in the United States, South America and Europe. Martín currently directs and leads four music ensembles: La Cumbiamba NY, Cumbia River Band, Chia’s Dance Party and NYC Gaita Club.
RESIDENCY & ASSEMBLY DESCRIPTION
World Beats, Songs and Moves Residency
An inspiring world music program where Martin and the students will honor the culture-sharing process while developing a show comprised of diverse rhythms, dance moves and songs from around the world. Students will be exposed and encouraged to learn and practice different percussive instruments, vocal arrangements for a multilingual repertoire of family music, as well as dance steps inspired by different cultural traditions.
Cumbia Roots Assembly
This assembly featuring La Cumbiamba NY, introduces the sounds of the gaitas and tambores, developed when Colombia was a Spanish colony during the 17th century and continues to evolve. Cumbia Roots is an educational assembly that inspires students to learn more about cultural melting pots in general.
Cumbia Bridges Assembly
This assembly is led by Martin and Cumbia River Band, presenting a bilingual and environmentally sensitive repertoire with an original format featuring: tuba, accordion, guitar, drums, Colombian percussion, clarinet and vocals. In this program, Martin shares his insights on the creative process while finding common ground among the music of New Orleans, the Balkans and Colombia, all of which has inspired him. This assembly will expose students to the instruments’ characteristics, background, their journey throughout the world as different cultures adopted these instruments to suit their own cultural expression.