Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Pablo Mayor
Pablo Mayor is a composer, arranger and pianist from Cali, Colombia. Pablo was a Professor of Jazz at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá before moving to the US. Here he has combined his passion for Jazz with the traditional sounds of Colombia and founded the NY-based group Folklore Urbano, and is the founding director of annual Encuentro, a Colombian music and jazz festival. His award-winning compositions have been featured at Orquesta Broadway, One O'Clock Lab, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and in theatrical productions.
Cumbia for Kids
An engaging program for kids showcasing the rich musical traditions of Colombia, featuring music samples from South America and a new perspective on Latin American music led by Pablo and Anna Mayor. Cumbia for Kids can be a workshop or concert. Students experience the folkloric instruments from the four regions of Colombia, learn the origins and material of the instruments, experience a brief history of Colombia and its music and learn a simple song in Spanish. Dance Traditions can be added and are lead by Daniel Fetecua. For grades K-6.
Pablo Mayor and members of his renowned band Pablo Mayor's Folklore Urbano Orchestra, present a clinic on traditional Colombian rhythms, introducing various rhythms such as cumbia, puya, currulao, and how they apply to the jazz band format. The group sheds new light on Pablo's original compositions and arrangements of traditional Colombian standards with space for extended improvisations allowed by the jazz format. For Middle School to College.