Experience Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra: “El Barrio Project” at Flushing Town Hall on April 29. 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 Colombian band into the heart of New York City’s barrios (ethnic neighborhoods).
Weaving in a theatrical narrative, “El Barrio Project” will present a concert inspired by Queens’ Colombian barrio and diverse community. The work presents Folklore Urbano Orchestra and Pajarillo Pinta’o dance company as a metaphor for a New York City community with its diverse mash-up of peoples and the real-life relationships that develop. The work explores themes of culture, immigration, tradition, and love through music and dance.
Pablo Mayor collaborates with choreographer Daniel Fetecua (Pajarillo Pinta’o), and other composers in this project, with theatrical direction by German Jaramillo (ID Studio Theater). The production is high-energy dancing and modern choreographies based on Colombian rhythms and salsa, theatrical drama, and the smoking repertoire of Pablo Mayor’s renowned Colombian arrangements and compositions, highlighting his latest collaborative works.
The group features Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra with its latest vocalist, Colombian ALEA (Maria Alejandra Jiménez), and invited guests of NYC’s Latin elite including 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 dancers from Daniel Fetecua’s Pajarillo Pinta’o Dance Company.
The pre-concert dance workshop will be presented by Pajarillo Pinta’o Dance Company.
Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222. Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.
This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.