About the Artists
You and your students will meet New York City–based artists who represent three different musical genres and cultural traditions; many have reinvented these deeply rooted traditions to make them their own. Together, you will learn songs and dances that you will perform along with the artists during the digital concert experience at the end of your semester.
Villalobos Brothers, Son Jarocho
The Villalobos Brothers have been praised as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The ensemble’s virtuosic performances have delighted audiences throughout Latin America, India, Russia, Canada, and in more than 30 states across the US. They have appeared at historic venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The New Victory Theatre, and Apollo Theater, as well as San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall and Los Angeles’s The Ford Theatres. They have performed for acclaimed festivals including the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Fest, and Montreal Jazz Festival, and such major events as the Latin Grammy Awards, United Nation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, and 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City.
Browse Unit: Son Jarocho with the Villalobos Brothers
Julia, Sicilian Folk
Julia Patinella is a multilingual singer and songwriter based in Brooklyn. The daughter of Sicilian immigrants, she has immersed herself in the music of her ancestors as well as other Mediterranean musical genres. Her performances in such venues as the Kaufman Music Center and La Mama Theatre draw from this expansive repertoire, including both original and traditional music. She aims to preserve the legacy of storytelling inherited from those who came before her, as well as to unite communities cross-culturally through old protest songs made new. Her first album is slated for release in late 2020.
Browse Unit: Sicilian Folk with Julia
Etienne Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. Etienne brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French-, Spanish-, English-, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean to his compositions. His 2019 album Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1 is an excursion into the varied acoustic sounds, grooves, chants, and rituals of Carnival from his native Trinidad and Tobago. In June 2012, he was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad and Tobago and the world. In 2015, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in the Creative Arts. His work as a producer, composer, arranger, trumpeter, and percussionist on Petite Afrique, a collaboration with singer Somi, won Outstanding Jazz Album at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards. In 2018 he joined the world renowned SFJAZZ Collective. He currently serves as an associate professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Browse Unit: Calypso with Etienne