Elisa Garcia Quartet: Latin American Folk Songs – Concert March 23

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Virada Studio and Dan and Diane’s Concerts present

Elisa Garcia Quartet: Latin American Folk Songs

 

Saturday, March 23

Doors open at 730

8-930pm (one set)

 

Virada Studio

4919 N Broadway Unit 38

Boulder, CO

 

Limited seating available in advance

$20-50 sliding scale

BYOB

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The Elisa Garcia Quartet plays Latin American folk songs from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, down to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Bringing rhythms like huapango, boleros, cumbias, zambas, and candombes, the quartet takes listeners on a journey through Latin America. The Uruguayan singer/guitarist is accompanied by her husband, Mexican percussionist Leo Munoz-Corona, (who has toured with artists like Willie Colon, Jaguares, Lucero, Juanes and many more), renowned Venezuelan pianist, Victor Mestas, and Grammy nominated bassist, Gonzalo Teppa. www.monaelisa.com

Elisa Garcia was born in Uruguay, immersed in the sounds of tango and other Latin American folk music. At the age of eight, she relocated to the US with her family. Over the years, her interest in Latin America and other cultures in general led her to study Anthropology and CU Boulder. Her passion for music, dance, and art also led to a rediscovery of her own culture and in 2010 Elisa co-founded the Pan-American band, NuMundo, which created original songs inspired by Latin American rhythms. Her journey took her to Singapore and Los Angeles, where she continued to share the cultures of Latin America through music and dance. As a visual artist, Elisa has participated in several shows in Los Angeles and Boulder. More can be found on her website monaelisa.com

Leo Munoz-Corona was born in Mexico City and has travelled the world through music. His career started in piano, but Leo later turned to another passion, percussion, as a means to get by playing on the metro. Soon he was playing with big names in the worlds of Salsa, Latin Jazz, and Latin Rock, touring with Jaguares, Lucero, Juanes, Willie Colon, and many others. Leo is also a chef who’s passion for cooking began at a young age while helping and learning from his grandmother. He’s owned several restaurants in Mexico City, and is opening VIVA! mexi-coffee-shop in Denver. 

Victor Mestas was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and studied at the “J. A. Lamas” School of Music with Carmen Moleiro. He is an endorsement artist for YAMAHA keyboards in Venezuela (2001). His professional background includes more than 100 recording productions for national and international renowned artists. Mestas has performed as a pianist, keyboardist and arranger for renowned bands in Latin America and Venezuela, including Guaco and Trabuco Venezolano. He has also accompanied an array of world renowned singers, including: Soledad Bravo, Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias 2010 Tour in Uruguay and Argentina. He moved to Boulder 5 years ago with his wife and two daughters. Locally, he’s been performing on the Brazilian-Latin Jazz scene, and last year he started to teach a Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at CU-Boulder. 

Gonzalo Teppa is a Venezuelan bassist, composer, and recording artist who has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, and others. He is a two time Latin Grammy Nominee for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album”, for work on the recordings “Tiempo” by Linda Briceño; and “3rd Element” by Luisito Quintero. Gonzalo was named “Best Jazz Soloist” by Downbeat Magazine in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and received “Best Jazz Soloist” award at the Greeley Jazz Festival in 2004 and 2005.

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