RUMBARROCO invites you to celebrate Simon Bolivar’s birthday with music, snacks, and the continuation of our humanitarian campaign for Venezuela. We have partnered with Venus Service express to guarantee delivery of our campaign.
Saturday, July 24th at 6PM
Viola da Gamba Society of America’s Conclave
Via YOUTUBE (LINK COMING SOON!)
Monday, July 26th at 8:00pm ET
We in Rumbarroco are proud to present our project Afro-Baroque Music, where we illustrate Africa’s lasting musical legacy in Ibero-American music. We’ll explore the intersection of early European music with the aural African traditions and current Latin-American sounds, as well as the fusion of art or “learned” music with folk and popular forms.
Our project will include African-influenced instrumental music from Portugal and Brazil in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, as well as Early vocal music from Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela—in particular, with texts that acknowledge the presence of African descendants.
We will present samples of our AfroBaroque programs: The songs of Mysterious Morenas with music from the Cancioneros; The “Other” Baroque Dances: Cumbe, Zarambeque, Jacaras, with music from the guitar and harp sources, and Black Villancicos with music from the villancicos of the Liturgy of Santa Cruz De Coimbra (Portugal).
Adriana Ruiz, voice
Daniela Tosic, voice
Josaphat Contreras, voice
Lisa Brooke, violin
Eduardo Betancourt, harp
Ricardo Matute, percussion
Moah Kim, keyboards
William Hernandez, Venezuelan cuatro
Juan Luis Oropeza, percussion
Karolina Meireles, percussion
Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba & Venezuelan cuatro
We are proud to announce that Laury Gutiérrez is the first recipient of the Thomas Zajac Memorial Scholarship. Early Music America has started the biennial Thomas Zajac Memorial Scholarship, selected by a jury of musicians who knew or worked with the great multi-instrumentalist and educator, Tom Zajac (1956-2015).
To unite diverse communities by highlighting the fusion and confluence of the cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Americas through musical performances and educational outreach.
RUMBARROCO’s Mission We show the European influence on Afro-American and indigenous music in Latin America, as well as how the fusion of those types of music with European classical music produced new musical genres. We recreate, preserve, and popularize the diverse multicultural aspects of the rhythmic patterns that have been passed down from the Middle Ages to today. And for this purpose we have formed a Latin-Baroque Fusion ensemble of musicians using period, folk, and contemporary popular instruments. Rumbarroco also aims to promote awareness and enjoyment of the musical and cultural similarities and distinctions between Orient and Occident, and among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as experienced through Latin-American music. We seek to unite today’s diverse communities through the powerful transformative passion of the music we play. Finally, we employ music as a tool for cultural integration, especially for the empowerment of youth in their personal growth.