Award-winning production company Folklore Urbano NYC visited campus on Friday, September 30 to lead dance and music workshops with students throughout the day and perform “El Barrio Project – SALSA” at All-School Meeting as part of the School's recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The group met with one Middle School and two Upper School dance classes to walk them through basic Salsa and Cumbia steps. Later in the day, the students were invited to join in a portion of the All-School Meeting performance.
Folklore Urbano NYC also collaborated with the MBS Jazz Ensemble, building on techniques that Dr. John Girvin has fostered including Latin American rhythms, syncopation, and improvisation concepts.
The All-School Meeting performance of “El Barrio Project – SALSA,” Folklore Urbano’s fourth album, incorporated Colombian repertoire into the mix as the group shared a variety of rhythms from Latin America.
Folklore Urbano NYC was founded by Colombian composer/pianist Pablo Mayor and flutist Anna Povich de Mayor to empower cultural expression through performance, education and collaboration. The group bridges traditional and contemporary sounds, unifies musicians and audiences, crosses art forms through multi-disciplinary collaborations, and instills an understanding and respect for Latin American culture, the environment, and diversity, through education.