Juan Diego Villalobos and Gina D'Soto

Juan Diego Villalobos and Gina D'Soto (Image via Americas Society video)

Music of the Americas: Puentes Caribeños Live in New York and En Casa

We showcase contemporary chamber music from the Caribbean and videos from Cuba and Paraguay.

En Casa continues with new videos by Pedro Martínez and Gina D'Soto with Juan Diego Villalobos, while C Force, Paul Shaw, Nora Lee Garcia, Mariano Morales, Raymond Torres Santos, Gillard Louis, and Garret McQueen present contemporary Caribbean music on our New York stage on Friday. 

En Casa: Marimba Niquiriche

Tuesday, June 6, 10 am

Marimba Niquiriche (Samuel Aragón, Keyvin Moreno, George Rivas, Jeffrey Mendoza) was founded in 2007 by Aragón and Moreno. Niquiriche is a colloquial way to say Nicaraguan, derived from local indigenous languages. The group has performed throughout the country with a repertoire of traditional music reflecting their country's musical variety.

From Managua, they sent us four songs; today we share "Mi Linda Nicaragua," by Victor Manuel Leiva, "Palo de mayo," a traditional piece from the country's Caribbean coast, and "Nicaragua mía," by Tino López Guerra. 

En Casa: Pedro Martínez

Wednesday, June 7, 10 am

The music of Paraguayan guitarist and composer Pedro Martínez is informed by his research on popular music from Paraguay and Latin America. One of the leading musical figures of his generation, he supports the linguistic and cultural traditions of his country through his work, and his educational activity considers music an invaluable practice in the defense of cultural rights. 

Martínez sent us two songs. Today we share "Pacholí," by E. Martínez. 

En Casa: Gina D'Soto and Juan Diego Villalobos

Thursday, June 8, 10 am

Gina D'Soto and Juan Diego Villalobos are back with their version of Carlos Lyra's "Se é tarde, me perdoa," the seminal bossa nova recorded by Sylvia Tellez, João Gilberto, Quincy Jones, and others in the 1960s. 

Music of the Americas: Puentes Caribeños

Friday, June 9, 7 pm

After a few seasons, Music of the Americas is happy to participate again in the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC Festival for a program dedicated to Caribbean composers. The program is curated by the collective Puentes caribeños and features new works by composers from the region performed by C Force, Paul Shaw, and a group of collaborators.  

More information and tickets.


The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.

The Spring 2023 Music program is also supported, in part, by the Howard Gilman Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

New York Council on the Arts             Howard Gilman Foundation


Additional support comes from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Amphion Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ ArtsForward program, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Augustine Foundation.