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Music of the Americas: En Casa and Recuerdos, July 6–10

Americas Society

July 6 - 10, 2020


L. Paredes (Courtesy of the artist.)

Music of the Americas continues its online video series En Casa  (At Home), featuring original daily performances with musicians from around the Americas, and Recuerdos (Memories), weekly releases of memorable past performances at the Americas Society, some for the first time.

En Casa this week is dedicated to Venezuelan musicians, selected by their fellow countrywoman and producer Valentina Hidalgo who over the years introduced us to C4 Trio and Rafa Pino.

Follow Music of the Americas on  Instagram,  YouTube,  Facebook, and Twitter  to watch and receive notifications of all the performances. We will also be publishing weekly calendars here on our website, including all the videos, so you can catch up on any performances you might have missed.


Monday, July 6, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Orestes Gómez
Facebook: @orestesgomez

Now living in CDMX, where he recorded this track, percussionist Orestes Gómez grew up in the famed Sistema, where he specialized in Afro-Venezuelan percussion. He sent us an improvisation on samples from his first album, Experiencia Curiara.

En Casa: Orestes Gómez- “Sirena” & “La rana”


Tuesday, July 7, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Lester Paredes
Facebook: @Lester-Paredes-Lex

From Caracas, multi-instrumentalist Lester Paredes, who usually performs with Cirque du Soleil, sent us "Laberintitis," in which he plays guitar, oud, and percussion.

En Casa: Lester Paredes "Laberintitis"


Tuesday, July 7,  7 p.m.
New York Guitar Seminar Concert: Berta Rojas
Facebook: @bertarojas.guitarrista @NYGSMannes

For the twelfth consecutive year, Americas Society will host the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes’ opening concert. This year, we are fortunate to welcome Berta Rojas, one of today's foremost classical guitarists. 

Watch the concert.

Opening Concert with Berta Rojas

Wednesday, July 8, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Freddy Adrán
Facebook: @freddyjazzbass

From his home near Guadalajara, award-winning bassist Freddy Adrián, who joined the Jalisco Philharmonic in 2017, sent us "11CYSLE," which will be included in his next album.

En Casa: Freddy Adrián "11CYSLE"


Thursday, July 9, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Ana Carmela Ramírez and Gabriel Chakarji
Facebook: @anacarmelamusic @gchakarji

The duo of Latin Grammy-nominated Ana Carmela Ramírez and Gabriel Chakarji sent us "Merengue" from NYC, which was included in their album Vida, released in 2016.

En Casa: Ana Carmela Ramírez and Gabriel Chakarji "Merengue" (Chakarji)


Thursday, July 9, 6:30 a.m.
Recuerdos: Venezuela!

For this week's Recuerdos, we stay in Venezuela with clips from one recent concert by Rafa Pino y El Macuare, Jorge Glem, Hwansu Kang, Daniel Prim, and two not so recent ones with Eddy Marcano, Héctor Molina, and Nicholas Mariscal. Great to revisit these performances!

Recuerdos: Venezuela!


Friday, July 10, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Carlos Poletto
Facebook: @ElOltroPoloOficial

We close the week with "Castigo," a contemporary bolero by El Otro Polo, Carlos Poletto's solo project, sent directly from Caracas.  

En Casa: Carlos Poletto -"Castigo" (El Otro Polo)