Los Pleneros de la 21 familia is proud and honored to return to Albuquerque this October!
Outpost Performance Space and National Hispanic Cultural Center bring back NYC's Bomba and Plena Ambassadors to the World — the first time since 2006 — for an evening of Bomba, Plena, riveting music and vibrant cultural celebration
Saturday, October 7th 2017
7:30 — 9:30 pm
Tickets are available now and online
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Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21), an Afro-Puerto Rican bomba and plena ensemble, returns to New Mexico for a concert at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and a residency around town. LP21 have performed numerous times in Outpost-sponsored concerts and workshops dating back to Outpost's inception in 1989, thus becoming an integral part of Outpost's familial history. Over the years, the group has comprised several generations of master practitioners of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena. Featuring musicians, dancers, and artisans, the group's complex, multi-part vocal harmonies set to the rhythms of hand-held plena drums (panderetas) and barrel-shaped bomba drums, resurrects the African-rooted bomba and plena musical styles of Puerto Rico. Billboard praised the band for its «exhilaratingly deep Latino explorations of Afro-Caribbean grooves,» and the New York Times wrote, «the melodies are gorgeous and the tunes perfectly arranged, precise rhythms making way for singing or a drum section.» Also a non-profit community based organization founded in 1983 by National Heritage Fellow, Juan Gutiérrez, the group, which is located in the heart of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), makes it their mission to «unite community building and cultural equity through music.» They present accessible public traditional music programming, expose inner city youth and others to the cultural heritage of Puerto Rico and encourage their active participation in these traditions, and they perform a repertoire of work embedded in the rich tradition of Puerto Rican folk music to audiences everywhere. Los Pleneros de la 21 are Juan J. Gutiérrez, Founder/Director, percussion; Camilo E. Molina, timbales, Musical Director; Nelson Matthew González, percussion & dance; Nicholas Laboy, percussion; Julia L. Gutiérrez-Rivera, minor percussion & dance; Zaccai Curtis, piano; Gabriel Lugo, percussion; Héctor Jiménez, vocals; Dan MartÃnez, bass; Oliver Santana, reeds; and Jerry Rivas, trombone.
Redobles de la Cultura Boricua Residency Project- The October 7 performance by LP21 at the NHCC will be surrounded by a residency from October 6-10, by Redobles de Cultura Boricua, a subgroup of LP21. Redobles, comprising Julia LoÃza Gutiérrez-Rivera, Nelson «Mateo» Gonzales, and Nicholas «Nicky Cajadura» Laboy, will present Afro-Puerto Rican music, drumming, and dance workshops in various locations around Albuquerque.
Outpost is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN) This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors included NPN are the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foudation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency) More info at npnweb.org
This concert is made possible through support from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF); the National Endowment for the Arts; and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs.