Chalaca Trio

Harp, Clarinet, and Percussion

December 17, 2017, 4 PM

Thomas T. Gaff House, the residence of the Ambassador of Colombia to the US

This exciting new ensemble was founded to explore the infinitely rich musical traditions of South America and the Caribbean, and the ways in which these have nourished the work of living composers who have settled in the US. With its unusual combination of instruments, Chalaca’s concert will demonstrate the migration of styles and rhythms in the work of modern composers as well as their debt to masters of traditional folk music.

Please note this holiday concert will take place at the Thomas T. Gaff House, currently the residence of the Ambassador of Colombia to the US, at 1520 20th Street, NW.

PROGRAM:

JACOB DO BANDOLIM (1918-1969)
Assanhado

JUAN MANUEL PLAZA
Currucha

JOSE BARROS (1915-2007)
El Pescador arr. Benito Meza

PAQUITO D’RIVERA (b. 1948)
Bandoneon

JOÃO LUIZ REZENDE 
Jequibau
Palhaço (after Gismonti)

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)
L’Histoire du Tango

SAMUEL TORRES (b. 1976)
Parámo

HERMETO PASCOAL (b. 1936)
Rancho Das Sogras

Bridget Kibbey is an American harpist who redefines what is possible on this elegant and fierce instrument via a cross-genre collaboration with today’s top artists. She keeps busy as a concerto soloist, chamber music collaborator, and recitalist across the globe. Percussionist Samuel Torres was born into a musical family in the bustling city of Bogotá. Since immigrating to the US, he is in demand internationally as a jazz percussionist, composer, and arranger. Clarinetist Benito Meza bridges both the classical and jazz mediums on the world’s top stages with verve and flare. Together, this vibrant and virtuosic new collaboration explores the confluence of cultures found in South America and the Caribbean in an energetic, heartwarming project.

Following the migration of rhythm from Africa and Europe, to the Andean Mountains and the Amazon―and finally, right to the heart of New York City. Chalaca is a celebration of the composers who have immigrated to the US from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela―alongside the folk masters who inspired them. Formed in Fall of 2016, this vibrant group’s reputation is spreading fast, with invitations to perform at multiple festivals in 2017/2018 – including the Schubert Club, the Trust Performing Arts Center, and Lake Music Festival of the Finger Lakes.