Lucia Pulido & Misha Marks / Latin American music$20
Lucia Pulido & Misha Marks / Latin American music
Presented by Terraza 7
Thursday, June 1st, 2023, at 7:00 pm. (Doors Open at 5pm)
$20: Cover for Mezzanine sitting.
Sebastian Cruz / Guitar.
Misha Marks / Guitar; euphonium.
Lucía Pulido / Voice.
With this trio Lucia, Misha and Sebastian pay tribute to the sonority and spirit of the popular music of Colombia, Mexico and Latin America. Rhythms such as the chilenas, Yucatecan trova, cumbia or work songs, are the inspiration to explore timbres and textures that allow its members to find new forms of expression for the music that has accompanied several generations in Latin America.
About Misha Marks:
Misha has been part of the Mexico City soundscape since emigrating from New Zealand in 2008. He explores the sonic possibilities of six wires attached to a box, extracting a surprising gamut of sounds through traditional guitaristic approaches as well as extended techniques that probe the physicality of the instrument and its sound-producing capabilities.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand he grew up near the dairy farming town of Karamea, on the West Coast of the South Island. He started playing guitar at the age of six and later studied jazz and classical guitar at Massey Conservatory of Music in Wellington for two years before abandoning academic studies. Outside of school walls he became involved in the creative music scene of Wellington, based around the intrepid music venue Happy, where he played regularly with local and visiting improvisers, worked at the bar and was the cleaner. After spending time living in Barcelona, Vienna and London he moved to Mexico City with the idea of staying for about six months, which has since become eleven years. He plays guitar, baritone horn and latarra (a homemade electric guitar made out of an old metallic first-aid box). He is active in diverse scenes throughout Mexico City playing numerous projects, such as Generación Espontánea, Carlos Marks, Teoqualo, Lágrimas del Cíclope Llorón, Trio Corazonantes, Héroes del Destierro, Doquier, I’m this, I’m that, Lodazal and occasionally with brass bands from the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca.
He has performed in festivals such as High Zero (Baltimore) No Idea Festival (Austin TX) Cha’ak’ab Paaxil, (Mérida, MX) Finse Jazz, (Norway) Music Matters (Colombo, Sri Lanka) Mexico Now (New York) Glatt & Verkehrt (Krems, Austria) Wellington Jazz Festival (NZ) Visiones Sonoras (Morelia, MX) and together with musical accomplice Carlos Alegre organizes the experimental music series Derrepente Enderredor, in Mexico City.
About Lucia Pulido:
Lucia Pulido’s off-stage demeanor–delicate, reserved, unassuming–belies one of the most powerful and original voices in Latin American music today: a torrent of sound and emotion that mesmerizes with its energy and captivates with its sensibility. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Lucia left an important mark in popular music in Colombia. Since her arrival in NYC in 1994, however, she has become a relentless explorer and exponent of the depth of Colombian and Latin American folklore. Of most significance is the fact that she has delineated her efforts with experimentation, surrounding herself with a variety of improvisers, composers and producers who are established artists and pioneers in their own right, such as Fernando Tarres, Erik Friedlander, Satoshi Takeishi, Dave Binney, Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger, and long-time collaborator, producer, and musical director Sebastian Cruz.
The wealth of feeling in her music is indescribable. In one set you may hear her tackling an electrifying up-tempo puya (an exuberant dance from the northern coast of Colombia) with athletic energy and virtuosity, soaring with impossible ease over the frenzy of the rhythm, followed by a heart-breaking alabao’ (a funeral lament from her country’s forgotten Pacific region) sung with enchanting tenderness. Such is Lucia’s aura: rich in its inheritance of tradition and its embrace of modernity, alive with the spirit of a true innovator, bursting with expressiveness.
She is currently working on several projects with musicians in New York City and in different acxUnited States, Europe, Asia, and South America.
About Sebastian Cruz:
Sebastian is a versatile Colombian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer with a distinctive sound marked by creativity and soulfulness across different styles. In his original projects, he combines Afro-Colombian music with eclectic influences including creative improvisation and rock energy. Cruz leads the Sebastian Cruz Trio, The Cheap Landscape Trio and performs solo using songwriting, loops and prepared guitars. He has released two albums with his Colombian infused songwriting project ‘Coba,’ featuring some of the most interesting singers in the Latin American scene in NY. He has composed, arranged and directed for Lucía Pulido and La Cumbiamba eNeYé, two influential projects at the forefront of a new wave of Colombian music. He also leads “The Tiny Giants” which performs his original songs for children.
As a guitarist, Cruz appears on numerous CDs and has toured all around the US, Europe, South America, and Asia.
His compositions for film, theatre, and dance have awarded him prestigious recognitions including the Van Leer fellowship from meet the composer, and an ASCAP for the composition of a song for theatre.
A devoted educator, Cruz is guitar and music theory faculty at Bloomingdale School of Music and has taught at Brooklyn Guitar School, Brooklyn Conservatory, and has been a Teaching Artist for LeAp, Community-Word Project and Young Audiences New York. Every other Spring semester Cruz leads Columbia University’s Latin Jazz ensemble with a focus on Colombian music. During the Spring of 2012 Cruz served as faculty at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in South India where he led ensembles, taught guitar, Composition and arranging, and Colombian music.