Jorge Luis Pacheco: Artes de Cuba May 8-20th at Kennedy Center

Celebrate some of Cuba’s finest artists and leading Cuban American creators May 8 -20th at Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The music of Cuba is the result of many cultures… overlapping, inspiring, and innovating.

Jorge Luis Pacheco is opening at the festival on May 8th and performing May 12th (Piano Marathon featuring Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco). Pacheco’s future perpetuates and propagates more roots & branches with his deep classical training & his free spirited, soulful, improvisation. Jorge_Luis_PachecoCuba has long shared its great cultural riches with the world, including some of the most incredible pianists on the planet.  A fresh, new face has emerged and is making waves with his “flying hands.” Jorge Luis Pacheco has a unique style that presents a new voice in jazz. His untethered creative, emotionally profound, technically virtuous artistry are steeped in his classical training and  hailing from Havana, Cuba – this fiery young talent is fast becoming a seasoned veteran, having performed at some of the most respected venues in the world.  From Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York – the Jazz Capital of the World to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Pacheco wowed the crowd at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival and gained notoriety at the legendary Apollo Theater for the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies presented to living legend Herbie Hancock.  Whether solo piano or with his quartet, Pacheco is staking his claim in the jazz world.

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Having collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and Arturo O’Farrill, this young talent expresses charisma, exciting energy and respect in his ‘live’ performances.  Monty Alexander exclaims Pacheco “defies genre.”  Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and vocalist.  His Jazz is a confluence of Cuban jazz, American jazz, and classical music with a measure of contemporary pop to keep things up to date.

Pacheco’s original documentary scores are wide ranging, soulful explorations of lyrical, textured, emotional, and sometimes fast moving melodies, chords, and rhythms.  A new piano symphony he scored entitled “Andino” was inspired by the music of South America.

Con El Pache Me Voy (2018):  Available soon on  iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and more! 

photography: Carlos Alejandro 

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Michelle Krusiec Point of Origin

As a mother of two, actress, and advocate of domestic violence Michelle Krusiec’s story is inspiring. Her kids and husband are a constant source of inspiration for the next chapter. She shares her life story on her blog.

Michelle Krusiec grew up in a domestic violence household and as a result, personally understands the effects of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Her parents were also exposed to similar conditions in their youth. They too are also survivors.
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Now that Krusiec is a parent, abuse and trauma inflicted on children in unstable homes is something she hopes to help shed a light on. Abuse comes in so many forms. Silence is one of them. The Arts saved her life during a time where she did not have a voice. Helping give survivors a voice to their stories is one path towards healing.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of your voice and story. Read more

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Making Connections with Andrea Tinianow

How many connections do you make in a day? We caught up with Andrea Tinianow at The Mill Space in Wilmington, Delaware to gain insight on being a superconnector.

“We all know superconnectors,” Tinianow says. “They are the people who are always ready to make a match without skipping a beat. Out of nowhere, they might say something like, ‘I know somebody who can help you with that…’ or ‘Would you like to meet someone who is working on something similar?’ or ‘I know someone who would be perfect for you…'”

Join Andrea and other superconnectors on November 2nd Ted X Wilmington Bridge Builders at Theater N.

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“A personal connection is always best. When you introduce two people who have something in common, you give them a gift of a new opportunity for business, friendship, or romance.” says Tinianow. Tinianow is a superconnector, entrepreneur, Delaware attorney, and blockchain champion.  As Director of Corporate and International Development for the State of Delaware, Tinianow makes multiple connections across the globe daily. Prior to joining the Department of State, Tinianow was Vice President of Business Development and Assistant General Counsel for Corporation Service Company. She has developed several innovative courses and projects and is a frequent speaker and moderator on Delaware corporate law.

Tinianow developed an app called Connector Street, a tool to make introductions instantly, safely and securely. It’s a real-time introduction of two people who don’t know each other… yet. With Connector Street, you can facilitate business relationships, ignite friendships, or spark a romance. Connector Street is a free app available on Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Click here to download the app and start connecting!

“I love being a superconnector… it’s my hope that others will use Connector Street to unlock their own connector superpower.”

You can read more here.

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Musical Inspiration from Cuba

Vocal Clave de Sol will be at the Ladybug Festival in Wilmington, Delaware on July 20-21st.

Vocal Clave de Sol, a musical education program in Havana, Cuba, founded by Nuria and Yamilé García in May 2009. The program started with 9 members and by 2016 had grown to an impressive 256. The lack of local recreational and artistic options for children combined with the lack of a nearby cultural institution made its creation an important initiative.

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Among its goals is promoting traditional Cuban music and culture, inviting children to learn through their interests and helping to grow their abilities. This is accomplished through the disciplines of practice, deadlines, cooperation, respect, and community, while contributing to the development of their musical intelligence and skills. Through choral singing and guitar (as well as Charango, Tres, Cuatro, standup Bass, and various percussion instruments), children aged 7 to 16 years have developed their gifts, their self-esteem, and changed their lives’ trajectories… by becoming lifelong learners. The value of learning through one’s interests in this program cannot be overstated. Students have gone on to ISA (Universidad de las Artes – the premier Arts University in Cuba), University of Havana, as well as careers in medicine, teaching, and the arts. Children wishing to join the program need only be interested and have an instrument. Sometimes, having an instrument is the only difficulty, so we are looking to raise awareness and to help put instruments in the hands of children who would like to get involved with this special program. Clave de Sol embraces the child, the child’s family, and the whole community. As it does, it engenders respect for the value of Cuban musical heritage and the Cuban dedication to the arts, in addition to other cultures, arts and… education. They have been invited to tour of the Martin Guitar Factory with one of the company’s guitar designers. Additionally, there is talk of developing an exchange program both with Blair Academy and a local private school in Delaware.

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On Sunday, July 23, they will perform at Drom in New York City.  Imagine being a girl or young woman and having the opportunity to travel outside of your country for the first time and welcomed guest artist. Special thanks to Carlos Alejandro for sharing this gift.

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