FIRST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST Music Series with PEPE SANTANA & INKHAY
The popular FIRST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST Music Series concerts continue at the intimate Galeria West Art Gallery, located at 111 Quimby Street in downtown Westfield, NJ on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7pm with an evening of traditional South American Andean music with acclaimed musician PEPE SANTANA and members of the INKHAY music ensemble. This once a month live concert event continues to bring to you a unique opportunity to enjoy a diversity of music genres as performed by a select series of international artists.
Pepe Santana is an Ecuadorian-born musician who continues to spread his life long passion, which not only resides in the realm of architecture, but also in the world of the musical traditions of the Andes Mountains.
Pepe performs on over two dozen types of native wind instruments (flutes, pan-pipes and whistles) and a variety of string instruments (charangos, mandolins, bandurria, tiple and guitars).
His emphasis in ancient sounds and rhythms has defined him as a true spokesperson of traditional Andean music. In 1995, he participated in the Apprenticeship Program of the NJSCA as a master folk musician.
He has participated in major folk festivals in the United States and Canada. He frequently lectures at Music Schools and Folk Societies in this country and abroad. In the New York metropolitan area, Pepe is very active at various school systems with his lecture-demonstrations. For twelve years, he participated as an artist in residence at the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution in New York City, and has delivered numerous workshops on wind instrument making. These workshops have been well received at the New York Museum of Natural History and Hostos Community College. In addition, he has produced and directed several Andean festivals at New York City's Lincoln Center, Town Hall and Symphony Space. Mr. Santana also established and directed the Festival of the Andes at Waterloo Village in New Jersey.
Pepe is the founder and director of the music group INKHAY (Quechua verb meaning, "to tend the fire"). Its members are the interpreters of the traditional music from the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. In the year 2000, Pepe Santana was the recipient of the National Merit and Title of Great Gentleman by the Ecuadorian Government. This recognition was for the outstanding task of promulgating Andean culture in the United States.
Pepe has also appeared on several television shows such as the Shining Time Station (Ch. 13), Where in the World is Carmen San Diego (Ch. 13), Visiones (NBC TV), New York Ahora (Ch. 41), and several others. He has also been heard on several radio programs such as New York Kids (WNYC-FM) and Around New York (WNYC-FM).
We encourage you to join us often during the year at a First Friday @ Galeria West concert to celebrate the arts in a unique setting. We recommend that you consider enjoying a fine meal before or after the concert at one of many fine restaurants in quaint downtown Westfield and the surrounding area. Most are located within a short walk from the gallery.
Event proceeds benefit theatrical programming efforts at TEATRO Si, a 501(c) 3 New Jersey not for profit corporation.
Galeria West Art Gallery (View)
111 Quimby Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
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