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SWEET PLANTAIN Bridges Gap Between Generations & Genres of Latin American Music
SWEET PLANTAIN’s diverse repertoire heavily features the works of notable Latin American composers like Astor Piazzolla, Mongo Santamaría, Aldemaro Romero, and Paquito D'Rivera, alongside the original compositions and arrangements of the quartet’s own members.
What’s more, the group inventively incorporates improvisation, percussive, and extended techniques that artfully fuse the western classical traditions in which they were trained with the jazz, rock, hip-hop, and Latin rhythms on which they were raised.
Separately hailing from Venezuela, Argentina, Russia, and the Bronx, together these musicians give voice to a sound that is both rooted in tradition and entirely new. Sweet Plantain is the kind of multicultural, chamber music group that can only be found in New York.
Since 2007, Sweet Plantain's extensive touring has included shows throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, and the Caribbean, ranging from performances in Moscow’s historic Tchaikovsky Concert Hall to New York City’s famed Birdland jazz club, a 15-cities tour of Sweden and an Alaskan summer music festival.
Gifted educators, the group has also led master classes, educational concerts, and held teaching residencies at Berklee College of Music (Boston), the 92nd Street Y (Manhattan), Celia Cruz High School of Music (the Bronx), and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Idaho), among numerous other schools and cultural centers throughout the U.S.
When not collaborating on this project, the quartet members can be found performing on Broadway, with various classical orchestras and other chamber music ensembles, and touring with megastars the likes of Marc Anthony, Harry Connick Jr, and Bruce Springsteen.
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