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Young Roots » 2pm - Nov 3, 2011
Rating: 3.0 (97 Votes)
Category: Young Roots

Los Monstritos is an ensemble of young, virtuoso percussionists who hurtle headlong into a variety of Latin musical genres from plena to bachata, from bomba to boogalu, salsa, rumba and merengue, but with their own twist reflecting the hip-hop and reggaetón rhythms of their neighborhoods. They are: Nelson Matthew González, scion of one the great families of Afro-Puerto Rican music; Oreste Abrantes, a Cuban-Puerto Rican powerhouse conguero; Jason González, bongo virtuoso, and Kyle Matthews, grandson of the Afro-Puerto Rican folklorist Emilio Escobar. They are joined in their debut concert by the legendary, one-and-only cuatro virtuoso Yomo Toro, accompanied by Aurora & Orquesta Zon del Barrio. Los Monstritos are pupils of some of the greatest Latin percussion masters in New York. Their music is sometimes hip, sometimes steeped in nostalgia…and it explodes into the future. This production is part of the Hostos Center’s Young Roots Performance Series that, over the next two years, will showcase emerging artists experimenting with the artistic roots of Afro-Latino traditions to create new branches that reach into the future. Sponsored by the Hostos Community College Foundation with funds from the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund, 2010-2012. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Young Roots Performance Series at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture showcases emerging artists experimenting with the artistic roots of Afro-Latino traditions to create new branches that reach into the future. The series was made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation’s highly selective New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, which supports creativity and the arts, with an emphasis on innovation. The Young Roots Performance Series project grew out of the two rotating biennial festivals produced at Hostos Center: BomPlenazo, which focuses on the bomba and plena traditions of Puerto Rico, and Quijombo, which focuses on the congo, salve and guloya, which continue to be extensively documented by the media center BronxNet. BronxNet produces programs that globally connect one of the most diverse and culturally rich places in the world: the Bronx – and the TV station’s award winning production team will produce a series of Young Roots docu-concerts.

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