Paquito D'RiveraPaquito D’Rivera (Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Composer) defies categorization. A child prodigy, he studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music. He has performed with major symphony
orchestras throughout the world, and has received numerous commissions. Honors include a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship
in Music Composition, and a 2007-2008 Composer-in-Residence at Caramoor. He is also the recipient of a 2005 NEA Jazz Masters award, a 2005 National Medal for the Arts, Kennedy Center Living
Jazz Legend in 2007, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, Frankfurt Musikpreis in 2008, Nelson Rockefeller Honoree in 2010 and 11 Grammys in classical and jazz categories. He also writes social
commentary and has written three books. Paquito D'Rivera worked to create the music for Eduardo Vilaro's Danzón and will perform live at the Joyce in April 2013.
Gabriela Lena Frank
Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Frank is something of a musical anthropologist. She has travelled extensively throughout South America and her pieces reflect and refract her studies of Latin-American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. She writes challenging idiomatic parts for solo instrumentalists, vocalists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. Frank composed the music for Ballet Hispanico's Puntos Suspensivos.
A 1992 member of the Theatre Hall of Fame, Zipprodt has received three Tony and five Drama Desk Awards for Shogun, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Pippin, 1776, Chicago, and Alice in Wonderland. She has also designed The Sleeping Beauty for New York City Ballet, Coppelia for American Ballet Theatre, and Tannhauser and The Barber of Seville for the Metropolitan Opera. Ballet Hispnico collaborated with Zipprodt for Farewell and Tres Cantos.
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Led by pianist and musical director Arturo O’Farrill, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra embodies the rich musical tradition of big band Latin jazz that has timeless appeal around the world. Composed of 18 soloists, the ALJO performs traditional compositions while also commissioning new works. In 2002, the ALJO became a resident orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center and has since toured internationally, and in 2006 it received a GRAMMYÆ nomination for its debut album Una Noche Involvidable on Palmetto Records. The Orchestra heads a variety of educational programs that seek to advance its ultimate goal of providing opportunities for a new generation of composers, arrangers and instrumentalists to further explore and define the genre.