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ARTURO O’FARRILL, Music Director
CHRIS KUHL, Lighting Designer
DEVIN CAMERON, Associate Lighting Designer

DAVID GIBSON, Production Supervisor & Audio Rental
SARAH ALEXANDER, Project Manager
JOSH SHERER, Production Rigger
KYLE MILNER, Production Assistant
ALBERTO MIRANDA, Production Manager
ERIC TALLER, Director of Performance Programs





Cielito Lindo 
Quirino Mendoza y Cortés (arr. Arturo O’Farrill and Regina Carter)
Featuring: Arturo O’Farrill, Regina Carter

Free Falling Borderless
Music by Arturo O’Farrill, Words by Eric Gamalinda and Eluisa Muhr
Feat. Cristina Maria Castro, Sasha Gutiérrez, Melisa Bonetti, Pedro Barrera, Juan Hernández, Santiago Gutiérrez, Melvin Rodríguez. Regina Carter, Akua Dixon, Ernesto Villalobos, Alberto Villalobos, Luis Villalobos, Conducted by Felipe Tristan

El Siquisiri 
Traditional (arr. Liberté-Anne Lymberiou)
Feat. Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Xalapa Bang 
Luis Villalobos (arr. Todd Bashore)
Feat. Villalobos Brothers, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

El Cascabel 
Feat. Conga Patria, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Jaiicasosebaim Noone 
Adam O’Farrill
Feat. the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Fly Away 
Rahim alHaj (arr. Todd Bashore and Zack Kear)
Feat. Rahim alHaj, Sahba Motallebi, Regina Carter, Akua Dixon, Ernesto Villalobos, Alberto Villalobos, Luis Villalobos, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Akua Dixon
Feat. Akua Dixon, Regina Carter, Ernesto Villalobos, Alberto Villalobos, Luis Villalobos, Arturo O’Farrill, Vince Cherico, Liany Mateo, Keisel Jimenez, Carlos Maldonado

Las Patronas 
Patricio Hidalgo
Feat. Patricio Hidalgo, Conga Patria Collective, Rahim alHaj, Sahba Motallebi

Feat. Ramón Hernandez, Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective

Sahba Motallebi
Feat. Sahba Motallebi,  Rahim alHaj, Carlos Maldonado, Keisel Jimenez

Identidades Mestizas 
Feat: Fernando Guadarrama, Patricio Hidalgo, Julia del Palacio

El Pijul 
Villalobos Brothers
Feat. Villalobos Brothers, Arturo O’Farrill, Vince Cherico, Liany Mateo, Carlos Maldonado, Keisel Jimenez

Amor Sin Fronteras 
Alberto Kreimerman (arr. Gregg August)
Feat. Emily Silva, String Quartet,Regina Carter, Akua Dixon, Ernesto Villalobos, Alberto Villalobos, Luis Villalobos,  Rahim alHaj, Sahba Motallebi, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Somos Sur 
Ana Tijoux, Mansour Shadia, and Celis Mujica (arr. Ethan Helm)
Feat. Emily Silva, String Quartet,Regina Carter, Akua Dixon, Ernesto Villalobos, Alberto Villalobos, Luis Villalobos,  Rahim alHaj, Sahba Motallebi, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

El Maquech 
Yucatan Folk Song (arr. Adam O’Farrill)
Feat.  Patricio/Ramon, Julia del Palacio, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Bemba y Tablao 
Patricio Hidalgo (arr. Todd Bashore)
Feat. Conga Patria Collective, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

La Morena 
Feat. Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective

La Bamba 
Traditional (arr. Liberté-Anne Lymberiou)
Feat. Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Conga Patria
Patricio Hidalgo (arr. Todd Bashore)
Feat. Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra




ARTURO O’FARRILL AND THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O’Farrill—leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (New York Times)—was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O’Farrill, Arturo played piano in Carla Bley’s Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 2002, he established the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) to bring the vital musical traditions of Afro Latin jazz to a wider general audience, and to greatly expand the contemporary Latin jazz big band repertoire through commissions to artists across a wide stylistic and geographic range. In March 2021, O’Farrill and the ALJO won their 7th Grammy for Four Questions, with Cornel West as guest orator. In September 2018, O’Farrill released his album, Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for the United States, Mexico, and Beyond, which was also released as a documentary for HBO MAX. In 2019, O’Farrill was appointed Professor at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the Global Jazz Studies department and is currently the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. O’Farrill’s debut recording with Blue Note Records …dreaming in lions… is nominated for a 2022 Grammy Award in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category, and his album, Virtual Birdland (ZOHO), is nominated for “Best Latin Jazz Album.” O’Farrill is a Steinway Artist and records for Blue Note Records.    


Jasper Dutz, alto
Sun Yoo, alto
Iván Renta, tenor
Berta Moreno, tenor
Larry Bustamante, baritone

Seneca Black
Jim Seeley
Adam O’Farrill
Rachel Therrien
Rafi Malkiel
Abulrahman “Rocky” Amer
Mariel Bildsten
Earl McIntyre, bass trombone

Vince Cherico, drums & timbales
Carlos “Carly” Maldonado, percussion
Keisel Jiménez, percussion
Liany Mateo, bass
Andrew Andron,  piano


A widely celebrated son jarocho musician, was born in Apixita, Veracruz, and is the grandson of Arcadio Hidalgo, one of the most iconic son jarocho musicians of the twentieth century. Patricio started playing the guitar when he was just a boy and has since followed the path that his grandfather blazed as a songwriter and master soloist. As a professional musician, Patricio has been a member of Grupo Mono Blanco; Grupo Chuchumbe; Grupo Quemayama; and Grupo Afro Jarocho, and has recorded on numerous albums. He has also performed with baroque ensembles and toured throughout Europe.

 requinto & voice
Ramon Guttierez Hernandez was raised in Tres Zapotes, Veracruz. At a young age, he was introduced to the requinto, which he has played for over 30 years. In his music, he channels the great spirits of son jarocho veterans and masters while also forging ahead and cultivating a modern sound. As an educator, he has taught workshops on jarana, requinto, and zapateado. He has recorded more than 12 albums, five of which are with his group Son De Madera, which he started in 1992. And one of his albums was in collaboration with the Smithsonian. He collaborated on the project Piano Xarocho, in which he and a pianist fused the music of Colombia and Venezuela with son jarocho. Ramon has also toured extensively throughout the U.S., from Seattle to Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. He has also toured throughout Latin America and Europe. He is a master luthier and builds his own instruments. He is currently based in Xalapa, Veracruz.

, leona & voice
Born in El Hato, Veracruz, Tacho is a renaissance man: He is a talented musician, carpenter, and luthier who learned to make instruments from his father and grandfather. He plays the leona, requinto, and jarana and has enjoyed a thirty-year career as a son jarocho musician. Tacho has been a member of the bands Grupo Mono Blanco and Los Utrera. And during his career as a musician, he has toured the U.S., Latin America, and Europe, sharing the son jarocho tradition with the world. He has also recorded on several albums including En el Hueco de un Laurel and Con Utrera yo Aprendí. Tacho is reserved and stoic but his music is soul-stirring. He is married to Wendy Cao Romero and has one son, Miguel Utrera, who is also a musician.

, jarana, percussion, voice, zapateado
Wendy Cao Romero’s career as a fandango dancer began in 1987. She is a key member of the Utrera family, which promotes its artistry and shows throughout El Hato. In addition, she has produced numerous field recordings of older son jarocho musicians. She worked as a radio producer for thirteen years. As an educator, she has also put out a book that details the dance steps for jarocho dancers. She attends and participates in son jarocho workshops. As part of her musical career, she has been a member of the Zacamandu group since 1992 and “Los Utrera” since 1993. She also plays the jarana. Beaming with a broad smile, Wendy infuses her performances with a buoyant personality. She teaches textile arts in El Hato “Mujeres Tejedoras,” an organization of thirty women.

, jarana & voice
Hailing from Cordoba, Veracruz, he is an expert at performing ten-line verses known as “Decimas in Son Jarocho.” The son of a physician, Fernando has lived in Oaxaca for nearly thirty years and has played the jaraba for twenty-eight years. He has also taught poetry for son jarocho music for some twenty years. He has toured poetry festivals throughout the U.S. and Latin America. He also is the director of a poetry and son workshop in Tapacamino, Oaxaca, since 2005. His poetry has been extensively published and recorded. In October 2017, he performed at the 40th anniversary concert for Grupo Mono Blanco at the Fine Arts Hall in Mexico City.

, jarana & voice
Born in 1959, Jorge Castillo grew up in the City of Juarez, Mexico. He was inspired at an early age by his grandfather, Beto, who was a professional jazz and orchestral trumpet player. Jorge is a professional classical guitar player, having received his first training at home at age nine. He graduated from the University of Texas El Paso. During this time at UTEP, Jorge worked at the music library where he developed an interest in the librarianship career. Later, he became a professional librarian for more than 30 years, until 2017. During this time at the library, he was always involved in music; drawn to performing in some way, whether with friends or family. In 2006, Jorge was introduced to the fandango culture but it was not until the summer of 2007, after hearing the group Quemayama, from Veracruz, that he got a much better grip of its essence. This drove him to become the founder of the Fandango Fronterizo in 2008, held annually on the border of Tijuana and San Diego.

, zapateado
Born and raised in Mexico, Julia del Palacio learned the traditional son jarocho zapateado from renowned dancers in Veracruz and Mexico City. Julia has been performing professionally in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the past fifteen years. During this time she also completed a doctorate in Latin American History at Columbia University. She has performed widely with Radio Jarocho, a project she directs, and a wide range of artists, including Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Green Fields of America, David Wax Museum, Sonia de los Santos, Claudia Valentina, and Nixtaband. Julia has danced at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, Celebrate Brooklyn, St. Peter’s Church, Pregones Theater, the Old Town School, The New Victory Theater, Symphony Space, El Museo del Barrio, the Kennedy Center, SXSW, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Flushing Town Hall. She regularly teaches classes in zapateado and in the history and structure of son jarocho, leading workshops and lecture demonstrations at Harvard University, Lehman College, Salisbury University, Swarthmore College, among others.

, leona



ERNESTO VILLALOBOS, violin & voice
ALBERTO VILLALOBOS, violin, viola & voice
LUIS VILLALOBOS, violin & voice

The Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the listener. Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis Villalobos use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. The group’s virtuosic performances have delighted listeners from Latin America, India and Russia to Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, Carnegie Hall and the Latin Grammy Awards. Since 2015, they have exclusive representation in the US and Canada, from SRO Artists. Also, they have been Artist in Residence at Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y, Latino Arts, and the New York Botanical Garden’s record-breaking exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. Today, the Villalobos Brothers continue to collaborate with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners Arturo O’Farrill, Antonio Sanchez, Eduardo Magallanes, Dan Zanes, and many others.

, violin
Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter explores the power of music through the voice of the violin in a wide range of genres—including jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, and African music. A recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, she has been widely hailed for her mastery of her instrument and her drive to expand its possibilities. Her albums include Paganini: After a Dream (Verve, 2003), I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (Verve, 2006), Reverse Thread (E1 Music, 2010), Southern Comfort (Sony Masterworks, 2014), Ella: Accentuate the Positive (OKeh, 2017), and Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground (Tiger Turn/ eOne, 2020), in which Regina and her Freedom Band, trumpeter John Daversa, pianist Jon Batiste, bassists Alexis Cuadrado and Kabir Sehgal and drummer Harvey Mason set out to deliver an optimistic and encouraging project that extols the importance of taking part in the democratic process. Regina tours with her own group and has appeared frequently as a guest soloist, including with such performers as Kenny Barron, the late bassist Ray Brown, Akua Dixon, Arturo O’Farrill, Steve Turre, Stefon Harris, Mary J. Blige, Joe Jackson, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Omara Portuondo, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Rhiannon Giddens and others. She has also been a guest soloist with several major symphony orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Regina is artistic director of the Geri Allen Jazz Camp, a unique summer immersion program sponsored by NJPAC for aspiring women jazz professionals. She is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and New Jersey City University and is artist in residence at the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Past positions have included resident artist for San Francisco Performances and resident artistic director for SFJAZZ. Along with performing, recording, teaching, and mentoring, Regina is passionate about bringing music into nursing homes and hospice settings and being a comfort to the actively dying. As part of that commitment, she trained to be a hospice volunteer at Hospice of New Jersey.

, cello
Cellist, composer. Conductor, and educator Akua Dixon has been at the forefront of improvising string players since 1973. She is the first cellist to win the Downbeat Critics Poll.  A multi laureate of the National Endowment for the Arts in composition and performance, Akua is considered “amongst the treasures of contemporary jazz” (NJ Star Ledger).  She has toured the world performing with her Grammy-winning string quartet, Quartette Indigo, ”jazz’s leading string quartet” (Boston Globe). Akua’s string arrangements can be heard on the five-time Grammy–winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and on Aretha Franklin’s Grammy-nominated A Rose Is Still A Rose. She has performed with Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and many more. Akua has performed at concert halls and Festivals in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. A native New Yorker, Akua attended its infamous High School of Performing Arts and studied cello with Benar Heifetz. Akua conducted Riverside by Judith Jamison, with music by Kimati Dinizulu, for the 1995 season premiere at City Center. She is the 1998 recipient of the African American Classical Music Award. In 2005 she developed her Hip Hop Blues Project for NYC school children while working with Carnegie Hall Education. Akua’s new project is WE THE PEOPLE. Dedicated to “All The People,” it speaks to the theme of Justice, Equality and Hope.

, oud & voice
Oud musician and composer Rahim AlHaj began playing oud at the age of nine, going on to study under Munir Bashir at Baghdad Institute of Music and receiving various awards there. In 1991, after the first Gulf War, Rahim was forced to leave Iraq due to activism against the Baath regime. He moved to the U.S. in 2000 as a political refugee. Considered one of the world’s finest oud  players, Rahim has recorded and performed with other master musicians of varied backgrounds and styles including guitarist Bill Frisell, accordionist Guy Klucevsek, sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and indie-rockers REM.  He has composed pieces for solo oud, trio, string quintet, symphony, etc. Delicately combining traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary styling/influence, his pieces establish new concepts without altering the foundations of the  traditional “Iraqi School of Oud.” His compositions evoke the experience of exile, consequences in post-war reality and new beginnings. Rahim has released 13 albums, receiving two Grammy nominations.

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Recognized internationally as a modern virtuoso of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments central to one of the world’s great musical traditions, Sahba Motallebi began studying music as a young girl in Sari, Northern Iran. In 1993, at age 14, her talent garnered an invitation to study at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. She flourished, and was recognized as Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival four years running (1995-98). After graduating from Conservatory in 1997, she co-founded the groundbreaking women’s music ensemble Chakaveh. In 1999m she joined the Iranian National Orchestra, beginning her career as an international performer. She left Iran in 2003 to pursue graduate studies, closed to her there due to her Bahai’i faith.

, vocals
Originally from Santa Ana Ca, Emily Silva is a fourth-year Global Jazz Studies Vocalist at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She has been singing for the past fifteen years in various genres including Commercial, Classical, Pop, Jazz, Latin, and Musical Theatre, and Gospel music. She aspires to create, write, and perform music that brings Love and Joy to all who listen. Emily performed as Chiffon in the student-run Color Box Production of Little Shop of Horrors. She is currently a member of the UCLA’s premier competitive A Cappella group the Scattertones, and just recently won 1st place in the UCLA’s annual school-wide audition-based Spring Sing 2021 talent competition with an original composition called Dance in Your Love.



, Guest Conductor
Award-winning Mexican conductor Felipe Tristán is known for bringing lively musical prowess to the podium. He has worked with orchestras around the world and currently serves as conductor with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Grattacielo, Manhattan School of Music Precollege, and the Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School in New York. He also serves as Creative Partnerships Manager with the GRAMMY award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, where he brings together Afro Latin culture and classical arts through innovative projects. Felipe is committed to promoting an inclusive performing arts industry and has collaborated with artists and producers from the NY Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Met Opera, and Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, among others, to create engaging programs for diverse audiences.



The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance produces performances, educates about, and preserves the music of all the Americas, emanating from African and indigenous roots, through the entry point of jazz. ALJA embraces its mission with a commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion, and equality of all cultures.

ALJA is honored to be a part of the Timbale Terrace project coming to the East Harlem community in 2025.

“October 28, 2021 marks the centennial of Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill. As a composer he showed us the greatest lesson possible. The Afro Cuban Jazz Suite is an example of taking an artistic chance, putting it all on the line just as he was starting out in his career. In the time when he wrote his masterpiece, the state of the art in jazz was Charlie Parker, the discovery of Cuba was the only acknowledgment of Latin influence in jazz and only Duke Ellington was writing extended multimovement suites with any success. Somehow Chico connected Europe, Africa, Cuba, and the Americas and single-handedly changed the face of modern music.”
– Arturo O’Farrill

Marietta Ulacia
, Executive Director
Arturo O’Farrill, Artistic Director
Andrea Thompson, Director of Development
Stefan Andemicael, Director of Administration & Operations
Eric Taller, Director of Programming & Production
Zack O’Farrill, Director of Education Programs
Felipe Tristan, Marketing & Communications – Creative Partnerships Manager
Isabel Rolston, Development and Board Liaison Associate
Diane Thompson, Development Manager
Andrew Andron, Music Administration Manager
Alberto Miranda, Production Manager



Eduardo (Eddy) Castell, Chairman

M. Carlota Perez-Applebaum, Vice Chair

Michelle Gee, Treasurer

Marc Landis, Secretary

Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, Ph.D.
Jane Holzka, PhD
Errol Louis
Arturo O’Farrill
Leonor (Lee) Rodriguez
James Seeley
William C. Thompson, Jr.
James R. Wacht
Claude Salzberger


Donald A Pels Charitable Trust
Mellon Foundation
Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Ford Foundation
The Arnhold Foundation
The Hispanic Federation
The Howard Gilman Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine

NYC H+H/Queens Hospital
Steinway and Sons
Tito’s Handmade Vodka




Joseph S. Steinberg, Chairman
Susan Feldman, President ­& Artistic Director
David Belt, ­Vice Chair
Chad Dickerson, ­Vice Chair
Andrew Foote, Treasurer
Thomas H. French, ­Secretary
Daisy Auger-Dominguez
Dominique Bravo
Kay Ellen Consolver
Elizabeth B. Gormley
Henry B. Gutman
Stephen Hendel
Diane L. Max
Anthony D. Schlesinger
Jolie Curtsinger Schwartz
Aliana B. Spungen
Doug Steiner
David C. Walentas


Susan Feldman, President & Artistic Director ­
Erik Wallin, Vice President & General Manager
Lianna Portnoy, Director of Finance
Yazmany Arboleda, Artistic Producer, Little Amal
Britney Polites Gordon, Associate General Manager
Michelle Danahy, Associate Company Manager
Glenn Alan Stiskal, Vice President of Advancement
Marilynn Donini, Director of External Affairs
Gwendolyn Dunaif, Manager of Institutional Giving
Beth Richter, Manager of Individual Giving
Torrence Browne, Director of Marketing
Kelvin Veras, Box Office Manager
Chrislen de Guzman Cobb, Marketing Associate
Jim Findlay, Director of Production & Operations
John Mosele, Technical Director
Sarah Peterson, Production Manager
Alex Taylor, Lighting Supervisor
Joemca, Sound & Video Supervisor
Jorge Castillo, Facilities Manager
David Colon Jr., Facilities Assistant


Blake Zidell & Associates, Press Relations
Flyleaf Creative, Art Direction and Graphic Design
Khadijat Oseni, Creative Alchemist/Consultant
Samara Daly, Public Affairs Consultant
Teddy Wolff, Photography
Leon Lutgenhorst, Videography
Alex Hartnett, Legal


Summer Gan, House Manager
Jimmy Bontatibus, Michael Bontatibus, Micaela Brinsley, Brandon Cobalt, Annalisa D’Aguilar, Domenick Danza, Bryan Davis, Mikayla Duran, David Herndon, Paul Levine, Lila Marooney, Nikolas Pagan, Camila Rivera, Tarek Sadeq, Sylvie Schuetz, Cindy Trickel, Diana Zuluaga, Ushers
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