Join us for a performance by Jorge Arce and pianist Robert Silver as part of our Concerts in the Courtyard Series, which is sponsored by Bank of America. The entire repertoire will be embellished by the jazz improvisation spirit of the music combined with Afro-Caribbean conga drums in some of them.
No registration required. This program will be additionally broadcast to our YouTube channel. In the event of inclement weather, concerts may be live-stream only.
Jorge Santiago Arce was born in Bélgica, a working class neighborhood of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ponce is a city well known for its rich cultural traditions and is characterized by the emergence and evolution of important Afro-Caribbean music and dances such as the "Bomba," "Plena" and "Danza." Half of Jorge's family comes from San Antón, mainly a black community known for the African tradition of the Bomba music; the other half comes from the music tradition. His life in the "barrio" Bélgica was filled with the Plena music. This experience, among other things, has contributed to his creativity and curiosity. In addition to being an actor, dancer, singer, and performer, he is also a cultural historian and researcher. To learn more, visit this link to his website.
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