Colombia's Gregorio Uribe Big Band to Play World Music Institute's World to Brooklyn Series at Roulette
The 16-piece orchestra is led by Colombian-born singer and accordionist Gregorio Uribe. Together, the group blends cumber and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big band arrangements. Along with the orchestra, guest artist, singer and violinist Mireya Ramos will also be performing.
For the last four years, the popular band has held a monthly residency at Zince Park and have also performed shows at the Kennedy Center, Blue Note Jazz Club, Iridium Jazz Club and Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. In 2015, they performed at Dizzy's Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The band's debut album will be released in 2015 after a successful Kickstartr campaigned fueled by fans helped the band raise $23,000. According to a press release, Uribe has been named by the government of Colombia as one of the “100 most successful Colombians abroad.” This honor comes from his accomplishments, being an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and a commissioned composer for Grammy-winning Arturo O'Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
World to Brooklyn is the World Music Institute’s dance-party series. The series offers a socially immersive way to enjoy a culture’s music, and World to Brooklyn replicates a dance-party in a specific country -- one can eat, drink, listen and dance to the culture -- and attracts a remarkably friendly, all-inclusive, cross-cultural mix.
The Gregorio Uribe will be performing at Roulette in Brooklyn March 14 at 8 p.m. The show will be preceded by an open cocktail hour, featuring a Colombian Refajo, at 7 p.m. The cocktail hour will also offer a Colombian dance lesson. After the show, there will be an after-party DJ set which ends at midnight.
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