Starting next week, Mr Samuel Marchan, UCMP’s Music Director, will be traveling to the Venezuelan Amazon to hold a series of workshops with the Canaima Indigenous Youth Orchestra, the first indigenous youth orchestra in the world. He is going as part of the MESDA Group, (Music Education for Social Development Agency) a Harvard-based initiative, founded by a group of alums of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. To learn more about MESDA, click here.
This has been a busy year for Mr Marchan. In April he had the opportunity to have a meeting with Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, to official present to him the work we have all been doing with the children of Union City. Maestro Abreu was very supportive and expressed great satisfaction about having the UCMP being the first El Sistema program in New Jersey.
In January, a latin jazz group Mr Marchan plays with, was recognized by Billboard with a 2011 best latin jazz arrangement award for Mark Weinstein and Aruan Ortiz’s El Cumbanchero.