Colombian-born Pablo Mayor and his Folklore Urbano Project are a pan-Latin cumbia, salsa, jazz, and folkloric band that plays the musical traditions of the Americas. The band plays as a big band orchestra or an ensemble.
Pablo Mayor is an artist-in-residence at iD Studio Theater, a Colombian community theater in Mott Haven, The Bronx. Daniel Fetecua, one of New York’s leading Colombian dancers, often performs with the band.
Pablo Mayor in New York City
Pablo Mayor and the Folklore Urbano Orchestra plays a pan-Latin Portrait of the Americas; at Drom in Manhattan’s East Village; on Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 8-9:30pm. From $20. dromnyc.com 🇨🇴
Pablo Mayor is One of New York’s Leading Colombian Musicians
He is a Pan-Latin jazz pianist, composer, and band leader based in New York City, originally from Colombia. Mayor does his own projects and arranging for legends such as Arturo O’Farrill, Totó la Momposina, Los Pleneros de la 21, and Orquesta Broadway. His music is a fusion of Colombian salsa, cumbia, jazz, and Latin American folkloric traditions. He really is a Pan-Latin artist.
Pablo Mayor is the founder of the Encuentro NYC Colombian music festival, and an artist-in-residence at iD Studio Theater, a great Colombian community theater in The South Bronx.
Folklore Urbano NYC is Salsa Colombiana
Folklore Urbano NYC is Pablo Mayor’s Colombian salsa group with jazz and folkloric influences. It’s name means “Urban Folklore” which is good description of how the band brings Latin folkloric traditions to New York City.
The group plays in several formats including various ensembles and the 13-piece Folklore Urbano Orchestra.
The band’s “El Barrio Project” brings Colombian salsa to Latin communities in New York. Pablo and the band also do community outreach as teaching artists.
They are one of the few New York bands to play Currulao, a folkloric music and dance whose main instrument is the marimba, a wooden xylophone from Colombia’s Pacific coast, where African diaspora traditions remain strong. The dance is similar to cumbia (but unique), but the marimba gives the music a soft, almost spiritual feeling.