The Loisaida Center presents:
founder of: Viento de Agua2014 Latin Grammy Awards Nominee.
Tito Matos is one of the most impressive requinto players of the plena tradition. He plays other percussion instruments: bomba barrels, congas, among others. He is the founder and director of Viento de Agua. He has previously recorded, played and toured with: Eddie Palmieri, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón and Ricky Martin among many others. He is still a member of New York’s iconic bomba and plena ensemble Los Pleneros de la 21. Tito is the founder of Plenazos Callejeros a movement that takes plena to street corners in different Puerto Rican towns.
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1:00pm – 3:00pm
Taller de Plena
Master percussionist Tito Matos teaches a basic plena workshop suitable for all levels. The Puerto Rico native has traveled the world playing plena, an Afro Rican musical genre. Students will learn basic rithmic patterns from the traditional to the contemporary style of playing the hand held drum known as pandereta.
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Screening of Plenazos Callejeros
Documentary, followed by Q&A with producers and musicians
Plenazos Callejeros is a documentary about a movement that revolutionized Afro Puerto Rican musical genre: plena. Every month a bunch of pleneros would gather at a street corner to play and talk about music. The video takes viewers on a journey through the last 30 years of the plena tradition.
Director: Mariana Reyes Angleró
Producers: Mariana Reyes and Tito Matos for Viento de Agua Inc.
Editor: Juan C. Álvarez Lara