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People of Earth is a global music collective quickly emerging as one of the United State’s most exciting latin and tropical bands, with an explosive blend of the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond. The 13 musicians comprising this supergroup represent a cross-section of the world, boasting an array of some of the best musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Canada, Switzerland, Haiti, Greece and more. Formed in 2017, the band has performed at acclaimed venues including Disney Hall in LA, The Kennedy Center in D.C., The Kimmel Center and Mann Center in Philadelphia, and The New World Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. PoE, as the band is often referred to, has a frontline of three singers, backed by four horns, three percussionists, two keyboards, and electric bass. The band plays original music that blends influences from Cuban Timba and Rumba, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, Haitian Kompa, Brazilian MPB, and American soul, RnB, and hip hop, with songs in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Kreyole. In 2019 PoE partnered with Musical America’s Conductor of the Year Teddy Abrams and won a grant from New Music USA to commission MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto to compose a concerto for the band and string orchestra. The piece, entitled Tentacíon was premiered in 2022, with Maestro Abrams conducting, in a tour that included performances with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Britt Festival Orchestra. People of Earth’s debut self-titled album was released in May of 2023 on the Truth and Revolution Records label, and features a guest appearance from acclaimed Brazilian singer Marcos Costa. The album’s nine tracks include seven original compositions by members of the group along with a cover of Djavan’s Te Devoro and Leonard Bernstein’s Mambo. In addition to being a powerhouse performing group, People of Earth is devoted to education, and its members with veteran teaching artists who have led workshops at such venues as The Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and many more. The band has presented children’s concerts for The Mann Center, 92nd Street Y, and Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. The members of People on Earth are committed to using music as a vehicle for social change, and through sharing their passion for warm blooded groove music hope to facilitate dialogue, create cultural connections, and spread joy ultimately making the world a better place.

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