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People of Earth
People of Earth is a global music collective set on blurring the barriers between the great art forms of the terrestrial sphere, creating an explosive blend of the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond. The world class musicians who make up this collective represent more than 8 different nationalities and have played with a vast range of artists from Gloria Estefan to Ruben Blades to the New York Philharmonic and more.
People of Earth has performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Penn’s Landing, World Cafe Live, The Bitter End, The Highline Ballroom, Drom, SOB’s, and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. They also performed as headliners for Philadelphia’s SugarCane Festival and at the legendary Painted Bride and was recently featured on latin music channel Congahead Studios. In 2020, People of Earth was awarded a grant from New Music Usa to commission Dafnis Prieto to compose a concerto for orchestra, to be premiered by Louisville Orchestra, Britt Orchestra, New World Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2022.
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.
Performances with Maraca, Sur Caribe, Cuban Way, Matthew Whitaker
Performances with Jacob Collier, Pablo Ziegler (Astor Piazzolla), Levin Foxx
Performances Puerto Rico Symphony, Puerto Rico Ballet, Wynton Marsalis,
// co-music director/percussion
Performances with Radio City Music Hall, On Your Feet!, DLG, Ismael Miranda, Lion King, Rolando Morales Matos Orchestra
// piano, synth
Performances with Pedrito Martinez, Pedro Giraudo, International Concert Piano Competition winner
Sunnyside Recording Artist, performances with Claudia Acuna, Jaleel Shaw, Antonio Sanchez
// piano, synth
Performances with Gerardo Contino, Chembo Corniel, Ola Fresca, Peliroja,
Performances with Pedrito Martinez, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Rachel Therrien Quintet
Performances Ruben Blades, Canadian Brass, Pink Martini
Performances with Mambo Legends Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Shawn Pelton
//co-music director/ percussion
Performances with Havana D’Primera, Maraca, Alain Perez. Recordings with Ricky Martin, Issac Delgado. CubaDisco Winner
Performances with Pittsburgh, Detroit, Louisville Symphonies,
Yuja Wang, Danil Trifonov, Tiempo Libre, Tirso Duarte,