DTBK Presents: Willoughby Plaza Lunchtime Music Series with Samuel Torres + Sarah Alden
Samuel Torres, Latin Grammy-winning percussionist, and Sarah Alden, violinist of many musical traditions are Fiddles and Congas.
Samuel Torres is a lauded Latin Grammy winning percussionist, composer, and arranger. A classically trained percussionist, Torres’ career took flight when acclaimed Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval asked him to join his group shortly after Torres moved to the U.S. Since then, the versatile musician has earned renown in his own right through his work as a performer, arranger and producer in the worlds of Latin jazz, salsa, Latin pop and jazz, working with artists including Lila Downs, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Chick Corea, Candido Camero, Angélique Kidjo, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, and Rubén Blades among others.
Sarah Alden is a Brooklyn-based fiddler, singer, and educator. Her music is influenced by a myriad of styles, including folk traditions from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, American Appalachian fiddle styles, as well as bluegrass, jazz, and classical music. In 2002, Alden helped create the band Luminescent Orchestrii, which toured internationally and recorded and collaborated with the Grammy award-winning outfit Carolina Chocolate Drops. Beginning in 2009, Alden has been honored as a U.S. American Music and Cultural Ambassador, supported by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department.
Performances in the series:
June 1 | Our Band
June 8 | Erica Mancini
June 15 | Jonathan Michel
June 22 | Gregorio Uribe
June 29 | Fiddles and Congas: Samuel Torres + Sarah Alden
July 6 | Elifè & Tompkins
July 13 | Wayne Tucker and The Bad Mothas
July 20 | John Ellis
July 27 | Tamar Korn