Plena and Protest Song @ Bronx Music Heritage Center
January 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Plena and Protest Song
Thursday, January 30th, 7:30 pm
Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niñe Blvd, Bronx, NY 10459
The foremost plena group in New York, Los Pleneros de la 21, joins Bronx Arts Ensemble teaching artists to explore the political meaning of plena in conjunction with protest songs from other cultures.
Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) was founded in 1983 by Juan J. ‘Juango’ Gutiérrez (National Endowment for the Arts’ Heritage Fellow, 1996) and the legendary Master Plenero, Marcial Reyes Arvelo. The ensemble originated under the common goal to promote the importance and beauty of traditional Puerto Rican music and dance to the masses. The ensemble has pioneered the road for bomba and plena performance around NYC, and continues to spread it globally. After more than 35 years of performances and a Grammy nomination for their groundbreaking album, Para Todos Ustedes, LP21 remains the dynamic family and intergenerational group of musicians and cultural leaders from East Harlem, the South Bronx and many of NYC’s own local communities.