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Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Ecos Latinos
Fri, September 15th at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
In partnership with Ecos Latinos, NOMA hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration featuring a night of music in the Lapis Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and performances begin at 7:00 pm. Light bites will be available from Empanola, as well as a cash bar with specialty cocktails from Café NOMA.
$10 general admission | $5 for NOMA members
From the Performers
Fermin Ceballos Quartet
Fermin Ceballos studied music at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and was a professor of music at the Ministry of Culture, National System of Free Schools of the Dominican Republic. His primary musical instruments are the accordion, guitar, piano, and voice. Fermín continually works on several musical projects in the Gulf-South, such as Merengue4-FOUR, a musical project showcasing Dominican Music (Bachata & Merengue Típico), Fermín’s Latin Fusion Orchestra, performing original salsa-inspired compositions and Fermín Acústico, a musical concept interlacing melodies and harmonies with guitar and voice. With all his projects, he performs original compositions based on his fusion of different sounds and musical rhythms. In 2018, Fermín wrote YO VENGO DE TODO LADO (I Come From Everywhere) to honor and celebrate our immigrant diversity, and the National TPS (Temporary Protective Status) Alliance adopted it as their anthem. In 2019, he released his first book of poems in Spanish and English entitled “Pisando Mi Sombra” (Walking My Shadow). At the start of the 2020 pandemic shutdown, Fermín began composing and self-producing his debut solo album. BOCHINCE was released in 2021 and can stream on all online platforms. The album features 14 tracks of original music.
Leonard Jacome was born in Rubio, Táchira State, Venezuela. He is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, producer, and one of the World’s most prolific and accomplished harpists. He has won numerous awards representing Venezuela abroad and has toured and performed throughout Latin America, the United States, South Africa, Europe, Africa, Japan, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom (UK). Leonard is also working to develop a contemporary identity for the South American harp. He is the creator/inventor of the Venezuelan electric harp, with the support of Camac-Harps of France. Leonard is a Composer and arranger of musical works for the Philharmonic Orchestra and “Big Band Jazz.”
Christina Kaminis is a Mexican/American singer currently living in New Orleans. Her musical style ranges in genre and languages with hints of Mexican ranchera llanto to Blues, American Standards, and French chansons, as well as Brazilian sounds and rhythms (most of the band hails from Brazil).
Latin jazz harpist/composer Patrice Fisher favors the music of New Orleans, Brazil, and Cuba, saying that not only is the harp ‘comfortable’ harmonically with the music but that elf is drawn to the rhythmic complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Patrice has 16 CDs of original music, the latest being “Happy Socks.” She has performed for over 35 years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. “An unexpected delight!” raves David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine. Gene Scaramuzzo of Gambit newspaper says, “There are many sides to this local composer/harpist. It’s not unusual to see her play a classical gig in the morning and a music club at night. Strong rhythms form the undercurrent of her instrumental music with Arpa.”
Mariangel & Derik, Liquid Rhythm Inc.
Mariangel was born in Venezuela, and Derik was born in New Orleans. Liquid Rhythm Inc. originally began as a performance-based dance company out of New Orleansix with six core members consisting of local dancers with various dance backgrounds, such as Hip-Hop, House, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Folkloric, and Ballet, to name a few. LRI wanted to set itself apart from other Salsa dance companies by infusing movements each member knew from previous dance forms into the technical frameworks of the many Salsa styles they studied. Most importantly, have FUN while doing so! LRI doesn’t believe that one style of Salsa or dance is better. They all possess unique qualities that give them such flare and appeal.
About Ecos Latinos
Ecos Latinos is a monthly performance series featuring Hispanic musicians, poets, dancers, and visual artists—both local and international—at schools, hospitals, libraries, and festivals in Louisiana. Additionally, Ecos Latinos produces professionally edited documentary videos showcasing the music of Louisiana composers.
The Ecos Latinos Hispanic Heritage Celebration is produced by Musicians for Music and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Support comes from South Arts, the City of New Orleans, New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund, French Market Corporation, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Louisiana Division of the Arts and the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation.