About Bembé's Learning From the Masters Project:
Created to pass on Afro-Latino musical traditions directly from cultural elders and masters to Milwaukee cultural arts educators through oral and cultural praxis, Learning From the Masters brings master artists-in-residence from the African Diaspora to Milwaukee for 8-10 week residencies.
Meet Bembé’s Fall 2021 Artist in Residence, Alberto “Beto” Torrens
Nov 6, 13, Dec 4, 11: Milwaukee Cultural Educator Series
Created to pass on Afro-Latino musical traditions directly from cultural elders and masters to Milwaukee cultural arts educators through oral teaching and praxis, this series is for drum, dance or cultural educators to deepen their knowledge and teaching tool sets of Puerto Rican Bomba and Cuban Rumba rhythms and variations. Participants will learn or review technical and cultural knowledge and gain practical tools to educate their own students, including numerous variations of each rhythm, songs and take-home song booklets, historical context, and group practice. Tuition is generously sponsored by the Wisconsin Arts Board with support from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Register for one Saturday or all three in the series:
Nov 6, 1:30-5:00PM: Bomba Yubá & Holandé (Puerto Rico). REGISTER
Nov 13, 1:30-5:00PM: Bomba Sicá, Seis Corrido & Guembé (Puerto Rico). REGISTER
Dec 4, 1:30-5:00PM: Rumba Yambú, Rumba Guaguanco, & Rumba Columbia (Cuba) REGISTER
Dec 11, 1:30-5:00PM: Makuta & Abakuá (Cuba) REGISTER
Nov. 8 - Dec 13, 7:30-8:30pm: Academia Bembé Adult Percussion with Bony Plog-Benavides & Alberto “Beto” Torrens
For ages 18+, this Monday night workshop series is for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. Drum, sing and dance to Afro-Colombian and Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms. No experience required! REGISTER
Learning from the Masters is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.