Sonidos amazónicos: An Evening of Colombian Music and Poetry
Juan Carlos Galeano, Francisco Roldán, Olfary Gutiérrez


Thursday, May 29, 2014


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


38 West 86th Street


$35.00 General Admission
$20.00 Students and Seniors



6–7 pm artisanal coffee demonstration and tasting
7 pm performance 

In this evening of richly textured music and poetry Juan Carlos Galeano will read from his works, which are inspired by Amazonian indigenous cosmologies and the modern world and embody themes of transformation, violence, and rebirth. Guitarist Francisco Roldán and soprano Olfary Gutiérrez will perform traditional songs from various regions of Colombia that express the variety and beauty of its people, and guitar solos by composers including Porros and Pasillos.

Juan Carlos Galeano is a poet and translator whose work has been published in several journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Casa de las Américas. He is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University, where he teaches Spanish American poetry and cultures of Amazonia.

Francisco Roldán is a classical guitarist who has performed internationally and throughout the United States at venues including Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music, and Lehman College.

Olfary Gutiérrez is a soprano and the director of the Spanish Choir at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Joe Coffee is an artisanal coffee company in New York City founded by Jonathan and Gabrielle Rubinstein.


Image: Abel Rodríguez (b. Bogotá, 1968; lives / works Bogotá). Árbol de la vida y de la abundancia (Tree of life and abundance), 2012. Ink and watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Tropenbos International, Colombia.

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