At last Friday's Encuentro we had the pleasure of welcoming Nathaniel (Nate) Harlan '07 (3rd grade teacher Miriam Harlan's son) and his percussion ensemble, who taught us about – and then demonstrated – beautiful, complex Afro-Cuban Güiro and Bata rhythms. The performance was high-energy and interactive, and we were all proud of our accomplished alum as he beat beautiful rhythms with his group of talented musicians! Our audience was mesmerized by the performance by Nate, Shakur Sanders, and Shawn Hennesy!
Later in the day, Nate and Shakur gave a drumming workshop to our 6th graders. They will return for two more sessions with the 6th grade on Cuban Yoruba musical traditions, which tie into the 6th grade study of the African continent.
Nate graduated from the Berklee School of Music last May, where he played with a number a prestigious ensembles. He spent time living in Miami and Mexico to study percussion with Piri Lopez, and he played in the Boston Symphony's performance of Marco Oswaldo Golijov's "Pasion segun San Marcos" last year. Nate is also a gifted singer, and he spent time this fall living in Cuba and Mexico, where he performed the music of the Santeria tradition in those countries.