Infectious with their stage performance, the band is riveting in every way. Their multicultural performances engage audiences of all ages as they are introduced to irresistible instrumental and vocal music from Latin America.
Surcari (a combination of two words: Suramérica and Caribbean) is an award-winning performance group originally from Chile, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico under the musical direction of award-winning guitarist Lorena Garay. The versatile members of Surcari perform an irresistible mix of instrumental and vocal music from different Spanish speaking countries on a wide array of traditional instruments. Surcari's extensive repertoire is drawn from the group's artistic influences, which include classical, folk, afro, Latin jazz, world, and flamenco. Their multicultural performances engage audiences of all ages as they are taken on an enchanting journey through the music of the Andes, the Spanish Caribbean, South America, Spain, and Mexico.
ABOUT THE MEMBERS
All three members of Surcari are talented and gifted musicians who have performed for audiences in the United States, South America, and Europe. Lorena Garay’s arrangements and passionate playing style beautifully blend the classical influence with her Latin sound. Eugenio Huanca’s intense way of playing the panpipes, the pan flute, and other Latin American instruments is just mesmerizing. Edilio Bermudez’s command of the violin and the electric bass is truly captivating. Audiences are impressed by their joyful yet intense way of playing.
THE BAND'S AWARDS
Surcari’s self-titled album, Surcari, won third place for Best South and Central American Album at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Independent Music Awards. In 2018, Surcari received the Arts For Learning Connecticut's 2018 Performing Artist of the Year Award.
The members of Surcari are Arts for Learning Connecticut artists who give multicultural performances throughout the region.
Family Concert: A multicultural performance for the entire family. (Auditorium setting)
Assembly Program: An interactive & participatory performance for students K-12. (School setting)
Children's Program: An interactive & participatory performance for children and families. (Library setting)
Latin Music Workshop: A hands-on program of Latin American music for students of all ages. (Classroom setting)
Lecture Demonstration: An educational talk with music for college students. (College setting)