Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient

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.

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.

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)

Additional Links: 
"La Guitarra de Puerto Rico" & "Surcari"
Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)
Videos on Vimeo
Surcari's Vimeo Channel

I Have Worked With

  • February 2020

    Relationship: Presenter

    Type of Engagement: School Assembly Show - Music with a Latin Beat

    Location: 318 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, MA  01230

  • November 2019

    Relationship: Presenter

    Type of Engagement: Interactive School Show - Music of Latin America

    Location: 200 Carroll Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

  • August 2019

    Relationship: Presenter

    Type of Engament: Family Performance

    Location: 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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53 Bonner Street
Floor 3
Hartford, CT 06106
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53 Bonner Street Floor 3
Hartford, CT 06106
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Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Band
Music - Children's
Music - Composition
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
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General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
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Performing Groups
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Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Arts for Learning Connecticut Performing Artist Roster
Arts Department of Economic and Community Development’s Directory of Performing Artists
New England States Touring Program, New England Foundation for the Arts
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Master of Music Degree Summa Cum Laude, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Bachelor of Music Degree Summa Cum Laude, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
Certificate for Advanced Training in Radio & Television Broadcasting, Connecticut School of Broadcasting
2018 Performing Artist of The Year Award, Arts For Learning Connecticut
Latino de Oro Music Award, Identidad Latina Hispanic Newspaper
Third Place Music Award, Best South & Central American Album for Surcari, Just Plain Folks Music Awards
Guitar Department Award, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
String Department Gold Medal Award, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
Medal for Excellence in Music, Connecticut National Guard
Plaque Recognition, The CT Association of Affirmative Action Scholarship Fund
Grant Recipient, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
Grant Recipient, Hartford Business Development Grants for Artist Program
Grant Recipient, The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
Grant Recipient, Greater Hartford Arts Council
Merit Tuition Scholarship Recipient, Connecticut School of Broadcasting
Merit Tuition Scholarship Recipient, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Teaching Fellowship Recipient, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Scholarship Award Recipient, Robert I. Ferdman, Pro Arte Musical
Scholarship Award Recipient, Musical Arts Corporation
Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society
Biography published in various editions of the National Dean's List
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Performance length: 45-90 minutes
Performance space: 16' x 12'
Set up time: 2 hours
A three-prong outlet within reach
A flat bed platform cart
Surcari will bring their own sound system, unless you have a professional in-house system
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