and Twin Cities through historic “watch and chat” event
Stermer, a graduate student in Studio Jazz Writing at the U of Miami’s Frost School of Music, graduated from Montevideo, Minnesota in 2009 and received his undergraduate degree in music from Minnesota State University in Moorhead in 2014. Under the auspices of the nonprofit organization Partners of the Americas, Stermer traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay, in January 2014 where he met and collaborated with guitarist Juan Pablo Chapital, pianist Manuel Contrera and master drummer Álvaro Salas of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Thanks to a grant from The Presser Foundation, Stermer was able to raise the funds necessary to pay for his musician collaborators to come to Miami to perform the concert of his original new music which is being billed as a Hurricane of Candombe (or Huracándombe in Spanish). A music and dance native to Uruguay, candombe is an expression of Uruguayan cultural heritage with African roots. Featuring original compositions as well as new arrangements of Uruguayan traditional and popular music, the Huracándombe event on January 28 will combine the folkloric roots of candombe with the exciting spirit and sound of modern big band jazz.
Using the new OVEE platform available to PBS stations, online viewers will see and hear the concert live as it is performed, chat with each other while they watch the concert, make comments, express emoticons and ask questions.
Pioneer Public TV is hosting the event along with the Minnesota Uruguay Partners organization. Recently, Pioneer sent a three person production team to Uruguay for 2 weeks to document the ongoing sister city cultural exchange between the two Montevideos. The documentary is planned for release in May 2016. For more information, contact Patrick Moore Communications Director at Pioneer via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.