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People of Earth

New York, NY         

People of Earth is a global music collective set on blurring the barriers between the great art forms of the terrestrial sphere, creating an explosive blend of the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond. The world class musicians who make up this collective represent more than eight different nationalities and have played with a vast range of artists from Gloria Estefan to Ruben Blades to the New York Philharmonic and more.

People of Earth has performed at such venues as Brooklyn Bowl, Penn’s Landing, The Bitter End, The Highline Ballroom, Drom, SOB’s, and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.  They also performed as headliners for Philadelphia’s SugarCane Festival and at the legendary Painted Bride and was recently featured on latin music channel Congahead Studios. 

In addition to being a powerhouse performing group, People of Earth is devoted to education, and its members with veteran teaching artists who have led workshops at such venues as The Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and many more.  The band has presented children’s concerts for The Mann Center, 92nd Street Y, and Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. The members of People on Earth are committed to using music as a vehicle for social change, and through sharing their passion for warm blooded groove music hope to facilitate dialogue, create cultural connections, and spread joy ultimately making the world a better place.

Band Members:

Gabriel Globus-Hoenich-Director/Percussion (Canada)

Performances with Pittsburgh, Detroit, Louisville Symphonies, La Pachamambo, Tiempo Libre, Tirso Duarte, Teddy Abrams, Eco-Music Big Band

Victor Pablo- Co-Music Director/Percussion (Puerto Rico)

Performances with Radio City Music Hall, On Your Feet!, DLG, Ismael Miranda, Lion King, Rolando Morales Matos Orchestra

Keisel Jimenez-Percussion (Cuba)

Performances with Havana D’Primera, Maraca, Alain Perez. Recordings with Ricky Martin, Issac Delgado. CubaDisco Winner

Joana Obieta-Vocals (Switzerland)

Performances with Jacob Collier, Pablo Ziegler (Astor Piazzolla), Levin Foxx

Ivan Llanes-Vocals (Cuba)

Performances with Maraca, Son Caribe, Cuban Way

Ayamey Bell-Vocals (Cuba)

Performances Pedrito Martinez, Salsondria, Ariacne Trujillo

Ahmed Alon-Piano (Cuba)

Performances with Clave en Blue, Keisel Jimenez

Carolina Calvache-Synth (Colombia)

Sunnyside Recording Artist, performances with Claudia Acuna, Jaleel Shaw,  Antonio Sanchez

Ian Stewart-Bass (USA)

Performances with Gerardo Contino, Chembo Corniel, Ola Fresca, Peliroja, 

​Raul RiosTrumpet (Puerto Rico)

Performances Puerto Rico Symphony, Ballet de Puerto Rico, Wynton Marsalis, 

Rachel Therrien-Trumpet (Canada)

Performances with Pedrito Martinez, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Rachel Therrien Quintet

Achilles Liarmakopolous-Trombone (Greece)

Performances Ruben Blades, Canadian Brass, Pink Martini

Kalun Leung-Trombone (Canada/Hong Kong)

Performances with Little Suns, Zlatne Uste and So Wrong It’s Right

Malec Heermans-Trombone (USA)

Performances with Mambo Legends Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Shawn Pelton

People of Earth performs Majestad Negra

Luis Palés Matos (1898-1959) pioneered the poetry genre now known as Afro-Antillano; a rhythmic mixing of Spanish and creole Afro-Caribbean words that, although often elusive in definition, are understood by Caribbeans in their body and soul. In that spirit we bring rhythms, drums, and coros of different but familiar styles. The barril de bomba and the quinto de guaguancó mingle much like the words in the poem, honoring our roots and prompting open conversation on this day and place.

Arranged by Victor Pablo, featuring Julia Gutiérrez

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People of Earth plays Mambo!

This video is a timba re-imagining of Leonard Bernstein’s classic Mambo from West Side Story. Beginning with a Cuban comparsa, the piece moves through the original material with appearances of Cuban rhythms such as: Songo, Bembe, and Marcha. Percussionists and brass are featured with solos as well as a piano montuno despelote section.

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People of Earth perform Shoulda Known Better

Written by singer Ayamey Bell and percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, this song experiments with Cuban Timba music mixed with English lyrics. The song incorporates some Hip Hop and Samba flavors and features Joana Obieta and Ayamey Bell alternating on lead vocals. The virtuosic piano “tumbaos” and intense “bomba” breakdown sections are classic elements of Cuban timba music.

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