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Lemongrass Duo, “South American Flight”
August 16 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey welcomes the Lemongrass Duo in their first performance in the 1867 Sanctuary. They will perform a folk infused Latin American program for guitar and violin titled, South American Flight. The program will include original Peruvian-inspired repertoire composed and arranged by Raul Abbad, as well as works by Astor Piazzolla and Heitor Villa Lobos.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Raúl Abbad Huaman is an eclectic guitarist and composer based in the NYC Metropolitan Area. Raul’s original music is a reflection of his heritage; a fusion of traditional South American Folkloric music, world music and the modern sounds of American jazz and rock. Raul grew up listening to his mother’s records of the traditional Peruvian guitarist Raul Garcia Zarate which became a source of inspiration to him. This led him to seek out Garcia Zarate as a guitar teacher and study with him. After moving to the US, Raul studied music education, classical guitar and composition at Montclair State University.
Raul’s background in Peruvian and classical guitar was a jumping off point for exploring electric guitar, 8 string guitar, and charango. He navigates diverse musical styles with ease and authenticity. Raul interprets and presents these styles in a progressive light always leaving his own unique mark on the music.
Raul has worked on a variety of projects, including a commission to arrange and compose music for his jazz trio and the Colonial Symphony. He is the songwriter and producer for LaFolie Austral, an indie-rock-en-Español project. He is also the guitarist and composer for Bajopontino, a South American and Afro Peruvian jazz quartet. He performs regularly with the The Michaela McClain Band on guitar. When Raul is not composing and performing, you can find him teaching guitar and music technology at JP Stevens High School.
Elizabeth Moulthrop, a violinist, music educator and nonprofit administrator, attended The Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia where she received a degree in music education and her teaching certification. Ms. Moulthrop received a performer’s certificate at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University where she focused on chamber music under the direction of the Shanghai Quartet and played violin in the Montclair State University Graduate Quartet. She performs throughout the New York Metropolitan area as a freelance artist and with her Afro-Peruvian Jazz Quintet, Bajopontino.
In 2011, Ms. Moulthrop founded Notes for Change, Inc., a non-profit organization that aims to increase access to music education for underserved youth. She was inspired to begin the organization after visiting Pisco, Peru and establishing relationships with residents over a period of several years. Through Notes for Change, Inc. Elizabeth started a summer music festival for local students in Pisco, free of charge. The festival, called The Pisco Music Program, focused on Peruvian music and culture.
Currently, Ms. Moulthrop is the Program Director of the El Sistema-Inspired Paterson Music Project and manages programming and development at five Paterson Schools on behalf of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. Ms. Moulthrop is a passionate music educator who believes all students deserve the opportunity to grow as people through the community experience of making music.
To Purchase Tickets
- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)
**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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