Composing Stories That Sing

Alkebulan Cultural Center

1435 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

4:00 pm

Admission $15.00

Students' free w/student ID

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​In this program, students have achieved the opportunity to author their own stories, displaying their creativity and imagination. Professional musicians play a crucial role in enhancing the emotional impact of these student-written stories.ts discover & affirm the greatness within them.


Esteban Adame is an East Los Angeles DJ/ Pianist who emerged from the Chicano/Latino rave or party scene in the 1990s. He started DJing at the age of 15. In 2004, he was asked by “Mad Mike Banks of Underground Resistance to join the music collective in Detroit, Michigan. Banks reportedly was interested when he "found out Chicanos from Southern California were interested in UR records, sensing a common ground between Los Angeles's Latino enclaves and the Black neighborhoods of Detroit." Adame would go on to play piano for the label's electronic jazz band Galaxy 2 Galaxy which included performances at Metamorphose in Tokyo, Berghain, Berlin, and Fabric, London.  In 2006, he founded the label Ican with Santiago Salazar and has released multiple productions for the label. He has collaborated with DJ Dex (Nomadico), who he formed the group El Coyote with, as well as DJ 3000. In 2019, he and Nomadico played the Carnaval De Bahidorá festival in Mexico. Adame also releases music under the name Frequencia, which has been described as the experimental and "darker side of his productions." Eager to lead a his own jazz project, in 2022 he formed the Mezclado Quintet whose members include Raul Pineda, Joey de Leon, Frank Fontaine, and Edwin Livingston. The quintet explores Afro-Latin, jazz, and electronic music through original composition and reharmonizations of standards, Latin music classics, and popular music.


Barbara Laronga, hails from Massachusetts and has performed extensively throughout the country and internationally. As a member of “Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra” she performed with such jazz giants as Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Claudio Roditi, Herbie Mann, Slide Hampton, The New York Pops, Marian McPartland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Diane Schuur. She also recorded 4 records with DIVA, and recently played for the award-winning show, "Maurice Hines' - Tappin' Thru Life". She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Berlin Jazz Festival, The Jamaica Jazz Festival, The Nokia Theater, The Apollo Theater, Gillette Stadium, Yankee Stadium, The Hatch Shell (Boston), Tanglewood, Teatro di Venezia, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Barbara Laronga received her MM in Jazz Trumpet Performance from Manhattan School of Music and her BM with a double major of Music Business and Trumpet Performance from UMASS, Lowell. She has taught and continues to teach at several institutions and for many programs including Los Angeles City College, Mt. San Antonio College, The Grammy Foundation, The New York Pops, The United Nations International School, and for a groundbreaking jazz program funded by The Midori Foundation for The Landmark and Coalition School in New York City. Ms. Laronga has been an adjudicator, clinician, and performer at many jazz festivals throughout the nation.

ROCIO MARRON, Singer, Violin, Viola

Rocio Marron is a violinist, who has ventured into the world of singing and songwriting.  After falling in love with music as a young girl and attending the Colburn School for the performing arts in High School, Rocio studied performance violin at USC’s Thornton School of Music.  Rocio has made a name for herself as being one of Los Angeles’ exceptional improvising violinists. This versatile artist has played in styles ranging from Country to Mariachi.  She learned to improvise in her early years through the rock and country bands that she played with in college, and later went on to become one of the most sought-after violinists in the Latin music scene.  In the Summer of 2017 composer Germaine Franco asked Rocio to perform solo violin on “Proud Corazón” in the Disney Pixar film “Coco.”  Rocio has toured with Los Lobos and Quetzal; performed with Rihanna, Alessia Cara, and Cuban bass legend Cachao; recorded with Raphael Saadiq and GRAMMY® Nominated Caravana Cubana, among others.  She is a violinist, string arranger and writer on the 2013 GRAMMY® Award-winning album “Imaginaries” by Quetzal. Rocio can be seen performing with Entre Mujeres, which is a collaboration of women making music across borders.  Rocio is a current Adjunct Faculty Member of California Lutheran University.  She is a former faculty member of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music where she taught violin, viola and guitar.

Kevin O’Neal is a Grammy winning bassist, composer, producer, and educator. His credits include the films Ghostbusters, 48 Hrs., A Great & Mighty Walk, Devil with A Blue Dress, Troubled Waters, along with recordings and performances with Outkast, LaVern Baker, Nnenna Freelon, Solomon Burke, Tracy Chapman, Barry Harris, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (5th Dimension) and as a solo artist. As a music educator he has served young people in the Compton, Lynwood and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, Kevin has served as an award-winning Associate Professor of Music at Santa Monica College for 16 years: Jazz & American Culture. Painting musical portraits and representing them is one of Kevin’s assets. Kevin loves his bass and applies himself to fine works representing humanity, life and good times. 

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