ECOS LATINOS is a Hispanic Cultural & Performing Arts Series, which includes a live performance series and a video documentary series.
The live performance series brings Hispanic musicians, dancers,visual artists, etc. from Louisiana and visiting artists from Latin America to perform and exhibit in Louisiana. Visiting artists give educational workshops to students. The program focuses on the positive aspects of Hispanic arts and culture in our community. We document the live performances for television and the internet.
This series has become an ongoing forum for the presentation of works by Hispanic artists in a family setting, without commercial interruptions.
It is our goal to educate the public in our community, through the use of the media, about the wealth of artistic talent in all of the arts. We also have a special focus on artists with original works in the area of Jazz and Latin Jazz.
The project director is Guatemalan independent video artist, Carlos Valladares. The administrative duties are handled by Patrice Fisher.
Carlos Valladares is an audio and video producer, cameraman, audio Eng. and an editor(final cut). He produces the Ecos Latinos a TV series to promote the Latin culture and arts, in a positive manner.
He speaks English, Spanish and a little Portuguese.
He has worked for local and international productions from the USA, France, England, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, and many more. He has been involved in productions for Oprah, CNN, MTV, Rachael Ray, Amazing Race; Jazz, Latin and Rock festivals, documentaries and others.
Carlos loves to direct multicamera productions for live performances like music, theater. festivals and more.
Latin jazz harpist & composer, Patrice Fisher, has been performing and recording her own compositions since 1980. She has recorded 11 albums of original music, including her latest CD, "Music of the Three Americas." She has performed at such international festivals as the Cancun Jazz Festival, the Jambalaya Jazz Festival in Ilhabela, Brazil, the Trova Jazz Festival in Guatemala and the Festi Jazz in La Paz, Bolivia. Patrice also performs Celtic music and is director of the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble.
"An unexpected delight!" raves David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine. Gene Scaramuzzo of Gambit newspaper says of Arpa "There are many sides to this local composer/harpist. It's not unusual to see her play a staid classical gig in the morning and a smoky music club at night. Strong rhythms form the undercurrent of her instrumental music with Arpa."
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