Pablo Batista

2000 Pew Fellow

Pablo Batista. Photo by Bruce Turner.

Over the course of his 30-year career, percussionist and 2000 Pew Fellow Pablo Batista has performed, recorded, and toured with a range of leading jazz, R&B, Latin, pop, and gospel artists including Bono, George Howard, Alicia Keyes, Gerald Levert, Jeffrey Osborne, Eddie Palmieri, Teddy Pendergrass, Diane Reeves, Grover Washington, Jr., Musiq, Manny Oquendo’s Conjunto Libre, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently, he has been performing with his ensemble, the Mambo Syndicate. A graduate of Temple University who began studying hand drums with master percussionist Miguel Candia at the age of 9, Batista has been teaching percussion for the Latin American Musicians Association in Philadelphia for over 15 years. Batista has been a Latin Percussion brand endorser and clinician since 1985. In 2015, Batista received a Center Project grant for El Viaje (The Journey), a performance work blending traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and contemporary Western instrumentation with Afro-Caribbean choreography.

References

The New York Times covered a playwriting boot camp led by Paula Vogel in New York City, which followed a 2011 Philadelphia boot camp she led with Center support.

Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia presented the East Coast premiere of a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which went on to win the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music.

Collaborators & Colleagues

John Killacky is executive director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and on the board of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Grants & Grantees

One of three contemporary music ensembles in the United States that can scale up to a full chamber orchestra, Orchestra 2001 has presented over 80 world premieres.

Beijing-based artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen brought to conclusion a 12-year series of works with this exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Thom Collins on the Barnes Foundation’s efforts to “unpack” the museum’s collection and history through performance.

In an article for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Trust Magazine, Tom Infield explores how the Center fulfills Pew’s long-standing commitment to arts and heritage in the region by supporting projects that reach a wide range of audiences.

Grants & Grantees

Bobby Zankel is a musician and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Two Center-funded theater pieces premiere on Philadelphia stages in May, from Thaddeus Phillips and Pig Iron Theatre Company, both at FringeArts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Before retiring in 2010, Joseph Carvalho served as the executive director of Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA.

“I don’t think accessibility is something separate from excellence…it all has to be excellent,” says David Devan, Opera Philadelphia general director and president.

Obie award-winning playwright Ain Gordon debuts his new play, the result of a two-year residency with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.