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raimundo pineda

Explore Two Exotic Venezuelan Rhythms: 

The Merengue and Joropo

A Workshop with performances, demonstrations, and opportunities for interactive playing.  

Sunday, January 3, 2021 (2:00 - 3:30 PM CST)

Join us via Zoom as we continue our virtual series, Fluting with the Stars!  with Raimundo Pineda.  Mr. Pineda is going to introduce us to the magical world of the Venezuelan Merengue and Joropo (the Venezuelan National Dance). The Venezuelan ports were visited by the French, the Portuguese, the English, and of course, by many African cultures. All visitors would bring their unique cultural gifts to Venezuela. The blending of their magical elements is when the Venezuelan musical traditions arose. Raimundo is going to explore this music from a very specific perspective as both flutist and composer. We will have the distinct pleasure of hearing Mr. Pineda perform music of traditional Venezuelan composers as well as two students perform his own compositions. There will even be some fun interactive exercises as he teaches us these extraordinary rhythms and patterns. Be sure to have your flute ready! Learn more about Raimundo Pineda below and in our Pipeline interview.

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$5 for non-member

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Read our interview with Raimundo Pineda featured in our Summer Pipeline:      


Raimundo Pineda, has been a member of the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, known worldwide as "El Sistema", since 1976. This unique experience has made him a multifaceted musician who has developed a comprehensive career as a performer, educator, composer, and conductor.

He joined the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in 1986, becoming flute soloist from 1998 to 2018. With this wonderful orchestra he participated in more than a dozen recordings and tours around the world under the baton of great and famous conductors. Regarding chamber music, he has been the founder of numerous ensembles, including the “Inocente Carreño” Woodwind Quintet, the “Aulos” Flute Ensemble and “Miquirebo” Flute Quartet of Venezuela. He has ventured into traditional Venezuelan music by integrating two groups that have become references in this genre, such as “Onkora” and “Los Sinvergüenzas” with which he has recorded 5 albums.

As an educator, he has been a member of the faculty of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, the Latin American Flute Academy, the National Experimental University of the Arts and the Andean Itinerant Conservatory. He has been a member of the teaching staff of “El Sistema” collaborating in the creation and consolidation of youth and children's orchestras in many countries such as Dominican Republic, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Honduras, Belize, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, and the United States, collaborating closely with institutions such as CAF Development Bank of Latin America, Organization of American States, and the UNESCO.

As a composer, he has managed to make a large catalog that includes 8 solo concerts, chamber and symphonic works that have been performed and recorded by renowned artists and ensembles around the world. Some of his works for flute, such as “El Bachiano” for solo flute, have been part of the repertoire of recognized flute international competitions.

He began as a conductor with the acclaimed National Flute Orchestra of Venezuela, where he held the position of music director, participating in numerous conventions of the National Flute Association. Later, he was invited to work with important Venezuelan orchestras including the renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, the Caracas Youth Orchestra, and numerous regional orchestras.

Among the highlights of his career, we can include his collaborations with three of the great masters of orchestral conducting, such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, and very specially with Gustavo Dudamel working as their woodwind coach and sectional conductor of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra for many of the special concerts held in Venezuela and  international tours.  Worth mentioning the collaboration with the English flutist William Bennett at the recording of Pineda´s Concerto No. 1 for flute and orchestra, conducting the English Chamber Orchestra in 2001. He also was the co-editor of two volumes of "La Flauta en Venezuela" (the Flute in Venezuela) which was part of the collection "Flute Music from Latin American Composers" made by FUNVES, an important Venezuelan musicological organization. Last but not least, it is worth mentioning his collaboration in 2011 with the French flutist and conductor Phillipe Bernold, conducting him at the premier of Pineda´s Concerto Nº 3 for Piccolo and Orchestra with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela.

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