House Party In The Hall

The audience will have an opportunity to participate in hands on workshops.


Rick Lazar

 Rick was voted Percussionist of the Year five times by Jazz Report magazine and has produced and released 4 CDs with his group Montuno Police: “Bang,” “Touch,” “The Call,” and “Nomads.” Rick has toured/recorded with such artists as Bruce Cockburn, Barry White, Paul Shaffer and is a regular collaborator with Loreena McKennitt on her recordings and tours. 

Rick is the creator and artistic director of Samba Squad and has written, produced and released 3 CDs with this group,“Samba Squad” ( 2001 ) “Batuque,” (2006) and Que Beleza which will be released in 2012. He is also an educator at York University (ESCOLA DE SAMBA AND CUBAN MUSIC COURSES). Lazar has also developed workshop techniques, which are being successfully used in the Samba Kidz and Samba Teens programs. Rick's knowledge of world drums and passion makes him a unique percussionist who is first call for a diverse array of artists.


Ruben Esguerra

As a musician Ruben leads the New Tradition big band originally created to accompany international artists with some of the most sought after musicians in Toronto, Canada. As a composer he has written original scores for the CBC, City Life Film, Amnesty International and the National Film Board of Canada.

As an arts educator Ruben has worked at York University and Ryerson University teaching, lecturing and designing curricula since the age of 22. Ruben currently facilitates workshops through the Ontario Arts Council's Artist in Education Program bringing drumming and storytelling as a healthy form of self expression to inner city schools as well as schools in rural areas across Ontario. He is currently the Music Director of several programs based in Jane-Finch, Toronto. Ruben is a PhD (ABD) candidate in Musicology/Ethnomusicology specializing in traditional and urban music.


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