A Mexican Affair celebrates the relationship between Mexico and the United States and the beautiful cultural influence between both countries. An evening of delicious music, candid
stories, and spicy romance featuring popular Jazz tunes written by Mexican and American composers. The thrilling fusion of rhythms and musical influences invites you to take an adventure filled with passion, heartbreak, and a little dirty mambo!
Created and performed by Rafa Reyes, featuring songs by Frederick Loewe and Alan J. Lerner, Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr, Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne, Agustin Lara, Maria Grever, Pablo Beltran, Consuelo Velazquez, and others. New arrangements by Musical Director Felipe Fournier; Dan Martinez on bass, Hugo Moreno on trumpet, percussionist Guillermo Barron, and Joel Mateo on drums. Directed by Jeremy Williams.
Rafa Reyes (Creator/Performer) is an awarded cultural representative of his home state - Veracruz, Mexico. He is a graduate of AMDA New York and an Associate Producer with Convergences Theatre Collective. Rafa has performed with Calpulli Mexican Dance in venues including Lincoln Center Out of Doors, NY Botanical Garden, MET Museum, among others. He recently premiered Fiesta - a musical short film tribute to Ricardo Montalbán and Cyd Charisse, and will be performing this year as Bernardo in West Side Story and Paris in Romeo and Juliet at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.
Felipe Fournier (Musical Director/Vibraphone) is a graduate from the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, in jazz and Caribbean music. He was nominated for a Latin Grammy with Charlie Sepulveda and The Turnaround, and nominated twice for a Grammy with Nestor Torres and Ruben Blades & Cheo Feliciano. Felipe and his band Supermambo! have performed in several venues of New York City including Subrosa, Pioneer Works, Coca Cola Dizzy’s Club, 55 Bar, Barbès, among others. Based in New York, he also plays as a sideman with Miguel Zenon’s SUR, Luisito Quintero's 3rd Element, Guillermo Klein, Jarana Beat, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, and Tres del Solar.
Guillermo Barrón (Percussions) studied at The Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Music and Jazz program where he graduated summa cum laude. He has performed with international musicians, such as Luisito Quintero, Charlie Sepúlveda, Brian Lynch, Oscar Stagnaro, Víctor Manuelle, Pepito Gómez, among many others at various stages and festivals in Mexico, United States, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Italy and Austria. His album ¿CUÁL ES LA PRISA? contains his own songs and arrangements, and includes his main musical influences - Latin American music, jazz and flamenco. Guillermo Barrón is an endorser for Istanbul Mehmet cymbals.
Dan Martínez (Bass) started on music at the age of 12 at Escuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico. Later continued his studies in Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where he also started playing the upright bass, studying with bass legend Eddie Gomez. During this time he performed in a wide variety of bands of different genres, including Jazz, Pop/Rock, Salsa and Latin Jazz and Folkloric music. He received his Master’s Degree in Jazz performance from the Aaron Copland School in New York. Based in New York, Dan performs regularly with Luba Mason, Jan Kus, Richard Padron, Supermambo! and many others.
Joel Mateo (Drums) began his musical studies at an early age at the Escuela Libre de Música Juan Morell Campos in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He completed his BA in the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico and a MA at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC. His musical range has lead him to play live and record with international artists such as Papo Vazquez, Miguel Zenon, Manuel Valera, Andy Gonzalez, Tego Calderon, Elio Villafranca, John Benitez, La Mala Rodriguez, and Paoli Mejias among others. Joel currently resides in New York City where he continues to play, record and travel with different artist and groups.
Hugo Moreno (Trumpet) has performed in several Broadway shows, Symphony Orchestras, Big Bands, Salsa Bands and Latin Jazz groups since moving to New York City. He also has appeared onstage with Paquito d' Rivera, Gustavo Santaolalla, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, and John Legend. Hugo is currently the trumpet player for GRAMMY and LATIN GRAMMY winner Lila Downs, a founding member of New York based groups The Filmharmonic Brass, Jarana Beat, The Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Le Train Bleu, and is an ongoing participant at the Marlboro Music Festival.
Jeremy Williams (Director) has led the creative process of 50+ new productions of theatre and dance. He recently directed and choreographed PIPPIN and Fiddler on the Roof for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and will be returning to direct West Side Story this summer. Jeremy is the producing director of Convergences Theatre Collective, an incubator for the research and development of new theatrical works.