NYFOS@Juilliard 2020: Day 3

Written by Steven Blier

Artistic Director, NYFOS

In category: Blier's Blog

Published January 9, 2020

One picture, worth 1000 words: Santiago Pizarro showing Leonardo Granados some cool Peruvian rhythms. First on drums, then at the piano, grooving to a sexy, exotic beat.  It was a side of Santiago I had never seen, though I suspected it was there. The two of them had quite an amazing little jam session. Santiago broke into song, apologizing for not knowing all the words of the canción he was wailing. “Ah, well, at least that’s consistent with your other rep,” I commented drily. 

I love to joke with Santiago, but the truth is he’s been doing superb work. I got the idea to put this show on during a coaching with him last spring. I wanted him to have a moment in the Juilliard sun, and in his own language. He’s come through like a champ  both as singer and dancer. And he does know his lyrics.  All of them!

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Called “the coolest dude in town” by Opera News, master collaborative pianist and coach Steven Blier is the co-founder and artistic director of New York Festival of Song. Here on No Song is Safe From Us, Steven blogs about the NYFOS Emerging Artist residencies, writes the engaging and erudite program notes for our Mainstage concerts, and contributes frequently to Song of the Day.


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