Masters of Rhythm with addendum has screened in eight countries on four continents, and won awards in the USA and in Germany. A natural outgrowth of my earlier documentary about Afro-Peruvians, it not only gives us lively music (including two original compositions) but shows off the fancy dance form, Afro-Peruvian zapateo (something done in friendly competition where each dancer tries to out-perform the other using fancy footwork).
Whether you purchase the physical DVD, or download or rent it on-line, in addition to the 30 minute documentary you get several interesting extras. In one, Juan de Dios Soto cooks a special Afro-Peruvian dish called carapulcra. In another, Lalo Izquierdo gives us more of the rhythms from the days of slavery, where Africans used the cajón and other drums to communicate in the Afro-Peruvian form of "talking drums." Even another shows a dance that today is danced in many Afro-Peruvian dance competitions but we learn that the dance in fact is not Afro-Peruvian, but comes from the Caribbean. And in even another, Izquierdo explains more about how zapateo was performed in the "old days" when it was even more complex and demanding than today.OR purchase on DVD with PayPal:
"...a vivid demonstration...that...Afro-Peruvian music and culture [are] ... exciting and dynamic...." (Wayne Wallace,five-time Grammy-nominated jazz trombonist)
"...satisfying...good educational tool..." (Troy Bedford for Anthropology Review)
This is the first documentary I made about Afro-Peruvians. It focuses on the dance, and on the history of the Afro-Peruvian community. One hour long, it screened in four festivals and was runner-up for the prize of Best Documentary in the San Diego Black Film Festival. It has also been broadcast over individual PBS stations.
A Zest for Life stars Lalo Izquierdo, who is one of the three principals in Masters of Rhythm; in fact, it was Izquierdo's talent, chrisma, and knoweldge of the history and culture of his community, and willingness to participate in another project, which led me to make additional trips to Peru to film Masters of Rhythm. In A Zest for Life, Izquierdo is ably complimented by singer-songwriter Jorge Luis Jasso, by bassist Vladimir Vukanovich, by the performing group de Rompe y Raja, and others.OR purchase on DVD with PayPal:
"...a treasure chest of songs....performed by the great torch-bearers of the musical culture...." (Raúl de Gama for World Music Report)
The music album Cajón Is King compliments my two documentaries about Afro-Peruvian music, dance, and culture. With 12 tracks, there is a full one hour of music - but this is not your standard music album.
There are songs by famous percussionists Lalo Izquierdo and Huevito who are also singer-songwriters, songs performed by the group "de Rompe y Raja," a number by singer-songwriter Jorge Luis Jasso, a track in which the guitar of Coco Linares accompanies the percussion made by the feet of Lalo Izquierdo and Huevito as they dance an Afro-Peruvian zapateo, and a solo cajón number in which Lalo Izquierdo plays rhythms from North and South America.
A documentary focused on southern Indian classical bharatanatyam dance and music, this hour-long documentary includes mostly performance and interviews. The performers come from a group called "Kalanjali: Dances of India" that maintains performers in India, in Chennai, and a dance academy in the USA, in Berkeley.
In the case of our documentary (filmed in Berkeley), the group performers come from the dance academy, comprised mostly of young women from the Indian diaspora. The solo dancer, K.P. Yeshoda, as well as the musicians, come from India but traveled to California to join us in the studio. Kalanjali's directors are the primary interview subjects: K.P. Kunhiraman (now deceased), a master of both bharatanatyam and kathakali, along with Katherine Kunhiraman, who has specialized in bharatanatyam. Both trained in the Kalakshetra Academy in Chennai.OR purchase on DVD with PayPal:
This hour-long documentary is most memorable for the lively, fast-paced performances of the dancers of the California-based group, Te Mana 'O Te Ra. Te Mana 'O Te Ra have performed throughout the United States as well as in Hawaii and Tahiti, itself
All numbers are accompanied by live music under the leadership of Rey Aguilar; the dancers are directed by his wife, Lisa Aguilar. In addition, the documentary features a section of performance by the Tahitian group from Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center - not to be missed!
In addition to the dance and music, we interview the Aguilars and also, through narration, provide some history of both Tahiti itself, and its music and dance tradition. These are illustrated with photographs, period lithographs, and the like.OR purchase on DVD with PayPal:
Our special, one-of-a-kind, Palomino Productions' Diversity cup! Bright, colorful, with scenes from our films, this cup shows that you value and enjoy ethnic and cultural diversity, and that you also love movies. Who doesn't?
Like our stars? Here are two-sided key chains: the three masters are on one side, with Huevito dancing zapateo on the other.