Acclaimed Bagpiper, Cristina Pato, to perform with her band at the Weis Center

LEWISBURG — In­ter­na­tio­nally-acclaimed Galician bagpiper master and classical pianist Cristina Pato will perform with her band at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Weis Center, 525 Weis Dr. There will be a pre-performance talk with the artist the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

She will perform with Julien Labro on accordion and bandoneon, Edward Perez on double bass and Eric Doob on drums.

Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to cultural exchange and to creating new paths for her unique instrument. Her dual careers have led to performances on major stages throughout the world. Pato is an active member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and serves as educational advisor for the Silkroad Project.

In 1998, Pato became the First female gaita player to release a solo album, and since then she has collaborated with world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists.

Pato’s unique and powerful style, full of passion and energy, has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “a virtuosic burst of energy.”

The Wall Street Journal has called her “one of the living masters of the gaita.”

Pato fuses the influences of Latin music, jazz, pop and contemporary music, and uses her artistry and unprecedented virtuosic skill to bring her musical vision to life.

An active recording artist and performer since age 12, Pato has released and produced six solo gaita recordings and two as a pianist. She has also collaborated on more than 40 recordings as a guest artist, including the Grammy Award-winner Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace (SONY BMG 2008) and the jazz album Miles Espa’ol: New Sketches of Spain (Entertainment One Music, 2011). She is also featured in the documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” directed by Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville.

Pato has given more than 600 concerts with her own band, many of them recorded and broadcast by television stations such as RAI, BBC, TVG, CNN and RTVE; her work has been praised by newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, El Pais, El Correo Gallego, Downbeat Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Such an active touring and recording career has not thwarted her scholarship. Pato holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (NJ), where she was awarded the Edna Mason Scholarship and the Irene Alm Memorial Prize for excellence in scholarly research and performance. Pato holds degrees in Piano Performance, Music Theory and Chamber Music from the Conservatorio de Musica del Liceu (Barcelona). She also holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Digital Arts (Computer Music) from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).

Her latest album Latina (2015) has received critical acclaim, including a four and a half star review in Downbeat Magazine. The album explores the chains of cultural adaptation through the evolution of six beat rhythmic patterns originating in the Latin music of Europe and migrating to South America and provides a diverse program of musical styles performed by an expert group of musicians fluent in jazz and folkloric music, the Cristina Pato Quartet.

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