The MMG’s Multicultural Music Encounters annual series (MME) is the professional component of the Multicultural Music Group. Since 1996 the MMG has produced an annual concert series in which composers from different cultures are commissioned to write a symphonic piece that presents a major historical event from a particular region of the world which had with minor media and/or curricular exposure. The Multicultural Music Encounters (MME) have been a success for the development of new symphonic repertoire with a multicultural focus and the support of cultural awareness in the NYC communities.
The MME has presented music symposiums focused on the musics from Indonesia; Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, China, the Middle East, the United States, and Africa. The symposiums presented workshops for music educators emphasizing on how to perform these musical styles in the conventional settings of public schools. In addition to the music symposiums, the MMG presented at the legendary Avery Fisher Hall a tribute to the music of Charlie Palmieri, one of the greatest pianists of Puerto Rican descent and also another tribute to the music of Latin American composers at a sold out concert at the Saint Peters Church. In recent years we had the privilege of working with great artists such as ten times Grammy Award Winner Mr. Eddie Palmieri, Blues and Jazz superstar Mr. Olu Dara, and Klezmer Ambassador Mr. Frank London.
We also have added social and musical themes to our concerts giving a local and global perspective to the presentations. Some of the themes were: the use of improvisation in different cultures, the combination of artists from different generations bringing audiences together into the same presentation, and the panel/concert/reflection perspective in which scholars discuss a historical event which will be presented later in a symphonic concert and consequently analyzed in an aesthetic reflection.