Welcome to CHIAMUSIC, home of NYC based Colombian multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer and educator Martín Vejarano's music projects.
Born to a dancer/choreographer and a filmmaker/profesor in Bogotá, Colombia, Martin was surrounded by the arts from an early age. Martín's main focus has been the traditional musics from Colombia, with an emphasis in Gaita Music. He holds degrees in Jazz and Music Theory from The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and The City College of New York. As an educator and music instructor, Vejarano is currently a staff member at Flushing Town Hall and a long time collaborator with the Center For Traditional Music And Dance, through which he has received the NYSEA Master-Apprentice fellowship to teach traditional Gaita Music, a number of times. Martín currently directs and leads four music projects: La Cumbiamba NY, Cumbia River Band, Chia’s Dance Party and NYC Gaita Club. In 2019 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Children's category as a musical producer for Sonia De Los Santos' album ¡Alegría!.
PRYAÑIKI (the Russian cookie)
PRYANIKI By Martin Vejarano
Story behind the melody: Many years ago I went to visit my dear friend Anna Azaryeva to her native Saint Petersburg, Russia. Besides all the amazing experiences and people I met, one little cookie caught my attention; Pryaniki, the Russian biscuit! Me being a cookie monster all my life (currently trying to avoid eating them as much) fell in love with this ginger/cinnamon baked treat. On my way back home and with my heart and mind filled with love and sweet memories, I wrote this melodies in G minor. Today I want to dedicate it again to Anna and her young and wonderful Brazilian/Russian/New Yorker family as well as to her loving parents and sister. I originally recorded this piece with my band CHIA's Dance Party for our first album “La Miel”. We performed it at every concert and our audiences always danced to it with grace and passion. I am happy to share this new version featuring my dear friend and accomplice Tito Duarte on guitar and myself on clarinet and pandeiro. We recorded the infamous one-take-for-the-camera and also made a video of us wandering around NYC’s great Russian neighborhood, Brighton Beach Brooklyn. Then we bought some Pryaniki and went to my apartment for a tea & cookies party. For the record, the tea we drink in the video is Russian, too. Big thanks to my love and partner in life Sonia De Los Santos who operated the camera, provided art props, aesthetics advice and drove us back and forth. Martín.
MARTRIO - Pryaniki (the Russian cookie)
SONIA - ¡Fiesta, Fiesta!
Civilization VI - Gaita and percussion!
La Cumbiamba NY - La Palma
Cumbia River Band - Stop - Go!
New Video Alert!
I am happy to share this video of Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto during their first USA tour in 2003 and a 2018 interview with Fredys Arrieta and Joche Platatalking about the story behind the journey and the recording session of "Un Fuego de Sangre Pura", the 2007 Latin Grammy winning album in the category Folkloric Music, released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings(close captions included).
*Contento de compartir con ustedes este video de Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto en Nueva York en 2003.*
Cumbia River Band has a NEW album!
Yes, we made a VINYL!