Surcari (a combination of two words: Suramérica and Caribbean) is an award-winning performance group originally from Chile, Venezuela and Puerto Rico under the musical direction of guitarist Lorena Garay. The versatile members of Surcari are talented and gifted musicians who have performed for audiences in the United States, South America, and Europe. They perform traditional and original Latin American music on a wide array of musical instruments.
Surcari's extensive repertoire is drawn from the group's artistic influences, which include classical, folk, afro, Latin jazz, world, and flamenco. Their colorful performances engage audiences of all ages as they are introduced to irresistible instrumental and vocal music from the Andes, the Spanish Caribbean, South America, Spain and Mexico. Audiences are impressed by their joyful yet intense way of playing.
Lorena Garay and Eugenio Huanca perform every Sunday at the 12:15 p.m. Spanish service at Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford, CT.
LOVING THE STAGE
Lorena Garay, Eugenio Huanca and Edilio Bermudez are Arts for Learning Connecticut artists who give multicultural performances throughout the region. Surcari is on the Arts Department of Economic and Community Developmentâs Directory of Performing and Teaching Artists, and the New England Foundation for the Arts/New England States Touring (NEST) Roster.
A native of Venezuela, is an accomplished violinist and bassist who also composes and teaches.
A native of Puerto Rico, is an award-winning guitarist who performs a variety of guitar styles.
A native of Chile, has devoted his life to playing music from Latin America and the Andes.
THE BAND'S AWARDS
Surcari's self-titled album, Surcari, won third place for Best South and Central American Album at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Independent Music Awards. Last year, Surcari received the Arts For Learning Connecticut's 2018 Performing Artist of the Year Award.