LCA Music Director: Pavel Polanco
Biography Pavel Polanco-Safadit is originally from the
Dominican Republic, and he holds an undergraduate degree in composition from
the University of Arkansas, a masters degree in composition and music
theory from Eastern Kentucky University, and is currently a dissertator
completing a DMA (doctorate of musical arts) degree in composition from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studies under Steve Dembski.
His compositions have been performed in many locations throughout the
U.S., Europe, and Latin America. He has composed pieces in various styles, such
as modern music, popular Latin music, and jazz. As a pianist, Pavel performs
classical, orchestral, modern, salsa, merengue, bachata, and Latin Jazz music.
He has performed with several artists, including Roscoe Mitchell, Romulo
Castro, Guillermo Anderson, Richard Davis, Hector Tricoche, La Palabra, Ricky
Gonzalez and Sergio George. Pavel has performed in a variety of venues, such as
the annual Summerfest, the International Double Reed Society Convention, and
the Latin Festival in Milwaukee. He also serves as musical director for the
Latino Cultural Alliance (LCU) based in Milwaukee, WI, and accompanies visiting
musicians in their performances of Latin-American music.
He appears as
a soloist, vocal coach, director of Latin bands, guest artist, and as a
lecturer in universities around the country. Pavel has served as a guest
lecturer for the music and Latin-American Studies departments at the University
of Arkansas and the University of Wisconsin.
Pavel also is a vocalist
and has composed, performed and recorded several of his own pieces, some of
which are now available on CD and DVD. Pavel has taught students of all ages.
He instructed a music theory course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and
co-taught classes at Eastern Kentucky University in choral and music theory