Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival

The Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Since its inception in 2006, Tuba Bach has brought hundreds of exceptional musicians from around the world, across the United states, and from every corner of our state to present concerts and educational programming in West-Central Michigan, free of charge and available to all.


Past Seasons Archive > 2011 Concert Season > Concert 5

Concert 5
October 9, 2011 • 4:00 P.M.
Big Rapids High School Auditorium

Marco Granados and Un Mundo Ensemble

A Grammy–nominated performer, virtuoso Venezuelan flutist Marco Granados and Un Mundo Ensemble, featuring Jackeline Rago on Cuatro, vocalist/percussionist Lali Mejia, and Roberto Koch on Bass, bring us the music of their homeland — with all its beauty, passion, joy and energy. Venezuelan music is characterized by fast melodies, complex syncopated rhythms, and harmonies that blend the traditions of African, European and native cultures with a sense of sophistication that is truly unique. Un Mundo is dedicated to bringing the passion and energy of Venezuelan music to the world – the Tuba Bach world!

This concert is made possible through the generous support of

Guest Artists Appearing with Edward Mallett:

Marco GranadosSince his 1991 New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, MARCO GRANADOS' performance highlights have included concerts at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The 92 Street Y, the 1999 British Flute Society International Convention in Manchester, as well as his thrilling performance at the closing ceremonies concert for the National Flute Association in Columbus, Ohio in 2000. In 2001, he made his London debut at the fabled Wigmore Hall, with a solo recital of classical Latin American compositions, as well as recitals at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and for The British Flute Society at Queens College in London. Over the past several years, he has been a favorite performer at flute festivals throughout the US and abroad.

His performing career has carried him throughout the Western Hemisphere – including a recent concert at the Costa Rican International Music Festival, and a performance at Lincoln Center which he co-produced with Cuban clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera.

In addition to his work as a soloist, Marco has toured extensively with several renowned ensembles, including the Quintet of the Americas, which performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Recently he joined the acclaimed chamber Trio "Triangulo", which specializes in chamber music from Latin America. Future projects with the trio include a residency at Rutgers University as well as a recording of the music of Astor Piazzolla.

Since 1999, Marco has toured with his own ensemble, Un Mundo – which is dedicated to the mission of bringing the passion and energy of Latin American music to the world. In his Grammy-nominated 1999 CD, Sunflute , he "brought a new dimension to flute playing," proclaimed legendary flutist Julius Baker. "[His] virtuosity and musicianship are phenomenal."

A member of the Recording Academy, Marco attended the Juilliard School of Music, and received degrees from the Mannes College of Music and The Manhattan School of Music. In addition, he has studied with both Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway.

A native of Venezuela, Marco now lives in New York City. arrow Website

Un Mundo Ensemble

Jackeline RagoJACKELINE RAGO is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator who specializes in Venezuelan Folk-Music as well as music from other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Jackeline began playing music at the age of four. Prior to moving to the United States, she spent years studying the Folk-Venezuelan “Cuatro” (national string instrument) and mandolin at the “Manuel Antonio Carreño Primary School” under the tutelage of Venezuelan folklorist Angel Guanipa. While in Venezuela, Jackeline also pursued studies in Afro-Venezuelan percussion under folklorists Hector Pacheco and Alexander Livinalli from the “Fundacion Bigott” in Caracas. In 1989, Jackeline graduated with a B.A. from the Music & Arts Institute of San Francisco, CA, majoring in classical mandolin.

Presently, she resides in the Bay Area which has been her home base for the past 20 years. In addition to her Cuatro and mandolin expertise, Rago is an accomplished percussionist and vocalist. Jackeline Rago is the artistic and musical director of the "Venezuelan Music Project." arrow Website

Lali MejíaA native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, LALI MAJIA started her musical training at the age of nine at the “Colegio Bellas Artes” in Maracaibo. At the age of 12 she began classical guitar lessons for several years before moving to the United States to pursue a BFA degree in Graphic Design.

Lali Mejía specializes primarily in the Afro-Venezuelan Folklore as well as other Latin American styles of music. She is also a permanent band member of the Venezuelan Music Project (Venezuelan Folk music).  Since 2004, Lali has helped facilitate many Afro-Venezuelan workshops around the US and internationally and is currently a guest instructor at the "Born to Drum" summer camp in Northern California. arrow Website

Roberto KochROBERTO KOCH is one of the country’s most versatile and refined bassists.  His exceptional talent and wide range of musical interests has taken him around the world, playing in a great number of styles, from Venezuelan traditional music to salsa, jazz, flamenco, tango and other Latin American genres.  He has recorded with many Venezuelan artists including Onkora, Cecilia Todd, Simón Díaz, Aquiles Báez and Claudia Calderón.  He has accompanied Latin singers such as the Argentinian Maria Marta Serra Lima and the Mexican David Haro.  He has also played on the jazz stage with such artists as Steve Khan, Mario Canonge and Luis Perdomo.

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation.