Tue, May 29th

Querencia Band


Doors 10:00pm
Show 10:30pm
Advance Price
Door Price $10

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Querencia Band



The Querencia Band

Colette Michaan (flute and vocals)

Edgar Pantoja Aleman (Piano, keyboards)
Yunior Terry (bass, violin)
Jainardo Batista (vocals)
Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante (percussion)

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Colette Michaan


Colette Michaan is a musician, a Native New Yorker; born, raised, and living in the heart of the city. She is a first generation American from an Egyptian Syrian family. Many musical languages continuously inform her musical evolution: West African, Cuban, Jazz, Caribbean, Bayaka Pygmy, Gnawan, Indian, Arab music, and the music of Cape Verde, have all influenced her greatly. Since 1978, she has been performing on flute, vocalizing, and composing for her own ensemble, as well as actively freelancing with other groups.
Some of her concert performance highlights include playing with: Kenny Barron at India’s Jazz Yatra Festival (in New Delhi and Bombay in ’88 ), with Hubert Laws (at Opus 40, NY) in 1993, with Richard Bona at the St. Louis Festival (in Senegal ’95), with Youssou N’Dour (at Thiossane in Dakar, Senegal ’95) and with her own group at the United Nations, as well as for Heifer Project International events in 2002.

In 2008, Colette toured Cape Verde in a band led by Cape Verdian singer Toi PInto. Since 2007, she has been performing with Nu D'lux (formerly Nu' Guajiro) on a weekly basis in NYC. She currently leads her New York based group Querencia, which is an ongoing process and performance highlight. In the winter of 2012, she began working with Flor de Toloache.
In the late 90′s, she gave birth to her daughter. Being a mother has changed every aspect of her life and music for the better. She is grateful to have played and performed in a wide range of musical contexts in Sumatra, Bali, Thailand, Borneo, India, Senegal, Morocco, Cape Verde, Cuba, Curacao and many other Caribbean Islands. What she wishes to do through music, is to create beauty, to move people to feel, to enjoy, to reflect, and to dance.

Regarded as one of New York City's most sought after bass player, Yunior Terry is recognized for his big sound, versatility and contagious rhythm. As the youngest son of one of Cuba’s most gifted musical families “Los Terry’s”, Yunior followed the tradition and began his musical training at age seven, graduating in 1994 from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana with a double major in violin and bass. Soon after graduation he joined the National Philharmonic Orchestra, performing works of Europeans and Cubans composers at the Havana’s National Theater. In 1998 Mr. Terry moved to California to attend The California Institute of Arts where he received his B.A. with honors in 2002. It was at CalArts where he continued to expand his musical horizon under Charlie Haden, Derek Oles (Poland), Rajeev Taranath (India) and Alfred Ladzekpo (Ghana) by exposing him to a wide variety of music and traditions from around the world. In 2009, Yunior Terry won the Van Lier Fellowships, awarded each year by Meet The Composer to active professionals, supporting the creation of new musical work and engagement in the community.

Yunior Terry


Yunior Terry has performed with Steve Coleman, Jerry Gonzales and Fort Apache, Lila Downs, Jeff Tain Watts, Eddie Palmieri, The late Hilton Ruiz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, Jane Bunnett and his borther Yosvany Terry among many others. In addition to his occupied schedule as a sidemen, Terry leads his own band “Son de Altura” created to innovate as well as to preserve the legacy of Cuban music. 



Coming from a family with a long tradition in music, art and theater, Jainardo Batista Sterling arrived in New York from Puerto Rico in 1993 to further his music studies. The record collection of Pepe Flores, with whom he was living at the time, awoke Jainardo’s interest in deepening his experience of Cuban music thus leading him to a career that has primarily focused on this genre of Latin music, but that expands into many traditions of musical styles. Jainardo studied percussion, Puerto Rican folk music and folkloric dancing with the Familia Cepeda and music theory at the Boys Harbor Conservatory of Music in Manhattan. Jainardo is a co-founder, lead singer and conga player of Nu D’Lux (formerly Nu Guajiro), with whom he plays regularly in many top New York music spots and on tour nationally and internationally.
In addition to Nu D’Lux, Jainardo has performed with such icons as Ricky Martin and has toured South America and Africa as part of the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center’s Jazz Ambassadors Program. Jainardo has collaborated with his mother, respected choreographer and cultural icon, Awilda Sterling Duprey, in experimental dance performances that incorporate Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban styles. Jainardo’s greatest ‘production’ in collaboration with his partner is that of his son, Kavi Batista.

Edgar Pantoja Aleman


Edgar Pantoja Aleman is a sought after pianist, arranger, composer, conductor and musical director on the New York music scene. He freelances and performs nightly in New York.
Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, Edgar studied at Conservatorio Esteban Salas, Escuela vocational de Arte, Jose Maria Ochoa, and Instituto Superior de Arte, all in Cuba. He has taught music extensively in Spain, where he lived for ten years before moving to New York City in 2008.
Edgar has performed on piano, trumpet and percussion in major festivals in Mexico, the Canary Islands, Spain, Scotland, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Portugal. In 2006/2007 he was the conductor, composer/arranger of "El Hierro" a working band in the Canary Islands, Spain. From 2004 to 2008, he also played for the Gelabert Azzopardi Contemporary Dance Company in Barcelona, Spain. In 2007 Edgar recorded with Muhammad Bahri "Barry" in Casablanca, Morocco. In 2010, Edgar recorded with Querencia in New York. Most recently, Edgar has been performing with David Murray and his Cuban Ensemble in San Francisco and New York. 

Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante


In 1993 he began his studies at the age of 10 years in the Vocational School of Art "Raúl Sánchez" Pinar del Rio (Cuba).In 2001 he participated in the International Percussion Festival "Percuba" held in the theater "Amadeo Roldán". In 2003 he graduated with the highest rating, making it a year later became professor of the National Art School itself. At this time received, percussion lessons and clinics for teachers, Jose Eladio, Roberto Concepcion, José Luis Quintana (Changuito) Tataguines, Pancho Terry, Henry Platt, Julio Barreto, among others. In 2004 begins as a professor of Afro-Cuban percussion and folk at the National School of Art (Havana - Cuba), teaching congas, bongos, timbales, gowns.

In 2004 participates in the International Percussion Festival "DRUM FESTIVAL" and was awarded the "Grand Prize" for best solo artist and conga player. In the 2044 made several international tours which takes you through several jazz festivals such as Toronto Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival, in others. Became part of one of the most prestigious bands jazz bands in Cuba, as Havana Emsemble, led by saxophonist and arranger César López. In 2005, congas makes a method based on the technique and rhythm of the congas and which is currently sold in the http://www.directa-cuba.com/ website. In the same year he began playing with one of the best dance companies in Cuba called "Ballet Rakata" directed by dancer and choreographer Nilda Guerra, which makes an important tour of Italy and participates in several international festivals like the festival "Latinoamerican" sharing the stage with La India, Gilberto Santa Rosa, etc. 

In the 2005 he moved to Madrid, where he currently lives, works and collaborates with various musicians such as Jerry Gonzalez, Javier Limón, Alain Perez, Horacio Black, Javier Mazo (Candy), Javier Colina, Perico Sambeat, Pepe Rivero, Roman Filiú, Ivan Lewis (Melon) Porrina Ramon, Israel Suárez (Piranha), Bandolero, Dave Murray, among others. He has worked with artists such as Concha Buika, Pasión Vega, Dave Murray, Jose Luis Perales, Javier Limón, Horacio Black, Ramon Porrina, Concha Buika, Ivan Lewis (Melon), among others, also works and collaborates on various recordings and concerts with musician and producer Javier Limón, in 2009 in the musical "Lovers Anonymous" directed by Javier Limón, Lee White and David Serrano.

In 2010 he moved to New York where he collaborated with musicians and artists such as Yosvany Terry, Eddie Martinez, John Benitez, Dave Murray, Xiomara Laugart, Osmani Paredes, Mark Weinstein, Luisito Quintero, Hector Matignon, Aruan Ortiz, among others…