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All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from Arts for Illinois, Illinois Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Driehaus – MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Landmarks Illinois, and Field Foundation of Illinois.


The public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the arts. Musicians who depend on playing to earn a living have no venues to perform in or audiences to play for as Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week the cancelation and re-imagination of most outdoor city festivals. In keeping with their commitment to preserve and promote the culture and arts of Puerto Rico, with a special emphasis on its African heritage, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) announced the launch of Abrazo Virtual, a new series of live shows produced and streamed from their home in Hermosa, Chicago (4048 W. Armitage) beginning Sunday June 14th at 7 pm. The concerts will stream through the Center’s Instagram (@segundoruizbelvis) and YouTube accounts (@SRBCC).

Partnership between SRBCC and Fulcrum Point New Music Project


Streamed live on YouTube Wednesday, 10/21 from Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago

Clarice Assad (Brazil)

Featuring works by Gustavo Leone & Tomás Gueglio (Argentina); Clarice Assad (Brazil);
Pablo Chin (Costa Rica); and Craig Davis Pinson (Mexico).

Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, in partnership with The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, presents a live stream concert showcase of new art music by Latinx composers from Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) in Chicago. The concert is programmed by Dalia Chin, co-curator of Fulcrum Point programs Aux In and Discoveries: Hear & Be Heard.

The event will be streamed live on the Fulcrum Point New Music YouTube Channel, Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 PM Central Daylight Time.

Gustavo Leone (guitar) and Clarice Assad (piano) will perform their own compositions. Additional featured musicians include Jesse Langen (guitar), Ben Melsky (harp), John Corkill and Alex Monroe (percussion), and Fulcrum Point founder and artistic director Stephen Burns (trumpet). The concert will conclude with a Latin jazz set by the trio of Clarice Assad (piano), Victor Gonzáles (conga), and Freddy Quintero (electric bass).

“Fulcrum Point is thrilled to be partnering with the SRBCC and Chicago International Latino Cultural Center to bring this singular event celebrating Latinx new art music,” says Fulcrum Point’s Stephen Burns. “The confluence of talent, styles and cultures speaks directly to the creativity of the artists and the richness of Chicago’s experimental new music community.”

“SRBCC is committed to having a lasting positive impact on Chicago’s arts sector during this devastating global pandemic,” adds SRBCC Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright. “The challenges have motivated us more than ever to explore new collaborations with arts organizations that share our vision. We’re honored to join forces with Fulcrum Point New Music Project, a true champion of innovation in Chicago’s rich music scene.”

Chromalea for guitar and fixed media – Gustavo Leone
Gustavo Leone, guitar
One Baroque – Tomás Gueglio
Jesse Langen, guitar | Ben Melsky, harp

Figures and Grids – Craig Davis Pinson
John Corkill and Alex Monroe, percussion
A Jazz Band Concert – Pablo Chin (World Premiere)
Jesse Langen, Guitar & electronics
Pendulum – Clarice Assad (Midwest Premiere)
Clarice Assad, piano | Stephen Burns, trumpet
Latin Jazz Jam Session
Clarice Assad, piano | Víctor González, congas | Freddy Quintero, bass

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 PM
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