A CELEBRATION OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC, DANCE, VISUAL ARTS, FILM, THEATER, AND LITERATURE IN VENUES THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY
PAN AMERICAN MUSICAL ART RESEARCH, Inc. (PAMAR) founded in 1984 in New York City, is a non-profit organization that promotes a better understanding between the various cultures and countries of the Americas, primarily through a vital and lively exchange of their music, musicians and dancers.
PAMAR’s dream came true last year with the inaugural season of Latin American Cultural Week (LACW). For the Second LACW, PAMAR has connected with new and returning participating organizations to reach out to the New York community and share the richness of Latin American culture. Venues throughout the City host presentations of Latin American dance, music, visual arts, film, theater and literature.
Acclaimed pianist specialized in Latin
American repertoire, Polly Ferman,
PAMAR’s Founder/Executive & Artistic
Director, is the Producer of LACW. Latin
American Visual Arts Curator and
PAMAR Board Member, Graciela
Kartofel, is the Visual Arts Director of
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About the Producer
POLLY FERMAN is an international music consultant, educator and authority on Latin American culture who has done extensive work with Latin American communities throughout the U.S. As a pianist, she is also one of the leading interpreters of the music of the Americas.
Ms. Ferman is the founder and Artistic Director of New York-based PAMAR (Pan American Musical Art Research, Inc. -
www.pamar.org), a nonprofit organization founded in 1984 in New York City, whose purpose is to promote better understanding among the various countries and cultures of the Americas. PAMAR, under Ms. Ferman’s leadership, has fostered and promoted this understanding through networking, career counseling and performance opportunities for both emerging and well-known artists in the classical, folk, popular and contemporary genres. She has initiated and managed many projects and programs related to the organization’s mission, including A Musical Journey to Latin America, an outreach residency in Latin American music for New York City schools.
She is Producer and Co-Founder of the organization’s New York Latin American Cultural Week (www.pamar.org/programs/default.asp). Ms. Ferman created the concept, which features music, dance, literature, visual arts, theater and film of and by Latin American artists in more than two dozen of New York’s leading cultural institutions. She identified, selected and approached participant institutions, coordinated the programming schedule and media and press materials.
She has also served as a coordinator of educational outreach programs, and has developed and taught a series of classes to public school children and created and supervised programs of musical artists brought in to demonstrate the different cultural roots of Latin American Music.
Polly Ferman’s pianism continues to captivate audiences with her outstanding performances of works by Gottschalk, Nazareth, Gershwin, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, Piazzolla and many others. Her mastery of the literature prompted The Japan Times to recognize her as "a Musical Ambassador of the Americas."
Ferman's extensive tours as a soloist have included performances with the Symphonies of San Francisco, Colorado, Vancouver, and Indianapolis, as well as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Philippines Philharmonic, Sâo Paulo State Symphony., the National Symphony of Argentina and Camerata Romeu in Cuba, in addition to recitals at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory and Takemitsu Halls, Virginia’s Wolf Trap, London’s St. Martin in the Fields, Koncert Halle of Munich, and the Buenos Aires Teatro Colon. Ferman was the only soloist selected to play at the Pan American Games of 1992, where she performed Villa-Lobos’ Momo Precoce for piano and orchestra with the Indianapolis Symphony. Her performances were featured in a 2005 nationally televised PBS Television documentary special: Tango the Spirit of Argentina and in the Brazilian movie A Viuva da Rua Siria.
Ms. Ferman's collaborations include duo performances with guitarist Eduardo Isaac and bandoneonist Daniel Binelli, and performances as guest artist in Binelli's quintet, Tango Metropolis and with the Orquestango project, with which she has toured extensively in Europe, Japan, Australia and the U.S. She is also Music Director and pianist for Leading Ladies of Tango, the first all-female tango music and dance show.
Ferman's numerous recordings constitute one of the world’s most extensive collections of Latin American repertoire, including such titles as “Argentine Piano Music”, “Waltzes of the Americas,” “Habaneras, Milongas and Tangos,” disks devoted to the music of Nazareth, Lecuona and Ariel Ramirez and collaborations with Daniel Binelli in “Images of Buenos Aires, ”and “Orquestango 1 & 2,” “Tango Metropolis” and “New Tango Vision” with Binelli and Eduardo Isaac, and are available on Music Masters, Musical Heritage Society, PAMAR, Talent Romeo Records, EPSA Music, Sondor and New Vision.
Polly Ferman began her musical studies at the age of three in her native Uruguay, giving her first recital at seven and winning the Jeunesses Musicales Competition at the age of nine. She went on to attend the J.S. Bach Conservatory as a pupil of Santiago Baranda Reyes. Later she studied with Celia Bronstein in Buenos Aires and Eugene List and William Daghlian in New York City. Visit her online at
About the Visual Arts Chair
Art Historian Graduate of the Liberal Arts College at the UBA- University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Works as faculty, lecturer, independent curator and art critic specialized in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art. She has been a member of the faculty and visiting professor in a number of universities, among them UNAM (Mexican National Autonomous University); Cristobal Colón University, Veracruz, Mexico; and the Hochschule für Künstleriche und Industrielle Gestaltung in Linz, Austria.
Kartofel has authored and co-authored writings that have been published internationally, and include: Seven Worlds, Veracruz Ceramics, Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y Las Artes de Veracruz, México, 2004 Mathías Goeritz, Un Artista Plural, (Mathias Goeritz, a Plural Artists) 1992, CONACULTA, Mexico; Mathías Goeritz, Einem Deutsche Kunstler in Mexiko (Mathías Goeritz, a German artist in Mexico), 1987, Jonas Verlag, Germany; José Luis Cuevas, Su Concepto del Espacio (José Luis Cuevas, His Concept of Space), 1986, UNAM, Mexico; Cesáreo B. de Quirós, 1978/9, CEAL (Centro Editor de America Latina), Buenos Aires, Argentina. La cerámica en la escultura/Clay Sculpture, 2002, Morevallado Ed., México. Naomi Siegmann, sculptures,1984, Katun, Mexico. Ediciones de y en Artes Visuales - Lo formal y lo alternativo (Editions of and in Visual Arts – The established and the alternative), 1992, UNAM, Mexico.
ArtNexus, American Ceramics, and VOGUE -among many other publications-, have published articles by the author who also has published numerous forewords for catalogs and has organized and presented papers at conferences. She has been a member of the jury, portfolio reviewer and advisor on a broad range of international educational, curatorial and editorial projects including Houston PhotoFest, USA; the Lotz International Triennial, Poland; and the Goethe Institute, Mexico. She is radio correspondent for Radio Cultura, Buenos Aires, Argentina; has conducted numerous TV shows and broadcasts from 1976 to 1994, and has participated in film and video from 1983 to the present. She designed exhibition spaces for the Center for Foreign Studies, UNAM, Mexico City, and in New York, for Mexican Cultural Institute, BANCOMEXT and NAFINSA.
A selection of her curatorial work includes exhibitions for the Franz Mayer Museum of Decorative Arts, Mexico City; Jeffrey Mongrain and Nick Kripal ’s Principala Museum, exhibition traveling through Mexico; exhibitions for galleries participating at SOFA-NY and Art Basel; DUAC – Diffusion of Contemporary Art from URUGUAY; SEVEN WORLDS Veracruz Ceramics, traveling through Mexico, US and Canada 2003-06; “3 in 3,” Three Artists in Three Spaces, traveling throughout Latin America; Homage to Octavio Paz, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, USA; Mathías Goeritz, A Plural Artist, Frankfurt, Germany; Traditions of the Day of the Dead, Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA; Joseph Beuys, traveling throughout museums of Latin America; Heritage, Coincidences and Resemblances of Contemporary Art and the Prehispanic Past, UNAM, Mexico; Argentine Art Today, ARTANA, The Hague, The Netherlands; Enrique Bostelmann, IFA Berlin, Germany; Gerardo Suter, Fotogaleria, TGSM, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Manuel Marín, Plaza Mayor, XXI International Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The author is a member of AICA, AICA-New York, AACA, CAA, SOGEM, PEN Club International, Board Member of PAMAR and Visual Arts Coordinator for LACW NY 2007.