In The Atrium
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 20, 7pm
LOCATION: Walker Atrium at Walton Arts Center
TICKETS: FREE with reservation
While attending this event, please follow these protocols for your safety and the safety of others:
- Do not move tables or chairs. Stay seated at your designated table during the concert unless you are visiting concessions or the restroom.
- Wear your mask when moving through the venue and while seated at your table, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
- Wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout the venue.
Guitaris and vocalist, William Reyes joins saxophonist Alisha Pattillo, bassist Garrett Jones and percussionist Fernando Valencia in the unique Bossa Nova/Samba/jazz group LOS VELEROS. Each member, a virtuoso and multi-genre artist, brings a combination of talent and a compelling mix of Latin and jazz styles, with vocals in Portuguese and Spanish that add a layer of authenticity and multicultural influence to their sound.
William Reyes is a classically trained guitarist who is equally comfortable with jazz, Bossa Nova, Latin, pop and experimental music. William holds a bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance and a master's degree in music composition from the University of Arkansas, but taught himself Spanish guitar at a young age. Reyes composes, arranges, records and performs extensively with precision, harmonic clarity and soulful interpretations. Reyes performs locally in Northwest Arkansas as a solo classical guitarist and as a member of several groups in the area including Los Valeros, Trio de Janeiro and the pop band Jukeboxx. He has performed nationwide with The OneUps, who have sold more than 10,000 albums worldwide.
Alisha Pattillo is an Australian born, Singaporean raised saxophonist now residing in Fayetteville. In addition to leading her own jazz group, Alisha’s Quartet, she performs regularly with other ensembles and is a woodwind educator. Alisha started playing the saxophone at the age of 11 at the United World College of S.E Asia. Five years later, she could be spotted playing in professional bands on the Singapore club and bar scene. Pattillo returned to Australia and graduated in 2006 with a bachelor of music in jazz saxophone from the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2007, Alisha relocated to Houston, Texas to further pursue her musical career and became a major player on the blues and jazz scene. In 2012 Alisha released her debut album Along For The Ride; in 2015 she released Billabong Island Sound and in 2017 H-Town Collective. She has performed alongside national acts such as Portugal. The Man, Archie Bell & The Drells, Steve Tyrell and Joe Sample. In 2018 Alisha moved to Northwest Arkansas and has been taking the region by storm.
Garrett Jones is a consummate performer and virtuoso on bass who brings a high energy and compelling spin to every performance. Through the years, the Arkansas native has performed for national and international touring acts including The Official Blues Brothers Revue, where he worked under the musical direction of Paul Shaffer, as well as Broadway touring productions of West Side Story, Spam-a-Lot and Wicked. Garrett’s versatility as both an upright and electric bassist has allowed him to work with a vast array of artists including folk musicians The Vine Brothers and Joe Purdy; jazz musicians including The Yaniv Taubenhouse Trio and video game sensation The OneUps. Jones has performed at festivals including Bikes Blues and BBQ, The Beijing Concert Hall, The 2012 Ryder Cup Gala, Wakarusa, The Walmart Shareholders Meeting, The YMSB Harvest Music Festival and The 2005 University of Arkansas Campaign For The Twenty-First Century Concert with former president Bill Clinton in attendance.
A native of Colombia, Fernando Valencia is a lecturer at the University of Arkansas in the areas of applied percussion and Latin American music. Valencia received his B.M. from el Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and his M.M. from the University of Arkansas under Chalon Ragsdale. He later obtained a certificate of studies with Alan Abel of The Philadelphia Orchestra at Temple University, where he was awarded the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship. Formerly the principal percussionist of the National Wind Symphony of Colombia, he has also performed with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, The Bogota Philharmonic and the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey among others. In addition to his academic training, Valencia has been involved in the research and performance of his Afro-Colombian and Afro-Caribbean musical roots, and received a scholarship to study Afro-Cuban drumming at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana, Cuba in the summer of 2003. While on the East coast, Valencia was a percussion associate faculty at the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia and performed with several well-known Latin artists such as Edgar Maldonado (Celia Cruz’s band), Anthony Colon and Orlando Fiol, among others. He also played for the Off-Broadway show A Night at the Alhambra Cafe and made the percussion sub list for The Lion King on Broadway. Some of his commercial compositions have been broadcast on television in Norway, Finland, the UK and on VH1. He was selected for the cast of the nationally syndicated show “What’s Up Que Pasa.” Valencia currently performs as a percussionist with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Fayetteville Jazz Collective and co-leads the NAMA award winning salsa/Latin jazz band Calle Soul.