Mafer Bandola is a Baisley Powell Elebash Artist in Residence as part of Greenwich House Music School’s Uncharted

Thursday, April 20

Doors at 7:30 pm, Show at 8:00pm

$15 – Tickets Include Free Wine/Beer Bar

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Mafer Bandola takes the last name of her alias from her instrument of choice, the heavy-bottomed, four-string bandola llanera, played throughout the African and Latin diasporas but indigenous to Venezuela. In addition to being one of the most active and fluent bandola players in the world, Mafer is also a community organizer, self-taught composer, and educator. She brings a unique perspective and direction to the traditionally male-dominated performance of the bandola llanera, imbuing her playing with fresh energy over original joropos that draw from oral traditions and modern influences, peppered with spirited improvisations. Mafer is a co-founder and performer with the band LADAMA, a collective of four female musicians each from a different Latin and North American country. She currently hosts Pipiris Nights, the first recurring, community-focused series of Venezuelan joropo music and dance in New York. For this Uncharted Pipiris Nights event, Mafer will richness of the culture from the Venezuelan llanos to downtown Manhattan for a special gathering and introspective storytelling session that explores her own and other contemporary narratives about Venezuelan immigrant life.

The Uncharted residency and concert series, now in its ninth year at Greenwich House Music School, provides a much-needed resource for New York-based musicians to develop original material, foster new collaborations, and premiere first-look projects in an intimate concert setting. 100% of all ticket sales go directly to the artist.

About Greenwich House

Greenwich House Music School is a part of Greenwich House. Founded in 1902 as a settlement house, Greenwich House today offers innovative programs and services in arts and education, older adult services, behavioral and mental health, and workforce development. Greenwich House responds to evolving community needs by taking thoughtful risks, piloting new models and approaches, and implementing effective solutions. The Greenwich House Music School is proud to be part of this caring community of friends and neighbors in New York. For more information, visit

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Uncharted is made possible by the generous support of the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund.

Uncharted is also supported, in part, by NYU, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.