Cristina Pato is a master of the gaita (Galician bagpipes), a classical pianist, and a passionate educator. She has collaborated with Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, Arturo O’Farrill, New York Philharmonic, Paquito D’Rivera and dancers Damian Woetzel and Lil Buck. Hailed as “a virtuosic burst of energy” by the New York Times, Cristina serves as Learning Advisor for Silkroad, and is the founder of the multidisciplinary Galician Connection Festival. Pato is a whirlwind of artistic vitality. Her dynamism and virtuosity make each performance an unforgettable experience.
“Imagine a bagpiper playing with the passion and emotion of John Coltrane on sax and you’ve got this incredible band and its leader in focus. This concert was nothing short of a revelation.”Vancouver Sun
“Her sound is wild, feral yet virtuosic and breathtakingly fast.”Lucid Culture
Additional support provided by Debra & Michael Raizman, Yukiko Ueno & Eran Egozy, Randolph Hawthorne & Carliss Baldwin, and Marylen Sternweiler.
Stave Sessions is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.