Director of Performance Programs
Afro Latin Jazz Alliance
Eric Taller is currently the Director of Performance Programs for the New York based Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA). Since coming on board in 2016, he has worked closely with ALJA Founder and Artistic Director Arturo O’Farrill in the curation and production of innovative and critically acclaimed performance initiatives here in NYC and around the globe, including “Fandango at the Wall” (an album, HBO documentary and touring initiative originally recorded live at the border of Tijuana Mexico and San Diego), the “Cuban Khaleeji Project”, commissioned and presented at NYU Abu Dhabi and scheduled for a NYC edition next summer, as well as “Songs of Love & Resistance”, “Africa in the Americas – Cuba & Brazil”, and “ALJO+AFROBEAT=FELA”. On these and other projects he’s worked closely with some of the leading artists in the jazz, latin and global realm, including Cornel West, Ana Tijoux, Rebel Diaz, Caridad de la Luz (La Bruja), DJ Logic, Antonio Sanchez, Regina Carter, Wunmi Olaiya, Sahr Ngaujah, Chucho Valdes, Donald Harrison, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Letieres Leite. He is also responsible for all touring and performance activities of the multi Grammy award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and was instrumental in launching ALJA’s digital content platform, “ALJA Digital Village” including the critically acclaimed, remotely recorded weekly “Virtual Birdland”, which was remixed and released as an album last year, nominated for the “Best Latin Jazz” award in this year’s Grammy’s.
Before returning to the states to begin his tenure at ALJA, Eric lived and worked in Bahia, Brazil for almost 20 years. He is founding partner of GingaP. Culture Business, a Brazilian based company involved in various areas of music and culture, specializing in the production and programming of shows, tours and festivals that brought international artists to Brazil and Brazilian artists to the international marketplace. Focusing on Jazz, Afro Brazilian and other forms drawing from the African Diaspora experience, he worked with important artists including Joshua Redman, McCoy Tyner and Branford Marsalis. Eric grew up in Berkeley, California, where his musical tastes evolved with Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament/Funkadelic and Charles Mingus, amongst others. He spent over 10 years as a programmer and producer at KPFA-FM, working with Brazilian, Jazz and Afro Latin music