- Marysol Quevedo
(b Santurce, PR, March 8, 1951). American composer, percussionist, arranger, pianist, plena player, music teacher, and band conductor born in Puerto Rico. Drawn at an early age to Afro-Puerto Rican traditional genres, such as plena and bomba, Gutiérrez eventually studied percussion at the Escuela Libre de Música. Later, he studied at the University of Puerto Rico and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico before moving to New York City and receiving a diploma in piano and percussion from the Manhattan School of Music. He completed his higher education with the Master’s degree in Music Education at Lehman College. In 1983 he founded the plena ensemble Los Pleneros de la 21 with Marcial Reyes Arvélo. Gutiérrez has become involved in community development in Harlem and other underprivileged communities by bringing his ensemble to these communities and organizing music workshops to educate young generations of Puerto Ricans on their native musical traditions. His educational endeavors also include a recording with Los Pleneros de la 21 for Smithsonian Folkways. Gutiérrez has also used ...