SAMPI (South American Music Project Inc.)
More than 20 years ago, Marco Rizo added another dimension to his career when he founded the not for profit organization, "The Marco Rizo Latin American Music Project: (AKA SAMPI). in order to present Latin American music workshops to students in inner-city neighbourhoods. Carrying along all the needed percussion instruments, Mr. Rizo introduced this art form to minority children whose heritage was rooted in the music they were learning to play. He worked under the sponsorship of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Connection, an organization which presents the arts in the city's schools. Mr. Rizo could walk into a room of noisy energetic students, and his magnetism would capture their attention, immediately. "I love to work with young people, and they know that I respect them and will give them the best quality of training", Mr. Rizo often said. "Perhaps this is why they respond to me so quickly, and I never have to raise my voice when I call for attention", he remarked. Mr. Rizo was known to kids in East Harlem, the South Bronx, Sunset Park, Bushwick, Brooklyn, Corona, Jamaica, Queens and Chinatown. It was not unusual for some of his former students to call Mr. Rizo to tell him of their many successes thanks to the adventure in music the maestro had given them.
Marco Rizo's legacy will continue to reach out to inner-city youth through the efforts of his two sisters, Vilma Rizo and Maria Rizo Burton.
Community Arts Development Program
City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs.
310 Lexington Avenue, STE. 10-B
New York, N.Y. ,10016
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