El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN / Bio

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El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN / Bio
As one of the Staff writers for Latin NY Magazine (1977-1982) and Music Editor (1978-1979) I am blessed to have been privy to many of the events central to the Worldwide Salsa Music Explosion spearheaded by the magazine’s coverage of the Latin Music scene (1973-1985/The Golden Age Of SALSA. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be part of world history. Along with being one of the young poets performing at the original Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1977-1979), Joe Papp’s Public Theater (1977) and touring with Felix Romero’s “Teatro Otra Cosa” (a bomba street theater group housed at the legendary “Teatro Puerto Rico” in the South Bronx 1977-1979) I now look back on those days with extreme exhilaration. At the time it is just the thing to do to survive as an artist. The seventies experiences lay the foundation for me to enter mainstream media when I land at job at CBS affiliate WFSB TV in Hartford Ct in 1979. For the next twenty five years I have the opportunity to produce television shows, go to Hollywood, have my own rock and salsa bands, release two LP’s, do radio work at the NY State Senate, ride the Internet bubble, and manage a Telemundo Affiliate Station in Washington State. And the roller coaster ride is not over. In 1997/98 I return to my seventies roots when I end up as part of Connecticut’s State Team at the National Slam Poetry Championships in Austin,Texas and Chicago, Illinois copping 5 and 7th place nationally out of 200 teams each. (You can catch a glimpse of my performance and the Ct. team at the Nationals broadcast by 60 minutes on the 10th anniversary Slam blowout in Chicago.) Thanks to the support of my family – particularly my brother Ron – I am able to put together my memoirs in 2000 (“Newricane”) which in turn (through God’s grace) results in the Off Broadway production of “SPIC CHIC” (2001-2004) inspired by a Latin NY editorial written by Publisher Izzy Sanabr1974 also entitled “Spic Chic”. That show took myself, Maria Hernandez and Classical Composer David Amram to the Bonn Opera House in 2004. (I meet David while working for Latin NY in the seventies and it is a lifelong friendship since then; without Maria Hernandez (Lola Magdalena) I don’t know where I would be today. Her calmness balances my manic being. I’m grateful that my father saw all this success before he passed in 2006. And likewise that my mother is still alive witnessing the next chapter of her crazy artist son’s career – telling you this story (contained in the publication of “Spic Chic” as a book of poems and stories covering work from 1975-2009 inspired by another set of great mentors: Cardinal Hayes English teacher Bill Kerrigan (editor) and Steve Cannon (Fly By Night Press/A Gathering Of The Tribes NYC.) And now comes the payoff putting all these elements together: establishing WEPAwebTV in 2001 and reaching back to film a documentary on MR SALSA Izzy Sanabria, which has ultimately become the story I have been searching for during 53 years of a life that sums up an American experience as a Puerto Rican. Pa Que Lo Sepan! WEPA!

WEPAwebTV is an independent coalition of Latino Arts Producers including: Papo Vazquez-Latin Jazz Izzy Sanabria-Multimedia Angela Marie Rojas-Bohemia  Charlie Vazquez-Literature Prof. Linda Rodriguez Ph.D.-Education Maria Hernandez-Film Luis Chaluisan-Theater-Mr Salsa Izzy Sanabria, El Extreme, Automatic Maddox, Juan Almaguer, Victor Rodriguez, Adrianne Lee, Billy Stokes,  Ana Flores

MORE ABOUT LUIS…

Rocker Roller Rican Documentary” (FINAL CUT: 75 minutes) The Life And Times Of Nuyorican Performer El Extreme Luis Chaluisan. How the magic term Salsa transforms an industry and a new generation of Puerto Rican Baby Boomers forging their new Latino identity and presence in the United States
(First Selection)

Mr Salsa Izzy Sanabria aparece en “Salsa La historia Jamás Contada” Informe Especial en el Documental “Rocker Roller Rican” (75 minutos) La vida y época de Intérprete Nuyorican El Extreme Luis Chaluisan. Cómo el término magico se transforma en una industria y una nueva generación de Jovenes Puertorriqueño forjando su nueva identidad Latina y presencia en los Estados Unidos
(Primera Selección)

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Free preview and dropbox download of Documentary  video on demand
Time Warner Documentary About L.f. Chaluisan Batlle Amherst 1986 BA Theater Arts: Rocker Roller Rican begins with film of Internationally recognized Nuyorican Performer El Extreme Luis Chaluisan in October 1975 at Amherst College (a mere three months after he turned professional as a dancer-singer at the age of 17 with the Alliance of Latin Artists in NYC.)

It is thoroughly produced filmed review as he travels from the Bronx in 1975 to the present day through the national American arts world as a Ballet/Jazz/Salsa/Folkloric Dancer-Curated Artist-Latin/Indie Rock musician-CBS/Telemundo/PBS News Reporter-Television Producer-Published Author-Radio Show Host-TV Station Manager-National Slam Poetry Ct. Team Champion

By: Maria Hernandez
Executive Director
WEPAwebTV-Managing Editor
Salsa Magazine 7000 + members

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Salsa The Untold Story” 1,986 views 
3 Fold Release August 1, 2014 WEPAwebTV – New Edge Theater 
Release 3: 1099 Views
Release 2: 485 Views
Release 1: 402 Views 
Aug 1, 2014 Google Plus 2,000,000 views 
Aug 27, 2014 Google Plus |2,168,762 views 

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN
Directed by: Maria Hernandez WEPAwebTV – New Edge Theater
Produced by: Mike Tapp MNN Time Warner Cable
Associate Producer: Ronald Chaluisan Batlle
Featuring: L.f. Chaluisan Batlle plus
Film Directed by: John Coles Talking Wall Pictures 1975
Film Directed by: Tony Ortiz Top Productions NYC 1984
Off Broadway Scenes Directed By: Petronia Paley 2002
Set Design by: Albert Chaluisan

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Original Soundtrack Performed by:
La Gran Orquesta El Extreme
Ray Stingray Sabater: Percussion
Brian Tully: Bass
Steve Gifford: Drums
John Caplis: Guitar
Will Zwink: Alto Sax
Mark Giammetei: Guitar
Paul Decoster: Guitar
Fred Waite: Trumpet
Kevin Hendrick: Trumpet
Phil Berg
Plus:
Guest Appearances by:
Tito Puente
La Lupe
David Amram
Nydia Ocasio
Pedro Pietri
Bimbo Rivas
Sissy Gamache
Guy Le Charles Gonzalez
The Fania All-Stars

Rocker Roller Rican – A Nuyorican Adventure
“It is an edgy take on a unique slice of Latino culture, presented with a very personal perspective.”
Tom Zapiecki Production Manager at WBGU-TV

“Measured yet expressive, delivered with a weight and authority”
Toledo Blade community news WBGU-FM

“Among all the cookie cutters I’ve worked with over the years, Luis Chaluisan is truly unique.”
Gerry Brooks Anchor news at 6, and 11 p.m WVIT-NBC CT.

“It’s all the things that Luis Chaluisan is: infectious, deep, passionate, life-loving, beyond brilliant.”
Gary Lee Washington Post

Being Submitted To:
International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival Rincon International Film Festival Bogotá Short Film Festival / Festival de Cortos de Bogotá -…(WORLDWIDE SALSA EXPLOSION) Sundance Film Festival Tribeca Film Festival

Critical Reviews of Luis Chaluisan’s Work:
“Let the man talk to you for a half hour about his life and he’ll make Jack Kerouac look like Emily Dickinson.” Adam Klasfeld – Theater Mania

Luis Chaluisan is a born storyteller. His gift for capturing the heart and soul of each character he portrays is not only convincing, but also inspiring. The show is full of humor, insight, poetry, and Puerto Rican pride. Chaluisan’s smooth-talking narrator introduces the various vignettes with articulate wit and wisdom. One is a heartfelt homage to the original poets of the Nuyorican venue. His unique voice as a writer clearly displays his poetic influences”
Elias Stimac – Backstage

“In an era when spoken-word poetry has carved out a niche in slam competitions and even on HBO’s Def Poetry, Chaluisan’s work is old- school – often as literate as it is lyrical, stuffed with images drawn from New York City life. Clem Richardson, NY Daily News –NY Daily News”
Clem Richardson – NY Daily News

“An exceptional surprise. Juan Moreno, Diario La Prensa –Diario La Prensa”
Juan Moreno – Diario La Prensa

“El Extreme was the most innovative combo that I heard cranking out a compelling blast of pure fun that smashed the barrier between funk, rap, jazz and blues. They call their music “Psychotic Latin Blues,” and that’s exactly what tey sounded like- a great big Captain Beefheart-meets Sun Ra in Puerto Rico Jam. EDITOR & PUBLISHER Stephen Leon Metroland Albany NY”
Stephen Leon – Metroland

“Poet Performer recognized for groundbreaking work. Performing since the 1970’s Chaluisan, a Wakefield resident, says he is honored by the recent recognition of his work … but says “My goal has been to develop the art form and bring it to people who generally don’t see it.”” Noah Fowle – BX TIMES

“I think Spic Chic is strong stuff, right in the Nuyorican tradition. Poems and then stories back into poems that are often emotionally moving. A self exploration in a non-chronological history consistent in language and point of view, it is clearly a highly personalized work that is successful in the Nuyorican free-style genre and successful in the broader sense as well. David Henderson, author, ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child”
David Henderson – Steve Cannon’s A Gathering Of The Tribes Reviews

Luis Chaluisan you have done so much for salsa music keeping it in the eyes and ears of so many. Your poems, music reviews and general news reach the masses and you shed light on the new, when people thought it was lost.” Jose Vazquez-Cofresi – Orquesta SCC

Art Work by El Extreme Luis Chaluisan

Ray ‘Stingray’ Sabater: Percussion
Brian Tully: Bass
Steve Gifford: Drums
John Caplis: Guitar
Will Zwink: Alto Sax
Mark Giammetei: Guitar
Luis “El Extreme” Chaluisan: Vocals/Percussion

BLR 119 Blue Lunch Records Albany NY (c) 1991
All Songs By El Extreme
Produced by: Mark Giammattei
Sound Engineer: Mark Wilken
Recorded at Blue Lunch Records May 18-November 2, 1991
Cover Artwork: Luis Chaluisan (c) 1991 New Edge Cabaret & Industrial Drill Bits
240 Elm Street, First Floor
Albany, New York 12202
If it’s up and coming it’s on Blue Lunch Records
Album by El Extreme
“Poet, actor, playwright, singer-songwriter and one of the most charismatic, manic Nippertown frontmen of the early ’90s, Luis Chaluisan led his sometimes madcap, always marvelous mambo-hip-hop band El Extreme (full name – La Gran Orquesta El Extreme) through many memorable shows back in the day, showcasing such fondly remembered nuggets as “Biscuit Head” and “Why Must You Funk Up My Life?”
Isn’t it about time for an El Extreme reunion?”
Music Editor
Nippertown News
Albany NY
Nippertown is an online magazine based in the greater Capital Region and Hudson Valley regions of New York and western Massachusetts, writing about local art, music, theater, film and anything else that interests us. We’ve been publishing since May, 2009.

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