Emiliano Pardo-Tristán, a composer and guitarist from Panama who is a fellow at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, is interested in the transmutation process and technique of converting intrinsic characteristics of folkloric music into new concert music. He has released three recordings and his music has been played by the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Grand Rapids Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Panama National Orchestra, and Temple University Orchestra; and by ensembles and soloists from Europe, Latin America and the United States. As a guitarist, Pardo-Tristán has performed in Panama, Martinique, Austria, USA and Spain. He is the founder, president and artistic director of the Panamanian Guitar Association, which organizes the International Guitar Encounter. During his residency at the NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity, Pardo-Tristán will work on a choral symphonic composition that derives its material from his own transcriptions and analysis of Panamanian rural music. He also plans to complete his book: "Mejorana Music from Panama: Transcription and Analysis," and will expand a classroom curriculum that introduces college students to Latin American art music through the exploration of its folkloric origins. Pardo-Tristán attended the Royal Conservatory Superior of Music in Madrid, Spain and holds a Masters degree in Classical Guitar and a Doctoral degree in composition from Temple University. He has received awards from the American Composer Forum, Presser Foundation, Society of Composers Inc., Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Society of Music Theory, Prism Quartet and Temple University. WYBE Public TV 35 has broadcast, on several occasions, the documentary "The Rhythm of Nostalgia: a portrait of Emiliano Pardo-Tristán", by Argentinean filmmaker Leo Aristimuño.