Playbill Songwriter Series: Tatiana Pandiani, Jacinta Clusellas, and Melis Aker Present Their Musical Azul A Bilingual Musical | Playbill

Songwriter Series Playbill Songwriter Series: Tatiana Pandiani, Jacinta Clusellas, and Melis Aker Present Their Musical Azul A Bilingual Musical

The trio's material includes arrangements by Clusellas, Alex Lacamoire, and Kurt Crowley in a first for the series presented by Audible Theater.

Florencia Cuenca and Katerina McCrimmon

You aren't seeing triple! Tatiana Pandiani, Jacinta Clusellas, and Melis Aker are in the Playbill Office, and they brought your new favorite musical to Playbill's Songwriter Series. Presented by Audible Theater, the series is dedicated to spotlighting emerging composers and features a new video every month.

The trio presented four compositions from their musical Azul, including "Epifanía," "Juventud Divino Tesoro," "Newcomers," and the title track, "Azul."  Both "Juventud Divino Tesoro" and "Azul" feature arrangements by Clusellas, Alex Lacamoire, and Kurt Crowley.

Azul is a bilingual musical that explores artistry and the immigrant experience through two lovers and the obstacles they encounter in search of happiness.

Performers for the trio include Katerina McCrimmon, Robi Hager, and Florencia Cuenca. Accompanying them at various points are Ben Moss and Jaime Lozano on piano, and Clusellas on guitar. Alessio Romano and Brando Unpingco handled the audio recording and mixing for the presentation.

Tatiana Pandiani is a Latin American writer and director/choreographer who works in Spanish and English. She has directed and developed new work at the London Park Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, NYTW, IATI, Primary Stages, and Signature. She is the New Works Director at Miami New Drama, and a professor at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. 

Jacinta Clusellas is a composer, guitarist and songwriter based in New York City. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, her music brings together South American folklore, jazz and chamber music. She is a Teaching Artist at the Very Young Composers Program for the New York Philharmonic and an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music.

Melis Aker is a writer, actor, musician based between London and New York. Her play Hound Dog recently made its Off-Broadway premiere, co-produced by Ars Nova and The Play Company. She is the recipient of the Sundance Interdisciplinary Program grant, and is currently the Signature Theatre Company’s LaunchPad resident playwright. She has had writing commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre Company, Ars Nova, NYTW, and Dramatists Guild.

The EP of Azul is available now at, and the show will be presented at Joe's Pub May 24. For more information on the concert, visit, and for more information on the musical as a whole, visit

Audible Theater is a proud sponsor of Playbill’s Songwriter Series. Audible Theater makes outstanding performances and powerful storytelling available to millions of people all over the world. As part of this initiative, Audible has produced Girls & Boys with Carey Mulligan, The Half-Life of Marie Curie with Kate Mulgrew, Harry Clarke starring Billy Crudup, and many others at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City. Audible was also a co-producer for the Broadway transfer of the Tony Award-nominated Latin History for Morons, written by and starring John Leguizamo; and for the Tony Award-nominated Sea Wall/A Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge. Since June 2017, Audible has commissioned 40 playwrights to receive support from its $5 million Emerging Playwrights Fund dedicated to developing innovative English-language works from around the globe and keeping with Audible’s core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances and extraordinary vocal storytelling.

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