Archive for the ‘music & dance’ Category

Folk artists share performances in Queens garden

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The Gift of Wisdom, part of the Locating the Sacred Festival, is a collaboration among immigrant artists who are masters of their respective traditions. Artists from the New York Foundation for the Arts Folk Artist Development Program will perform from 2 to 4:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to learn about the spirit of these traditions, in a beautiful place to boot.

Performances, according to the website, include “a devotional Odissi dance (classical dance form of India) by Mala Desai, a Hindustani classical composition on sitar by Ikhlaq Hussain, powerful songs of praise for elders on the kora (African harp-lute) by Alhaji Papa Susso, and a seasonal improvisation on the kayagum (Korean zither) by Yoon Soon Park.” RSVPs are requested but not required.

The Locating the Sacred Festival, which involves more than 300 artists, is a 12-day, 25-event arts festival coordinated by the Asian American Arts Alliance.

A world of music in the city

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

mex_parade_10The Center for Traditional Music and Dance is presenting Sounds of Immigrant New York, a ten-part lecture series involving a variety of ethnomusicologists.

Monday, Feb. 14: Jane Sugarman presents a performance of Albanian music in New York City by CTMD touring artists Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Thursday, March 3: Elizabeth McAlister presents Haitian Music from Vodou to Gospel, Rara to Hip Hop at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Saturday, March 12: Peter Manuel talks on Folk Music from India to the Caribbean and Beyond at the Queens Museum of Art.

Sunday, April 3: Mick Moloney lectures on Irish Music in the Bronx at Fordham University.

Thursday, April 7: Hankus Netsky discusses Tracing New York’s Klezmer History, A Family Affair at the Museum on Eldridge Street.

Wednesday, April 13: Evan Rapport lectures on Bukharian Jewish Music in New York City at the Center for Jewish History.

Thursday, April 21: Anne Rasmussen talks about Middle Eastern Music in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Thursday, May 19: Ray Allen discusses The Transformation of Modern Carnival in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Library.

Thursday, May 26: Su Zheng presents 150 Years of Chinese Music in New York City at the Museum of Chinese in America.

Thursday, June 16: Cathy Rag;amd discusses Music and Mexican Immigrant Life in New York City at the Museum of the City of New York.

Admission is free, except for the performance of Albanian music on Feb 14. For times and details, see the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

Not part of the series, but also of interest:

Friday, Feb. 25: Radio Banduristan International, a show of Ukrainian music in an informal cabaret setting at the Ukrainian Institute of America.

Saturday, March 5: The Thunderbird Dancers perform Native American music and dance at the Brooklyn Museum.

Friday, March 25: Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden present a concert of West African Manden music at Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.

Sunday, March 27: The Ukrainian Wave Community Cultural Initiative is joining with the New York Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown and the Ukrainian Museum for a program celebrating the work of composer Zinoviy Shtokalko.

1925 Yiddish film & music

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The Museum at Eldridge Street will show the Yiddish film His People (1925), the story of a Lower East Side immigrant family at the turn of the (last) century and the division between a son and his father, at 3 pm Sunday, Feb. 8.  Jazz musician Paul Shapiro and sextet provide live musical accompaniment.

Admission is $10; students and seniors $5. The museum is at 12 Eldridge St. You can RSVP online.

Happy Year of the Ox

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The Lunar New Year starts today, but festivities continue through the week. The Queens Library in Flushing will host a free day of events on Saturday, Jan. 31.

From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: Learn how to prepare Japche, a delicious noodle dish from Korea, or miniature spring rolls from China; learn how to make Chinese red envelope lanterns (first-come, first-served basis, supplies limited!). (I’m not sure whether these events will be conducted in Korean, Chinese, English, or a mixture.)

At 1 pm,there will be traditional Korean drum and dance with Vongku Pak; at 2:30 pm, a ribbon dance and song from China; and at 3:30 pm, the Chinese Lion Dance.

The library is located at 41-17 Main St, Flushing. The event is funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dance your way through winter

Monday, January 12th, 2009

It’s freezing, and it will be a lot colder on Thursday—which makes it the perfect time for Norwegian folk dancing. Folk Feet on Fifth‘s Norwegian Nights and Levantine Layali begins on Thursday, Jan. 15, with a folk dance class with Paul Busse, the Norwegian Folkdancers Society, and live accordion. Free. The class will be from 7 to 8:30 pm at Salaam Arabic Lutheran Church, 345 Ovington Ave, Brooklyn (R train to Bay Ridge Ave).

The program continues on Jan. 22, with a Lebanese and Palestinian Debke dance class with Ramzi Ed-libi, Jad Lebbos, Sheren Attal and live Arabic percussion, and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 24, with a Norwegian and Levantine Dance Party/Hafla.

Folk Feet on Fifth is part of the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts project, and Norwegian Nights and Levantine Layali is presented in partnership with Young Dancers in Repertory.

To register, or for more information, call (347) 702-7155.

A midwinter Balkan party, not to be missed!

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

I’ll try to write more on this in the next couple of weeks, but for now I’d at least like to mention the Golden Festival, New York’s largest Balkan music event. It kicks off with a Balkan dance workshop at 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 16, followed by snacks and live music at 8:30 with Brass Menažeri, the Kolev Family Bulgarian Band, and the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band. Regular admission is $20.

The festival continues Saturday, Jan. 17, from 6 pm until 4 am, with more than 40 bands (multiple stages), Balkan and Middle Eastern refreshments, Balkan arts vendors, and Balkan textiles on display. They promise “hours of ecstatic listening, dancing and partying.” Just the thing for midwinter! Saturday’s admission is $40 ($30 for students), but there’s a discount for advance web purchase, and you can get tickets for both nights for $50 online.

The event, which is sponsored by Zlatne Uste, will be held at Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham in upper Manhattan, near the 207th St subway stop (the end of the A line).

Energetic Polish dancing

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The Polish American Folk Dance Company presents folk songs and dances from different regions of Poland at 3 pm Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Ave and 103rd St. Free with museum admission. “Authentic and energetic,” they call it; the company, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, “combines traditional folk elements with classical ballet training.” And the skirts are terrific.

Irish dance in Brooklyn

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The focus on the Irish continues. The Darrah Carr Dance company will give a demonstration of Irish dancing and step dance lessons, with live music on accordion and spoons, from 1 to 5 pm Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn Heights. Free with museum admission.