Mambo, Boogalu, Salsa, Hip Hop, Turntable and Beyond!
Música Nueva 5: Big Band Poetry Jam & Beyond @ Symphony Space
The AFRO LATIN JAZZ ALLIANCE is pleased to present Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra In a big band spoken word celebration of the Nuyorican poetry movement at Symphony Space curated by poet and percussionist Angel Rodriguez, at which a lineup of guest poets will perform their works set to arrangements played by the Orchestra. Symphony Space is located at 95th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. * The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance participates in High 5 Tickets to the Arts and enables 50 High School students to attend performances for $5. www.symponyspace.org
The evening will include guest DJs, MCs, instrumentalists, and dancers, and aims to combine the classic sounds of mambo, boogaloo, and salsa with hip-hop, turntables, and everything in-between! POETS: Angel R. Rodriguez, Sandra Maria Esteves, Tato Laviera, Odilia Rivera Santos, Caridad "La Bruja" De La Luz, Patty Dukes & RephStar, Christopher "Chilo" Cajigas
ARRANGERS: Arturo O'Farrill, Adam Kromelow, Bill Ware, Todd Bashore, Adam O'Farrill, Jason Lindner
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) was founded in 2002 by artistic director Arturo O'Farrill at Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate the contributions of Latinos to American jazz, perform compositions of various Latin Jazz masters, and to keep this culturally rich tradition alive by commissioning new works. In 2007, the ALJO left Lincoln Center to pursue the twin goals of developing new audiences for big band Latin jazz and creating robust educational programs. That same year, O'Farrill launched the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) to serve as a non-profit organization advancing both the performance and educational aspects of this uniquely pan-American art form. The Alliance provides a system of institutional support in which the Orchestra performs throughout the United States and internationally, exposing a wide range of audiences to this music who have never experienced the vitality of Afro Latin jazz. To learn more about the work of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, please visit us online at: http://www.afrolatinjazz.org.