For our 2017-2018 concert season, we are excited to introduce the VOCES DE LAS MUJERES and CONTEMPORARY JEWISH series as well as the FESTIVAL OF MALI, which brings together some of the most important artists from one of Africa's most musically rich countries. We continue our series from last season, including our Masters Series with MASTERS OF AFRICAN MUSIC and a MASTERS OF INDIAN MUSIC, our annual Indian classical dance festival, DANCING THE GODS and the sixth annual Africa Now! concert.
The VOCES DE LAS MUJERES series is a cross-cultural series that presents powerful female vocalists from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking cultures and traditions. This series celebrates influential women from a vast array of cultures exemplifying a wide range of vocal music that has these languages at their roots.
The CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSIC series focuses on developments in modern Jewish music, particularly cultural movements that have had their genesis in New York City. This includes modern developments in klezmer and neo-Yiddish music and the developments of radical Jewish music that began in New York's downtown scene in the 1980s.
The DESERT BLUES series presents artists from the Saharan region of Africa who are torch-bearers of an African musical tradition which has been traced by ethnomusicologists as having existed there for centuries. The late Ali Farka Touré once said of the desert blues tradition in his country “We’ve been playing this music for hundreds of years. The guys in Mississippi are playing American-Malian music, not the other way around.”
The COLLABORATIONS series presents cross-cultural musical explorations and collaborations. The series often explores the ways that the music of artists from one culture have influenced the music of another culture, or the ways in which music of seemingly widely varying cultures can be strikingly similar or complimentary.
The ORIGINS series highlights artists who delve into the folklore and roots of their respective culture’s music to tell the story of their origins, preserving and affirming cultural identities and legacies.
The COUNTERPOINT series presents contemporary artists who push the boundaries of what “world music” can mean as the cultural divisions become less prominent in the 21st century. The influences that different cultures have upon one another and the inherent progress of modernity help to create world music that is at once unique and innovative.
The GLOBAL/LOCAL series is dedicated to discovering and celebrating the international richness of the musicians and dancers living in the New York area. This series exposes these artists to wider audiences while celebrating the diversity of our city.