• Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012

    Brazilian Singer, Songwriter, and Cultural Icon Gilberto Gil Opens Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America Festival, a Citywide Celebration of Latin American Arts & Culture, on November 8 

    Other Festival Voices from Brazil To Include Paulinho da Viola, Arnaldo Antunes,Orquestra Imperial, Os Mutantes, Carlos Malta and Pife Muderno, and Nicolas Krassik and Cordestino 
    More Than 70 Events Take Place from November 8 to December 11 at Carnegie Hall and Partner Venues Across New York City, Exploring Latin American Music, Dance, Art, Film, and More
    Festival’s First Week Features Events at Carnegie Hall, Americas Society, The Juilliard School, Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, National Museum of the American Indian, and Numerous Museums and Galleries 
    Image of Gilberto Gil  © Marco Hermes.
    On Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. Carnegie Hall’s month-long Voices from Latin America festival kicks off with a performance in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage by the iconic Brazilian singer, composer, and guitarist Gilberto Gil—a musician who helped to usher in the Tropicália movement of the 1960s and is renowned in both pop and world music circles.

    For this performance, Gil returns to his musical roots with an evening of forró, the infectious dance music from Northeastern Brazil, which is currently seeing resurgence throughout the world, in both traditional and updated contemporary styles. Gil is joined on stage by guitarist Sèrgio Chiavazzolli, drummer Jorge Gomes, bassist Arthur Maia, accordionist Toninho Ferragutti, violinist Nicolas Krassik, and percussionist Gustavo Di Dalva. Together, the band reinvents old classics, and performs new songs from the recently released album and live DVD, Fé na Festa, dedicated to baião—the Northeast Brazilian rhythmic style that became the basis of a wide range of music, including forró.

    In the weeks following Gil’s performance, the Voices from Latin America festival features a number of celebrated Brazilian musicians and programs dedicated to Brazilian art and culture on Carnegie Hall’s stages as well as at partner institutions throughout New York City, including Paulinho da Viola—Brazil’s greatest living sambista—in his Carnegie Hall debut (November 28); Music From Northeastern Brazil—featuring Carlos Malta and Pife Muderno, Nicolas Krassik and his ensemble Cordestinos (November 29, Zankel Hall); and a concert featuring contrasting Brazilian music styles, with sets by Orquestra Imperial, a retro-chic homage to 1950s big bands and by poet and singer-songwriter Arnaldo Antunes in an acoustic set (December 5, Zankel Hall). Festival partner events featuring artists or music from Brazil include the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble performing a program of Brazilian popular music with guest artist, drummer Paulo Braga (November 20, Paul Hall); and two performances by the influential Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes (December 8-9, Le Poisson Rouge).

    Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America is a citywide festival from November 8 to December 11, 2012, inviting audiences to explore the incredibly diverse cultures of Latin America. Developed under the guidance of Gil alongside three other internationally-acclaimed musicians serving as artistic advisors—composer Osvaldo Golijov, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and jazz pianist and composer Chucho Valdés—the Voices from Latin America festival encompasses music, dance, film, and visual arts of many regions with more than 70 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and partner cultural institutions, including particular focuses on music of Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, and Mexico.

    For a full listing of festival events, interviews with artists, and other content providing insight into the Voices from Latin America festival offerings, please visit carnegiehall.org/LatinAmerica.

    For a complete press kit, please click here.


    About The Artist
    As a child growing up in the countryside of Bahia, Brazil, Gilberto Gil realized that music was his language. Although Gil chose to develop a solid body of work on the guitar, his first foray into music was on the accordion, initially inspired by the local bands and radio music, especially by Baião pioneer Luiz Gonzaga. Baião is a music genre from northeast Brazil which blends European folk music and, African, and Indian music. It was modernized and disseminated by the acclaimed composer, accordionist, and singer Luiz Gonzaga, who was responsible for popularizing this genre throughout Brazil in the 1940s and ‘50s. Consisting primarily of zabumba or double-headed drum, triangle, and accordion, Baião expresses northeastern lifestyle and is the soundtrack for the Catholic festivities in June and popular balls.

    Gil has developed one of the most relevant and renown careers as a singer, composer, and guitarist in both world music and pop. In a career that has spanned four decades, with over fifty albums released, Gil has twelve gold records, five platinum albums and five-million records sold. His extensive and prolific catalogue of work has been covered and recorded by João Gilberto, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Sérgio Mendes, Ernie Watts, and Toots Thielmans. Over the years, his political and environmental activism gained prominence alongside his musical career and reached a new height in 2002 when he was appointed Minister of Culture for Brazil. As a musician and as a diplomat, Gil possesses a key role in the constant modernization of Brazilian popular music and culture throughout the world.

    A leader of the Tropicália movement in Brazil in 1967 and 1968 along with artists like Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, he and other musicians mixed native styles with rock and folk instruments. Because Gil fused samba and bossa nova with rock and folk music, he's recognized today as one of the pioneers in world music. The path Gil has tracked to develop his unique way to express Brazilian culture is a long journey that encompasses João Gilberto and bossa nova, Tropicália, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, an exile in London, reggae and Jamaican music, samba, and much more.

    For his unflinching creative engagement in bringing to the world the heart and soul of the Brazilian music, Gil has been honored by several entities and personalities in both Brazil and abroad, including the Polar Music Prize in 2005. A unique composer powered by immense talent and curiosity, Gil is a unique musical ambassador powered by firm cultural conviction.

    VOICES FROM LATIN AMERICA WEEK ONE

    Urban Word: Bilingual Poetry Slam
    Tuesday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 13 at 4:00 p.m.
    (Also November 20 and 27)
    Hamilton Grange Library (503 West 145th Street; 212-926-2147)
    FREE

    This bilingual poetry slam features performances of student works and those of noted Latin American poets. Presented by the New York Public Library.
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    Learn to Dance with Annabella Gonzalez
    Thursday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m.
    George Bruce Library (518 West 125th Street; 212-662-9727)
    FREE

    Audience members have the opportunity to learn traditional Mexican ballet through demonstration and instruction. Presented by the New York Public Library.
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    Gilberto Gil
    Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street at Seventh Avenue; 212-247-7800)
    Tickets: $30–$75

    International superstar Gilberto Gil returns to his musical roots with an evening of forró, the infectious dance music from Northeastern Brazil. Presented by Carnegie Hall

    Sponsored, in part, by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
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    Paul O’Dette, Lute
    Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)
    Tickets: $20; free for Americas Society members

    American lutenist, conductor, and music researcher Paul O’Dette performs Latin American music by Santiago de Murcia, Manuel Alvarez, and anonymous Afro-Brazilian composers. This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene.
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    New Juilliard Ensemble
    Friday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.
    Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater (1941 Broadway)
    FREE; tickets available at the Juilliard Box Office beginning October 26

    Music Director and Conductor Joel Sachs leads a program of contemporary classical music from Latin America, including works by Paul Desenne and Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, plus US premieres by Guido López-Gavilán, Segio Kafejian, Hilda Paredes, and Hebert Vázquez. Presented by The Juilliard School.
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    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble ACJW
    Sunday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m.
    Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement (MOSA)
    Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church (178 Bennett Avenue; mosaconcerts.org, 212-923-5757)
    FREE

    This group of young musicians performs the music of celebrated Latin American composers from the last century, including Villa-Lobos, Revueltas, Ana Lara, and Piazzolla. Presented by Carnegie Hall.

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.

    Major funding for The Academy–a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education–has been provided by The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr.

    Additional support has been provided by The Bodman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, and Leslie and Tom Maheras.

    Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.
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    The Dream of the Celt with Mario Vargas Llosa and Edith Grossman
    Monday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)
    Tickets: $25; free for Americas Society members

    Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and renowned translator Edith Grossman participate in a public conversation in celebration of the author’s latest novel, The Dream of the Celt. Presented by Americas Society with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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    Edmar Castañeda
    Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. (also November 19 and 26)
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)
    Tickets: $20 per event, $50 for all three events; free for Americas Society members

    Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda performs a unique blend of jazz and Colombian folk music on the arpa llanera, the diatonic instrument traditional to the music from the Llanos region, shared by Colombia and Venezuela. Presented by Americas Society.
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    Persona Normal with Author Benito Taibo
    Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
    King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University (53 Washington Square South; nyu.edu/kjc, 212-998-3650)
    FREE

    Passionate, irreverent, obsessive: Mexican writer Benito Taibo presents Persona Normal, a funny and quixotic mosaic of short stories and essays. Presented by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.
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    Ensemble ACJW
    Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m.
    Paul Hall, The Juilliard School (155 West 65th Street)
    FREE; tickets available at the Juilliard Box Office beginning October 30

    Ensemble ACJW plays an encore of its November 11 program. Presented by The Juilliard School.
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    Eco-Literature in Latin America
    Wednesday—Friday, November 14, 15, and 16 at 7:00 p.m.
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)
    Tickets: $10 per event, $25 for all three events; free for Americas Society members

    The three-evening literature symposium includes a keynote address by distinguished Mexican poet, novelist, and environmental activist Homero Aridjis; panel discussions with scholars of eco-literature; a film screening of Chilean artist Mariana Matthews’s Confluencias; and the launch of Americas Society’s acclaimed journal Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, no. 85. Presented by Americas Society.
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    Folk Artists and Art: Carlomagno Pedro Martínez
    Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
    National Museum of the American Indian / Alexander Hamilton US Custom House (1 Bowling Green; americanindian.si.edu, 212-514-3700)
    FREE

    In this lecture-demonstration, Mexican scholar Marta Turok, who asks how indigenous artists navigate both “folk” and “high” art markets, presents acclaimed Oaxacan ceramic artist Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, who is also director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca. Presented by National Museum of the American Indian, with the support of Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art (FOFA) and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.
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    Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series
    Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. (also November 29; December 6, 13)
    92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street; cinematropical.com, 212-601-1000)
    Tickets: $12 per screening

    Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series celebrates Voices from Latin America with screenings of representative documentaries that honor the best of Latin American music and its rich diversity and legacy. Question-and-answer sessions with special guests follow each screening, along with live performances at Cafe 92YTribeca. Presented by Cinema Tropical and 92YTribeca.
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    Learn to Dance with Annabella Gonzalez
    Tuesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m.
    Countee Cullen Library (104 West 136th Street; 212-491-2070)
    FREE

    Audience members have the opportunity to learn traditional Mexican ballet through demonstration and instruction. Presented by the New York Public Library.



    ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

    Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012–Sunday, January 6, 2013

    El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue; elmuseo.org, 212-831-7272)
    Suggested donation for admission $9; $5 for seniors/students; free for museum members and children under 12

    The Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street; studiomuseum.org, 212-864-4500)
    Suggested donation for admission $7; $3 for seniors/students; free for museum members and children under 12

    Queens Museum of Art (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park; queensmuseum.org, 718-592-9700)
    Suggested donation for admission $5; $2.50 for seniors/students; free for museum members and children under 5

    This multi-themed exhibition features over 550 works by 379 artists. Presenting work at the three museums and accompanied by an ambitious range of programs and events, Caribbean: Crossroads offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora.
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    Urban Archives: Rituals of Chaos
    Thursday, July 19, 2012–Sunday, January 6, 2013
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse; bronxmuseum.org, 718-681-6000)
    FREE

    Monica Espinel, Guest Curator. This exhibition pairs the work of Mexico’s Enrique Metinides with that of contemporary artists to provide a glimpse into the emotions and events that run rampant in cities where massive concentrations of people congregate. Presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts.
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    Gego: Origin and Encounter Mastering the Space
    Saturday, September 29–Saturday, December 8
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)
    FREE

    Co-organized with Sala Mendoza and Fundación Gego. Curated by Josefina Manrique and Gabriela Rangel. Widely known as “Gego,” German-born Venezuelan Gertrud Goldschmidt is one of the most important Latin American artists of the 20th century. In celebration of Gego’s 100th anniversary, the exhibition features a significant group of early and unknown works that examine Gego’s artistic research. Presented by Americas Society.
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    Lidya Buzio: Painter and Sculptor of Clay
    Fall 2012
    Cecilia de Torres Gallery (134-140 Greene Street; ceciliadetorres.com, 212-431-5869)
    FREE

    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

    Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Lidya Buzio has worked in clay in New York since 1972. Her Italian heritage, Uruguayan upbringing, and her New York life have produced works that are unique for the medium—a never before seen fusion of painting and sculpture made of red clay. The exhibition features New York cityscapes, with their evocative rooflines, architectural details, and water towers; and a new series of abstract geometric sculptures with glowing, burnished surfaces in bright primary colors. Coordinated by the Keyes Art Projects.
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    Voodoo Alters Zombies and Oil Cans
    Thursday, October 4–Thursday, December 6
    Gallery 151 (132 West 18th Street; juliekeyesart.com, 631-725-8610)
    FREE

    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

    Scholar and art historian Mary Jo McConnell has selected representative pieces of narrative art from her extensive collection of Haitian works to exhibit at Keyes Art Projects. The vibrant paintings will be juxtaposed with photography by Jill Peters that illuminates the life of Haitian refugees in Florida. Curated by Mary Jo McConnell. Presented by Keyes Art Projects.
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    Tres perspectivas: Contemporary Art from Latin America
    Wednesday, October 17—Monday, December 31
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (881 Seventh Avenue)
    FREE to Zankel Hall ticket holders

    In the lobby spaces of Zankel Hall, the work of three visual artists—Argentina’s Leandro Katz and Marta Minujín, and Venezuela’s Luis Molina-Pantin—offers differing perspectives on Latin American themes. Presented by Carnegie Hall in cooperation with the Americas Society and Henrique Faria Fine Art.
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    Luis Jimenez

    Thursday, November 1–Wednesday, November 28
    ACA Galleries (529 West 20th Street, Fifth Floor; acagalleries.com, 212-206-8080)
    FREE

    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

    ACA Art Galleries will present a mini-retrospective of fiberglass sculptures and works on paper by Luis Jimenez. Luis Jimenez (1940-2006) was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Mexican immigrants. His artwork celebrates working-class culture and history, especially that of Mexican Americans. He died, tragically, in 2006 when one of his own sculptures fell on him. Presented by ACA Galleries. Coordinated by the Keyes Art Projects.
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    Material Breach
    Wednesday, November 14–Saturday, December 15
    (Art) Amalgamated (317 Tenth Avenue, Ground Floor; artamalgamated.com, 212-334-0403)
    FREE

    Artist Discussion: Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.
    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

    (Art) Amalgamated brings together a group of Latin American artists whose works transform the utility of commonplace domestic or creative materials, divesting them of their prescribed functionality in ways that generate new meaning and new sets of cultural and visual associations. The works incorporate images that have a historic connection to the tropics and colonial past, infusing them with the individual artist's own interpretations of that history. Artists include Héctor Madera Gonzales, José Lerma, and Héctor Acre-Espasas. Presented by (Art) Amalgamated. Coordinated by the Keyes Art Projects.

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    Lead funding for Voices from Latin America is provided by grants from the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Sponsored, in part, by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mercantil Servicios Financieros.

    Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

    Osvaldo Golijov is the holder of the 2012-2013 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Breguet is the Exclusive Timepiece of Carnegie Hall.

    United is the Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

    For additional high resolution images of featured artists during the Voices from Latin America festival, please contact the Carnegie Hall Public Relations Office at 212-903-9750 or publicrelations@carnegiehall.org.

     

    Ticket Information
    Tickets for events taking place at Carnegie Hall are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For tickets to Voices from Latin America partner events, please contact the specific venue.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
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