• Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Carnegie Hall Presents UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa - A Citywide Festival Exploring South African Arts and Culture, October 10 to November 5, 2014

    Dozens of Events at Carnegie Hall and Partner Venues Across New York City Explore South Africa's Dynamic and Diverse Culture Including Music, Film, Visual Arts, and More
    Featured Artists Include Trumpeter, Vocalist, and Composer Hugh Masekela; Vocalist Vusi Mahlasela; Jazz Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim; Vocalist Angelique Kidjo; Vocal Ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Visual Artist William Kentridge; and Many Others

    (Update: May 7, 2014, NEW YORK)—This fall, Carnegie Hall launches UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a three-week festival from October 10 to November 5, 2014, featuring an exciting array of events to be presented at Carnegie Hall and partner venues throughout New York City, inviting audiences to explore the incredibly dynamic and diverse culture of South Africa. Single tickets for all festival events at Carnegie Hall will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m.

    With its UBUNTU festival, Carnegie Hall salutes South Africa, a country with its dizzying patchwork of cultures, eleven official languages, and a cultural life like none other. Roughly translated as “I am because you are,” ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, a way of thinking that has influenced recent moves toward reconciliation and cultural inclusion in South Africa as fostered by South Africa’s former president, the late Nelson Mandela. The spirit of this philosophy is embodied in the festival’s programming, which features a varied lineup of artists representing the many threads that together make up the country’s musical culture.

    “In creating the UBUNTU festival, we were inspired by the cultural life of this incredibly diverse country,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “It is a nation with a dynamic, often surprising culture like no other—the birthplace of larger-than-life musical presences like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, and now, a seemingly endless array of vocal talent from every corner of the country. Our festival also comes twenty years after the first free elections in South Africa, an anniversary made even more resonant by the recent passing of Nelson Mandela. The country’s landscape continues to evolve, and this makes for fascinating explorations through the arts.”

    Dedicated to Mr. Mandela’s legacy, the UBUNTU festival features Carnegie Hall performances by artists representing different musical traditions, including performances paying tribute to notable South African icons and milestones. In addition to showcasing world-renowned South African musicians who are beloved the world over, festival programming will also provide a window for audiences into many kinds of South African music which may be less well-known: the powerful spirituality and ecstasy of the maskandi music of the Zulu people, music from Cape region including a Cape Malay choir and folk musicians from remote regions of the Karoo desert, and two thrilling generations of South African jazz artists. In addition, two critically-acclaimed South African classical vocalists will make their New York recital debuts as part of the festival. Looking beyond performances at Carnegie Hall, the UBUNTU festival will extend citywide through performances and events at prestigious partner organizations, with programming showcasing visual art, film, and dance, as well as panel discussions featuring leading social and political voices on the significant cultural issues.

    Carnegie Hall programming will include performances by legendary South African artists, beginning with a concert by two musical icons—trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekela and vocalist Vusi Mahlasela—joined by special guest artists for Twenty Years of Freedom, a program celebrating the anniversary of 20 years of democracy in South Africa (October 10). Additional festival highlights include world renowned vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Voices of South Africa, exploring the central role the voice plays in South African music (October 18); Grammy Award-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo celebrating the South African cultural icon Miriam Makeba in Mama Africa (November 5); acclaimed visual artist William Kentridge hosting an evening of his short films with live musical accompaniment (October 27); and revered pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, a great champion of Cape jazz, in a solo concert coinciding with his 80th birthday (October 17). Mr. Ibrahim will also lead a master class for young jazz musicians, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (October 18).

    For two consecutive evenings in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall features performances incorporating dramatic elements. In a program titled Paper Music: A Ciné Concertby Philip Miller and William Kentridge, filmmaker William Kentridge presents an evening of his short films with live music by composer Philip Miller (October 27). The following evening, violinist Daniel Hope curates a music theater production entitled A Distant Drum, joining forces with his father, preeminent South African writer Christopher Hope, for the Carnegie Hall commissioned work which follows the life of Nat Nakasa, a brilliant, impassioned spirit of his generation who left behind South Africa’s apartheid of the 1960s for New York. Noted authority on South African music Andrew Tracey is musical supervisor (October 28).

    A double bill performance showcasing two aspects of contemporary Zulu maskandi music (often dubbed the “Zulu blues”) features two masters from the KwaZulu-Natal province: Madala Kunene leading a quintet that draws on the spiritual aspects of the style, and Phuzekhemisi performing exuberant, high-energy music with singers and dancers in traditional attire (October 11).

    A second double bill program in Zankel Hall features the Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers—a 15-voice male choir led by Moeniel Jacobs, performing a style of vocal music from Cape Town that combines Dutch folk songs with beautifully ornamented vocal traditions from as far afield as Malaysia, Arabia, and East Africa; this program also features a performance by guitarist, singer-songwriter, and tireless champion of Cape music traditions David Kramer, joined by folk musicians from the remote regions of the Karoo desert (October 25).

    Kesivan Naidoo, a drummer, composer, and one of the leaders of the next wave of Cape jazz performers performs original compositions, standards and avant garde selections for his New York debut concert with his band Kesivan and the Lights (October 30). Dizu Plaatjies and his group Ibuyambo plays the music of the Xhosa people as well as other southern African traditions (November 1).

    In addition, two young, critically-acclaimed South African sopranos will make their New York recital debuts in Weill Recital Hall as part of the festival—Pretty Yende (October 13) and Elza van den Heever (October 24).

    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute will present UBUNTU festival events at Carnegie Hall and in community venues throughout New York City, inviting families, young musicians, and the community at large to experience a wide range of music from South Africa. In addition to the master class led by Abdullah Ibrahim, events include a lively Carnegie Hall Family Concert featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo (October 19), and a variety of free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts in community venues, including performances by Phuzekhemisi, Kesivan and the Lights and a performance by Abdullah Ibrahim and Friends, including musicians from both his trio and big band, and from the ensemble Ekaya.

    Festival programming at leading cultural institutions throughout New York City will include music, dance, film, visual arts, panel discussions and more. UBUNTU partners include: African Film Festival Inc.; Anna Zorina Gallery; Apollo Theater; Axis Gallery; Flushing Town Hall; Jazz at Lincoln Center; The Juilliard School; Keyes Art Projects; (Le) Poisson Rouge; Live from the New York Public Library; Marian Goodman Gallery; New Heritage Theatre Group; New Victory Theater; The New York Public Library; Queens College, City University of New York; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Ubuntu Education Fund; World Music Institute; and Yossi Milo Gallery.

    A complete schedule for the UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival will be announced in August 2014. Tied to UBUNTU, Carnegie Hall has launched a special web site: carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica, which will feature information on festival events, interviews with artists, videos introducing the music being performed, and other content designed to illuminate festival offerings. For a video overview of the festival, please click here.

     

    UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa at Carnegie Hall
    (Chronological listing of Carnegie Hall programming)


    Friday, October 10 at 8:00 PM | Stern/Perelman

    Hugh Masekela
    Vusi Mahlasela

    Twenty Years of Freedom


    Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and musical icons, legendary trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekela and vocalist Vusi Mahlasela, are joined by guest artists to celebrate the anniversary of 20 years of democracy and the end of apartheid in South Africa with a program of stirring freedom songs.
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    Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 PM | Zankel

    Madala Kunene
    Phuzekhemisi


    A pair of masters from KwaZulu-Natal headlines a double bill that showcases two aspects of contemporary Zulu maskandi music. Often dubbed the “Zulu blues,” maskandi music is traditionally performed by Zulu singer-guitarists—vibrant songs about the life experiences of Zulu people. Madala Kunene and his quintet draw on the spiritual aspects of the style, while Phuzekhemisi performs exuberant, high-energy music with singers and dancers in traditional attire.
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    Monday, October 13 at 7:30 PM | Weill

    Pretty Yende, Soprano

    Kamal Khan, Piano

    Internationally-acclaimed young South African soprano Pretty Yende makes her New York recital debut in Weill Recital Hall with pianist Kamal Khan. Repertoire for this performance is to be announced.
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    Friday, October 17 at 8:30 PM | Zankel


    Abdullah Ibrahim

    A revered pianist and composer, Abdullah Ibrahim has been hailed as the greatest exponent of Cape jazz. During his long and glorious career, he has toured the world extensively, performing as soloist with symphony orchestras and with legendary jazz artists like Max Roach and Randy Weston. He returns to Zankel Hall for a solo concert that coincides with his 80th birthday. While in New York, Ibrahim shares his musical knowledge and expertise with a new generation of artists, directing a master class for young professional jazz musicians, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
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    Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 PM | Stern/Perelman

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends

    Voices of South Africa


    The voice is the soul of South African music. Few groups have shared this as passionately and joyfully as Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The multiple Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble has toured and recorded with artists around the world. For this concert, they are joined by guest artists and a band from their homeland to share the many vibrant styles and influences of South African music.
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    Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 PM | Zankel

    Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Ladysmith Black Mambazo


    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents a lively Family Concert featuring the acclaimed South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Designed for families with children, ages 7-12.
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    Friday, October 24 at 7:30 PM | Weill

    Elza van den Heever, Soprano
    Vlad Iftinca, Piano


    A native of Johannesburg, rising young soprano Elza van den Heever performs in Weill Recital Hall, an appearance marking her New York recital debut. The program includes songs by Handel, Schumann, Fauré, Brahms, and three South African composers: Le Roux Marais, Pescod, and Lemmer.
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    Saturday, October 25 at 9:00 PM | Zankel

    Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers
    Moeniel Jacobs
    , Director

    David Kramer Band

    The fascinating folk music from the Cape region of South Africa is explored by two groups in this concert. New York audiences have a rare opportunity to hear a Cape Malay choir—the Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers, a 15-voice male choir led by Moeniel Jacobs—performing music from Cape Town that combines Dutch folk songs called nederlandslied with colorful inflections and ornaments from vocal traditions from as far afield as Malaysia, Arabia, and East Africa. David Kramer is a composer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and a tireless champion of Cape musical traditions. For this concert, he performs with a lineup of top musicians from Cape Town and the Karoo desert.
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    Monday, October 27 at 7:30 PM | Zankel

    Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by Philip Miller and William Kentridge


    Introduction by William Kentridge
    Joanna Dudley, Voice
    Idith Meshulam, Piano
    Philip Miller, Foley Sampler

    An evening of short-film screenings by William Kentridge with live music by Philip Miller

    Paper Music is the latest project in an ongoing collaboration between the Johannesburg-born visual artist William Kentridge and his South African compatriot Philip Miller. Their artistic partnership dates back to Kentridge’s 1993 film Felix in Exile, part of his celebrated Soho Eckstein series for which Miller wrote the score. Paper Music features a selection of ten Kentridge films with music by Miller, including three that were presented at the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition as part of The Refusal of Time installation.
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    Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 PM | Zankel

    A Distant Drum

    Daniel Hope, Violin
    Vincent Segal, Cello
    Jason Marsalis, Percussion
    Andrew Tracey, Music Supervisor
    Atandwa Kani, Actor
    Christiaan Schoombie, Actor
    Additional artists to be announced

    A Distant Drum (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

    Violinist Daniel Hope curates a one-time-only music theater production, joining forces with his father, writer Christopher Hope, founder of South Africa’s Franschhoek Literary Festival. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, A Distant Drum is a portrait of Nat Nakasa, a brilliant, irreverent spirit of his generation, who left behind South Africa’s apartheid of the 1960s for New York. Nakasa was a young writer who heard a different music and marched to a distant drum. Noted authority on South African music, Andrew Tracey is musical supervisor and the outstanding ensemble of musicians and actors includes cellist Vincent Segal, best known for his collaboration with Sting; percussionist Jason Marsalis; and actors Atandwa Kani and Christiaan Schoombie.
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    Thursday, October 30 at 8:30 PM | Zankel

    Kesivan and the Lights


    Kesivan Naidoo is one of the exciting leaders of the next wave of Cape jazz performers. A composer and drummer, Naidoo leads a fiery quintet that’s equally exciting when playing a standard, an original composition, or covering an Ornette Coleman tune. Kesivan and the Lights make their New York debut in this concert.
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    Saturday, November 1 at 9:00 PM | Zankel

    Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo


    Traditional instrument maker and master, Dizu Plaatjies and his group Ibuyambo perform stunningly beautiful music of the Xhosa people as well as other southern African traditions. Plaatjies and Ibuyambo make music that is pure, proud, fascinating, and unforgettable.
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    Wednesday, November 5 at 8:00 PM | Stern/Perelman

    Angélique Kidjo and Friends


    Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba

    Grammy Award-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo celebrates the life and music of iconic South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, known popularly as “Mama Africa.” Kidjo shared a close relationship with Makeba, studying with her and eventually performing with her in Paris and South Africa. Kidjo returns to Carnegie Hall, with Makeba’s supporting singers—Zamokuhle “Zamo” Mbutho, Faith Kekana, and Stella Khumalo—in this tribute to a remarkable woman.

     

    UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa Throughout New York City
    (A complete festival calendar will be announced in August 2014)


    The UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival extends citywide through performances and events at prestigious partner organizations in New York City, including music, film, visual arts, panel discussions, and more.

    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, inviting audiences to experience music-making by South African artists, including concerts by Phuzekhemisi, Kesivan and the Lights, and Abdullah Ibrahim and Friends in community venues, including Flushing Town Hall and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

    Musical highlights at partner venues across New York City includes a program presented by The Juilliard School performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble directed by Joel Sachs in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, featuring music by leading composers such as Kevin Volans, Michael Blake, and others. In addition, (Le) Poisson Rouge presents a concert featuring bands from the “born free generation,” those who came of age in a free and democratic South Africa—musicians and bands representing the way that urban popular music has exploded on to the country’s music scene.

    The Apollo Theater, in partnership with the World Music Institute, presents a special South African edition of its annual Africa Now! festival with a series of performances spotlighting today’s South African popular music and theater scenes. The festival commemorates Harlem’s enduring relationship with South Africa and includes a collaboration with the New Heritage Theatre Group, the iconic Harlem-based theater that introduced seminal South African theatrical works to American audiences, with a limited run of a new South African production.

    In October, Jazz at Lincoln Center Education will engage South African musicians in videotaped public master classes on its online Jazz Academy, and will host a free-to-the-public Listening Party featuring top South African Jazz artists sharing some of their favorite and most influential records from the US and South Africa.

    Other fascinating partner presentations: African Film Festival, Inc., acclaimed for its annual spring film festival in partnership with Film Society of Lincoln Center, will schedule a special series of films and documentaries as part of UBUNTU, providing insight into the vibrant state of contemporary cinema in South Africa.

    Keyes Art Projects highlights contemporary trends in visual arts in South Africa, coordinating a series of exhibitions, receptions, and lectures at leading galleries in New York City. Participating galleries include Anna Zorina Gallery, Axis Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Yossi Milo Gallery, as well as Keyes Art Projects. Featured artists include Shaun Ellison, Pieter Hugo, William Kentridge, Sukhdeo Mohanlall, Graeme Williams, Sue Williamson, and Gary van Wyk.

    Live from the NYPL—The New York City Public Library’s flagship ticketed event series of conversations, debates, and performances, presented under the direction of Paul Holdengräber—invites leading cultural figures and influential leaders from South Africa to participate in wide-ranging discussions on the country today. In addition, The New York Public Library explores the music, films, poetry, stories, and crafts of South Africa through a series of programs for children and teens with their families.

    The Ubuntu Education Fund provides comprehensive educational and health support for orphaned and vulnerable children in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. As part of the festival, Ubuntu leads a panel discussion on the social and economic challenges the country faces 20 years after apartheid while posing creative approaches to these ongoing issues.

    The New Victory Theater presents Isango Ensemble, a theatrical group whose performers are drawn from townships around Cape Town, to perform The Magic Flute: Impempe yomlingo, which features Mozart’s score arranged by Mandisi Dyantyis for an orchestra of marimbas. Originally co-produced by Eric Abraham and The Young Vic in London, this U.S. premiere runs at The New Victory Theater from October 29 to November 9.

    In addition, throughout the 2014–2015 academic year, Queens College, City University of New York, turns its attention to South Africa. The Year of South Africa, a university-wide initiative, launches in October in conjunction with the UBUNTU festival and includes talks, film screenings, dance, musical performances, and more.

    A complete UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival calendar will be published in August 2014. Check carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica in coming months for more details.


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    Lead funding for the UBUNTU festival is provided by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

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    Ticket Information
    Tickets for all UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival events events taking place at Carnegie will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m. 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 UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa 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.

    For more information and updates in coming months, please visit carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica or call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.
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