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Carnegie Hall Family Concert: My City, My Song

Saturday, December 16, 2017 3 PM Zankel Hall
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Ilusha Tsinadze, Imani Uzuri, Emeline Michel
Three vibrant New York City–based artists perform in My City, My Song, a colorful, participatory experience that provides children with the opportunity to discover music from different parts of the world that can be found right in their own city. Originally from the country of Georgia, Ilusha Tsinadze sings both traditional and original Georgian folk songs. Imani Uzuri shares Freedom Songs from the Civil Rights Movement, as well as her own songs of protest. Emeline Michel gets audiences to dance to pulsating rhythms and tunes from Haiti. Free pre-concert activities take place in Zankel Hall one hour prior to the performance.
For ages 4–8


Hosted by Sid Solomon

Ilusha Tsinadze, Vocals and Guitar
Vitor Gonçalves, Accordion and Vocals
Peter Hess, Clarinet and Vocals
Christopher Tordini, Bass and Vocals
Richie Barshay, Percussion

Imani Uzuri, Vocals and Tambourine
Charlie Burnham, Violin and Vocals
Marvin Sewell, Guitar

Emeline Michel, Jazz Singer
Yayoi Ikawa, Piano
Calvin Jones, Bass
Jean Guy Rene, Tanbou, Congas and Vocals
Carol Hodge, Percussion and Vocals


Thanks to the New York City Administration for Children's Services and the Department of Homeless Services for supporting families during Family Concerts.

Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from The Irene Diamond Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.


Ilusha Tsinadze

Ilusha Tsinadze is a singer, guitarist, composer, and arranger born in Tbilisi, Georgia. After studying jazz in college, his passion shifted to the music of his homeland. In 2011, Ilusha released his debut album, Deda Ena (Mother Tongue), which featured his own distinctly personal interpretations of Georgian folk songs along with compositions of his own. The music video for his song "Mokhevis Kalo Tinao" went viral in Georgia and has since won him wide acclaim and national fame in the country. He has performed with his Brooklyn-based band around the world, allowing audiences to experience his emotional renditions of Georgia's beautiful and little-known musical traditions. 

Imani Uzuri

Called a "postmodernist Bessie Smith" by The Village Voice, composer, vocalist, and cultural worker Imani Uzuri has collaborated with an eclectic array of artists including Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Vijay Iyer, Carrie Mae Weems, and Robert Ashley. Her breakthrough album The Gypsy Diaries was released to critical acclaim. In 2016, Imani made her Lincoln Center American Songbook debut and was a featured performer on Black Girls Rock! on BET. She also composed and co-wrote lyrics for a new musical GIRL Shakes Loose, which was selected for the 2016 O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, and is currently composing a contemporary opera, Hush Arbor. She recently collaborated with The Public Theater on a concert tour of community centers, shelters, and prisons, and is Founder and Artistic Director of Revolutionary Choir. 

Emeline Michel

Haitian songstress Emeline Michel is internationally acclaimed for fusing pop, jazz, blues, and traditional Haitian rhythms into deeply moving, joyful music delivered through charismatic live shows. A master entertainer, Emeline has shared her message with audiences for more than 20 years, including appearances at the United Nations, Montreal's International Jazz Festival, and MTV's Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Hailed by the New York Times as a "diplomat of music" and "the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze," she is now based in New York City, where she runs her own production company, Production Cheval de Feu, and remains an important voice for social issues concerning women and children worldwide.

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