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Carnegie Hall Family Concert: My City, My Song

Saturday, May 11, 2019 3 PM Zankel Hall
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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. Brianna Thomas sings jazz standards, father-daughter duo Juan Gutiérrez and Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera (with fellow musicians from Los Pleneros de la 21) share the percussive rhythms of Puerto Rican bomba and plena music, and Fabiana Masili brings the spirit of a Brazilian carnival.

Free pre-concert activities take place in Zankel Hall one hour before the performance, and will prepare you and your child to sing and dance along with the artists.

Learn more about Family Events.

For ages 4–8


Brianna Thomas, Vocals
Conun Pappas, Piano
Devin Starks, Bass
Darrian Douglas, Drums

Juan Gutiérrez, Vocals and Percussion
Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Vocals, Dance, and Percussion
Nelson González, Dance and Percussion
Alexander LaSalle, Vocals and Percussion
Ivan Renta, Reeds and Vocals
Nicholas Laboy, Percussion

Fabiana Masili, Vocals
Wesley de Lima Amorim, Acoustic Guitar
Itaiguara Brandao, Bass
Fernando Saci, Percussion


Additional repertoire to be announced

Thanks to the Department of Homeless Services for supporting families at 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.


Brianna Thomas

Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Brianna Thomas made her singing debut at age six with her father’s band, performing a duet rendition of the jazz classic, “What a Wonderful World.” Since graduating from college in 2011, Brianna has performed with many jazz greats including Clark Terry, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person, Mulgrew Miller, Wynton Marsalis, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, and her longtime hero, Dianne Reeves. Brianna also continues to perform worldwide at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, Ginny’s Supper Club, Minton’s Playhouse, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha, the Apollo Theater, and the prestigious Montreux, Umbria, Bern, and Sochi jazz festivals. Brianna was a 2014 musical ambassador for American Music Abroad, as a guest vocalist with The Amigos Band, singing folk, bluegrass, gospel, and jazz. She teaches with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program to educate students in New York City schools about the importance of jazz in American history and today.

Juan GutiƩrrez and Julia GutiƩrrez-Rivera

Puerto Rican–born percussionist, composer, and arranger Juan Gutiérrez was instrumental in helping to bring bomba and plena music to New York City and the rest of the US. In 1983, he met master plena practitioner Marcial Reyes in New York; together they created Los Pleneros de la 21. Juan has remained at the helm of Los Pleneros de la 21 ever since, masterminding its ongoing success, including a 2005 Grammy nomination. For his vision and contributions, Juan was named an NEA National Heritage Fellow. Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera is Juan’s youngest daughter. As Los Pleneros de la 21 formed when she was 10 months old, Julia was weaned on bomba and plena, and is now a guiding member of the group and respected bomba and plena dancer and educator.

Fabiana Masili

Fabiana Masili is a vocalist and songwriter who plays a range of Brazilian music, including bossa nova, samba, maracatu, and forró, as well as jazz and rock. Since moving to New York City in 2003, she has worked with a diverse roster of artists, including Claudio Roditi, Cidinho Teixeira, Dom Salvador, Slide Hampton, Jeremy Pelt, and Nation Beat, and created an all-female psychedelic rock band called As Lolas. She has performed at such venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, SummerStage, Joe’s Pub at The Public, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. She is also dedicated to her work as a teaching artist, sharing Brazilian music and culture with New York City’s students.

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