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Carnegie Hall Citywide: Citywide Night

Friday, August 9, 2019 6 PM Bryant Park
Matuto by Matt Carr, Eileen Ivers by Mel DiGiacomo, Nathan Williams by Rick Olivier
Carnegie Hall Citywide Night is a colorful celebration of music by dynamic and diverse performers. From Brazilian folk fusion to Irish fiddle to zydeco, the music is free and fun all night.

Matuto, whose name means “country boy” in Brazilian slang, has been described as “weird and wonderful … unorthodox and delightful” by JazzTimes. Hear why when this lively quartet takes Brazilian folk music and shakes it up with the flatpicking guitars and fiery fiddles of American bluegrass to create a musical experience the group likens to “Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains.” Anchored by Clay Ross’s guitar and Rob Curto’s accordion, Matuto’s joyous explorations of folk, world, and jazz styles are invigorating.

Consider every possibility for what’s exciting and daring in Irish fiddle playing and Eileen Ivers surpasses them all. This Grammy Award winner, Emmy nominee, and nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion has played with major orchestras around the globe, as well as such luminaries as Sting, The Chieftains, Patti Smith, and countless others. Called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” (The New York Times), she is deeply rooted in tradition while remaining dedicated to exploring new possibilities for the instrument.

Zydeco—that intoxicating, accordion-driven South Louisiana blend of Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, and African American popular music—burns brightly when Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas perform. Nathan Williams’s accordion playing sets the boisterous tone, while his brother Dennis’s jazz-tinged guitar brings a unique flavor to the music. Bass, drums, and rubboard add extra spice to this Louisiana-styled musical gumbo for a performance that will get your feet moving, fingers snapping, and heart pounding.

Part of: Carnegie Hall Citywide


·· Clay Ross, Guitar and Vocals
·· Rob Curto, Accordion
·· Itaiguara Brandão, Bass
·· Aynsley Powell, Drums
Eileen Ivers, Fiddle, Mandolin, and Bodhran
·· Matt Mancuso, Guitar, Trumpet, Fiddle, and Vocals
·· Buddy Connolly, Accordion, and Keyboards
·· Lindsey Horner, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Baritone Saxophone, and Harmonica
·· Dave Barckow, Percussion, Guitar, and Vocals
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
·· Nathan Williams, Accordions and Vocals
·· Dennis Paul Williams, Guitar and Vocals
·· Junius Antoine, Bass Guitar
·· Clifford Alexander, Rubboard and Vocals
·· Djuan Francis, Drums and Vocals

Venue Information

Bryant Park | Stage
Between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues | Manhattan
bryantpark.org | 212-768-4242

Bryant Park Picnic Performances are presented by Bank of America.

Public support for this concert is provided by New York City Council Member Keith Powers.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Lead support for Carnegie Hall Citywide is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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