• Friday, Oct 5, 2012

    Pianist Chucho Valdés Celebrates the Afro-Cuban Jazz Tradition with Two Performances, December 1 and 4, During Carnegie Hall's Voices from Latin America festival 

    Valdés Performs with His Quintet on December 1 and with Celebrated Jazz Pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Pérez, and Egberto Gismonti on December 4 
    Additional Voices from Cuba To Include Yoruba Andabo, the Aldo López-Gavilán Quartet, Dayramir with Habana enTRANCE, and Yosvany Terry  
    Week Two of Four-Week Citywide Festival Begins on November 15 and Includes Events at Americas Society, School of Visual Arts, Tilles Center, El Museo del Barrio, Abrons Arts Center, Center for Architecture, Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, and The Juilliard School 
    Image of Chucho Valdés courtesy of Carnegie Hall.
    On Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, acclaimed pianist, composer, and bandleader Chucho Valdés—known worldwide as the leading figure in contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz performs the first of his two concerts during Carnegie Hall’s month-long Voices from Latin America festival. For this performance, Valdés debuts his new jazz quintet and gives audiences a first-listen to music from his forthcoming Latin jazz recording, due for release in 2013.

    Featured alongside Valdés at this concert are percussionist Yaroldy Abreu Robles, drummer Rodney Yllarza Barreto, bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada, and Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé on bata drum and vocals. Valdés notes, “We are going to do a wide selection of songs, and the whole show will have a very different sound, because the new musicians play differently, and think differently rhythmically. That has completely changed the sound of the quintet. The whole feel is more contemporary.”

    Valdés returns to Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with three world renowned Latin jazz pianists—Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba—in a distinctive program that features solo and duo performances, before culminating in a four piano extravaganza with all of the pianists performing together for the first time.

    In addition to his two performances, Chucho Valdés shares the role of artistic advisor for the festival with three other acclaimed musicians—singer/songwriter and guitarist Gilberto Gil, composer Osvaldo Golijov, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Through his advisory role, Valdés pays homage to the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition and its worldwide influence by helping to curate a series of Cuban-focused performances for the festival. These include a program entitled Afro-Cuban Jazz: The Younger Generation, featuring two rising star ensembles in the genre—Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE and the Aldo López-Gavilán Quartet (November 16, Zankel Hall). and a performance by the legendary folkloric group Yoruba Andabo (“friends of Yoruba culture”) performing an evening of Cuban rumba with singers, percussionists, and dancers (November 30, Zankel Hall). In addition to these concerts, Cuban-born saxophonist Yosvany Terry and his quintet perform music ranging from avant-garde to Cuban jazz as part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series (November 17, El Museo del Barrio).

    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 Valdés alongside three other internationally-acclaimed musicians serving as artistic advisors—singer/songwriter and guitarist Gilberto Gil, composer Osvaldo Golijov, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel—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 Cuba, Brazil, 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
    At the age of 70, with more than a half-century of innovation behind him, Chucho Valdés would be forgiven if he chose to sit back and relax. But that’s precisely what the renowned Cuban pianist, composer, and bandleader is not doing. Instead, Valdés—winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards—has been touring almost constantly with more than 120 concerts during the 2011–2012 concert season in such far-flung locales as Argentina, Australia, and Colombia.

    Along the way, Valdés has received recognition usually reserved for cutting-edge artists half his age. In a review of Valdés performance earlier this year at Carnegie Hall, JazzTimes magazine noted, “He remains a marvel at the keys, agile and inventive. His solos are virtually flawless, dazzling, and as a bandleader he is assured and commanding—even as he lays back to take in what his cohorts are producing, there is no doubt who is calling the shots…Chucho Valdés is emblematic of the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz during recent decades, and is still at the top of his game.”

    Valdés’ new, more contemporary sound will be apparent on the new studio recording, due for release next spring. The release is the follow-up to 2010’s Chucho’s Steps, which won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album, and was hailed by All Music Guide as a recording that “demonstrates the pianist’s continuing vitality and invention, along with his reverence for the history of jazz.” The Washington Post called it as a “keyboard tour de force.”

    On the as-yet-untitled CD—to be released by Four Quarters Entertainment in the United States and Harmonia Mundi worldwide—Valdés will expand his stylistic palette beyond the realm of Latin jazz by moving closer to the roots of Afro-Cuban music (including Yoruba chanting) as well as incorporating elements of flamenco and Indian music. Using a streamlined ensemble—plus special guests Buika and Roy Hargrove—and placing his piano more front-and-center, Valdés’s new music promises to be some of the most engaging and exciting of his lengthy career. With a new album arriving soon, worldwide touring in his past and more concerts booked, and an endless stream of new ideas in his mind, Chucho Valdés enjoys that rare honor of being both living legend and an enduring force of nature.


    A Taste of Mexico Now: Contemporary Mexican Cuisine
    Tuesday, November 13—Tuesday, November 27
    Various Locations

    Think you know and love Mexican food? Sample true creativity in contemporary Mexican cooking. Celebrated chefs will be serving special dinner menus that will tempt, thrill, and seduce your palate. Participating restaurants include Cafe Frida, Casa Mezcal, Fonda, Hecho en Dumbo, La Palapa, Maya, Pampano, Papatzul, and Toloache. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.

    Eco-Literature in Latin America
    Wednesday—Friday November 14, 15, and 16 at 7:00 p.m.
    Americas Society

    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.

    Award-Winning Films from the 2011 Morelia International Film Festival
    Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.
    School of Visual Arts

    Award-winning short films from last year’s Morelia International Film Festival are screened, followed by question-and-answer sessions with the directors moderated by Lucila Moctezuma. Ranging from animation to documentary, all films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Presented by the School of Visual Arts. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.

    Limón Dance Company: 65th Anniversary Celebration
    Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (Long Island University)

    The Limón Dance Company marks its 65th anniversary with a special program that includes works by its founder and Mexican dance pioneer José Limón. Presented by Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.

    Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE
    Aldo López-Gavilán Quartet

    Friday, November 16 at 9:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

    In a program entitled Afro-Cuban Jazz: The Younger Generation, two rising Cuban stars bring their bands to Zankel Hall for an evening of music making that gives the audience a glimpse into the future of jazz in Cuba.

    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Banda de los Muertos
    Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m.
    Port Richmond Library (Staten Island)

    Banda de los Muertos fires up the crowd with its brassy, hot-blooded banda music from Sinaloa, Mexico. Loud and emotional, the banda sound is a boisterous crossbreed of traditional Mexican music and German polka, powered by ranks of brass, woodwinds, and percussion. This epic band storms the stage with soulful sounds from 1940s Mexico mixed with funky New York flavor—written and arranged by bandleader Jacob Garchik. Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Celebrate México Now.

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

    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Yosvany Terry Quintet
    Saturday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m.
    El Museo del Barrio (Manhattan)

    The Cuban-born saxophonist and his band perform music ranging from avant-garde to Cuban jazz.

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

    Soledad and Selma Oxor
    Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m.
    Secret Project Robot

    Two alternative bands under Mexico City’s fearless upstart cult label, VV Discos, make their US debuts. Presented by Fingered Media. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.

    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Magos Herrera
    Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m.
    The Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center
    Henry Street Settlement (Manhattan)

    This Mexican jazz singer/songwriter sings in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, bringing together a variety of traditions. Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Celebrate México Now.

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


    Mexican Architecture Now: A Dialogue with Mauricio Rocha-Iturbide
    Monday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m.
    Center for Architecture

    Leading Mexican architect Mauricio Rocha-Iturbide—a provocateur known for adapting design to distinct environments—discusses the relationship between design, building, and usage processes in his own work. Presented by the Center for Architecture. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.

    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Celso Duarte
    Monday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.
    Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (Bronx)

    The harp virtuoso performs traditional Paraguayan folk music and Mexican son jarocho, incorporating jazz and world music elements. This concert is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Celebrate México Now.

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

    Alejandro Escuer: Flying
    Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m.
    Americas Society

    Flying is a multi-disciplinary concert experience where ancient and new music interact with art, photography, electronic music, classical music composition, sonic art, and improvisation. The event features Mexican flutist-composer Alejandro Escuer and guest artists from Mexico and the US. Presented by Americas Society in partnership with Celebrate México Now.

    Learn to Dance with Annabella Gonzalez
    Tuesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m.
    Countee Cullen Library

    Audience members have the opportunity to learn traditional Mexican ballet through demonstration and instruction on November 8 at the George Bruce Library and November 20 at the Countee Cullen Library. Presented by the New York Public Library.

    Urban Word: Bilingual Poetry Slam
    Tuesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m.
    (Also November 6, 13 and 27)
    Hamilton Grange Library

    This bilingual poetry slam features performances of student works and those of noted Latin American poets. Presented by the New York Public Library.

    Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble
    Tuesday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m.
    Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

    Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble performs a program of Brazilian popular music with guest artist, drummer Paulo Braga. Presented by The Juilliard School.


    Yoruba Andabo
    Friday, November 30 at 9:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

    The legendary folkloric group Yoruba Andabo (“friends of Yoruba culture”) presents an evening of Cuban rumba. With singers, percussionists, and dancers, Yoruba Andabo performs ecstatic percussion-driven dances that reveal the ongoing influence of African religion and traditions in contemporary Cuba. Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

    Chucho Valdés Quintet
    Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Multi–Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdés is Cuba’s musical ambassador to the world. He brings his quintet to Zankel Hall for an evening of jazz.

    Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Chucho Valdés
    Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

    Four jazz-piano legends join forces for the first time in this celebration of Afro-Cuban jazz. Included in this piano extravaganza are solos, duos, and a conclusion with all four together on stage


    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.

    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)

    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.

    Gego: Origin and Encounter Mastering the Space
    Saturday, September 29–Saturday, December 8
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)

    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.

    Lidya Buzio: Painter and Sculptor of Clay
    Fall 2012
    Cecilia de Torres Gallery (134-140 Greene Street; ceciliadetorres.com, 212-431-5869)

    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.

    Voodoo Alters Zombies and Oil Cans
    Thursday, October 4–Thursday, December 6
    Gallery 151 (132 West 18th Street; juliekeyesart.com, 631-725-8610)

    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.

    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.

    Luis Jimenez

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

    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.

    Material Breach
    Wednesday, November 14–Saturday, December 15
    (Art) Amalgamated (317 Tenth Avenue, Ground Floor; artamalgamated.com, 212-334-0403)

    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.


    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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