Internationally renowned saxophonist, producer, composer, and ethnomusicologist Moreira Chonguiça makes his U.S. debut as he brings the Moreira Project, featuring Thapelo Motshegwe on keyboard, Kevin Gibson on drums, and Helder Gonzaga on bass. The project was officially launched in 2005 with the debut of Moreira Chonguiça’s debut album, Volume 1: The Journey. The project’s participants represent contemporary African jazz at its best; they’ve performed across Mozambique, South Africa, and Brazil, as well as in several international festivals.
Al Andalusyun re-creates the age-old heritage and transcendent art of poetry and music of Andalusia. Emerging from the unique cultural melting pot of the ancient Iberian Peninsula and fostered by centuries of tradition, their music not only captivates the ear and the soul, but is a symbol of integration and coexistence. The repertoire focuses on Arab Andalusian music, preserved and still practiced today in different regions of the Arab world. Hadi Eldebek is an oudist and composer from Beirut, Lebanon. He studied with oud and violin master Simon Shaheen and is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Eldebek is joined on stage by Farah Siraj (vocals), Navid Kandelousi (violin), Zafer Tawil (Qanun), Ramzi Edelbi (percussion), and Mohamad Eldebek (percussion).
This performance explores the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado and features fado singer Catarina Avelar and the critically acclaimed Binelli-Ferman Duo: Argentine composer/bandoneón player Daniel Binelli and Uruguayan pianist Polly Ferman. Manhattan Camerata is a New York–based world music chamber orchestra that integrates Western classical chamber music with several instruments from around the world. The Camerata was founded in 2009 by Argentine composer/pianist Lucía Caruso and Portuguese composer/guitarist Pedro H. da Silva. Free tango class beginning at 5 p.m.
Vocalist Hiromi Suda began her studies at Berklee College of Music in 2005, quickly developing a keen interest in Brazilian music. Her singular and innovative sound has been recognized by critics as a serious contribution in vocal style and technique. She has performed at clubs and venues throughout New York City, and has toured extensively throughout her native country of Japan. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.