AFRO LATIN JAZZ ALLIANCE
THE AFROLATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCLUDES
10THANNIVERSARY SEASON CELEBRATION WITH
“MÚSICANUEVA 5: BIG BAND POETRY JAM & BEYOND”
AT SYMPHONYSPACE, MAY 11 & 12
GRAMMY®AWARD-WINNING ENSEMBLE TO ACCOMPANY SPECIAL
GUEST POETS:ANGEL R. RODRIGUEZ, SR., SANDRA MARÍA ESTEVES, TATO LAVIERA, ODILIA RIVERASANTOS,
CARIDAD “LA BRUJA” DE LA LUZ, CIRCA ’95 (PATTYDUKES &REPHSTAR), & CHRISTOPHER “CHILO” CAJIGAS
New York, New York — The Afro Latin Jazz Allianceannounces that it will conclude the 10th Anniversary season celebration of theGRAMMY® Award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), directed by ArturoO’Farrill, with a special program titled “MúsicaNueva 5: Big Band Poetry Jam & Beyond.” The 5th annual new musicconcert will take place at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, May11 and 12 at 8PM. The program, curatedby poet, musician, and visionary, Angel R. Rodriguez, Sr., will feature alineup of guest poets, who will be accompanied by the ALJO. Guest poets includecurator Rodriguez, as well as Sandra María Esteves, Tato Laviera, Odilia RiveraSantos, Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz, Circa ’95 (PattyDukes &RephStar), and Christopher “Chilo” Cajigas. The arrangers for thetwo-night engagement include O’Farrill, Todd Bashore, Adam Kromelow, JasonLindner, Adam O’Farrill, Jay Rodriguez, and Bill Ware.
The Afro LatinJazz Orchestra – “Música Nueva 5: Big Band Poetry Jam & Beyond” Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 8:00PM, SymphonySpace, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, (212) 864-5400, http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7088-musica-nueva-5-big-band-poetry-jam-beyond
“The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra takes particularpride in celebrating the Nuyorican Poetry movement,” explains O’Farrill.”These elder and younger poets are the voice of our conscience, a reminderthat the cultural conversation in our city and in our nation is stillincomplete. It will also be an historic event. Nothing like this has ever beendone with an Afro Latin Jazz big band and Latino spoken word. This will be anevening in the spirit of Gil Scott-Heron but with an Afro Latin entry point.Don’t miss this one!”
In addition to guest poets, the lineup for eachperformance will include guest DJs, MCs, spoken word artists, instrumentalists,and dancers. “We have been planning the event for awhile now,” saysRodriguez. “Bringing together poets and Arturo’s orchestra is history inthe making. This has never been done. Poets have always used music but not inthis capacity. This is documentation for future generations.”
“This program captures the magic of collaborationacross art forms. The works that result from each poet/arranger pairing are apowerful combination of spoken word and music, and they encompass a wide rangeof artistic styles and social themes that grow out of the Latino experience,particularly here in New York City,” notes Eric Oberstein, the Afro LatinJazz Alliance’s Executive Director.
The program will be a celebration of the Latin communityand the artists will mix the classic sound of mambo, boogaloo, and salsa withhip-hop, acid jazz, and alternative improvisation. The performances will honorthe work of the Nuyorican Poets Café, home to the genesis of the Latino spokenword movement and a multi-cultural venue for artists traditionallyunder-represented in mainstream media and culture.
About The AfroLatin Jazz Orchestra:
Founded in 2002 by O’Farrill to perform the fullrepertory of big band Afro Latin jazz and commission new works to advance thisculturally rich genre, the ALJO was a resident orchestra at Jazz at LincolnCenter from 2002 to 2007. In 2007, the ALJO left Lincoln Center to pursue thetwin goals of developing new audiences for big band Afro Latin jazz and ofcreating a robust educational program for young performers. O’Farrill foundedthe Afro Latin Jazz Alliance that same year to pursue both the performance andeducational aspects of this uniquely pan-American art form.
About The AfroLatin Jazz Alliance:
Founded in 2007, the non-profit Afro Latin Jazz Allianceis dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of Afro Latin Jazz,supporting its performance for new audiences, commissioning new work, andeducating young people in the understanding and performance of this importantcultural treasure. The Alliance maintains a world-class collection of Latinjazz musical scores and recordings and provides institutional support for theGRAMMY® Award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. As the ALJO celebrates its10th Anniversary season, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance’s educational andcommunity outreach programs have flourished. For more information on the AfroLatin Jazz Alliance & Orchestra, visit: afrolatinjazz.org