TOWN HALL 2019/2020
THE TOWN HALL Presents 2019/202 Season Debuts Global Icons Series;
Presenting THE LANTERN TOUR II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families
November 6th Benefit Concert for The Women’s Refugee Commission
Starring EMMYLOU HARRIS, JACKSON BROWNE, PATTY GRIFFIN and More
Upcoming Global Icons Shows Include FATOUMATA DIAWARA, THE CHIEFTAINS,
MIGUEL POVEDA, STEPHANE WREMBEL’S DJANGO A GOGO, and
THE LORD IS LISTENIN' TO YA, HALLELUJAH! CELEBRATING CARLA BLEY
Starring ARTURO O’FARRILL and the AFRO-LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
New York City’s historic Town Hall was built in 1921 as a meeting space to debate the important issues of the day. As it approaches its 100th anniversary, The Town Hall has been the home and birthplace to landmark social, cultural and musical events in American life.
In the 2019/2020 season, as issues of borders, diversity and human rights dominate the headlines, The Town Hall’s new Global Icons series offers a powerful, diverse program marked by artistic brilliance, innovation, and social conscience in keeping with the very DNA of the historic venue.
“The closer we get to our centennial,” says Artistic Director M.A. Papper, “the closer we get to our roots. This season is as diverse as our great city.” Featuring creators from disparate musical traditions - from Ireland and Spain to Mali and the United States – Town Hall’s new season is a celebration of some of the best the world has to offer and an invitation to reach beyond borders and boundaries.
On November 6th, an extraordinary group of singers and songwriters including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, The Mastersons, Patty Griffin, Thao Nguyen and David Pulkingham have joined forces on The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families. A follow-up to its inaugural program at Town Hall in 2018, this special evening of acoustic music will benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission and its work on behalf of migrant and asylum-seeking families.
The Women’s Refugee Commission is “on the front lines in advocating for the safety of displaced women and children,” said Harris, a 12-time Grammy Award winner and a staunch supporter of the organization. “It is my honor to continue this important partnership and to bring my music friends along for another powerful tour.”
Joining Harris will be fellow singer and songwriter Jackson Browne, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (2007) long known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education; Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Patty Griffin; The Mastersons, the alternative country music husband-and-wife duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore; indie folk singer/songwriter Thao Nguyen, who has toured with WNYC-FM’s Radiolab Live series; and guitarist David Pulkingham, whose credits include Alejandro Escovedo and Robert Plant.
Other highlights in the 2019/2020 season will include an evening with inimitable Irish group The Chieftains, in a concert titled “The Irish Goodbye;” a celebration of one-of-a-kind composer, arranger and bandleader Carla Bley starring Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra; the Town Hall debut of contemporary flamenco singer Miguel Poveda featuring guest dancer El Choro; the beguiling voice of Mali, Fatoumata Diawara; and the return of French guitarist Stephane Wrembel’s Django a Gogo, celebrating and expanding the legacy of “Gypsy Jazz” guitar legend Django Reinhardt.
It’s a program that honors the long, rich tradition of a venue founded nearly a century ago as a meeting space to explore, educate, debate and inspire. Notes Papper, “Inclusion and equality is what made Town Hall’s history, and our history is our soul.”
The Town Hall Presents 2019/2020 season will include these Global Icons events:
THE LANTERN TOUR II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families
A Benefit for the Women’s Refugee Commission
Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, The Mastersons, Patty Griffin, Thao Nguyen, David Pulkingham and Special Guests
An intimate evening of acoustic music featuring Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, The Mastersons, Patty Griffin, Thao Nguyen, Davd Pulkingham and special guests to benefit The Women’s Refugee Commission and their advocacy on behalf of migrant and refugee families seeking safety at the U.S. border.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • 8pm
The music of Grammy-nominated Malian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara is a blend of traditional Malian music reframed by elements of Western pop, rock, Afro-Cuban music, funk and jazz. A spellbinding performer, at once regal and engaged, Diawara makes it all sound easy and fun.
Friday, February 21, 2020 • 8pm
THE CHIEFTAINS “The Irish Goodbye”
Featuring Paddy Maloney
After a storied 57-year career The Chieftains’ teasingly titled show may, or may not, signal their final New York City concert. After all, an “Irish goodbye” is, according to some, sneaking out of a party without telling anyone. And what a party it’s been. The Chieftains have reinvigorated traditional Irish music with their open spirit and talent for crossing musical boundaries and drawing from other traditions and modern styles.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 • 8pm
MIGUEL POVEDA (with dancer Antonio Molina “El Choro”)
In partnership with Flamenco Festival New York
With neither Gypsy heritage nor Andalusian roots, Miguel Poveda has nonetheless earned his place in flamenco music as an innovator who knows and respects the tradition. He is now one of the most popular flamenco singers in the world. His Town Hall debut, part of Flamenco Festival New York 2020, will feature special guest flamenco dancer Antonio Molina “El Choro”.
Friday, March 20, 2020 • 8pm
THE LORD IS LISTENIN' TO YA, HALLELUJAH! CELEBRATING CARLA BLEY
Featuring Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Guests.
An evening of extraordinary music celebrates the work of Carla Bley, one of the most creative and idiosyncratic composers and arrangers in the history of modern jazz. The evening will feature multi-Grammy Award-winning pianist composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and will include a special appearance by Carla Bley.
Friday, May 8, 20 20 • 8pm
STEPHANE WREMBEL’S DJANGO A GOGO
A Celebration of the Guitar through the Music of Django Reinhardt
Launched in 2004, the festival started by French guitarist Stephane Wrembel has grown into a major event in which musicians from all over the world take Django Reinhardt´s music as a starting point and celebrate the continuing evolution of Gypsy Jazz.
Saturday, May 9 , 2020 • 8pm
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