JOSE MAYA - NYC debut at Schimmel Center of "Latente: A Flamenco Journey"
Following his guest appearance on Tomatito's 2016 tour, this rising star in flamenco dance makes his solo debut in NYC on Feb 17 presenting "Latente: A Flamenco Journey." The program, at the Schimmel Center at Pace University, honors the great tradition of flamenco song (cante) and features the great Gypsy singer Juana la del Pipa, as well as featuring two additional singers and flamenco guitar. The acclaimed young dancer, who has performed with flamenco superstars including Estrella Morente and Gerardo Nuez, will explore the roots of instinct in a solo program that features projected visuals entwined with his deeply traditional dance.
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GISELA JOAO - NYC debut at Schimmel Center as part of first-ever NY Fado Festival
Portuguese fado singer Gisela Joo has been generating white-hot press for her uncompromising approach to this most traditional music. Her voice evokes fado as a music of the streets, where it began, infused with all the ardor, passion and honesty of an artist rewriting tradition in her own name. Gisela Joo will make her New York City debut at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm as part of the first NY Fado Festival.Gisela will be presenting music from her second CD, Nua, a fresh and spirited rejoinder to knee-jerk traditionalism combined with a bold vision of fado's future.
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THE TOWN HALL NYC - Spring 2017 season
Smart, provocative and entertaining, The Town Hall's 2017 presenting season is an expansive, ambitious offering of literature, journalism, humor, music and film - all taking place in one of New York's most storied performance spaces.

Spring 2017 season highlights include a multi-media tribute to gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the long-awaited reunion of South Africa's legendary Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya and Hugh Masekela, and a rare performance of the Philip Glass musical score to Jean Cocteau's film La Belle et la Bte. Other programs include an experimental collaboration featuring Laurie Anderson and Christian McBride with special guest Rubin Khodeli; Yo La Tengo with an eclectic 9-piece ensemble; events with award-winning author Neil Gaiman, comedian and improv master David Pasquesi, Indian sitarist Anoushka Shankar, Egyptian TV host and political satirist Bassem Youssef, a staging of Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved; and a live score for Buster Keaton's silent film masterpiece, The Cameraman, by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks with special guest Bill Irwin.
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Indestructible, the new recording by flamenco singer Diego El Cigala sounds both familiar and different. Recorded in New York, Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cali, Colombia as well as in Spain, Indestructible, set for release on Oct 28 on Sony Music Latin, features a superb cast and includes figures such as singer Oscar D'Leon, pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Larry Harlow, trumpeter Luis "Perico" Ortiz, and many of the original Fania studio musicians. El Cigala begins a US tour in October that will include Boston, NYC, Miami, SF, LA and more.
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What do you do next when you've already spent the past 30 years transforming an entire genre of music? If you are the Klezmatics you take it even further. Apikorsim/Heretics, the Klezmatics' new album -- released on World Village/harmonia mundi [PIAS] on Nov 4 -- is the true sound of the band that changed the course of Jewish music history, the sound of the only Jewish music group to win a GRAMMY award, a band that has consistently electrified audiences around the world. They begin their 2016/17 tour with a musical party at The Town Hall in NYC on Dec 1.
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