The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin Jazz through performance and education.
The Alliance also maintains a world-class collection of Latin Jazz musical scores and recordings.
Explore the galleries of a Gilded Age mansion and participate in a variety of programs designed especially for teens—for free! The evening includes sketching, informal gallery talks, and live music. Museum admission is free for high school students with a valid school ID.
On this concert, come hear ALJA’s premier youth orchestra, the the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, which is the pre-professional big-band youth orchestra of the non-profit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, a training musical organization to prepare youngsters for the field of music and jazz. Founded in 2010 in the New York city area, this youth-based big band orchestra includes some of the city’s finest young musicians who hail from all over the five boroughs. Under the direction of ALJA’s Artistic Director Arturo O’Farrill along with trumpetist Jim Seeley, drummer Zack O’Farrill and alto sax player Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, they perform works from the Latin jazz repertory as well as standard jazz pieces.
March 15, 2019 • 5:00 pm
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 www.frick.org
A musical exploration of the Arab, Moorish, and North African roots of Afro Latin and Afro Cuban music, and its links to the seafaring music of the Arabian Gulf, ft. Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (USA / Cuba) with guests: Yazz Ahmed (Bahrain – UK) + Boom.Diwan (Kuwait) + Malika Zarra (Morocco – France) + Ali Obaid
“Mr. O’Farrill has honed the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to handle dizzyingly complex music with earthy joy.” – The New York Times
Afro-Latin jazz innovator Arturo O’Farrill leads a musical exploration of the Arab, Moorish, and North African roots of Afro Latin and Afro Cuban music and the seafaring music of the Arabian Gulf, featuring the Grammy-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and a broad range of khaleeji special guests. Inspired by Ned Sublette’s work tracing this connection between the Arabic and the Afro Cuban music as it travels via the Strait of Gibraltar and Andalucia. The usage of microtonal variation in Middle Eastern song and similar practice in the Blues and Afro folkloric chants is created with the invited guests, as they also explore the relationship of khaleeji and Cuban music with seafaring culture.
“[Yazz Ahmed’s La Saboteuse is ] genuinely transcultural music, rooted in Middle Eastern and jazz traditions yet also resolutely futuristic. “ – All About Jazz
“Abdulaziz and his percussion ensemble, Boom.Diwan are really the living archive of Kuwaiti Bahri music. The music has been passed down to them orally and corporeally and within the space of a Diwaniya, generationally. They are like the keepers of this past.” – al-Mulaifi in Bazaar.
The Grammy-award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Twelve years of critically acclaimed performances internationally, have firmly established the ALJO as the standard-bearer for creative interpretation of Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puente, Frank “Machito” Grillo, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from Latin music’s most talented composers and arrangers. Presenting programs that range from the very best in dance music sure to bring audiences to their feet, to repertoire that pushes the genre forward, the ALJO commissions and performs innovative compositions and big band arrangements by Vijay Iyer, Miguel Zenón, Dafnis Prieto, Guillermo Klein, Pablo Mayor, Arturo O’Farrill, Michele Rosewoman, Emilio Solla, Papo Vazquez, and many others.
Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.
In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music.
In December 2010 Arturo traveled with the original Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his father’s musicians to his homeland. He continues to travel to Cuba regularly as an informal Cultural Ambassador, working with Cuban musicians, dancers, and students, bringing local musicians from Cuba to the US and American musicians to Cuba. Concurrently, Arturo is the Director of Jazz Studies at CUNY Brooklyn College. An avid supporter of all the Arts, Arturo has performed with Ballet Hispanico and the Malpaso Dance Company, for whom he has written two ballets. The Alvin Ailey Dance Company is touring a ballet entitled Open Door, choreographed by Ron Brown to several of Arturo’s compositions and recordings. Arturo has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Music Project, Symphony Space, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Arturo’s well-reviewed and highly praised “Afro-Latin Jazz Suite” from Cuba: The Conversation Continues took the 2016 Grammy Award (his fourth) for Best Instrumental Composition.
Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer. Her music, through which she seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design and the music of her mixed heritage, has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. In recent years she has lead her ensembles in concerts in London, around the UK and abroad, including New York, Kuwait, Ukraine, Algeria, Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, Tunisia and Amsterdam. Yazz has also recorded and performed with Radiohead, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, ABC, Swing Out Sister, Joan as Police Woman, Tarek Yamani, Amel Zen and has toured the world with art-rock band, These New Puritans.
In 2012, Yazz represented Bahrain in London’s Cultural Olympiad, joining renowned musicians from the Arabian Gulf in collaboration with Transglobal Underground. This project, In Transit, was supported by the British Council and was performed in Dubai and London.
Yazz was awarded a jazz fellowship from Birmingham Jazzlines in 2014, who supported her during the course of a year in writing a major new suite, Alhaan al Siduri, premiered in October 2015 at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham. One year later the second performance marked Yazz’s debut in her paternal homeland at the Bahrain International Music Festival.
In 2015, she was commissioned by Tomorrow’s Warriors, with the support of PRSWomen Make Music, to write a suite inspired by courageous and influential female role models. Polyhymnia was premiered at the Purcell Room by a special all female line-up of the Nu Civilisation Orchestra at the WOW! Festival in March 2015.
During her recent year as an LSO Soundhub composer, she explored writing music for her newly developed quarter-tone flugelhorn, which enables her to get closer to the spiritual nature of the blue notes in Arabic music.
Her first album, Finding My Way Home, 2011, marked the beginning of her exploration of fusing jazz and Arabic music. This was followed in 2017 by her critically acclaimed album, La Saboteuse (Naim), which has brought her to the attention of a global audience.
Moroccan singer/composer/producer, Malika Zarra is a multicultural shapeshifter, an enchantress who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions, uniting them while utilizing each to further enrich the others. The exotically beautiful artist with the velvety, sinuous mezzo-soprano voice has demonstrated a rare ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French and English now a much-in-demand headliner at concert halls and festivals the world over.
Boom.Diwan dialog Kuwaiti bahri (sea) rhythms with world improvisational traditions for the purpose of creating a new alternative Kuwaiti music. Ghazi Al-Mulaifi, whose roots lie in Kuwaiti pearl diving music, world-jazz, and heritage production, is joined by seven skillful percussionists to form ensemble. They recently made their UAE debut at The Arts Center’s Hekayah | The Story, kicking off a three Emirate tour .
Emirati oudist Ali Obaid presents a musical dialogue rich in Emirati heritage and character. Having reached international success, his music showcases an authentic history of his home town Fujairah, UAE. He was the first to join and graduate from the Arabic Oud House in Abu Dhabi, under the supervision of a group of Oud teachers headed by Mr. Nasir Shamma. After graduating he launched an Emirati band “Takht Al Emarat”, which was the first identified Emirati band that has played local and international festivals.
Wednesday, Feb 20 @ 8pm
The Red Theater
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Six-time Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill continues his artist-in-residence series with piano solos, duets, and battles. Watch Arturo navigate the tricky waters of playing by himself and with musicians who are both friend and foe. He’ll be joined by multi-Grammy Award winner, saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, choreographer Ron Brown, tap dancer extraordinaire Ayodele Casel, trumpet player Steve Bernstein, and saxophonist Roy Nathanson.
This is no ordinary residency. For the next couple months, O’Farrill holds forth from his pianistic pulpit, with the mission to be transcultural, genre-fluid and embrace all persuasions of musical deviancy and fun. Barriers will fall. High and low will be no more. And you’ll see why this is for the greater good.
The Greene Space
: 44 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014
Continuing the conversation between afro Latin jazz and genres of music drawn from its African roots, now comes the Afrobeat style pioneered by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti. Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938–2 August 1997), also professionally known as Fela Kuti, or simply Fela, was a Nigerian musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and prominent human rights activist. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most challenging and charismatic music performers.
Multi-GRAMMY winners Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) host guest artists Wunmi, Sahr Ngaujah, Tosin Aribisala, Bryan Vargas, and DJ Ausar, who have worked on continuing Fela’s musical legacy, performing a special show featuring big band jazz arrangements of some of Fela’s classics, including “Zombie,” “Water No Get Enemy,” Expensive Sh*t,” as well as original works by the ALJO and guests.
Born in London and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Wunmi’s work draws from the sounds, styles and ethics of Afrobeat. Through her reworks of Fela Kuti’s “Expensive Shit” and “Zombie,” she contributed to the acclaimed Kuti tribute project, Red Hot + Riot. Along with running her clothing line Wow Wow, she’s commissioned dance works for Nora Chipamuire and Ron Brown (for Urban Dance Women and Alvin Ailey Dance Company), written songs in collaboration with Roy Ayers, opened for King Sunny Ade’s 70th birthday NYC show, and danced in Soul II Soul’s music video for “Back to Life.” Wunmi is also a featured artist on tracks by some of House music’s reigning producers, including Masters at Work and Osunlade.
Gilles Peterson lauded Wunmi’s debut album, A.L.A. (African Living Abroad), as “an essential release from a unique artist.” Her 2014 album, See Me, was produced by Ghanaian producer Kwame Yeboah; who is known as a member of the Afropop band, Osibisa, and his recent work with Ghanaian highlife singer Pat Thomas who appeared with his Kwashiebu band.
Hailed on the “Best of” lists by The New York Times, Time Magazine, Time Out NY and New York Magazine, Fela! told the triumphant story of Fela Kuti with the inimitable Sahr Ngaujah portraying the Afrobeat legend (Ngaujah received a Tony nomination for “Best Actor in a Leading Role”). Ngaujah’s breathtaking performances brought to life the true story of Fela Kuti’s courage, passion and love for music and humankind. Following Fela!’s successful Broadway run, Ngaujah has since appeared in television shows such as Luke Cage, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Good Wife. In film, he’s been in the Sundance hit Patti Cake$, as well as Jodie Foster’s Money Monster and Freeheld (opposite Julianne Moore and Ellen Page). Ngaujah also originated the role of “Toulouse-Lautrec” in the world premiere out of town production of Moulin Rouge under the direction of Alex Timbers, which debuted on Broadway in summer 2018. He will next be seen starring in Athol Fugard’s Boesman & Lena at the Signature Theater off-Broadway.
Composer, vocalist and percussionist Tosin Aribisala’s music speaks to his African origin and deep appreciation for jazz. Growing up in Nigeria, Tosin’s compositional pedigree is comprised of African rhythms and lyrics of hope, love and human realities. He’s been a member of Femi Kuti’s band, and has performed/recorded/toured with the likes of Antibalas, Taj Mahal, Baaba Maal,Carolyn Malachi, Fatoumata Diawara, Spyro Gyra,and Yerba Buena. Tosin performed on several tracks on Red Hot + Riot, he’s appeared on MTV’s “Real World” performing his Drum Monologue, and Ropeadope released his latest album, Afrika Rising, in June 2018.
In addition to collaborating in the musical lead of ALJO + AFROBEAT = FELA!, guitarist Bryan Vargas and DJ Ausar contributes to the conceptual vision of the production. The original guitarist for the revered Afrobeat band Antibalas, Vargas performed “tenor” guitar for Fela! and served as the Assistant Music Director for the musical’s U.S. touring production. Vargas leads the band Chop & Quench (The Fela! Band), which features the band and cast members from Fela!. Vargas is a former student of O’Farrill’s, and Vargas’ debut album, Afro Latino Soul, was produced by O’Farrill. Vargas currently can be seen performing with bolero revivalists Miramar, among others.
A tastemaker DJ at Atlanta’s WRFG 89.3, DJ Ausar created “The Kalakuta Show” as a vehicle for social movement by blending Afrobeat, funk, jazz, rare grooves, and Broken beats from all over the world. As a member of the DJ/Producer crew Vinyl JunkiesClick (VJC Recordings), DJ Ausar has spun with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Roy Ayers, Blitz: The Ambassador, Wunmi and Daz-I-Kue of Bugz in the Attic. DJ Ausar’s original compositions will provide the soundtrack as attendees enter Symphony Space as well as throughout the concerts’ intermissions.
January 25, 2019 7pm Pre-concert Talk 8pm Concert
January 26, 2019 8pm Concert
2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025
Day of Show $25-$45 Advance $20-$40 Members, Students, Seniors: Day of Show $15-$25 Members, Children, Students, Seniors: Advance $10-$20
This performance series was made possible with the generous support from the Arnhold Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Baisely Powell Elebash Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Fund for the City of New York, The Howard Gilman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and WBGO Radio
Radical Acts & Musical Deviancy
Arturo O’Farrill in Residence
In a a celebration of Afrobeat, a musical genre combining West African musical influences with the sounds and rhythms of American funk and jazz, O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, joined with musical guests, including guitarist Lionel Loueke (described by O’Farrill as “the greatest guitarist on the planet” and by Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter”), singer-songwriter Wunmi, guitarist Bryan Vargas, vocalist and percussionist Tosin and members of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.
For the next four months, six-time Grammy Award Winner Arturo O’Farrill holds forth from his pianistic pulpit, with the mission to be transcultural, genre-fluid and embrace all persuasions of musical deviancy and fun. Barriers will fall. High and low will be no more. And you’ll see why this is for the greater good.
The Greene Space transforms to an arena for the new and the bold – for experiments in jazz, afrobeat, Latin fusion, and those slippery genres that escape our efforts to apply labels. Be there.
Schedule and Tickets
$50 VIP (includes reserved seating and 2 complimentary drinks); $30 general admission seating. All events take place at 44 Charlton Street, at the corner of Varick Street.
Arturo O’Farrill continues his artist-in-residence series with piano solos, duets and battles. Watch Arturo navigate the tricky waters of playing by himself and with musicians who are both friend and foe. Guests to be announced.
Arturo O’Farrill joins forces with a rhythm section to perform music of resistance. The program will include The Offense of the Drum, 40 Acres and a Burro, Three Revolutions and selections from the Little Tiny Walls Suite. Guests to be announced.
The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra joins us for a special celebration as Arturo O’Farrill wraps up his artist-in-residence series. They premiere a new composition commissioned in honor of The Greene Space’s 10th anniversary. The brand-new genre-bending composition is inspired by Arturo’s political activism and meant to smash the concept of high and low culture in music, challenging the idea that classical and jazz music are elite or that folkloric or commercially driven music is of lower artistic merit.
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through US Artists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Martes, 15 Enero 2019 16:17 | Marlene Montoya Maza. Fotos de Miguel Rubiera Justiz. Para fuente original, presione aquí.
Santiago de Cuba, 15 ene (ACN) La rumba, la conga y el jazz se unirán hoy en la noche en el Teatro Martí con el virtuoso músico Arturo O´Farrill, la conga de Los Hoyos y Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, lo más novedoso del 34 Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza en Santiago de Cuba, sede de esa cita junto a La Habana.Tocarán juntas por vez primera las dos agrupaciones cubanas, muy reconocidas, y será todo un acontecimiento, aseguró O´Farrill en un encuentro con periodistas, investigadores, promotores del género y artistas en la urbe oriental realizado este martes.
Durante un breve ensayo muchos de sus integrantes se emocionaron, fue algo muy bonito, creo que no vuelva a ver un momento como ese en mi vida, expresó el laureado pianista. Sobre las raíces de la música en la mayor de las Antillas y los Estados Unidos aseveró que están en África, por eso sus creaciones están basadas en ese continente como una manera de pagar la deuda con esa herencia cultural. En esta oportunidad presentó tres fonogramas de su autoría: Cuba: La conversación continua, Familia y Fandango en la frontera.
O´Farrill estuvo acompañado de Diosdado Ramos (Figurín), integrante de los Muñequitos de Matanzas e hijo de su director, y de Damián Busqueta Mineto, director musical de la centenaria conga de Los Hoyos. Ambos jóvenes expresaron el orgullo de compartir en pocas horas el escenario del Teatro Martí con O´Farrill y señalaron la intención de hacer proyectos futuros.
El periodista y promotor del jazz José Dos Santos destacó que será un suceso cultural la presentación de la conga, la rumba y el jazz, tres líneas musicales con un origen afro.
Radicado en Nueva York, Arturo O’Farrill es pianista, compositor y director de la Orquesta Afro Latin Jazz y tiene el privilegio de ser hijo del ilustre trompetista cubano Chico O’Farrill.
Este martes comenzarán las descargas del Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza, con un amplio programa hasta el domingo en el Teatro Martí, el complejo cultural Iris Jazz Club, la Fundación Caguayo para las Artes Monumentales y Aplicadas, el cabaret Tropicana Santiago, el patio de la sede del Comité Provincial de la Uneac, el centro recreativo La Pachanga, la Plaza de Marte y la Plaza de Dolores.
En esta última se efectuará el cierre para acercar mucho más el género al pueblo.
Arturo O’Farrill, jazz pianist, composer, and director for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, talks about his upcoming appearances in The Greene Space, called “Radical Acts & Musical Deviancy,” and plays some live improvisational jazz.
Extract from the 2018 Progressive Honor Roll, an annual recount of the year’s most important progressive events and releases, outlining the alternatives to Trumpism. John Nichols is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent. He is the author of Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America, from Nation Books, and co-author, with Robert W. McChesney, of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.
Reprinted from The Nation, John Nichols, December 20, 2018
Most Valuable Music
Fandango at the Wall
Grammy Award–winning jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill crossed borders and musical genres to create a stunning challenge to the politics of distrust and division that Donald Trump has amplified with his constant attacks on immigrants and refugees—and his obsessive advocacy for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. O’Farrill drew together 50 artists for five recording sessions—several of them at the Tijuana–San Diego border—that produced 30 songs influenced by Latin jazz, hip-hop, classical, world, Broadway, and son jarocho music.
The resulting album is stunning, and the vision—as described in an essay by executive producer Kabir Sehgal—is a strikingly hopeful one: “Mobilizing a small army of musicians, producers, staff to stage a concert was a significant amount of work. But it was worth it.”
“Here is the moment that struck me: the border wall was behind us, the sun was setting over the Paciﬁc Ocean, the crowd was yelling ‘Epa!’ and Otra!’, and the band was grooving. Many of us were in tears as we took everything in. For a moment, we had helped to turn a symbol of division into a common space of peace and harmony.”
As part of the NYC Winter JazzFest, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra joins special guests including Antonio Sanchez, the Villalobos Brothers, Akua Dixon, Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance, Word *Rock* Sword, Samora Pinderhughes Transformations Suite Toshi Reagon, Allison Miller and Ganessa James.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Le Poisson Rouge (main space)
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $25
Day of Show: $35