An historic event will take place at Symphony Space on May 11 and 12, as Grammy Award-winning Arturo O' Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform original music set to spoken word and poetry inspired by our vibrant Latino life in New York City and travels beyond, both literal and figurative. Arrangers Arturo O'Farrill, Todd Bashore, Adam Kromelow, Jason Lindner, Adam O'Farrill, Jay Rodriguez, and Bill Ware along with DJ Logic meld music and the written word as it has never been done before.
The performers, Caridad "LaBruja" De LaLuz, Circa '95 (Patty Dukes & RephStar), Odilia Rivera Santos, and Christopher "Chilo" Cajigas and masters of Nuyorican poetry: Sandra Maria Esteves, Tato Laviera and Angel R. Rodriguez, Sr. represent their varieties of Latino experience for you to ponder, savor and move your hips to accompanied by the sounds of mambo, boogaloo, salsa, hip-hop, acid jazz, and scratchology provided by DJ Logic.
The poet/arranger pairings are: Angel R. Rodriguez,Sr./Arturo O'Farrill, Odilia Rivera Santos/Arturo O'Farrill, Sandra Maria Esteves/Adam Kromelow , Sandra Maria Esteves/Jay Rodriguez, Tato Laviera/BillWare, Caridad "La Bruja" De La Luz/Todd Bashore; Circa '95 (PattyDukes & RephStar)/Adam O'Farrill, Christopher "Chilo"Cajigas/Jason Lindner.
Nuyorican poetry, which came to fruition in the 1970s, was an effort on the behalf of artists who were Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent to create a new identity and activism. It was a time that saw the birth of the Young Lords, Last Poets, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. Art, poetry and music as a vehicle for social change and social empowerment is a constant in our community and new artists emerge to be folded into the collective masa.
"The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra takes particular pride in celebrating the Nuyorican Poetry movement. These elder and younger poets are the voice of our conscience, a reminder that the cultural conversation in our city and in our nation is still incomplete. It will also be an historic event. Nothing like this has ever been done with an Afro Latin Jazz big band and Latino spoken word. This will be an evening in the spirit of Gil Scott-Heron but with an Afro Latin entry point. Don't miss this one!" - Arturo O' Farrill
We hope to see you at this incredible event.
"Música Nueva 5:BigBand Poetry Jam & Beyond"
Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 8:00 PM
New York, NY 10025
For more information on the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & Orchestra, visit: afrolatinjazz.org