globalFEST Comes to Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 7/27
globalFEST (globalfest.org), North America's premier springboard organization for world music, hits the great outdoors, thanks to its upcoming collaboration with Lincoln Center Out of Doors (LCOutofDoors.org) on July 27, 2014. Festivities will include a selection of international music-related documentary films, an early afternoon family-oriented program, and a literally underground global bass stage.
The day-long festival-within-a-festival will bring globalFEST's beloved approach to a fresh, admission-free context. The organization has honed its unique vision of the planet's music, creating a structure that gives listeners a chance to move from set to set, from continent to continent, as eleven acts perform on three different stages.
The setting will be new-right down to the underground club music space underneath Lincoln Center's main plaza, a subterranean spot used for performance for the first time. Many of the artists will be new to the festival, and to NYC, such as cult figure of Indian electronic music, Charanjit Singh, making his New York debut, on a stage also featuring a sound system / live PA set by BaianaSystem (as Baiana Play Som) and sets from two of Dutty Artz' most creative DJs, DJ Ushka and DJ Ripley.
Yet the globalFEST aesthetic, its high artistic quality and wide-open ears, remains. Traditional forms continue to inspire and have a powerful presence (the Arab-Andalusian song of virtuosic cantor Emil Zrihan). Some of the artists are returning to play under the globalFEST banner, such as Red Baraat, Emeline Michel and M.A.K.U. Soundsystem.
globalFEST is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization generously supported by The Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and dedicated individuals. Read more about globalFEST's activities and artists at globalfest.org.
Inaugurated in 1971, Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (co-founded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.) Over its 43-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned more than 100 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock musicians. It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with its annual "La Casita" project which offers poetry and spoken word, along with music and dance performances. Out of Doors has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations including the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the Chinese American Arts Council. Since 2008 the festival has been produced by Lincoln Center's Director of Public Programming, Bill Bragin, with Producer Jill Sternheimer. For Lincoln Center Out of Doors schedule visit: LCOutofDoors.org
Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival,Lincoln Center Out of Doors,Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing,Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors is sponsored by Bank of America.