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New Federal Theatre Dedicates 46th Season to Amiri BarakaNew Federal Theatre Dedicates 46th Season to Amiri Baraka
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 46th season with 'The Amira Baraka Project' - featuring a revival of his early acclaimed play Dutchman from 1964 and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois), written fifty years later. Dutchman, directed by Woodie King Jr., will begin performances February 5th, with opening night set for February 20th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 8th only. (more...)

Cellist Akua Dixon to Release Her Second CD 'Akua Dixon' 1/13Cellist Akua Dixon to Release Her Second CD 'Akua Dixon' 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

Her new album, 'Akua Dixon,' is a dazzling string conclave that surveys the cellist/composer/arranger's expansive stylistic reach. Dixon's label, Akua's Music, will release the disc on January 13, 2015. (more...)

Kyle Abraham Brings New Work to MASS MoCA This WeekendKyle Abraham Brings New Work to MASS MoCA This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2014

A Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient, MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow, and critically lauded choreographer who pairs diverse movement styles with issues of social and historical significance, Kyle Abraham brings his newest work to MASS MoCA this weekend, October 18 and 19 in a co-presentation with Jacob's Pillow, made possible by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance. The Watershed is an evening-length work in Abraham's signature blend of classical form, postmodern invention, and urban influences, performed by Abraham and his accomplished company, Abraham.In.Motion. Performances will be held at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center, in North Adams, Mass. (more...)

The 10th Annual African American Literary Awards Comes to Harlem, 10/26The 10th Annual African American Literary Awards Comes to Harlem, 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

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Kyle Abraham to Bring New Work to MASS MoCA, 10/18-19Kyle Abraham to Bring New Work to MASS MoCA, 10/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

A Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and critically lauded choreographer who pairs diverse movement styles with issues of social and historical significance, Kyle Abraham brings his newest work to MASS MoCA October 18 and 19 in a co-presentation with Jacob's Pillow, made possible by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance. The Watershed is an evening-length work in Abraham's signature blend of classical form, postmodern invention, and urban influences, performed by Abraham and his accomplished company, Abraham.In.Motion. Performances will be held at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center, in North Adams, Mass. (more...)

The Cookers & Dave Burrell Open UCPAC Jazz Series TonightThe Cookers & Dave Burrell Open UCPAC Jazz Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2014

The Union County Performing Arts Center opens its 2014-2015 RSI Jazz Masters Series tonight, September 13, 2014, at 8 PM, with a performance by THE COOKERS and DAVE BURRELL at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, in Rahway, NJ. (more...)

The Cookers & Dave Burrell to Open UCPAC Jazz Series, 9/13The Cookers & Dave Burrell to Open UCPAC Jazz Series, 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

The Union County Performing Arts Center opens its 2014-2015 RSI Jazz Masters Series on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 8 PM, with a performance by THE COOKERS and DAVE BURRELL at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, in Rahway, NJ. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow & MASS MoCA to Present New Work by Kyle Abraham, 10/18-19Jacob's Pillow & MASS MoCA to Present New Work by Kyle Abraham, 10/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

A Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and critically lauded choreographer who pairs diverse movement styles with issues of social and historical significance, Kyle Abraham brings his newest work to MASS MoCA October 18 and 19 in a co-presentation with Jacob's Pillow, made possible by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance. The Watershed is an evening-length work in Abraham's signature blend of classical form, postmodern invention, and urban influences, performed by Abraham and his accomplished company, Abraham.In.Motion. Performances will be held at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center, in North Adams, Mass. (more...)

Founder of Half Moon Bay's Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Pete Douglas, Dies at 85Founder of Half Moon Bay's Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Pete Douglas, Dies at 85
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Pete Douglas, founder of the world-renowned music and jazz club, the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, Calif., died peacefully in Miramar Beach on July 12, 2014 at age 85. (more...)

Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST Tonight at Symphony SpaceElektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST Tonight at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

With the goal of bringing a fresh perspective to music, mixing the modern beat of NYC life with the ensemble's multi-ethnic roots, Elektra is proud to announce that she will be making her debut performance with her ensemble at the prestigious Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street) next Today, July 16th, presenting her new work, 'Bridges From The East'. (more...)

 New York Live Arts Announces Additional Programming Details for Kyle Abraham's Suite of World Premiere Works New York Live Arts Announces Additional Programming Details for Kyle Abraham's Suite of World Premiere Works
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

New York Live Arts today announced further programming details for the suite of all-new world premiere works created by 2012-2014 Resident Commissioned Artist(RCA) Kyle Abraham, including a fourth, previously unannounced ensemble work. Known for creating “voluptuous movement phrases with touches of dance-theater” (The New York Times) Abraham and his company, Abraham.In.Motion, will present four works-one evening-length, two ensemble works and one trio-over two programs titled The Watershed and When the Wolves Came In at New York Live Arts from September 23 through 27 and September 30 through October 4, 2014. Exploring two totemic triumphs in the international history of the civil rights, the 150 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20 year anniversary of the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa, the works feature visual design by acclaimed conceptual artist Glenn Ligon and original music performed live by world renowned jazz artist Robert Glasper, accompanied by two musicians and a vocalist. (more...)

Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST at Symphony Space, TodayElektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST at Symphony Space, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Violinist, composer and educator Elektra Kurtis has an expansive multi-cultural background. Of Greek origin, she was raised in Poland and graduated from the Warsaw Conservatory at Miodowa, prior to completing her studies in Finland at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki. As a NYC resident for over twenty years, Elektra and her own group, Ensemble Elektra (featuring violinist Curtis Stewart; clarinetist Lefteris Bournias; drummer Reggie Nicholson; and bassist Kenny Davis), is dedicated to bridging cultural borders and genres of music, using the essence of Mediterranean music, spiced with Polish, Greek and Arabic flavor, based in contemporary jazz and classical music forms. (more...)

Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra to Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST, 7/16 at Symphony SpaceElektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra to Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST, 7/16 at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

With the goal of bringing a fresh perspective to music, mixing the modern beat of NYC life with the ensemble's multi-ethnic roots, Elektra is proud to announce that she will be making her debut performance with her ensemble at the prestigious Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street) next Wednesday, July 16th, presenting her new work, 'Bridges From The East'. (more...)

Ginger Baker Releases New Album TodayGinger Baker Releases New Album Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Ginger Baker was once considered the musician least likely to survive the '60s. And yet, in 2014, he finds himself on the ascent. (more...)

Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST at Symphony Space, 7/16Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra Debut BRIDGES FROM THE EAST at Symphony Space, 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Violinist, composer and educator Elektra Kurtis has an expansive multi-cultural background. Of Greek origin, she was raised in Poland and graduated from the Warsaw Conservatory at Miodowa, prior to completing her studies in Finland at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki. As a NYC resident for over twenty years, Elektra and her own group, Ensemble Elektra (featuring violinist Curtis Stewart; clarinetist Lefteris Bournias; drummer Reggie Nicholson; and bassist Kenny Davis), is dedicated to bridging cultural borders and genres of music, using the essence of Mediterranean music, spiced with Polish, Greek and Arabic flavor, based in contemporary jazz and classical music forms. (more...)

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, World Premieres & More Set for New York Live Arts' 2014-15 SeasonBill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, World Premieres & More Set for New York Live Arts' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director, today announced New York Live Arts' presenting season for 2014-2015. The season runs from September 23, 2014 through April 2015 and includes more than 71 performances and events by more than 22 featured artists. (more...)

Ginger Baker Announces New Album Set to be Released 6/24Ginger Baker Announces New Album Set to be Released 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Ginger Baker was once considered the musician least likely to survive the '60s. And yet, in 2014, he finds himself on the ascent. (more...)

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis Performs Intimate Concert at Holland Center TonightTrombonist Delfeayo Marsalis Performs Intimate Concert at Holland Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

Omaha Performing Arts presents trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis at the 1200 CLUB inside the Holland Performing Arts Center tonight, April 12, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. The performance is part of Omaha Performing Arts' 1200 CLUB 13/14 Series. The performance takes place in the intimate Scott Recital Hall. Tickets start at $30 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. (more...)

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis to Perform Intimate Concert at Holland Center, 4/12Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis to Perform Intimate Concert at Holland Center, 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Omaha Performing Arts presents trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis at the 1200 CLUB inside the Holland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. The performance is part of Omaha Performing Arts' 1200 CLUB 13/14 Series. The performance takes place in the intimate Scott Recital Hall. Tickets start at $30 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. (more...)

Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdes, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves and More Set for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 Concert SeasonWynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdes, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves and More Set for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 Concert Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Today Jazz at Lincoln Center announces its 2014-15 Concert and Education season, which features a season-long journey 'through the Americas.' Through a diverse array of concerts and programs, Jazz at Lincoln Center's 27th season will explore how jazz has both integrated and influenced the rich musical traditions of the Caribbean and North, South, and Central America. (more...)

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