The Canales Project SeriesTo Be Presented in Conjunction with New York Live Arts

On December 4, The Canales Project (TCP) will present the second concert in its inaugural 2016-2017 season. The "Between Two Worlds" program-part of a series focusing on using the arts to help heal the cultural divisions in our society - will be presented in partnership with New York Live Arts at their performance center at 219 West 19th Street in Manhattan.

Founded by internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales, The Canales Project aims to recruit what Dirlikov Canales calls an "army of compassion," a diverse roster of artists that includes musicians, poets, and composers, each of whom has a personal story about living "between two worlds" and of dealing with the tensions of different cultural environments. The concert uses performance and conversation to explore the artists' experiences, relate them to the challenges facing the audience, and help lead, in Dirlikov Canales' words, "the journey from the other to the all."

The artists performing on December 4 are an exceptionally accomplished group with compelling stories. They include:

  • Drew Alexander Forde, a Juilliard-trained classical violist who has gained international social media attention known as "ThatViolaKid."
  • Samite Mulondo, one of Africa's best-known musicians who is using his art to help the victims of that continent's wars.
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain, an award-winning composer, violinist and activist now at work on a new opera on racial tensions in urban America to be directed by Bill T. Jones.
  • James Allister Sprang, an innovative and inspiring spoken-word poet, a YoungArts Alumnus.

The inaugural "Between Two Worlds" concert was held on November 10 at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and presented in conjunction with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. There are four such concerts during the 2016-2017 season, in addition to educational programs created in conjunction with Education Through Music and a community outreach program called "Finding Your Voice," created and presented in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, Arizona.

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About The Canales Project
The Canales Project, (TCP), a not-for-profit (501-c-3) organization, has been created to give voice to issues of identity and culture through the arts and conversation. TCP's inaugural concert series, Between Two Worlds, will explore these ideas via music and interaction with artists who understand the divisions which threaten society today. Our educational programs will explore the same issues with students.

About New York Live Arts
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative artistry. New York Live Arts produces and presents dance, music and theater performances, offers an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people, supports the continuing professional development of artists and serves as home for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.

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