Thursday, March 18, 2010

Arsenio Rodríguez is in Da Bronx! (March 18-20)

For those of you who live in or near New York City, there are three consecutive events this weekend (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.) all hosted by the Hostos Center for the Arts in the Bronx, each celebrating the musical genius of Cuban son innovator and tresero Arsenio Rodríguez.

Here's the line up...

La Gente del Bronx: Arsenio Rodríguez, a "People's Musician"
Thursday, March 18, 5:30 p.m.
Art Gallery, 450 Grand Concourse

This seminar takes its name and theme from one of Arsenio Rodríguez's most beloved tunes which is an ode to the community - the South Bronx - where Arsenio performed in working-class social clubs during the 40's and the 50's for audience that rarely frequented downtown establishments. It will focus on the típico and Afro-centric nature of Arsenio's music which contrasted with the music of such contemporaries as Títo Puente and Títo Rodríguez.  PARTICIPANTS: David R. García, Author of Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transitional Flows of Latin Popular Music; René López, Musicologist; and Ned Sublette, Moderator

Bembe, Salon y Calle
by Areytos Performance Works
Friday March 19, 2010 @ 7:30PM
Admission: $15/Student ID $ 12
Box Office & info: 718-518-4455
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Repertory Theater
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street Bronx, NY 10451

Areyto presents a dynamic evening of dance, live music and visual art featuring Afro-Cuban Orishas, Rumba, Salsa, Cha-cha-chá and contemporary dance theater. Joined by master percussionists Román Díaz & Pedrito Martínez, the performance celebrates tradition and innovation- both the legacy and present impact of Cuban dance and music in NYC.  Artistic Director: Sita Frederick; Executive Producer: Leticia Peguero; Guest Choreographers: Rebecca Bliss, Rodney López; and Visual Artists: Carlos Mateu, Jóse Ortíz

Grupo Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorquino
A Gala Concert
Saturday March 20, 2010 @ 7:30PM
Admission: $35, $25
Box Office & info: 718-518-4455
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Main Theater
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street Bronx, NY 10451

By popular demand, Grupo Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorquino, the ground-breaking 1970's orchestra which presaged many developments in Latin music, returns to the Hostos Center with a program of the greatest hits composed by the legendary Arsenio Rodríguez who is credited as the creator of son montuno, mambo and salsa. Co-produced by Rene López, Andy Kaufman and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, ths concert pays homage to a true musical genius who is considered by many musicologists as being the greatest composer/musician of Afro-Cuban music of the 20th century.

The legendary Latin music alliance performing the music of:
Andy González, bass, leader
Jerry Gonzalez, trumpet, percussion
Gene Golden, percussion
Nelson González, tres
Oscar Hernandez, piano
Eddy Zervigón, wooden flute
Jorge Luis Maldonado, volcal
Pedrito Martínez, vocals, percussion
Reynaldo Jorge, Trombone
Eddy Venegas, Violin, Trombone
Abraham Rodríguez, vocal, percussion
Tony Rosa, percussion
Guido González, timbales, bongo, percussion

Special Guests:
Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, trumpet
Sergio "Armandito" Armenteros, trumpet
Israel Berrios, vocals, guitar
Alfredito Valdéz, Piano
René López, Percussion

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