Afro-Cuban singer of jazz and neo-soul meets celebrated Cuban contemporary dance troupe
Featuring 6pm pre-show panel “Cuban Music and Dance in the Mix” with moderator Ned Sublette and panelists Dayme Arocena, Nickodemus, and Yesenia Fernandez-Selier. Ned Sublette, educational Cuban music travel leader, author of Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, longtime producer for Afropop Worldwide, and co-founder of the Qbadisc record label, will talk with our invited guests about Cuba as a space for music and dance, how Cuban music and dance transform when they are exported, and how they fit into the mix in the United States. RSVP is required for 6pm panel attendance, RSVP@CityParksFoundation.org
Seating for the 8pm performance starts at 7pm and is first come, first served until venue reaches capacity.
Filled with the zesty cadences of the authentic Cuban experience, Malpaso Dance Company, led by the inspired, award-winning artistic director Osnel Delgado (graduate and professor of the dance-domain-revered National Dance School), brings modern Havana-based takes on rumba & salsa-influenced movement to the awaiting world. Proudly founded in 2012 by Delgado, Daileidys Carrazana and Fernando Sáez, Malpaso provides a visually stimulating, emotion-stirring outlet for both international and Cuban choreographers. The troupe tours with eleven of the country’s most capable and dedicated performers. Acclaimed repertory standouts include 24 Hours and a Dog, a bright and jazzy modern medley bursting with alacrity (the select piece being performed this summer), and the unforgettable Farewell, choreographed and presented by Delgado, both set to compositions by Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American composer Arturo O’Farrill (with 24 Hours featuring an original overture crafted for the piece). Other, externally choreographed works include Why You Follow by Ronald K. Brown and Under Fire by Trey McInytre, along with an assorted cornucopia of fresh Cuban cuts.
Featured photo courtesy of Nir Arieli.
Daymé Arocena is a musically magnanimous ambassador of Afro-Cuban culture, ebulliently bestowing her bravura onto the rest of the globe. At only 23 years old, Arocena has already made an indelible mark on the Cuban music landscape with her dynamic blend of jazz and Cuban neo-soul. Applauded by The New York Times for her ability to unite “cosmopolitan musicianship with deep roots,” she splices complex phrasing with expressly Cuban elements, such as Santerian chanting. Her first album as a soloist, 2015’s Nueva Era, was named one of the year’s best by NPR, and her latest release of reimagined covers, One Takes, hits transcendental levels of sonorous heights, uniquely capturing the mood and zeitgeist of each original song (including the Horace Silver classic “Gods of Yoruba”).
Nickodemus is a New York raised DJ and producer, who has traveled to the hottest dance spots on the globe, igniting the decks with NYC bravura. Ever since the 90’s, he has been producing original music and remixing tracks for a host of music titans, including Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Mr Scruff feat. Alice Russell, Thievery Corporation, Miguel Migs, The Balkan Beat Box, Quantic, The Pimps of Joytime & many more. Under his own name, Nickodemus has released three full length albums. First came the breakout beat explosionEndangered Species in 2005, followed by 2009’s groove-infused Sun People, and finally the lusciously lunar Moon People in 2012. Nickodemus brings an international grab bag of styles to his legendary sets, with Latin, African and Eastern instrumentation and beats, all fused together in a blood-pumping musical mélange. With tracks like “Cleopatra in New York” and “Mi Swing es Tropical,” Nickodemus has added uniquely molded sounds to the international electronic landscape. He has helped to keep the New York dance scene thriving with his Turntables on the Hudson bashes, going strong for nearly two decades. With a brand new album out this fall, Nickodemus is keeping the party rolling on.