Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30pm
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David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
Charansalsa combines the best of Charanga and Salsa and is lead by percussionist ldefonso Castillo and flautist Joe de Jesus. Charansalsa performs highly danceable music with modern harmony and rhythms with that good old Latin swing; it is fresh and yet as comfortable as an old pair of dancing shoes.
Flautist and co-leader, Joe de Jesus has been a member of many of the New York Latin scene’s most prestigious bands. Mostly known as a trombonist, he has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, David Byrne’s Latin Band, among many, many others. After 16 years living in England, de Jesus has returned to the New York Scene with Charansalsa.
ldefonso Castillo is known in the Latin Music Industry as Pito Castillo. He began playing drums at the age of fourteen. Pito developed his style of playing conga by listening to and studying Latin Artist Congueros such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Papo Pepin. At the age of seventeen he began doing salsa gigs with local bands in El Barrio. Since 1980, Pito Castillo has performed and done studio work with top salsa recording artists. He has recorded with such artists such as: Charlie Palmieri, Joe Quijano y su Orquesta, Angelo and Conjunto Modelo, and Martin Arroyo, among many others. He has performed with Salsa Bands such as: Adalberto Santiago, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Bobby Rodriguez y La Compania, Tito Allen, Hector Casanova, Ernie Agosto y la Conspiracion, and Santiago Ceron among numerous others.
Lincoln Center’s “What Makes It Great?” series returns on Monday, December 9 with host Rob Kapilow delving into Benjamin Britten’s Christmas-themed “A Ceremony of Carols” for chorus and harp. Join us for this lively discussion with musical examples featuring harpist Bridget Kibbey. (Photo of Rob Kapilow: Peter Schaaf)
"Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 — ‘Rach 3,’ as fans fondly call it — is one of the most famously difficult pieces of music there is. The sheet music goes on and on, with notes so dense the pages start to look like modern art. The piece is so challenging that some noted pianists have declined to perform it — but Yuja Wang has recorded it for her newest album,” notes NPR. Read more about Yuja Wang the famously challenging piano concert in this NPR interview here.
Not only has she recorded it, but she’ll perform it live with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Learn more here.
(Photo: Denise DeBelius/NPR)
Hurray for the Riff Raff's new track was featured on The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog. Listen to the song frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra says is about the “dreams and nightmares that come with wanting to be with someone ‘forever.’” http://on.wsj.com/18UWwEM
Hurray for the Riff Raff appear at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook on April 3.
Check out today’s Google Doodle in honor of opera legend Maria Callas. Happy Birthday, La Divina.
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00pm
Part of Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
"Spanglish Fly are single-handedly reviving sixties bugalú in NYC… . Go soak up a full measure of their brass-heavy Latin funk." – NBC New York
SPANGLISH FLY, New York City’s only band dedicated to reviving and renewing the music known as Latin bugalú or boogaloo, will help welcome winter at Lincoln Square’s Winter’s Eve event. Boogaloo is the sound that sprang from the street corners, the transistor radios, the pool halls and the clubs of 1960s Spanish Harlem, the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio. Spanglish Fly’s live shows are explosive Latin Soul parties with packed dance floors, fans shaking their stuff to Spanglish Fly’s original tunes, and new arrangements of boogaloo classics and vintage soul hits.
On Monday, December 2, Lincoln Square in New York will welcome winter with the 14th annual Winter’s Eve celebration, featuring more than 20 live, free performances and food tastings all around the neighborhood. The festivities start at 5:30pm. Click here for more details.