This Friday we’re live-streaming rock goddess Amanda Palmer's concert from Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Tune in at 8:30 pm EST and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag ‪#‎LCStream‬.  More details here:

This Friday we’re live-streaming rock goddess Amanda Palmer's concert from Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Tune in at 8:30 pm EST and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #‎LCStream‬.

More details here:


Percussion ensembles from Brazil, Japan, downtown Manhattan, and more celebrated the drum’s centrality in sacred and popular music at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival at Damrosch Park on August 4. Photographs by Kevin Yatarola.


Sacred Drums, Sunday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Silvercloud Singers, Manuela Arciniegas & The Legacy Circle, Pandit Samir Chatterjee & Friends, Silva Dance Company, Something Positive Dance Company, Kaoru Watanabe Ne-O Ensemble, Román Díaz & Cimarron, Ousmane Sall & Yakar Roots and Rhythms, Neil Clarke, Tribute to Kimati Dinizulu (with Neil Clarke, Adam Rudolph, and students of Kimati Dinizulu), Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Will Calhoun

The drum’s centrality in sacred and popular music of cultures around the planet flows from the heartbeat of nature, a pulse that connects our traditions with the fluidity of the sea. Witness the rhythms of the sacred while rejoicing in the beauty of our shared cultural grounding. Each group—whether from Brazil, Japan, or downtown Manhattan—contributes to the centrality and essence of the global sacred experience we reflect as international communities. Aché!


Sunday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Sounds of Korea

Celebrate the exquisite traditional performing arts of Korea—from delicate court music to graceful ritual dances to rousing processional music. Coming directly from South Korea, the internationally renowned Ensemble Sinawi performs shamanistic improvisations. Sounds of Korea is the premier performance group of Korean traditional arts in the U.S., founded and directed by master dancer and percussionist Sue Yeon Park, an NEA National Heritage Fellow. Based at New York’s Korean Performing Arts Center, exquisitely costumed dancers, musicians, and singers perform a range of theatrical masked dances, the popular vocal art of p’ansori (storytelling/folk opera), and rural percussion music. The New York Korean Traditional Marching Band is a military band ensemble specializing in daechwita (“great blowing and hitting”).

Presented in association with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Sunday, August 4
Damrosch Park


El Gusto at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Saturday night at Lincoln Center Out of Doors: El Gusto

A traditional line dance, dabke (Arabic for “stomping the ground”), is danced in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine at Muslim weddings and other celebrations and has been adopted, as debka, by Israelis. Rooted in these highly rhythmic and improvisational styles, ZviDance's contemporary dance was created by Israeli-born, New York–based choreographer Zvi Gotheiner, inspired by the Arab Spring to explore issues of identity with a passionate vision of cross-cultural community.

Come at 6:00 for a free dance class. Marleine Aflak teaches traditional Lebanese dabke and Ruth Goodman and Danny Pollock teach Israeli debka.

During the ’40s and ’50s, swinging nightclubs in the Casbah of Algiers regularly featured the scandalous sounds of chaabi, with its bittersweet vocals, lush strings, plucked ouds, jazz-influenced piano, and clapping hands. El Gusto was a darling of this scene, uniting Algeria’s top Muslim and Jewish musicians until they were scattered by the 1962 revolution that ended colonial rule and sent Jews into exile. After a half-century apart, a documentary by filmmaker Safinez Bousbia has reunited the old friends of El Gusto—now octo- and nonagenarians—to make music as joyful as ever.


Right now at Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park: Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles

Right now at Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park: Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles


Fresh Air music reviewer Milo Miles did a piece on the 2012 soundtrack to the Festival au Desert, the world music festival that usually takes place near Timbuktu in Mali.

The violence and unrest in Mali (due to Islamic radicals in the northern part of the country) has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and, inevitably, the cancellation of this year’s lineup.  So now, instead, some of the artists are performing at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors, a long way from West Africa, performing as refugees.  Singer guitarist Mamadou Kelly referred to the nomadic show as "a ‘caravan for peace’ and a ‘festival in exile.’"

The video above is Toureg rock band Tinariwen singing one of their most popular songs, “Amassakoul.”

Tonight at Lincoln Center Out of Doors! At Damrosch Park

Caravan of Peace at Lincoln Center Out of Doors tonight

"It’s a long way from Timbuktu to Lincoln Center, and not just geographically. For the musicians performing on Wednesday in the Festival au Désert as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors series at the Damrosch Park Bandshell, the path from there to here has included an Islamist takeover of their Saharan homeland, followed by a religious war on music and then a French-led military intervention.

That is why the festival’s Web site refers to the extravaganza touring the United States this summer, featuring the Tuareg groups Tartit and Imharhan and the guitarist and singer Mamadou Kelly, as both a “caravan for peace” and a “festival in exile.” The future of one of the world’s most musically fertile cultures is uncertain after two years of political upheaval and armed conflict, and its practitioners are eager to make their plight known.”

Read more about tonight’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors program in today’s New York Times

(Photo: Alice Mutassa/New York Times)

Are you ready for maracatu?

Hey New York, are you ready to discover the power of maracatu?

This Friday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors is the world premiere collaboration between Brazil’s multiple carnaval winners Maracatu Nacao Estrela Brilhante (Bright Star) and New York’s own Nation Beat, plus New Orleans’ legendary Mardi Gras Indian krewe, Big Chief Monk Boudreux & the Golden Eagles. More information here.


A beacon of cross-cultural dialogue, Mali’s Festival au Désert (Caravan of Peace) has become a worldwide call for peace in response to the recent turmoil that has stymied musical expression as it gripped the African region. Ali Farka Touré’s trusted sideman Mamadou Kelly, recently forced to flee his hometown due to war, captures the genius of Mali’s fluid guitar style, matching it with gritty vocals.

A close-knit circle of Touareg musicians reveals the full range of the nomadic Saharan desert blues, shifting from Tartit’s looping traditional melodies to Imharhan’s increasingly dynamic, electric songs.

Aziz Sahmaoui, a founder of Orchestre National de Barbès and member of Joe Zawinul’s Syndicate, is a veteran of fusing North African traditions and cosmopolitan jazz. His University of Gnawa reshapes influences from West African migrants to the Maghreb into exuberant trance music.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Wednesday, July 31, 6:30pm
Damrosch Park