"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)
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.
Tomorrow (Saturday, July 27) is the annual Lincoln Center Family Day, during the Out of Doors Festival. Starting at noon, and extending in early evenings with a multitude of free events, this year’s event is in the spirit of the Kronos Quartet, and will feature boundary-stretching, innovative, new work being created for and performed by the next generation of young artists, including many who have collaborated with Kronos. Featured are Dan Zanes and Friends, OzoKidz, the Pannonia Quartet, Face the Music, Elena Moon Park and Friends, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Learn more here, and hear what David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet has to say about this great free event.
Bang on a Can’s unclassifiable mobile ensemble Asphalt Orchestra, born at a previous Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, takes to the Damrosch Park stage to unleash the world premiere of its most ambitious project to date: original, commissioned arrangements of pioneering alt-rockers the Pixies’s breakthrough album, Surfer Rosa, for its 25th anniversary, with choreography by Jordana Che Toback.
Watch a new video discussing the arrangement and the upcoming performance, then come to Damrosch Park at 6pm on Sunday to see it live. Stick around for a Kronos Quaret performance of works by Jherek Bischoff Bryce Dessner, Dan Deacon, and others.
(Photo: Stephanie Berger)
Check out this great NPR piece with world premiere performances by the Kronos Quartet and collaborators — members of Antibalas, tUnE-yArDs and Iron and Wine as well as stars from the Fela Kuti musical Fela! — live at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival. And rehearsal photos show new music and old instruments coming together. The Kronos Quartet is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an extended residency at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival this week.