Announcing MARCH IS MUSIC 2015: Stellar Concerts and Intimate Conversations with UNDERGROUND SYSTEM, NY TANGO SEXTET, PAPO VÁZQUEZ QUARTET, CHUCHO AVELLANET, and others!
Pregones Theater and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater announce events in this year’s MARCH IS MUSIC series, from Wednesday, March 1st, through Saturday, March 28th, in The Bronx. Classical, Afrobeat, Tango, Latin Jazz, Jazz, and Pop artists make this month-long program one of the most explosive musical experiences to be had in all of New York City. Eight headliner concerts, three artist residencies, and three Meet-The-Artist matinees for all ages as follows:
NOW ENSEMBLE – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 @ 7:00 PM | FREE
UNDERGROUND SYSTEM – SATURDAY, MARCH 7 @ 8:00 PM
NELSON OJEDA – SUNDAY, MARCH 8 @ 3:00 PM | FREE
NY TANGO SEXTET – SATURDAY, MARCH 14 @ 8:00 PM
ARIACNE TRUJILLO – SUNDAY, MARCH 15 @ 3:00 PM | FREE
PAPO VÁZQUEZ QUARTET– SATURDAY, MARCH 21 @ 8:00 PM
LUIS PERDOMO - SUNDAY, MARCH 22 @ 3:00 PM | FREE
CHUCHO AVELLANET – SATURDAY, MARCH 28 @ 8:00 PM
MEET-THE-ARTIST MATINEES | FREE and suitable for groups of all ages:
AMERICAN HUMAN BEATBOX FESTIVAL – SUNDAY, MARCH 1 @ 4:00 PM
NY TANGO SEXTET– FRIDAY, MARCH 13 @ 1:30 PM
PAPO VAZQUEZ QUARTET – FRIDAY, MARCH 20 @ 1:30 PM
LIMITED SEATING, BUY and/or RESERVE EARLY!
TICKETS: $24 Advance, $40 Door except for March 28th priced $40 Advance, $60 Door. Online sales at www.pregonesprtt.org or by phone at 718-585-1202.
SAVINGS: $15 for groups of 10 or more; $12 Zip Tickets for residents of select zip codes in The Bronx, East Harlem, Washington Heights, and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen: 10451, 10452, 10454, 10455, 10474, 10029, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10040 — advance, in-person purchase with proof of residence, limit 4 per household; Members, Seniors, and Students call for special pricing; other restrictions apply.
VENUE: All performances are at Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, between 149th and 150th Streets, south of Yankee Stadium and east of Gateway Mall at Bronx Terminal Market, in The Bronx. SUBWAY: Trains # 2, 4, 5 to 149th & Grand Concourse.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
NOW ENSEMBLE – NOW Ensemble is dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century, shaking up the classical tradition by tapping into the eclectic musical backgrounds of members who have worked with The National, Bang On a Can, eighth blackbird, and more! Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall and the Weill Music Institute. The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.
UNDEGROUND SYSTEM – Bubbling up out of BKNY, and inspired by Fela Kuti and the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, Underground System have since carved out a niche uniquely their own: freaky, dancey, multi-cultural, somewhere between militant and carefree, punk rock and slinky grooves, graceful dance and reckless abandonment.
NELSON OJEDA – From Gershwin to Beethoven, Nelson Ojeda’s gifted musicality and ease make him a must-see pianist! Solo recitals include Debussy’s 150th Anniversary at Symphony Space, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Steinway Hall in Los Angeles, and Fundación Juan March in Madrid. His chamber concerts repertoire include the rare two-piano version of Stravinsky’s Le Sacré du Printemps, with Susan Svrcek.
NY TANGO SEXTET – Led by violinist Sergio Reyes, the energetic NYTS distills bravado and romance in equal measure, opening ground for a new generation of musicianship and the next wave of tango fever! Also featuring violinist Ina Paris, bandoneonists Emmanuel Trifilio and Rodolfo Zanetti, pianist Emilio Teubal, and bassist Pedro Giraudo.
ARIACNE TRUJILLO – Ariacne Trujillo began her career as a child prodigy concert pianist in her native Cuba, where she trained at the world-renowned ISA conservatory, and went on to steal the spotlight as singer and dancer at the legendary Cabaret Tropicana. In New York, her credits include greats like Paul Simon and Paquito d’Rivera, and new stars like Pedrito Martínez. She’s equally known for her unstoppable groove at the keyboard and her powerful, endlessly flexible voice.
PAPO VÁZQUEZ QUARTET – Papo Vázquez & His Mighty Pirates Troubadours sail out towards new horizons with their wildly inventive exploration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s universally acclaimed Goldberg Variations. Explosive and memorable, this is Bach like you never heard before, in arrangements for trombone, bass, piano, and saxophone!
LUIS PERDOMO – A native of Venezuela, pianist Luis Perdomo has collaborated and performed with top names in jazz and Latin jazz including Ravi Coltrane, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, David Sanchez, Steve Turre, Jane Bunnett, Marcus and E.J Strickland, Jerry Gonzalez, and Yosvany Terry. He has six record releases as leader, the two most recent, The Infancia Project (2012) and Links (2013), on Criss Cross Jazz.
CHUCHO AVELLANET – In a rare New York concert appearance, one of Puerto Rico’s best-loved singers collaborates with resident composer/pianist Desmar Guevara to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind experience! Expect old favorites like “Jamás te olvidaré,” “Acompáñame,” and “Magia Blanca,” along with not-to-be-missed surprises. This is a specially priced one-night only performance. Zip Tickets are not valid.AMERICAN HUMAN BEATBOX FESTIVAL – Now in it’s 5th year, the fest showcases the variety of performance styles and forms that give this genre is signature appeal. Expect a throw-down between host Kid Lucky, Baba Israel, and more! Streamed LIVE from both stages