Habana/Harlem Celebrates New Trends in Cuban Music

New York City (New York), USA – Aaron Davis Hall (ADH) in Harlem (New York) continues its 25th Anniversary season with the premiere
of Habana/Harlem on October 28 and 29, 2005. Two days of music, dancing and dialogues that highlight the routes and explosive new directions and cutting-edge trends of music from Cuban artists living in the New York City metro area. From the roads of Habana to the streets of Harlem, Afro-Cuban rhythms play an upbeat “clave” to the downbeat funk of jazz and R & B. The festival Habana / Harlem was conceived and produced by Neyda Martinez, Monserrat Ltd.Each Program costs $25 (Members $21).

Program I – Friday, October 28, 2005, 7:30 PM:
David Oquendo & Raíces Habaneras, Latin Grammy nominee underscores the cultural significance of Afro-Cuban music for the future.

Lisandro y su Tratado emanates the infectious vibes of authentic Cuban “Timba” music. Their rhythmic virtuosity will cause your feet to move and hips to sway like you’re in the streets of Havana today.

Program II – Saturday, October 29, 2005, 7:30 PM :
The Cuban Cowboys serve up a capricious hybrid of tradition and revolt fusing essences of Cuban Montuno and Guajiro with swooning surf guitars and indie-flavored rock.

Yordamis, formerly of the internationally acclaimed Cuban group, Bamboleo, forges a new direction in Cuban dance music with influences of funk, jazz and rumba flamenca.

Humanities – Saturday, October 29, 2005, 4:00 PM

Film Screening & Panel Discussion $10 (Members $8.50)
(FREE for ticket holders of 10/28 or 10/29 Programs).

Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy, the film by Carlos Ortiz, is as relevant today as it was at the time of its release almost 20 years ago. In 2005, it serves as a stunning social document of Latino life in East Harlem and the Bronx during the ‘70s and ‘80’s and takes us even further back with the use of brilliant archival footage. The film celebrates the life of one of Latin music’s greatest legends and features interviews and performances with other icons including Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and more! The short film The Old Man and Hemingway by Hugo Perez, which features an original score by Onel Mulet, will follow.

Following the screening, author and music critic, Ed Morales will lead a panel discussion on the new wave of Cuban music. Confirmed panelists include Onel Mulet, Composer/Musician; Ben Lapidus, PhD, Composer/Musician; and Jorge Navarro, founder of The Cuban Cowboys.

Celebrating 25 years, Aaron Davis Hall(ADH), Harlem’s principal center for the performing arts, has built upon Harlem’s cultural legacy by honoring tradition while nurturing innovation. ADH has earned a local, national and international reputation for its world class Programming, featuring established and emerging artists.

Ticket Information:

In person: Aaron Davis Hall’s Box Office is open Monday through Friday,1 PM to 6 PM and two hours prior to events.

By Phone: Aaron Davis Hall Hotline T: 212-650-7100, Online: Aaron Davis Hall.
Purchases can be made via Ticketmaster T: 212-307-7171 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Special Ticket Offers: Student Rush Tickets: $10 one-hour prior to performances, subject to availability, with valid student ID.

Aaron Davis Hall Info: Aaron Davis Hall is located on the safe, secure and well-lit campus of The City College of New York, between West 133rd and 135th Streets on Convent Avenue. Convent is one block east of Amsterdam Avenue and is the extension of Morningside Avenue beginning at 127th Street.

How to get to Aaron Davis Hall:

By Subway:
1 to 137th St./Broadway; or, A, B, C, D to 125th St. & St. Nicholas Ave.

By Bus:
M-101, M-11, M-4, M-5, or M-100 to 135th St. at Amsterdam Ave. or Broadway.

By Car:
From 125th Street, turn north onto Morningside Ave. which becomes Convent Ave. at 127th St. and continue to Hall entrance at 134th St.

[Photo 1: David Oquendo & Raices Habaneras, 2- Yordamis].