AFRICA IN THE AMERICAS: RHYTHMIC CONNECTIONS CUBA & BRAZIL
“We’ve invited Letieres Leite of Orkestra Rumpilezz to perform at Symphony Space with a true collaborative spirit alongside great percussionists and DJ Logic to mix up Afro-Brazilian music in a way that I don’t think has been done before. We’re really excited to produce something that’s organic and wonderful.” Arturo O’ Farrill
This exciting project represents the continuation of a dynamic artistic collaboration that began in 2015 between Arturo O’Farrill, leader of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) and Letieres Leite, maestro of Orkestra Rumpilezz from Bahia, Brazil. During Rumpilezz’s debut US tour, Arturo was guest composer and soloist. This time around it is Letieres’ turn to do the same with ALJO. This new production will explore the profound influences of the sacred rhythms of African based religions like the Candomble of Brazil and the Santeria of Cuba in the popular music of Brazil and in Afro Latin jazz of the Caribbean and North America. The show also features as special guests some of the top percussionists of Bahia, some coming from Brazil and others living here in the US, who will participate not only in Letieres’ collaboration with ALJO but also in a new presentation mixing and merging traditional rhythms with contemporary electronic sounds.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre @ Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NY
8:00pm • Friday, May 12 & Saturday, May 13, 2017
7:00pm • Pre-show Q&A Session on Friday, May 12, 2017
FEATURED PHOTO: Tomas Peña