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The World Music Institute and Pioneer Works present Susana Baca


Friday, March 17, 2017 – Doors open at 7PM/Showtime 8PM

Baca’s smoky, ethereal voice has an ageless dignity, a rare authorityChicago Tribune

Pioneer Works is pleased to present singer-songwriter, ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and teacher Susana Baca on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8pm. Presented in association with the World Music Institute, this concert is presented as part of WMI’s Origins Series that highlight artists who delve into the folklore and roots of their culture’s music to tell the story of their origins, preserving and affirming cultural identities and legacies. With a powerful, smoky and ethereal voice and equally impressive interpretive storytelling abilities, Susana Baca is an important figure in the revival of the Afro-Peruvian music tradition.

Baca has contributed greatly to the international popularity of Afro-Peruvian music particularly when she came to worldwide attention in 1995, with her rendition of “Maria Lando,” a heartbreaking ballad of Third World worker oppression released by David Byrne on his The Soul of Black Perucompilation released by the Luaka Bop record label. With her husband, Ricardo Pereira, she founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo (Black Continuum) in Lima, which is dedicated to preserving Afro-Peruvian culture. In July 2011, she was named Peru’s Minister of Culture in the Ollanta Humala government, becoming the second Afro-Peruvian cabinet minister in the history of independent Peru. In November 2011, she was elected to the Organization of American States (OAS) as the President of the Commission of Culture (2011-2013)


Pioneer Works is a center for research and experimentation in contemporary culture.

Through a broad range of educational programs, performances, arts and science residencies, and exhibitions, Pioneer Works seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide a space where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways.

The organization was founded in 2012 by artist Dustin Yellin and is located in a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. After an extensive renovation, the facility now houses artist studios, exhibition and performance spaces, a science lab, a recording studio, and other spaces as needs arise. The floor plan is open and flexible, encouraging a transparent, collaborative environment where international artists, musicians, scientists and educators can co-exist and create together.

Entry to Pioneer Works’ main exhibition space and artist-in-residence studios are free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Tours are available upon request. Pioneer Works is a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231


Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as the leading presenter of world music and dance within the United States.

WMI is committed to presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world with the goal of inspiring wonder for world cultures through music and dance. WMI aims to enrich the lives of people living in New York by promoting awareness of other cultures and their traditions. WMI collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the world’s cultural traditions and presents at venues throughout the city.

Under new leadership since 2015, its 30th anniversary season, World Music Institute has introduced an ambitious expansion of concert offerings that include contemporary, experimental and avant-garde presentations, as well as the traditional music that WMI has long been known and admired for. In addition, the institution is thrilled to have launched new partnerships with BAM, 92nd Street Y, SummerStage, Merkin Concert Hall, National Sawdust, Storm King Art Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Littlefield and Drom—while continuing partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Town Hall, Symphony Space, French Institute Alliance Française, and Apollo Theater (the annual Africa Now festival).

WMI has presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents. Through powerful programming, WMI is creating a movement that promotes awareness and engagement of other cultures, helping to encourage deeper understanding of communities around the globe.


A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.


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