Harlem Stage 2020 Spring Season
Presents Visionary Artists of Color
Intensive – Monday, March 16, 2020 – 11:00 AM
Concert – Friday, March 20, 2020 – 7:30 PM
New York, NY — Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2020 season of performances. The season is curated by Monique Martin, Director of Programming for Harlem Stage, and will celebrate the centennial legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. The season also features a legendary rock goddess, Nona Hendryx, as the Artistic Director for Harlem Stage’s continued yearlong initiative focusing on Afrofuturism. Through these two powerful themes, Harlem Stage will reflect on and celebrate the past, present and artistic future of Harlem and explore how the Harlem Renaissance continues to be a rich source of inspiration across the globe while Afrofuturism continues to push the boundaries of our artistic imagination.
Harlem Stage has partnered with Manhattan School of Music (MSM) for a FREE music workshop, “the Harlem Stage Jazz Music Intensive,” as well as a ticketed concert featuring MSM alum Miguel Zenón. The workshop will take place at MSM and the concert at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
This is the fourth edition of Harlem Stage and MSM’s immersive music workshop that is part lecture, part clinic, part jam session and packed with tangible information on being a working and thriving artist. All are welcomed: instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers and poets. Launched during jazz star Christian Scott’s three year Stretch Music residency, this edition features MSM alum and composer, vocalist, and flutist, Elena Pinderhughes who returns to her alma mater to share her experience and knowledge since she graduated in 2017.
Harlem Stage and MSM present Harlem Sings, a concert from MacArthur Fellow, multiple Grammy nominee, and MSM alumnus, Miguel Zenón. Zenón will join the MSM LatinX Jazz Orchestra for an evening of contemporary and traditional Latin music.
Elena Pinderhughes has won numerous awards for “best soloist” at jazz festivals and from Downbeat magazine. A 2013 Young Arts Gold Award recipient and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, she was a member of the Grammy Band and Choir, San Francisco Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Young Musicians Program. Elena has performed in numerous venues, including Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, SF Jazz Center, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Davies Symphony Hall, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and jazz festivals and clubs throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and South America. Elena has performed with Hubert Laws, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Vijay Iyer, Christian Scott, Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, and others.
Eight-time Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represent a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has built a distinguished career as a leader, releasing twelve albums under his own name. In addition, he has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older jazz masters and the music’s younger innovators –irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenón has toured and/or recorded with includes: The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Pérez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, The Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sánchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejías, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Dan Tepfer, Miles Okazaki, Dan Weiss, Ray Barreto, Andy Montañez, Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, and Steve Coleman. As a composer, he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, NYO JAZZ, The Logan Center for The Arts, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, Jazz Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers.
Harlem Stage Jazz Music Intensive
Presented in Collaboration with Manhattan School of Music
Monday, March 16
Manhattan School of Music’s Bossi-Comelli Studio, 130 Claremont Ave, New York, NY,
Tickets: FREE with RSVP
Save your spot by sending an email to ProgrammingAsst@harlemstage.org
Manhattan School of Music’s Harlem Sings
Presented in Collaboration with Manhattan School of Music
Friday, March 20
Harlem Stage Gatehouse- 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)
“Things are heating up this spring at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This season we are proud to continue our commitment to the commissioning of new works by visionary artists of color through our WaterWorks program. This includes the continuation of the yearlong The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism series, with Nona Hendryx’s special tribute to Sun Ra at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur and the debut of Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité’s A Drop of Midnight. We hope you will join us to experience these great artists’ visions,” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage.
Monique Martin, Director of Programming, said “This spring we are celebrating legacies and forging new futures. We are thrilled to present the debut of our next WaterWorks commissioned artist Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité’s new theater piece A Drop of Midnight, a special edition of our signature dance festival E-Moves celebrating the ferocity of women who resisted, with work from five women choreographers, and our annual Pride program celebrating NYC’s best ballroom houses. We look forward to being in community with you throughout the spring season and appreciate your continued support!”
Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).
Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10 AM–3 PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.
By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19
ABOUT HARLEM STAGE
Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou, and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité, Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 2,000 New York City children with an introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement, and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas, and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).
For more information on Harlem Stage, visit www.harlemstage.org.