¡Sí Cuba! Festival Presents Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

As part of the Sí Cuba Festival activities taking place from March through June in New York, Symphony Space presents Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in a musical extravaganza including various Latin American performers representing diverse genres and styles. This event, free to the public, will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 11:00am at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City).

Description: Symphony Space first earned its place as an innovative, multidisciplinary cultural institution in 1078 with the 12-hour concert Wall to Wall Bach. Now, it celebrates 33 years of its annual music marathon with Wall to Wall Sonidos.

Every year, Symphony Space’s gift to New York explores the breadth and depth of Latino cultures and features a stellar roster of artists and a number of commissioned works debuting their world premiere performances. This year’s Wall to Wall Sonidos features pianist Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Commanding torchbearers of the Cuban musical spirit, O’Farrill and his band will present in the world premiere performance of the vocal jazz work “A Still Small Voice,” a striking, inventive marriage of Cuban folk idions and free improvisation. They will also perform Sacred Concert (with the LaGuardia High School Senior Chorus) based on settings of Jewish, Islamic, Gospel, and Afro-Cuban texts.

Other works by equally exciting performers are a work for shakuhachi and string quartet [Colorado Quartet] from Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez; Roberto Sierra’s Cuarteto para cuerdas no. 2 [La Catrina Quartet]; Tania León’s Cuarteto #2 [Harlem Quartet]; US debut of XPlau’s remixes of Villa-Lobos’s music; new works by Fernando Otero; and performances by Damocles Trio, Poulenc Trio, Quintet of the Americas, Binelli-Ferman Duo, Gabriel Alegría, and others.

Arturo O’Farrill is a pianist, composer, educator and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003. In 2002, O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. His debut album with the orchestra, Una noche inolvidable, earned a Grammy award nomination in 2006. They also produced the 2008 Son for Chico. Born in Mexico, O’Farrill is the son of Cuban composer, arranger and band leader Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill.

For more information, see http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/6500-wall-to-wall-sonidos and http://sicuba.org/en/organization/18

See Arturo O’Farrill’s page http://www.arturoofarrill.com/

For more information (and photo), see http://oyecubafilm.com/?p=117

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