Allenby Augustin, director of Haiti-based Akoustik Prod., an organization that works to promote the traditional arts of Haiti will join Haiti Cultural Exchange for a one-week arts residency. Programming will incorporate conversations, workshops and performances and will culminate on Sunday, November 1, at 2:00pm, with Bann Konte—a procession of rara musicians, traditional games, and folktales—which will “take over the streets of Crown Heights.” This event will take place at Haiti Cultural Exchange (558 St. John’s Place in Brooklyn, New York).
Description: Featuring the historic Haitian conch, traditional konè (a long metal horn), bamboo trumpets and Haitian drums, Bann Konte will travel and engage audiences throughout Crown Heights while presenting traditional Haitian folktales, games and songs. The rhythmic procession, staccato of instruments and songs, will allow the public to fully appreciate the delivery of stories in an atmosphere of conviviality and creativity.
Allenby Augustin is a cultural activist and the director of Haiti based Akoustik Prod. The organization works to preserve & promote the traditional arts of Haiti. He’s also the director of the Krik Krak Festival in the city les Cayes and Atis Nan Kay la (Artists are in the House) in the gingerbread Houses of Port-au-Prince. Allenby works vehemently for the valorization, the preservation and the advocacy of the Haitian traditions and the Haitian cultural legacy.
Goussy Célestin is a pianist, composer, vocalist and dancer with Haitian roots. She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Del Terzo Studio at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, SOB’s, the Knitting Factory, NJPAC, Tilles Center, Newark Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, as well as various jazz clubs in NYC. A highlight of Goussy’s jazz career is a duo piano performance with renowned jazz pianist John Hicks. Goussy’s versatility has been valued by many, leading to tenures in many groups in New York City.
Born in Haiti, Schneider Laurent received his training at the National Theatre of Haiti. He also participated in a theatre workshop with Daniel Marcelin’s conservatory, Petit Conservatoire and Guy Regis Junior’s groups NOUS and Dramart. He played in the Boulevard Suicide (Boulevard of Suicide) arranged by Bonel August, Max Frisch’s works Monsieur Bonhomme et les Incendiaires, arranged by Guy Regis Junior and Lorraine Mangones, as well as Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, arranged by Ronaldo Etienne. In 2007, along with his colleague and friend Billy, he released An Anthology of Works by Frankétienne.
Writer, poet, actor and visual artist Michèle Voltaire Marcelin has lived in Haiti, Chile and the United States. Michèle has been featured as one of the poets of the NewsHour on PBS and interviewed by CNN Español and has performed her poetry on stage solo and with jazz musicians in New York, Paris, Montréal, Costa Rica, Miami, Los Angeles. Her artwork has been exhibited at the MoCADA, the African-American Museum of L.I., The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and the Mupanah in Haiti. This Port-au-Prince born artist writes in 3 languages and currently lives and teaches in New York.
See more information on the HCX website: www.haiticulturalx.org/bannkonte.