Arts for Art at El Taller
October 11-13, 2019
For the 4th consecutive year, Arts for Art partners with El Taller Latino Americano to present a program of creative music in East Harlem. This series serves to amplify both organizations’ missions by assembling a diverse group of artists and audiences as part of a continued effort to bridge East Harlem and the Lower East Side. To fulfill this goal, the programming emphasizes African-American and Latinx artists working within the free tradition of improvised music.
Artists selected for this series take particular care in combining disparate approaches to music making, employing improvisation, composition, traditional and novel systems to create a unique sound. Such inclusive approaches are representative of the best America has to offer, and a lens through which we can identify ourselves and learn to extend empathy and embrace tolerance in troubling times. El Taller offers the perfect communal atmosphere to gather in the creative spirit of these performances.
Among the artists performing include:
Violist Melanie Dyer, known for extending the tradition of the Afro-Atlantic string band, will appear with an intergenerational trio of female musicians including bassist Shayna Dulberger and multi-instrumentalist polymath Kali Z. Fasteau.
Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, known for his uncompromising approach to free improvisation throughout his long iconoclastic career, will appear in duo with longtime collaborator Jay Rosen.
Saxophonist Tony Malaby will be joined by his hardworking quartet of Leo Genovese, William Parker, and Billy Mintz. While Malaby has been known to draw explicit connections to his Mexican heritage, expect a different sort of homage with a freely improvised set illustrating musical universality.
Nuyorican poet Papoleto Melendez, who lives in the PS109 building housing El Taller, will also make his annual appearance.
Also performing are pianist Angelica Sanchez, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock in two ensembles, and pianist Aruan Ortiz.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at afaeltaller.brownpapertickets.com or at the door
Schedule and Lineups
El Taller Latino Americano
215 E. 99th St. New York, NY 10029
Friday October 11
7:00 Aruan Ortiz Trio
Aruan Ortiz - piano / Jure Pukl - tenor sax / Lester St. Louis - cello
8:00 Angelica Sanchez Trio
Angelica Sanchez - piano / William Parker – bass / Randy Peterson - drums
9:00 Melanie Dyer Trio
Melanie Dyer - viola / Kali Z. Fasteau - piano, drums / Shayna Dulberger - bass
Saturday October 12
7:00 Lopez / Laubrock / Seabrook / Rainey
Brandon Lopez – bass / Ingrid Laubrock - tenor, soprano sax / Brandon Seabrook – guitar / Tom Rainey - drums
8:00 Tony Malaby Quartet
Tony Malaby – tenor sax / Leo Genovese – piano / William Parker – bass / Billy Mintz - drums
9:00 James Brandon Lewis Trio
James Brandon Lewis - tenor sax / Luke Stewart - bass / Warren Trae Crudup - drums
Sunday October 13
4:00 Papoleto Melendez - poetry
5:00 Joe McPhee & Jay Rosen
Joe McPhee - saxophones / Jay Rosen - drums
6:00 Laubrock / Dunston / Mela
Ingrid Laubrock - tenor, soprano sax / Nick Dunston - bass / Francisco Mela - drums
About Arts for Art
Founded in 1996, Arts For Art (AFA) is a New York City based tax-exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz - an American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle. FreeJazz embodies music, dance, poetry, and visual arts. It is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. AFA works not only to preserve the legacy of FreeJazz, but also to ensure a vital future through its re-imagination by new generations of artists. Spearheaded by the internationally renowned Vision Festival, AFA's programming brings together multiple generations of vibrant, diverse and highly skilled artists. To further our goals of diversity and accessibility, we foster education initiatives and produce events that build community amongst artists and audiences.
About El Taller
El Taller Latino Americano (The Latin American Workshop) is a 501(c)(3) community-based non-profit arts and education institution founded in New York City in 1979 to bridge the gap between Latin Americans and North Americans through the language of art, dance and music.
Funding for Arts for Art at El Taller is provided by the Tinker Foundation.
General operating support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts
For more information please contact Sean Madigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.