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Live @ 365: Brings the finest artists from around the world, including many debuts to the exquisite Elebash Hall at The Graduate Center in NYC.


The Festero Tradition with José El Pañero and Javier Heredia

José El Pañero from the Andalusian port city of Algeciras, the birthplace of ...

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  • 04/27/201605/05/2016
  • New York, NY

Flamenco Gitano: Traditional Flamenco Powerhouses Make NYC Debut at Live@365 on May 5, 2016

Perico el Pañero and his brother José el Pañero are often described as being “from another planet” and most definitely “from another time,” but they are actually young flamenco artists in their 30s from the Andalusian port city of Algeciras, the birthplace of guitarist Paco de Lucia. 

Joined by two outstanding emerging artists from Jerez de la Frontera—guitarist Pepe del Morao and singer Rafael del...

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  • DooBeeDooBeeDoo, Event preview, 05/05/2016, A NY Debut: Flamenco Gitano – Los Hermanos Pañeros Text
  • WFMU, Concert listing, 03/07/2016, Transpacific Sound Paradise Text
  • New York Music Daily, Concert listing, 03/01/2016, New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for March and April 2016
  • New York Music Daily, Concert preview, 12/04/2015, A Rare Manhattan Show by Intense, Hotshot Bukharian Guitarist Roshel Rubinov Text
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05/05/2016, New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall, 7:00 PM
04/04/201605/05/2016, FLAMENCO GITANO: The Festero Tradition with José El Pañero and Javier Heredia
Event
05/05/2016
Event
05/05/2016
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
Elebash Recital Hall
Venue St. Address
365 5th Avenue
Venue City, State
New York, NY
Ticket Price(s)
$20.00 - $25.00
Ticket Phone
1-888-718-4253
Perico El Pañero and his brother José El Pañero, better known as Hermanos Pañeros, from the Andalusian port city of Algeciras, the birthplace of guitarist Paco de Lucia, are among the most sought after Gypsy singers of the traditional old style cante (song) and baile (dance) Flamenco. MORE» More»

A NY debut direct from Algeciras, Spain

José El Pañero from the Andalusian port city of Algeciras, the birthplace of guitarist Paco de Lucia, is among the most sought after Gypsy singer/dancers of the traditional old style festero Flamenco. He is joined by Javier Heredia who was born in the urban capital of flamenco, Sevilla, where he worked as a stevedore on the docks of the river Guadalquivir until Gypsy elders recognized his charismatic dancing and singing and began inviting him to perform for them at their private parties. In the tradition of the great festeros of the mid-20th century such as Miguel Funi, Paco Valdepeñas, el Mono and Anzonini del Puerto, their singing and dancing express the full range of human emotion, form comedic humor to the deep ancestral memory passed down through the generations in a language of gestures and melisma that take the listener back to a time when Gypsy songs were enmeshed in the harsh reality of poverty and social marginalization and flamenco dance was a spontaneous expression of cultural identity sparked by the deep feelings evoked by the song. For this special night renowned guitarist Antonio Moya, a “Premio Nacional” winner for best accompanist for flamenco vocals and Kina Mendez, a female “festera” will join them.

Event
05/05/2016

05/05/2016, New York, NY, The Graduate Center, 7:00 PM
04/27/201605/05/2016, Flamenco Gitano: Traditional Flamenco Powerhouses Make NYC Debut at Live@365 on May 5, 2016
Event
05/05/2016
Event
05/05/2016
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
The Graduate Center
Venue St. Address
365 5th Avenue
Venue City, State
New York, NY
Ticket Price(s)
$20.00 - $25.00
Ticket Phone
1-888-71-TICKETS
José el Pañero is often described as being “from another planet” or “from another time,” but he is a young flamenco artist in his 30s from the Andalusian port city of Algeciras, the birthplace of guitarist Paco de Lucia. MORE» More»

Perico el Pañero and his brother José el Pañero are often described as being “from another planet” and most definitely “from another time,” but they are actually young flamenco artists in their 30s from the Andalusian port city of Algeciras, the birthplace of guitarist Paco de Lucia. 

Joined by two outstanding emerging artists from Jerez de la Frontera—guitarist Pepe del Morao and singer Rafael del Zambo—Pañero will share this legacy with New Yorkers for the first time on May 5, 2016 at 7 pm, as part of Live@365: A GLOBAL MUSIC SERIES,  presented by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and curated by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds. The Graduate Center opens its doors to the public each semester, providing opportunities to engage with leading thinkers, writers, scholars, and performers.

Their singing and dancing embodies a deep memory passed down through the generations in a language of gestures and melisma. Their art is rooted in a time when Gypsy music and dance were enmeshed in the harsh reality of poverty and social marginalization and when flamenco dance was a spontaneous expression of cultural identity sparked by the deep feelings evoked by the cante.

“Of course Gypsy flamenco is a living culture which evolves with time,” Perico el Pañero says. “Each artist’s own personality and charisma come through in the singing and dancing. You have to understand: we are not performing. We're expressing ourselves, our life experience and our culture. But at the same time, we are also channeling the ancestors.”

Born into a lineage of respected, non-professional Gypsy singers, the Pañero brothers have garnered a cult following among discerning flamenco aficionados. They are said to evoke the old school “festeros,” who sang and danced at the same time, charming fiesta participants with their charisma, their humor, and the surprising twists of their improvised movements.

Pepe del Morao is one of the younger members of the Morao guitar-playing dynasty. Born in 1986, he began his professional life at age 14 working with his grandfather’s group, Manuel Morao y los Gitanos de Jerez. He was taken under the wing of his uncle Moraíto at a young age, performing with him and with his cousin Diego del Morao throughout Spain and around the world. A skilled accompanist for the cante, he has worked with renowned singers such as Juana la del Pipa and Jesus Méndez and appears on the CD Nueva Frontera del Cante de Jerez.

The young Rafael del Zambonephew of renowned cantaor, Luis el Zambo—stands out among other singers of his generation in Jerez because of his dedication to the most traditional styles. Lovers of great flamenco signing have their eye on him and many feel he will continue developing as one of the best singers of the cante gitano.

“Being born into a Gypsy family where flamenco is a way of life, we have the cante in our veins,” del Zambo says. “If you are born with the gift, you can work hard and develop it and your ancestors will live on through you.” 

Thanks to these stellar torchbearers of tradition, New Yorkers will get to live and breathe this rarely experienced intensity and devotion firsthand. “I’m really surprised that Gypsy cante is so respected outside of Andalucia and even outside of Spain,” José el Pañero says. “I’m very happy and grateful for the opportunity to sing and dance in the U.S. for the first time.”

About Live@365:

Live@365 is presented by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York to showcase diverse artistic voices from around the globe. Curated by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds, all Live@365 shows take place at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall, an intimate 180-seat space designed with classical recital-hall design and superb, state-of-art sound. Tickets are free to CUNY students.

Live@365 is funded with generous gifts from the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund and the Ford Foundation’s Good Neighbor Committee.

The Graduate Center is located at 365 5th Avenue, between West 34 and West 35th Street. The venue is a short walk from the 6 train at the 33rd Street stop, the B / D / F / M or PATH train at the 34 Street Herald Square stop or the 1 / 2 / 3 trains at 34 Street Penn Station.

Tickets for all Live@365 shows can be purchased by visiting us online at Liveat365.org, by calling Showclix at 1-888-71-TICKETS (1-888-718-4253) or in person (if available), from 6 pm until showtime on the day of the show at the venue. Tickets to all shows are $25 or $20 for Graduate Center members, faculty, and staff. CUNY students may reserve free tickets by calling 212-817-8215. Discount tickets for non-CUNY students may be purchased in person at the event, when available.

For more information about shows, questions about the venue, and to learn more about the entire Live@365 season, please visit us on the web at Liveat365.org.

About the Graduate Center:

As an intellectual and cultural hub in midtown Manhattan, the Graduate Center opens its doors to the public each semester with its GC Presents series, Live@365 music series, and many other events. The Spring season features Mayor Bill de Blasio, Patti Smith, Paul Krugman, Murray Perahia, Margo Jefferson, Tania Bruguera, Bassem Youssef, and many others, offering timely discussions, diverse cultural perspectives, and thought-provoking ideas. The central premise that knowledge is a public good underlies the research, teaching, and public events of the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York. For more information about the Graduate Center and its events, please visit www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms.

Event
05/05/2016

03/16/2016, New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall , 7:00 PM
01/04/201603/16/2016, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe – A NY debut direct from Korea
Event
03/16/2016
Event
03/16/2016
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
Elebash Recital Hall
Venue St. Address
365 Fifth Avenue
Venue City, State
New York, NY
Ticket Price(s)
$20.00 - $25.00
Ticket Phone
1-888-718-4253
The stunning Seoul-based group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, perform thoroughly unique interpretations of Korean traditional music alongside newly composed works for traditional instruments. MORE» More»

The stunning Seoul-based group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, perform thoroughly unique interpretations of Korean traditional music alongside newly composed works for traditional instruments. The band’s eclectic repertoire has deep roots in the ancient Korean concept of Johwa, meaning ‘harmony’ or ‘balance’ and each performance is an expression of the transformative power that exists in music and nature. Bringing narrative, recitation, dance and video into their performance the group creates a ritualistic, genre-defying space where past, present and future coexist simultaneously; preserving and transforming the musical heritage of their ancestors.

Event
03/16/2016

03/16/2016, New York, NY, The Graduate Center, 7:00 PM
02/11/201603/16/2016, Breaking Beauty, Finding Balance: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe Redefines Korean Tradition While Seeking the Whole (NYC Debut)
Event
03/16/2016
Event
03/16/2016
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
The Graduate Center
Venue St. Address
365 5th Avenue
Venue City, State
New York, NY
Ticket Price(s)
$20.00 - $25.00
Ticket Phone
212-817-8215
This goal of jowha, or harmony and balance, informs every part of the youthful, tradition-bending ensemble Jeong Ga Ak Hoe. With a gentle sense of drama, with an ongoing curiosity about how ancient melodies can move modern listeners, the group transforms song forms like pansori and the sounds of traditional instruments. MORE» More»

In Korea, artists and philosophers have long strived to find connection and oneness with the natural world. Part of that quest happens via music, as performers and listeners tune in to the sound of the voice, of gut, bamboo, and metal, and discover balance amid nature’s ebb and flow.

This goal of jowha, or harmony and balance, informs every part of the youthful, tradition-bending ensemble Jeong Ga Ak Hoe. With a gentle sense of drama, with an ongoing curiosity about how ancient melodies can move modern listeners, the group transforms song forms like pansori and the sounds of traditional instruments like the gayageum (zither) into new works that seek the golden mean between past and present, change and stasis. Ritual resonates with newly composed work for traditional instruments in vibrant interpretations of treasured Korean concepts.

“Our music is based on the concept of jowha,” explains Jiae Lee, gayageum player in the ensemble. “We think that the best condition of jowha is constantly reacting to each other, like nature, which is always changing and flowing, not standing still. We are trying to seek harmony in ensemble playing, in reacting to each other’s sound and music.”

This interplay will come to New York on March 16, 2016, at 7 pm, the ensemble’s NYC debut, as part of Live@365: A Global Music Series, presented by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and curated by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds. The Graduate Center opens its doors to the public each semester, providing opportunities to engage with leading thinkers, writers, scholars, and performers.

Ticket info and purchase here.

Jeong Ga Ak Hoe has developed an approach that differs greatly from other new ensembles working with Korean traditions. The group draws on a powerful theatricality matched with a slow, thoughtful process of creating arrangements.

“We focus on good traditional voices because we know voices are the most powerful and important sources to express our emotions. Then we add instrumental accompaniment, trying to find the natural sound and place for each part,” Lee says. “After that, we try to connect to some social values and messages, to communicate with contemporary audiences through traditional music,” often considered old and irrelevant by young Koreans.

By teasing out the timbral delights, the key moments in song styles, the ensemble harnesses an intensity that balances the softer, more contemplative elements of Korean tradition. “‘Alio,’ which we are looking forward to sharing with our New York audience, is one of the most powerful songs of our repertoire,” notes Lee.  “We have tendency to think that voice has to be soft like bel canto, and that the soft voice is beautiful, but the pansori-style timbre in ‘Alio’ is very tough and strong. It expresses sorrow and extends our aesthetics, breaking the absolute standard of beauty through Korean voices.”

About Live@365:

Live@365 is presented by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York to showcase diverse artistic voices from around the globe. Curated by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds, all Live@365 shows take place at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall, an intimate 180-seat space designed with classical recital-hall design and superb, state-of-art sound. Tickets are free to CUNY students.

Live@365 is funded with generous gifts from the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund and the Ford Foundation’s Good Neighbor Committee.

The Graduate Center is located at 365 5th Avenue, between West 34 and West 35th Street. The venue is a short walk from the 6 train at the 33rd Street stop, the B / D / F / M or PATH train at the 34 Street Herald Square stop or the 1 / 2 / 3 trains at 34 Street Penn Station.

Tickets for all Live@365 shows can be purchased by visiting us online at Liveat365.org, by calling Showclix at 1-888-71-TICKETS (1-888-718-4253) or in person (if available), from 6 pm until showtime on the day of the show at the venue. Tickets to all shows are $25 or $20 for Graduate Center members, faculty, and staff. CUNY students may reserve free tickets by calling 212-817-8215. Discount tickets for non-CUNY students may be purchased in person at the event, when available.

For more information about shows, questions about the venue, and to learn more about the entire Live@365 season, please visit us on the web at Liveat365.org.

About the Graduate Center:

As an intellectual and cultural hub in midtown Manhattan, the Graduate Center opens its doors to the public each semester with its GC Presents series, Live@365 music series, and many other events. The Spring season features Mayor Bill de Blasio, Patti Smith, Paul Krugman, Murray Perahia, Margo Jefferson, Tania Bruguera, Bassem Youssef, and many others, offering timely discussions, diverse cultural perspectives, and thought-provoking ideas. The central premise that knowledge is a public good underlies the research, teaching, and public events of the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York. For more information about the Graduate Center and its events, please visit www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms.

Event
03/16/2016

12/09/2015, New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall , 7:00 PM
11/24/201512/09/2015, Roshel Rubinov: Carrying Jewish Traditions, Old and New, from Central Asia to New York
Event
12/09/2015
Event
12/09/2015
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
Elebash Recital Hall
Venue St. Address
365 Fifth Avenue
Venue City, State
New York, NY
Ticket Price(s)
$20.00 - $25.00
Ticket Phone
1-888-718-4253
Ticket URL
Liveat365.org
One of maqom’s leading performers is Roshel Rubinov, a master on both the tanbur lute and guitar, a composer, poet, and singer who’s revered in the Bukharian Jewish community. On December 9 he’ll be giving a concert at the Elebash Recital Hall in New York, as part of Live@365. MORE» More»

It’s a tradition that’s both young and old. It can be traced back a little more than a century to its founders, yet it is music that draws together the threads of age-old Central Asian and Jewish culture. It’s called maqom, and its melodies are based on six ancient Persian modes and sung in Bukharian, a dialect of Persian spoken by Central Asian Jews.

One of maqom’s leading performers is Roshel Rubinov, a master on both the tanbur lute and guitar, a composer, poet, and singer who’s revered in the Bukharian Jewish community. On December 9, at 7 pm, he’ll be giving a concert  as part of Live@365: A Global Music Series, presented by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and curated by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds. The Graduate Center opens its doors to the public each semester, providing opportunities to engage with leading thinkers, writers, scholars, and performers.

Maqom has its roots in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In its songs, words speak as loudly as the musical notes, crossing cultures to trace their way back to the divine love poetry of the Sufis. Yet for all that history, maqom came into being three generations ago. The style’s founders played at the court of the Emir of Bukhara; their grandchildren perform the same music today. The difference: They play the pieces in New York, where many of the musicians now make their home.

In a time when the world seems to be fracturing, maqom, with its past in both Islam and Judaism, is the sound of unity that’s needed more than ever.

“This is a music that speaks to so many people in that part of the world,” Rafael Nektalov, editor-in-chief of The Bukharian Times, the newspaper that caters to the expatriate population in the U.S., told The Jewish Week. “We have Muslim and Jewish musicians playing together; it’s a model for a dialogue between peoples.”

Roshel Rubinov is a performer completely immersed in every facets of maqom. In his native Tajikistan he studied Persian classical music under the masters as well as the form and meter of classical Persian poetry. A virtuoso on the tanbur lute, one of the iconic instruments of the region, as well as guitar, he immigrated to America in 1995.

Since then Rubinov’s reputation has grown. He’s become one of the most in-demand Bukharian Jewish musicians in New York, a vital part of the Bukharian Diaspora. Like jazz or klezmer, every piece is different every time, alive with the possibilities. These days, Rubinov is as famous for his own compositions as he is for interpretations of older pieces. The poetry of his lyrics captures the soaring hope of love and passion, while his melodies move with beauty and eloquent grace.

Quite simply, he’s one of the best in the world, a singer of supple, infinite expression and an instrumentalist whose fingers can send a tune to the skies. And on the occasions he picks up an electric guitar, he plugs the maqom culture directly into 21st-century America.

Bukharian musicians usually perform for their own community. A performance like this, showcasing the spiritual delights of the maqom to everyone, is a rare event. Accompanied by his frame-drum playing brother, Yakov Rubinov, one of the leading performers on his instrument, renowned Bukharian singer Ilya Khavasov, and dancer Shahlo Khudoyberdiyeva, Roshel Rubinov will offer unique glimpse into a tradition that’s not only alive, but also growing with each year and each generation, illuminated by one of its acknowledged masters.

“We remember our fatherland, our motherland, our culture,” says Nektalov. “We want to connect our culture to American Jews.”

And that is something Roshel Rubinov does. He’s a bridge across geography and time.

About Live@365:

Live@365 is presented by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York to showcase diverse artistic voices from around the globe. Curated by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds, all Live@365 shows take place at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall, an intimate 180-seat space designed with classical recital-hall design and superb, state-of-art sound. Tickets are free to CUNY students.

Live@365 is made possible by the generous support of the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund and the Ford Foundation’s Good Neighbor Committee.

The Graduate Center is located at 365 5th Avenue, between West 34 and West 35th Street. The venue is a short walk from the 6 train at the 33rd Street stop, the B / D / F / M or PATH train at the 34 Street Herald Square stop or the 1 / 2 / 3 trains at 34 Street Penn Station.

Tickets for all Live@365 shows can be purchased by visiting us online at Liveat365.org, by calling Showclix at 1-888-71-TICKETS (1-888-718-4253) or in person (if available), from 6 pm until showtime on the day of show at the venue. Tickets to all shows are $25 or $20 for Graduate Center members, students or faculty. Discount tickets for non-Graduate Center students may be purchased only in person at the event, when available.

For more information about shows, questions about the venue, and to learn more about the entire Live@365 season, please visit us on the web at Liveat365.org.

About the Graduate Center:

As an intellectual and cultural hub in midtown Manhattan, the Graduate Center opens its doors to the public each semester with its GC Presents series, Live@365 music series, and many other events. The Fall 2015 season features Erica Jong, Fareed Zakaria, Reem Acra, David Remnick, Joy-Ann Reid, Paul Krugman, and many others, offering timely discussions, diverse cultural perspectives, and thought-provoking ideas. The central premise that knowledge is a public good underlies the research, teaching, and public events of the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York. For more information about the Graduate Center and its events, please visit www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms.

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12/09/2015