NYC Winter Jazzfest Presents
with Fandango At The Wall ft. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and special guests Marc Ribot, Samora Pinderhughes, and Toshi Reagon
Sun January 6th, 2019
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $25
Day of Show: $35
We Resist! Featuring Fandango At The Wall with Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with Special Guests:
Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance
Samora Pinderhughes’ Transformations Suite
Word*Rock*Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women’s Lives Featuring Toshi Reagon, Allison Miller, Ganessa James and many more
Winter Jazzfest continues its tradition of recognizing the quest for social justice in the music by welcoming Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to present “Fandango At The Wall,” the latest stunningly ambitious work in O’Farrill’s celebrated recording catalogue. Inspired by the Fandango Fronterizo Festival on the U.S.-Mexico border, O’Farrill brought together his orchestra with more than 60 musicians including Antonio Sanchez, Regina Carter and Akua Dixon. Fandango at the Wall, brings together brilliant voices from a variety of cultural and musical traditions to tear down a variety of walls that isolate us — physical, musical, or cultural.
The festival welcomes back pianist/composer/vocalist and conceptualist Samora Pinderhughes to present an updated version of his Transformations Suite, a cinematic anthem to Black Lives Matter and a scathing commentary on racial inequality, police brutality and racism towardspeople of color. Using a nine-piece band with four vocalists, Pinderhughes gets at the heart of the struggles Black Americans and other people of color face on a daily basis.
This is a general admission, standing room event.
Fandango At The Wall ft. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and special guests Marc Ribot, Samora Pinderhughes, and Toshi Reagon
Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Arturo’s professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. Arturo is a member of the faculties of both the Manhattan School of Music and the School of Jazz at the New School.
In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music. Learn more about ALJA here: http://www.afrolatinjazz.org.
In December 2010 Arturo traveled with the original Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his father’s musicians to his homeland. He continues to travel to Cuba regularly as an informal Cultural Ambassador, working with Cuban musicians, dancers, and students, bringing local musicians from Cuba to the US and American musicians to Cuba.
During 2016-2018, Arturo has performed with orchestras and bands including his own Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Boss Level Sextet, as well as other Orchestras and smaller ensembles in the US, Europe, Russia, Australia, and South America.
An avid supporter of all the Arts, Arturo has performed with Ballet Hispanico and the Malpaso Dance Company, for whom he has written three ballets. In addition, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company is touring a ballet entitled “Open Door,” choreographed by Ron Brown to several of Arturo’s compositions and recordings. Ron Brown’s own Evidence Dance Company has commissioned Arturo to compose New Conversations, which premieres Summer of 2018 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA.
Arturo has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Music Project, The Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Young Peoples Chorus of New York, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Arturo’s well-reviewed and highly praised “Afro-Latin Jazz Suite” from the album CUBA: The Conversation Continues (Motéma) took the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition and the 2016 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His powerful “Three Revolutions” from the album Familia-Tribute to Chico and Bebo was the 2018 Grammy Award (his sixth) winner for Best Instrumental Composition.
Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 30-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His latest solo release, Silent Movies (Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a “down-in-mouth-near master piece” by the Village Voice and has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board. 2013 saw the release of “Your Turn” (Northern Spy), the sophomore effort from Ribot’s post-rock/noise trio Ceramic Dog, and 2014 saw the monumental release: “Marc Ribot Trio Live at the Village Vanguard” (Pi Recordings), documenting Marc’s first headline and the return of Henry Grimes at the historical venue in 2012 already included on Best of 2014 lists including Downbeat Magazine and NPR’s 50 Favorites.
Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985’s Rain Dogs, and since then he’s become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Elton John/Leon Russell’s The Union, Solomon Burke, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Marianne Faithful, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, Jolie Holland, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as “Walk The Line” (Mangold), “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Departed” (Scorcese).
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist, known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues. A graduate of Juilliard, Samora has performed in venues including the White House, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, and Carnegie Hall, and has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, and Emily King. His album The Transformations Suite was released in October 2016 to great acclaim, recently profiled in the NY Times & NPR.
A composer for film and theatre as well, Samora is the musical director for the Public Theater’s #BARS workshop, and is a Sundance Composers Lab fellow for film scoring. He has written songs for Common, Lalah Hathaway, and more. Samora is also a member of Blackout for Human Rights, the arts & social justice collective founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay; and was musical director for their #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events. He most recently scored the documentary “Whose Streets”, which opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. The New York Times described her blend as “…a love of mixing things up…[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Her live performances, in particular, aren’t just accessible; they’re irresistible. And Toshi Reagon loves her audiences. Leading her renowned band–BIGLovely, launched in 1996–she instantly connects, inspires and empowers.