The Mini-Global Mashups continue through December 2022! Curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics), the Mini-Global Mashup series is bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A.
Mini-Global Mashup: Tibet Meets Colombia presents Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and Colombian artist Martín Vejarano.(accompanied musician(s) TBA)
Yungchen Lhamo was born and raised in Lhasa, Tibet. In 1989, Yungchen Lhamo (which translates as ‘Goddess of Melody’) carried her baby son on a 1,200-mile journey, walking across the Himalayas from Tibet to India, then became the first Tibetan singer to achieve worldwide acclaim. Her first album, Tibetan Prayer, won the Australian Recording Industry Award for Best World Music Album in 1995. She was then signed by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records label and released three more albums, Tibet, Tibet, Coming Home, and Ama, between 1996 and 2006. In 2013, Yungchen released her fifth album, a meditational collaboration with Russian classical pianist Anton Batagov, on the Cantaloupe Music label. Her unique voice promotes sound healing and spiritual awakening, and has been described as: “Not only beautiful, but strong – her phrasing, control and depth of emotion are unsurpassed.” She has toured all five continents and performed, usually acapella, in opera houses, concert halls, cathedrals, rock and country music festivals, and in homes for the mentally ill and homeless.
"Pristine, gliding vocal lines." - The New York Times
"The sheer beauty of her voice: spine-tingling stuff." - The Guardian (UK)
"Angel-voiced." - Newsweek
Born to a dancer/choreographer and a filmmaker/profesor in Bogotá, Colombia, Martín Vejarano was surrounded by the arts from an early age. Martín's main focus has been the traditional musics from Colombia, with an emphasis in Gaita/Cumbia Music. He holds degrees in Jazz from The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and in Music Theory from The City College of New York. As an educator and music instructor, Vejarano is currently a teaching artist at Flushing Town Hall and a long time collaborator with the Center For Traditional Music And Dance, through which he has received the NYSEA Master-Apprentice fellowship to teach traditional Gaita Music, a number of times. Martín currently directs and leads four music projects: La Cumbiamba NY, Cumbia River Band, Chia’s Dance Party and NYC Gaita Club.
All ages workshop teaches the basic techniques and skills of Flamenco music and dance, general body and rhythmic awareness, and the cultural and historic context of this Spanish art. The workshop culminates with a short dance combination that families can go home and perform together, ending with an energetic “Ole!”
Mark DeGarmo Dance Presents its Virtual Salon Perf
Mark DeGarmo Dance continues its transcultural transdisciplinary Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change 2022 to an international audience on Zoom with performances featuring global performing artists from New York City and Riga, Latvia-- Sloga Iyengar (New York City), Marija Krtolica & Dustin Maxwell (New York City), Aigars Larionovs & Nauris Mikelis Goba (Riga, Latvia), and Debbie Mausner (New York City) on Thursday April 7th at 7PM ET. Each performance is curated and includes audience response supported, encouraged, and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo.
Tickets are by donation and can be purchased here.
About the Artists
Nauris Mikelis Goba is a Latvian dancer and Choreographer. He graduated from Latvia Academy of Culture with his BA in contemporary dance art. Nauris has participated in international dance projects such as SHARE festival in Slovakia and Macedonia, COLINE dance education program in France, and others.
Sloka Iyengar is a neuroscientist and Bharatanatyam dancer passionate about using her dance and science training for public impact. She is the founder of “SamyuktaNYC” (Samyukta in Sanskrit means “to come together”) to explore the many points of convergence between dance and neuroscience.
Marija Krtolica (PhD in dance, Temple University; MA PS NYU; MFA choreography UC Davis) has been making dance-theater since the early 1990s. In her recent works, she aims to join an experimental artistic practice with a critical analysis of the shifting meanings of the expressive embodiment in society.
Aigars Larionovs is a Latvian-born movement artist and choreographer. He graduated with an MFA degree from Florida State University School of Dance in May 2020. He has taught capoeira and dance workshops in the US, Latvia, Italy, and Greece. He has performed works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Ilze Zirina, and Josephine Garibaldi.
Dustin Maxwell is a movement based performer, performance maker, visual artist, yogasana instructor, thai bodyworker, and death doula in training. He holds a BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. He is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and was nominated for a 2015 Sage Award for Outstanding Performer.
Debbie Mausner is a dance artist and educator from Brooklyn, NY. In addition to choreographing and performing, she is also a co-founder and producer of the emerging artist series Current Showcase.
About Mark DeGarmo Dance
Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a leading New York nonprofit dance organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. MDD commits its resources to serving social justice, equity, and equality issues across multiple fronts through dance arts in NYC, the U.S., and internationally. MDD celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2022.
Alejandro Arroyo owns the newest (and cleanest) lounge in New York City’s Lower East Side. His sister, Molly, has a nasty habit of writing graffiti on the back wall of the local police precinct. Officer Derek is a recent NYC transplant with something to prove. Lelly Santiago is a socially awkward college student who may have discovered that the Arroyo siblings’ late mother was one of the founders of hip-hop music. Two DJs/narrators spin the story in this hilariously heartfelt piece.
Rated PG-13. This play contains adult language and themes.
WRITTEN BY Kristoffer Diaz
DIRECTED BY Anna Skidis Vargas
Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN, is a women-led ensemble that fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love. OKAN is an award-winning contemporary Afro-Cuban roots and jazz duo.
Meet the Artist will be on Zoom at 6 PM ET followed by Facebook Premiere performance at 6:30 PM EST. (RSVP to receive both links and reminder)
Steelpanist Victor Provost and pianist Alex Brown co-lead a quartet that marries Jazz sensibilities with Caribbean swagger. Roots rhythms, swing, and soaring improvisations abound and the Trinidadian steelpan takes center stage as the quartet features original compositions alongside the beloved music of Chick Correa, Bob Marley, Vince Mendoza, and more.