CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Ronald Polo

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Recorded in the basement home studio, Afro-Colombian singer, percussionist, and director of CTMD Touring Artists Grupo Rebolu, Ronald Polo features in this edition of Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online. Bandmate and life partner Johanna Castaneda accompanies him on cuatro (four-stringed guitar) while Polo keeps time with the tambor (hand drum). Polo was born into a family in which traditional music and singing were a part of everyday life. Inspired by his hometown of Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, home to one of the largest carnivals in the world, Polo’s original compositions reflect his identity, upbringing, traditional inheritance, and creative explorations during these difficult times. 

Grupo Rebolú is the preeminent Afro-Colombian ensemble in the United States, playing the rich, rhythmic, and undeniably danceable music of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

This event is part of CTMD's Sustaining Cultures Program Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Grupo Rebolu Family Jam

Monday, October 5, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
To premiere Beat of the Boroughs NYC, a family jam session with Grupo Rebolu!

Beat of the Boroughs NYC Online: Julia Gutierrez-Rivera and Friends

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Julia Gutiérrez- Rivera and Friends present "A Taste of NuyoRican Bomba: From Traditional, to Spiritual to Resistance Music".

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents The Crimean Tatar Ensemble

Monday, November 16, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
These extraordinary, multi-generational dancers and musicians share intricate folk songs, virtuosic instrumental pieces, and various group and solo dances from the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Xiao Xiannian and Julie Tay of the Mencius Society

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
For the third episode of Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online, we have Xiaon Xiannian and Julie Tay of the Mencius Society!

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Sidiki Conde

Friday, November 20, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Through his story and music, Conde reminds audiences that we are all part of one community.

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents George Vilson and Régine Romaine

Monday, November 23, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Together in this special segment, Régine and Georges discuss how they met at a Haitian folklore CTMD event, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic upon Haitian community, and the value of preserving Haitian musical culture and language during these difficult times.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Michael Yuri (Yuri Yunakov)

Monday, November 23, 2020

12:00 am – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
Formerly known as Yuri Yunakov, Michael Yuri is a phenomenal saxophonist from Bulgaria with Roma (Gypsy) roots.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Frank London

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Klezmer trombonist and creator of the Radiant Others Podcast Dan Blacksberg interviews renowned New York klezmer musician Frank London about his life and music.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Malang Jobarteh and Salieu Suso

Friday, November 27, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Telling Mandinka histories through song and story.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Sachiyo Ito

Monday, November 30, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 am

  Online Event
A lecture demonstration by Japanese classical dancer, choreographer, and CTMD Touring Artist Sachiyo Ito
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Ronald Polo

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Recorded in the basement home studio, Afro-Colombian singer, percussionist, and director of CTMD Touring Artists Grupo Rebolu, Ronald Polo features in this edition of Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online.
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents George Vilson and Regine Romaine

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Together in this special segment, Régine and Georges discuss how they met at a Haitian folklore CTMD event, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic upon Haitian community, and the value of preserving Haitian musical culture and language during these difficult times.

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents Suvda Kheired

Monday, December 7, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Mongolian singer Suvda Khereid performs a number of long songs (urtyn duu) from Inner Mongolia, China.
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents Seetha Wickramasuriya

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
One of the only traditional kavi singers living in the U.S., Seetha practices a Sri Lankan folk poetic form sung to the beaten melody of a rabana drum.
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents Inkarayku

Friday, December 11, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
This special episode of Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents the band Inkarayku, a Quechua word that means “because of the Incas.”

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents Yamini Kalluri

Monday, December 14, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Yamini Kalluri, an Indian dance prodigy, master of classical Kuchipudi dance, and dance educator.
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Oneza Lafontant

Monday, December 21, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Öneza Lafontant is a cultural activist, musician, and founder of CTMD Touring Artist group Kongo, an Afro-Haitian roots music band based in Brooklyn.
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Rafael Leal Ramierez

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Shot at home, this program features the remarkable Rafael Leal Ramirez, a Colombian drummer, percussionist, and educator with the CTMD Sharing Traditions program FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela de Danza y Música.
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Esraa Warda

Monday, December 28, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
North African dancer Esraa Warda (www.esraawarda.com) and the members of Chab Lab project, a collective that explores North African and Caribbean musical connections.
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Lamine Thiam

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Senegalese dancer Lamine Thiam performing and discussing sabar drumming, traditional West African dance, his life story, and the social and spiritual meanings of his movements and sounds.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online present Jake Shulman-Ment

Monday, January 4, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Klezmer trombonist and creator of the Radiant Others Podcast Dan Blacksberg interviews renowned New York klezmer musician Jake Shulman-Ment about his life and music.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Ramon Ponce

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Fourth generation mariachi musician Ramon Ponce joins us from his living room to discuss the story of CTMD Touring Artists Mariachi Real de Mexico, the premiere mariachi ensemble on the east coast, and the importance of this tradition in New York City.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Pablo Mayor (Folklore Urbano NYC)

Friday, January 8, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
This program features an interview with the remarkable Colombian composer, pianist, educator, and founder of Folklore Urbano NYC Pablo de Mayor.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Ebrima Jassey

Monday, January 11, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Gambian jali/griot Ebrima Jassey performs several pieces on the balafon, a West African xylophone with gourds to amplify the keys.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Eleanore Weill

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
This Radiant Others Podcast collaboration features an interview between Klezmer trombonist Dan Blacksberg and renowned New York klezmer musician Eleonore Weill. 

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Aaron Alexander

Friday, January 15, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
This episode features the renowned klezmer drummer Aaron Alexander (www.aaronalexander.com) being interviewed by klezmer trombonist Dan Blacksberg

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Moris Cañate

Friday, January 15, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
This lecture/demonstration features Afro-Colombian artist Moris Cañate, founder of CTMD Touring Artists ensemble Grupo Rebolu.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Andriy Milavsky

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
We take a look back with the one-and-only CTMD Touring Artists Cheres Ensemble and Andriy Milavsky, band leader, clarinetist, and wind instrumentalist extraordinaire.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Oyu Oro

Monday, January 25, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
This original work is a dance drama that reflects the cultural perspective, dance identity, history and mythology of Afro-Cuban culture.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Cheryl “The Gourd Lady” Thomas

Friday, February 26, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
From the comfort of her living room in Crown Heights in the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, she discusses her life’s work, spiritual journey, and pandemic resilience.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents: Los Pleneros de la 21

Friday, March 19, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
Puerto Rican Plena and Bomba in the eyes of Los Pleneros de la 21! 

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Martha Zarate and Ramon Ponce

Friday, March 26, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
Audiences are invited to learn the basic steps of two traditional folk songs with Mariachi Real de Mexico's instructors Martha Zarate (dance) and Ramon Ponce (vocals, guitar).

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents the Cheres Folk Ensemble

Friday, March 26, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
Cheres, a phenomenal ensemble of traditional Ukranian dance practitioners takes over BBNYCO.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents the Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY

Friday, April 9, 2021

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  Online Event
As cultural ambassadors, SLDA’s gurus and dancers consistently work with new audiences to pass on their artistry and skill.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents the Wuza Wuza Ensemble

Friday, April 23, 2021

6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
Ghanian dancer, researcher, and educator Yawuza Alhassan, director of the Wuza Wuza Ensemble and the Wuzaland Cultural Center, discusses how he became a dancer and his career as one of Ghana’s preeminent cultural representatives

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Silvio Solis

Friday, May 14, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
Paraguayan harpist and lutherie Sylivio Solis discusses his international career, his upbringing as a musician, and the significance of the harp as a national instrument.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Kewulay Kamara

Friday, May 21, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  Online Event
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