Event Series

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) is proud to announce our program series Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund and the Scherman Foundation. This online series celebrates the artistry of fifty of  New York City’s leading immigrant performers and diverse cultural traditions from around the world found right here in New York City, while furthering the public’s understanding and appreciation of their work in these difficult times.  

Starting October 5, 2020,  CTMD will highlight three artists or ensembles a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm in an online format of their own creation. Whether a workshop, lecture-demonstration, or streamed live performance, a stellar cast of musicians and dancers presents their personal stories, remarkable traditions, and pandemic experiences. Arun Venugopal of WNYC will serve as the series host and introduce each episode.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Lamine Thiam

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
CTMD Concerts

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online presents Esraa Warda

Monday, December 28, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
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 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.

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents Yamini Kalluri

Monday, December 14, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
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.”
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.

Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online presents Suvda Kheired

Monday, December 7, 2020

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  Online Event
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.
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.

Beat of the Boroughs NYC Online: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!
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