Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online

Celebrating and supporting immigrant artists during these difficult times.

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 November 16, 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.

Tune in each week at 5PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to CTMD’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/CTMDProgramsConcerts or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CTMDnyc. See the schedule below for program details. 

The resulting collection of their combined voices will remain available online and serve as a powerful document and platform for continuing advocacy for traditional arts in the city of immigrants. Now more than ever do we need to support folk and traditional artists who are often particularly vulnerable members of new immigrant and underserved communities.

If you would like to support the creation of Beat of Boroughs: NYC Online programs for other artists, please donate:


Watch the Beat of the Boroughs – NYC Online trailer here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N2tJtwEcS0&am

Schedule of Programs

2020

October 05, Pilot release: The Grupo Rebolu Family Jam with Johanna Castaneda, Ronald Polo, and their children perform Afro-Colombian folk songs. Watch here!

November 16, The Crimean Tatar Ensemble presents on folk music and dance from the Crimean peninsula, Ukraine.

November 18, The Mencius Society with Xiao Xiannian and Julie Tay present the yangqin (hammered dulcimer) and Chinese percussion.

November 20, Sidiki Conde presents on West African drumming and his sacred ancestral masks.

November 23, Yuri Yunakov presents traditional Bulgarian Roma/Gypsy music.

November 25, Frank London presents on klezmer with host Dan Blacksburg of the Radiant Others podcast. 

November 27, Malang Jobarteh and Salieu Suso present on West African jali/griot traditions.

November 30, Sachiyo Ito presents on Japanese classical dance.

December 02, George Vilson and Régine Romain present on Haitian traditional song.

December 04, Ronald Polo presents on Afro-Colombian song.

December 07, Suvda Khereid presents on Mongolian short and long songs.

December 09, Seetha Wickramasuriya presents Sri Lankan Kavi poetry.

December 11, Inkarayku presents a live online concert of traditional Andean music.

December 14, Yamini Kalluri presents traditional Kuchipudi dancing and her new dance school.

December 20, Inkarayku presents a live online concert featuring artists from the Andean community.

December 21, Oneza Lafontant presents on spiritual well-being, healing, and solidarity in the Haitian community while honoring four elders who have transitioned during the pandemic.

December 23, Rafael Leal Ramierez presents a workshop on traditional Colombian drumming.

December 28, Esraa Warda presents a concert of Algerian rai music and dance.

December 30, Lamine Thiam presents on Senegalese drumming and dancing.

2021

January 4, Jake Shulman-Ment, Klezmer musician is interviewed by Dan Blacksberg. 

January 6, Ramon Ponce presents a lecture-demonstration on Mariachi music and traditions.

January 8, Pablo Mayor (Folklore Urbano NYC) presents his recent pandemic-era salsa, cumbia, and immigrant. music projects

January 11, Ebrima Jassey

January 13, Dan Blacksberg, interviews renowned New York klezmer musician Eleonore Weill for an in-depth conversation on how their work has made them an integral part of the klezmer world.

January 15, Moris Canate focuses on traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms

January 20, Andry Milavsky

January 22, Aaron Alexander is interviewed by Dan Blacksberg

January 25, Oyu Oro

January 27, Ruben Dario Mejia

January 29, Papa Suso

February 1, Cheryl Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 30, 2020

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December 28, 2020

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December 23, 2020

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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.

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December 21, 2020

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

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December 11, 2020

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

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December 9, 2020

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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.

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December 2, 2020

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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.

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November 25, 2020

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

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November 23, 2020

5:00 PM

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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.

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November 20, 2020

5:00 PM

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

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November 18, 2020

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

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November 16, 2020

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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.

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October 14, 2020

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

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October 5, 2020

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

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