Moris Canate teaching drums at the FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela in Rego Park.
FolkCOLOMBIA Danza y Música in Concert
Friday, May 5th, 7:00pm
Johnson/Kaplan Auditorium, 
The New School
66 W. 12th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.),  Manhattan
Admission: Free

A concert of traditional Colombian music and dance, highlighting rhythms from the Atlantic Coast, Andean and Plains regions and featuring performances by master dancers and musicians Karla Florez, Nestor Reyes, Johanna Castañeda and Rafa Leal and Ruben Dario Mejia, as well as students from the FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela.

The concert concludes a semester-long course at The New School, under the direction of the FolkCOLOMBIA Esceula de Danza y Musica faculty, FolkCOLOMBIA project director Jorge Arevalo Mateus and New School ethnomusicologist Dr. Evan Rapport.

More information on the FolkCOLOMBIA Facebook Page.
Nariman Asanov and Patrick Farrell.
Traditional Music of the Crimean Tatars:  A Concert & Interview
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm
At The Ukrainian Museum
222 East 6th St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), East Village, Manhattan 
Admission: $10

Join us for an evening celebrating one of New York City's greatest under-the-radar cultural treasures - the exciting and enchanting traditional music of the local Crimean Tatar community, featuring violin virtuoso Nariman Asanov accompanied by accordionist Patrick Farrell and percussionist Lennur Mamudov. Additionally, CTMD's Pete Rushefsky will interview the performers about the music and its place in the local Crimean community. Fans of Balkan music, klezmer and other East European musical traditions will particularly enjoy this amazing music. 

Produced in collaboration with Direct Cultural Access, the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage (CATCH) and the Ukrainian Museum. More information and tickets available online.
CTMD in the News!

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance was the topic of a recent article by Jarrett Murphy of, exploring the potential effect of new immigration policy and arts funding cuts on arts organizations who work with immigrant communities. 

As Murphy writes "
Not only does the organization work in the neighborhoods targeted by the president's immigration crackdown; it does so partially thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is slated for elimination in the Trump budget. 
"I definitely feel that a lot of the communities feel a sort of siege mentality," says CTMD director Peter Rushefsky of the atmosphere since the 2016 presidential election. "It's also created a lot of activism among community members. I think there's been a lot of wonderful offers of support. That energy, it lifts folks."

Read the entire article online. 

Rushefsky was also recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal's Charles Passey on the revival of Yiddish culture in New York City. Read about it by clicking here.
Jim Guttmann's Bessarabian Breakdown
The New York Klezmer Series featuring 
Jim Guttmann's Bessarabian Breakdown
Thursday, May 11, 8:00pm
Admission: $25 workshop (6:30pm)
$15 concert (8:00pm)
$35 full night pass (workshop, concert & jam session). 
At Jalopy Theater, 
315 Columbia St., Brooklyn.

Klezmer Conservatory Band bassist Jim Guttmann brings his own group, Bessarabian Breakdown, to the NYC Klezmer Series. The group's repertoire is an exciting, eclectic excursion through klezmer music ranging from traditional performances to fusions that stay true to their idioms. The music is an expression of Guttmann's love of many kinds of music- jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban - bound together by traditional klezmer melodies learned in his decades long career with the Klezmer Conservatory Band. This incarnation of the band includes New Yorkers Jeremy Brown, violin, Alec Spiegelman, clarinet and tenor sax, Alex Kontorovich, clarinet and baritone sax, Jordan Hirsch, trumpet and reunites pianist, accordionist and arranger Art Bailey with KCB members Mark Hamilton on trombone and Grant Smith, drums & percussion.

Jim's career has taken him from smoky dives to Carnegie Hall. As a founding member the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Jim has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman and Joel Grey. Outside of KCB he has worked with Andy Statman, Klezmer Plus, The Tarras Band, Alicia Svigals' Fiddle Express, Frank London and Strings, and Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys and was on staff at Klez Kamp for over 20 years. Outside of klezmer, Jim has performed in a wide range of idioms, working with singers Eartha Kitt and Mark Murphy, Mimi Rabson's Really Eclectic String Quartet (RESQ), Boston's legendary string band Cheap Trills, blues masters Johnny Shines and James Cotton, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Texas swing legend Tiny Moore, new acoustic music guitar virtuoso Russ Barenberg, jazz & bluegrass fiddle wizard Matt Glaser, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and many more.

Coming June 8: Zev Feldman - Reading and Concert
Join klezmer historian and scholar Walter Zev Feldman for a concert and reading from his newly published book Klezmer: Music, History and Memory (2016 Oxford Univ. Press). The book reveals the artistic transformation of the liturgy of the Ashkenazic synagogue in klezmer wedding melodies, and presents the most extended study available in any language of the relationship of Jewish dance to the rich and varied klezmer music of Eastern Europe.

The New York Klezmer Series, curated by Aaron Alexander, meets nearly every Thursday evening at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn. The night kicks off with a klezmer instrumental music workshop at 6:30pm, then a concert by featured artists at 8:00pm followed by a jam session till 11:00pm.  For more information, see the concert schedule online

Produced in partnership with the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage and the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center.
Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni
Orientations: Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni, Arooj Aftab & Charlotte Greve
Friday, May 12, 
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver St., 4th Floor
(bet. Broad & Broadway)
Admission: $20, $15 students & seniors

Merita Halili is one of Albania's top performers, renowned for her stunning voice, prodigious range and exquisite vocal technique. Raif Hyseni, originally from the Republic of Kosova, leads the most sought-after Albanian music ensemble in the United States. Together their performances thrill with masterful interpretations of instrumentals and urban folk songs from both Albania and the Republic of Kosova. 

Orientations, a new series of musical explorations at Alwan for the Arts, features eleven ensembles over five weeks this spring. At its core is Tarab Edition II, rooting the multitude of musical expressions in the language of Maqam and the tradition of the multiple-hour Tarab performances. 

Following Halili and Hyseni, Arooj Aftab and Charlotte Greve will be featured in a performance reworking classical Pakistani and North Indian forms to create a fascinating mix of sounds and cultures.

Produced in partnership with Alwan for the Arts, Direct Cultural Access and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage. More information on the series and to purchase tickets online, see the Alwan for the Arts website and on Facebook.
Students at Pachamama Peruvian Arts.
"Para Ti, Mama" Pachamama Peruvian Arts Annual Mother's Day Concert
Friday, May 12th, 8:30pm Concert, Food sale at 7:30pm
PS 69, 77-02 37th Ave., 
Jackson Heights 
Admission: $5

Featuring performances by master teachers at Pachamama and the students. Food Sale prior to the concert raises funds for the after-school program of traditional Peruvian music and dance. For more information, see Pachamama's Facebook page. 
News from the Sri Lankan CCI: Vesak 2017 in NYC!
Saturday, May 13, 7am-9pm (Thorana viewing at 7:30pm) 
New York Buddhist Vihara
214-22 Spencer Ave, Queens Village, NY

Sunday, May 14,  7am-9pm (Thorana viewing at 7:30pm)
American Sri Lanka Buddhist Association (Staten Island Buddhist Vihara), 115 John Street, 
Staten Island 
Admission: Free 

Thorana pandal for Vesak 2017

As part of our ongoing work with the Sri Lankan Community Cultural Initiative, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is proud to sponsor a special Thorana (electrically lit pandal or 3D video projection telling one of Buddha's life stories) viewing with live musical accompaniment at two NYC-based Sri Lankan Vesak celebrations. 

Vesak, the Buddhist celebration commemorating Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, is both a religious and cultural festival in Sri Lanka and remains an inter-ethnic pillar of the diverse community in NYC. 

While the official Vesak holiday falls on the first full moon in the month of May, we will be celebrating in Queens on 5/13 and Staten Island on 5/14 as per local temple customs. Each location features a full day of festivities including dansalas (food and drink offerings to passersby), vesak kuudu (exquisite paper lanterns hung to light up the sky), performances of bhakti gee (devotional songs), prayer, and charity programs such as blood drives and fundraisers. 

At 7:30pm each evening, an original Thorana projection telling the epic tale of Buddha's birth with Viridu and Kavis (sung poetry and narration) by Seetha Wickramasuriya and Uthpala Eroshan Jayakodi Arachchi. It promises to be a magical evening that we hope can build momentum for future city-wide celebrations of Sri Lankan arts and  culture. 

Additional information is available online at the Staten Island Buddhist Vihara and the New York Buddhist Vihara.

Songs of Kryachkivka Village - Generation U with Jurij Fedynskyj
Monday, May 15, 7:00pm
Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, White Box Room, 3rd Floor
440 Lafayette St. (bet. Astor Pl. & East 4th St.), Manhattan

Admission: $15 adults/$10 students & seniors/children free

Join Ukrainian Village Voices for this singing workshop with Jurij Fedynski, and learn about the beloved generational folk melodies and instrumentation of Kryachkivka, a village in the Poltava region of Ukraine. The village is best known for a polyphonic style of music that villagers developed over years of singing together in a group called Drevo. Renowned musicians, singers, and ethnomusicologists flock here to connect with these elders.

Generation "U," a term recently coined by Jurij, is explained as the next generation of intelligent, patriotic, and free Ukrainians. We will study the songs of Kryachkivka as seen through the lens of Generation U. Specifically, we will be learning kobzar repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, songs of defending one's county and faith, and a duma calling the diaspora back home. This workshop will also showcase Jurij's extensive knowledge and playing of traditional Ukrainian stringed instruments.

Born in North Carolina, Jurij Fedynskyj has pursued a career of Ukrainian Folklore of Eastern Ukraine. For the past 15 years, Jurij has worked to resurrect three original and unique Ukrainian instruments, namely the torban, kobza and bandura, by researching their construction from a handful of surviving instruments in museums. He has mastered the techniques required to make and play new instruments, and teaches these skills at Kryachkivka. Jurij has sung with Drevo for the past seven years, and has also worked with groups such as Khoreya Kozatska, Karpatiyany, Kyiv Kobzar Guild, and Haydamaky.

More information is available on the Ukrainian Village Voices Facebook page.
Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble
The Bambara Drum & Dance Ensemble: Dance in the Diaspora
Saturday, May 20, 7:00pm
Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab
1303 Louis Nine Blvd., Bronx
Admission: Free

Celebrating music and dance genres from West Africa and Garifuna communities in Central America, this event features performances by Bronx-based groups, including CTMD Touring Artists The Bambara Drum & Dance Ensemble and Hamalali Wayunagu Garifuna Folkloric & Modern Dance Company. More information is available online.
The 4th Annual Frisner Augustin Memorial Drum Concert
Friday, June 16, 7:30pm
Johnson/Kaplan Auditorium
The New School
66 W. 12th Street, (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), Manhattan
Admission: $20 door, $18 advance; Students & Seniors: $17 door, $15 advance.

The fourth annual celebration of the life of Frisner Augustin, with an evening of traditional Haitian drumming, led by the Makandal Drummers, Fanmi Asotò with Fanfan Tanbou René and Djarara. Presented in collaboration with Makandal. 
Heritage Sunday: Echoes of the Revolution
Sunday, August 6, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center Out of Doors 
Admission:  Free!

With the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet state, we explore the transformation of music and dance traditions under socialist states and how leading contemporary artists are working to reclaim & reinvigorate these genres. With Albanian superstars Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni (Steve Kotansky dance leader), Dancing Crane Georgian Dance, Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble and Central Asian dancer (& USSR People's Artist) Malika Kalontarova.  Produced in partnership with Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage and Direct Cultural Access.
More Upcoming Events at CTMD Partner Organizations

The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York at Drums Along the Hudson
Sunday, June 4th, 11:00am-4:00pm
Inwood Hill Park, 218 St. & Indian Road (4 blocks from Broadway)
Admission: Free!
The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York performs at the  15th  Annual DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON: A Native American Festival and Multicultural Celebration, features Manhattan's only open air pow wow. This multicultural family-oriented festival combines Native American heritage with the diversity of New York City with performances of world dance and drumming traditions. More information online. 

ChinART's Summer Camp:  Chinese, Academics & Culturals
July 5 - August 8, 8:30am-5:30pm
Mencius Society for the Arts
243 Grand St., 2nd Floor, Manhattan
Registration available online
A six-week multi-discipline course that strives to promote Mandarin language and traditional Chinese musical skills, our summer camp is THE ONLY program that offers your child a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn classical Chinese music instruments! Daily classes in Mandarin language, Chinese Cultural Arts (Chinese Percussion, Chinese Orchestra Music, KungFu, Lion Dance, Chinese Brush Painting, Chinese Chess), Enrichment Math, ELA and Sports (Aerobic Dance,Table Tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Soccer). For children in grades K-8. Information about tuition and registration is available online.

Ikhlaq Hussain: Rhythms of India
Friday, May 19th, 7:00pm
The Rubin Museum
150 W. 17th St., Manhattan
Admission: $25/$22.50 members
When played live, northern Indian classical music is shaped by the artist's mood and rapport with the audience. What will inspire renowned sitar player and CTMD Touring Artist Ikhlaq Hussain when he takes the stage at the Rubin on 5/19? Though every show is different, Hussain is known for performances that evoke the soul's yearning for the divine. He will be joined by Suryaksha Deshpande on tabla for the evening's program of northern Indian classical ragas and talas in the Gayaki Ang style. Tickets are available online.

Alicia Svigals and Patrick Farrell
Little Delaware Youth Ensemble Annual Workshop/Concerts
Sunday, May 7, 3:00pm (concert)
Monday, May 8, 10:00am (concert), 12noon (string workshop)
SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy, Oneonta, NY.
Admission: Free!
Little Delaware Youth Ensemble 2017 Annual Workshop and Concert featuring Klezmer violinist and CTMD Touring Artist Alicia Svigals at SUNY Oneonta. Admission is free! More information is available online.
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