Marisol Diaz and the Bombazo Dance Company will be performing at Heritage Sunday 2016
Summer 2016 at CTMD
Summer means outdoor concerts and festivals, and CTMD artists can be found on stages across the city. Catch up on the latest news from the 
nd clear your calendar for some exciting musical events all around town!
Rasanbleman by Kesler Pierre
VST Tribute to Chico Boyer
Thursday, June 23, 7:00pm
Johnson/Kaplan Auditorium
The New School
66 W.12th St.

Join Verite Sou Tanbou (VST), the Haitian Community Cultural Initiative at CTMD, for the final event in this season's Rasanbleman (Gathering) Series: an evening of Haitian Vodou Jazz in tribute to Haitian musician and music producer YVES "CHICO" BOYER, with New York Vodou Jazz master musicians plus the next generation of Haitian artists whom Chico has mentored and inspired.

Special thanks to Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts | The New School for major support for this program. 
Bronx proud hip hop crew Full Circle Souljahs will perform at Heritage Sunday 2016
Global Beat of the Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats
Heritage Sunday
Sunday, July 24th, 1:00pm
Lincoln Center Out of Doors

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) celebrates The Bronx and the dance traditions that have been birthed, cultivated and perpetuated in the borough. The Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble brings West African traditions to the stage in this high-octane program, alongside the Afro-Puerto-Rican traditions of Bombazo Dance Company  and the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company representing the Garifuna community, whose heritage draws from African and Carib Indian traditions from St. Vincent and the Central American Gulf Coast. The afternoon will be rounded out by the legendary hip hop crew, Full Circle Souljahs. See why they call it "The Boogie Down."
Moris Cañate teaches drums at FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela.
FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela
The school got off to a terrific start on April 13 at Our Lady of the Angelus Catholic Academy in Rego Park, Queens. The school proudly educates Colombian youth and others in the traditional music and dances of Colombia. Every Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm, dance teacher Karla Florez, and drum teachers Moris Cañate and Rafael Leal, along with dance teacher and the school's artistic director Rueban Dario Mejia teach students two drumming and dancing styles: the well-known Cumbia from the coast and Bambucoa group dance from the Andean region of the country. We expect the Esceula will become even more popular in the community before the end of the term in July. Follow the FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela on Facebook to see video of the dance class and learn more about their weekly lessons in Queens.
Lesson demonstration during Univision's visit to MANY in May.
Mariachi Academy of New York

This spring's session of the Mariachi Academy is coming to a close on Sunday, June 26 with a final performance at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Lexington Ave. in Manhattan from 3pm-6pm, where they hold their Sunday lessons. The Academy also meets Mondays at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church on Greenpoint Ave. in Queens. Students (and their parents!) take lessons in mariachi repertoire, instrumentation and vocal technique. With such a large community to serve, MANY hopes to expand to even more locations in the coming year. Follow MANY on Facebook for updates.  And watch the Univision report on MANY here!

***SAVE the DATE: November 22, 2016: Benefit for The Mariachi Academy. Mariachi Real de Mexico performs and honors founder Ramon Ponce Sr. at Carnegie Hall***
Beginning students at Pachamama learn a dance from the Andes.
Pachamama Peruvian Arts

For the Spring Semester at Pachamama Peruvian Arts, students meet at IS 230 in Jackson Heights to learn Andean music, choral singing of traditional songs and dance lessons in marinera norteña (from the Northern Peruvian Coast), Carnaval de Humapata (Andean dance from the department of Cusco) and Santiago (dance from the department of Junin). On May 6th, PPA held "En Tu Dia Mama/On Your Day, Mom" benefit show in honor of mothers. To celebrate the end of the Spring semester, PPA will hold a final performance featuring students performing the regional dances and music of Peru on June 24th at 7:30pm at ISO 230, 73-10 34th Ave in Jackson Heights, Queens. A Peruvian food sale to benefit PPA will begin at 6:30pm, prior to the concert. Find PPA on Facebook & Instagram to learn more about upcoming events.
Remembering Artie Pacheco

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of our former board member Artie Pacheco last month. Mr. Pacheco was honored by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in 2006 for his service to our organization. As fellow board member, Nancy Groce remembers, he was among the earliest and most enthusiastic supporters of the 2001 New York City at the Smithsonian Festival, which she curated. It was through his involvement in that program that Mr. Pacheco came to CTMD, for which he served as a Director for many years. In his professional life, Mr. Pacheco was a highly-esteemed member of the Wall Street financial community. He was very much interested in Hispanic music and culture, and worked to promote and honor cultural diversity in New York City. We send our condolences to his friends and family.
Esma Redzepova
Opres Khetanes! 2016

Our ongoing program on Romani (Gypsy) musics and cultures, Opre Khetanes!/Rise Up, Together!, marked its fourth year with a series of 9 concerts featuring "The Queen of the Gypsies" Macedonian Romani singer Esma Redzepova and her band throughout the United States. The group started their tour in Washington, DC, taking the stage at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress as part of the American Folklife Center's Homespun Series, followed by a performance for an enthusiastic audience at the University of Pittsburgh and stop in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. A sold-out crowd greeted Esma in New York at Le Poission Rouge closing out their East Coast tour. The group then headed out West for set of dates at Seattle Town Hall, Vashon Island, WA, Eugene, Oregon and finally the Herdeljezi Balkan Romani Music Festival in San Francisco. View their performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

The centerpiece of our Opres Khetanes! program was the conference "Romani/Gypsy Arts and Letters" held at New York University in conjunction with their Institute for Romani Music. Leading scholars, artists and musicians gathered to present on the topics ranging from identity and voice in Roma poetry to Roma political emancipation through cultural archiving. The event provided a unique venue for the discussion of Roma activism and identity. You can find out more about this year's conference via the Institute for Romani Music.
Staff News at CTMD 
Celebrating Eileen at the last Verite Sou Tanbou CCI meeting at CTMD, May 31, 2016.

June brings a few changes to the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Eileen Condon, our long-time project director for several Cultural Community Initiatives, including the Haitian project, Verite Sou Tanbou, will begin training this summer as a teaching fellow in the New York City Public Schools system. We congratulate her on move to teaching and are grateful for all the wonderful programming that she has helped to produce and foster for CTMD over the years.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Maureen Loughran has joined the organization as its new Deputy Director. Maureen served for a number of years as a Senior Producer of American Routes, the nationally-broadcast public radio program hosted by Dr Nick Spitzer. More recently, Maureen documented sacred and secular music traditions in Baton Rouge for the Louisiana Folklife Program's Baton Rouge Folklife Survey. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Brown University.

The Brothers Nazaroff. photo credit: Fumie Suzuki

Kulturfest nyc
Summer 2016
Kulturfest nyc is a summer-long festival of international Jewish performing arts presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. CTMD is proud to be a co-sponsor for the following events at Kulturfest nyc this summer: 

The Paper Box
Thursday, June 16, 7pm
$18 adv, $25 door
A klezmer punk pop soiree featuring: The Klezmatics, OPA from St. Petersburg, Daniel Kahn, Annette Ezekiel, Vanya Zhuk, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, Psoy Korolenko, Svetlana & The Eastern Brokhedz and many more!

Joe's Pub
Thursday, June 16, 9:30pm
One of the world's foremost mandolin players and a clarinet virtuoso, Andy Statman combines klezmer and bluegrass into a unique experience.

Joe's Pub
Friday, June 17, 9:30pm
The Brothers Nazaroff - Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korolenko, Michael Alpert, Bob Cohen, Jake Shulman-Ment and Hampus Melin - aim to bring the subversive joy of Yiddish music to new audiences, tearing down borders with a musical balagan.

Brunch with Litvakus at City Winery.
City Winery
Sunday, June 26, 11am
Litvakus, led by the critically acclaimed clarinetist, vocalist, and composer Zisl Slepovitch, is a unique klezmer collective, and the first to focus exclusively on the music and culture of Belarus. The Litvakus repertoire is a mix of traditional Belarusian and Litvak (Belarusian Jewish) folk music, as well as contemporary pieces written in the spirit of roots music.

JCC Manhattan
Thursday, June 30, 7pm-10pm
A Fiddle Festival featuring Alicia Svigals and Band, with Master Class for string instruments before the concert.  Register by June 23 for a .pdf of the master class sheet music.  More information, call the JCC registration desk: 646-505-5708.

Abdoulaye Diabate
Abdoulaye Diabate in performance.
Abdoulaye Diabate
Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 W.83rd St.
Saturday, July 9, 2pm & 3:30pm
Join Abdoulaye Diabate, the "African Troubadour" for an afternoon of traditional songs and stories exploring the musical territory of Mali, Gambia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

FolkCOLOMBIA en el Museo
FolkCOLOMBIA in the Museum 
Queens Museum
Sunday, July 24, 12pm-3pm

The Queens Museum, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, will host this annual celebration of Colombian Independence Day, which will feature FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela de Danza y Música's professional dancers, musicians and students in a program highlighting traditional Cumbia from the Atlantic coast and Bambuco from the highland Andean regions of Colombia. An open dance workshop and performances by special invited guest artists will all take place inside the museum's Atrium. 

Brooklyn Fiddle: 
Summer Klezmer String Workshop with Jake Shulman-Ment
August 8-12
Klezmer fiddler Jake Shulman-Ment
A 5-day intensive program for string students introducing the rich and varied tradition of klezmer for bowed strings taught by Jake Shulman-Ment. All classes will be taught by ear, without use of sheet music. Open to students aged 8 and up of varying levels, basic command of instrument (Suzuki book 3 and up) and some experience with shifting positions. Students will be asked to learn at least one klezmer tune by memory before the start of the workshop. Cost: $600 per student. *partial attendance is also possible at reduced tuition rate. For more details: or 347-909-2779

The Yiddish Art Trio
 Yiddish Art Trio
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Tuesday, August 16, 7:30pm
Three of the most brilliant young luminaries of the international Klezmer revival have unearthed a treasure trove of art songs in Yiddish that they interpret and lovingly perform all over the world. Starring Michael Winograd, Benji Fox-Rosen and Patrick Farrell. Part of Kulturfest nyc, and co-sponsored by CTMD.
Save the Date!
Yiddish New York
December 24-29, 2016
A week of workshops, lectures, theater, klezmer concerts, dance parties, neighborhood walking tours, visual arts exhibition and much more! Special programs for kids and teens. To learn more about the upcoming programs and join the mailing list:    
CTMD is proud to be a sponsor of Yiddish New York.   
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