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Harlem Stage Announces 2018 Fall Season

Harlem Stage Announces 2018 Fall Season

Presenting World Class Visionary Artists of Color

  Featuring the 2nd Annual Open House, FREE Performances, and more!

 

August 14, 2018 — New York, NY — Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Fall 2018 season of performances. The season is curated by Monique Martin, recently appointed Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists who #Disrupt and take creative risk. The performances feature a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers, as well as rising stars.

Harlem Stage’s 2018 fall season will feature a variety of performances, which speak to the creative and uplifting ways in which the performing arts confront and transform the difficult realities of current times.

The season begins with Harlem Stage’s Open House event on September 8th, 2018. This free event welcomes all New Yorkers to come and kick off the season with a party that exemplifies the best of the Harlem community. Bring your instruments to join a drum circle, dance the afternoon away in the Gatehouse, take a tour and learn about the history of the venue and preview some of the upcoming season.

Harlem Stage has partnered with Theater of War Productions to present “Antigone in Ferguson,” in an unprecedented five-week run of free performances beginning September 13.  Conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, “Antigone in Ferguson” fuses dramatic readings of excerpts from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy with live choirs and powerful audience-driven discussions on race and social justice. Each week will feature a different group of actors, choirs and community panelists. Actors include Samira Wiley ( Orange is the New Black), Paul Giamatti ( Billions), Tamara Tunie ( Dietland, Law & Order: SVU) and more. Presented in association with THE OFFICE performing arts + film. Translated and directed by Bryan Doerries, with music composed by Phil Woodmore. This production of Antigone in Ferguson is exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation whose generous support has made it possible for audiences to experience this critical work, free of charge, at Harlem Stage.

Musical highlights include Grammy nominee Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh, performing her latest album, “Vintage Babies.”

Celebrate #BlackGirlMagic, with an evening full of music and movement, as three incredible female artists known for moving the crowd, bring their artistry together. DJ, percussionist and sound chemist Val Jeanty performs “VodouElectro” with Sirene Dantor Oliyaya Rene, songstress and sanctuary goddess Neycha performs acid hip-hop and dusted soul anthems from her upcoming CD “The Holy Hell of Hope” and YahZarah brings her electric, ceremonial healing powers of song full throttle.

Later in the season, join the Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio, helmed by Cuban-born pianist and composer Elio Villafranca. Villafranca is a Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated artist, and the 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Millennium Swing Award recipient.

Closing out the season, catch Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time with special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Pedrito Martinez. Weedie Braimah’s percussive orchestra will surely awaken the rhythmic senses and soul of anyone present, as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah stretches jazz music’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean.

“During a time in America and the world in which many of us feel impotent against the oppressive forces of the state, art enables us to respond, to speak truth to power, to resist and to attempt to transform. The time is now and the doors to the Harlem Stage Gatehouse are open” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage.

Monique Martin, Director of Programming, said “This season, Harlem Stage will continue to be a ‘Sanctuary Space’ for dialogue, bridge building and transcendent theater, music and dance. Artists from down the block, around the way and across the globe will present bespoke programs to ignite our imaginations, pose disrupting questions and ground us in our collective commitment to a world that honors everyone. We look forward to holding space with you and honoring our collective humanity.”

TICKETING INFORMATION
Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).
Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.
By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19
Online: www.HarlemStage.org

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE
Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 1,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

For more information on Harlem Stage, visit: www.harlemstage.org.
For a full list of donors, please visit: https://www.harlemstage.org/support/

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Harlem Stage Fall 2018 Programming

 

DATE TIME NAME TICKET PRICE GENRE
Saturday, September 8 3:00pm-6:00pm Harlem Stage Open House: Drum Circle, Community Sing & DJ party FREE with RSVP Special Event
September 13- October 13, Tuesdays- Saturdays 7:30pm (Saturdays: 3:00pm and 7:30pm) Harlem Stage & Theater of War Productions Present Antigone In Ferguson FREE with RSVP Theater
Friday, October 19 7:30pm Maimouna Youssef $25 Music
Friday, October 26 7:30pm Sacred Rebel Women $25 Music
Friday, November 2 7:30pm Manhattan School of Music comes to Harlem! MSM Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Quincy Jones

 

$25 Music – Jazz
Thursday, November 15 7:30pm WaterWorks Conversation and Cocktail Party with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakaté $50 Special Event
Saturday, November 24 4:00pm-8:00pm The Give Thanks Get Down: A DJ Dance Party!

 

$15 Dance Party
Saturday, December 1 7:30pm Sarah Elizabeth Charles and SCOPE $25 Music
Thursday, December 6 7:30pm Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio

 

FREE with RSVP Music
Friday, December 14 7:30pm Pop Up Performance at Silvana’s, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Featuring Braxton Cook FREE with RSVP Music
 Saturday, December 15 7:30pm Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time with special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Pedrito Martinez $25 Music


Saturday, September 8
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Price: FREE with RSVP
Harlem Stage Open House: Drum Circle, Community Sing & DJ party
Back by popular demand we launch our fall season welcoming YOU, our community, to a party to kick off the season. We are inviting all singers, drummers, percussionist, dancers and culture enthusiasts! Participate in a drum circle led by master drummer King Salim Ajanku. Bring your tambourines, djembes, congas, cajones, hand percussion and joy. Learn about Antigone in Ferguson through an excerpted performance and join a community sing led by vocalist Marcelle Davies-Lashley.

Tour the Gatehouse and learn about its historical restoration from a facility to distribute clean water to New York City into a state-of-the-art flexible performing arts center.

Dance to the soulful sounds of Harlem’s own DJ Ness Digital.

*Email kmartin@harlemstage.org to sign up for the Drum Circle*

September 13 – October 13, Tuesdays – Saturdays
7:30pm (Saturdays: 3:00pm and 7:30pm)
First Performance Thursday, September 13
Price: FREE with RSVP
Harlem Stage & Theater of War Productions Present Antigone In Ferguson
Translated and Directed by Bryan Doerries, Music Composed by Phil Woodmore
In Association with THE OFFICE performing arts + film

Exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Antigone in Ferguson, conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, is an immersive experience fusing dramatic readings of excerpts from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy with live choirs and powerful audience-driven discussions on race and social justice. Each week will feature a different group of actors, choir and community panelists.

This multifaceted production will focus on the impact of racial violence against communities of color and the legacy of the tragic death of Michael Brown as well as New Yorkers Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Saheed Vassell and numerous others around the country. Antigone in Ferguson will offer a glimpse not only into the effects of the tragedy in Brown’s local community, but also the trauma of police violence and racial injustice in New York and across the nation.

A rotating cast of actors including Samira Wiley ( Orange is the New Black), Paul Giamatti ( Billions), Tamara Tunie ( Dietland, Law & Order: SVU) and more will read scenes from Sophocles’ Antigone, accompanied by various Harlem choirs and The Phil Woodmore Singers (a diverse choir composed of community activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens including two of Michael Brown’s teachers from Ferguson).

Audience driven discussions will be guided by Theater of War Productions artistic director, Bryan Doerries and St. Louis based social worker, De-Andrea Blaylock, among others.

Friday, October 19
7:30pm
Price: $25
Uptown Nights: Maimouna Youssef
Fresh off of her recent concert on NPR’s Tiny Desk and breakout performance with August Green earlier this year, Maimouna aka MuMu Fresh performs with her band from her rich body of work and latest album “Vintage Babies.” As a United States Musical Ambassador, Maimouna’s lyrical prowess coupled with her commitment to activism and social justice has taken her around the globe as a musician, thought leader and facilitator. She has shared the stage with Black Thought, Sting, Nas, Common, Dave Chappelle, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, Fred Yonnet and more. Come ready for a transformational party! Opening set by DJ Beauty and the Beatz

“Maimouna is gorgeous, powerful, raps better than most rappers and has the voice of an angel. At the least she is a quadruple threat.” – Black Thought

Friday, October 26
7:30pm
Price: $25
Uptown Nights: Sacred Rebel Women
Join us for a concert celebrating #BlackGirlMagic and the alchemical power of music to move, affirm, liberate and uplift. Three women known for moving the crowd bring their artistry together for an evening of music, movement and visuals. DJ, percussionist and sound chemist Val Jeanty performs “VodouElectro” with Sirene Dantor Oliyaya Rene, songstress and sanctuary goddess Neycha performs acid hip-hop and dusted soul anthems from her upcoming CD “The Holy Hell of Hope” which is part of a larger project investigating Music as Sanctuary – a movement initiated to help restore hope to the hopeless and DC born Ghanaian singer songwriter YahZarah, who has shared the stage with the Roots, Outcast and Lenny Kravitz, brings her electric, ceremonial healing powers of song full throttle performing from her four album body of work and new music!

Friday, November 2
7:30pm
Price: $25
Uptown Nights: Manhattan School of Music comes to Harlem!
MSM Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Quincy Jones
Presented in Collaboration with Manhattan School of Music
Featuring: John Beasley, Guest Conductor and Arranger

Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Orchestra, led by guest conductor and arranger John Beasley, performs a tribute to musical powerhouse, Quincy Jones. A master inventor of musical hybrids, Quincy Jones has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing many mediums, including records, live performance, movies and television.

Thursday, November 15
7:30pm
Price $50
WaterWorks Conversation and Cocktail Party With Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakaté

This evening is dedicated to reflecting on the visionary artists and works presented at Harlem Stage through our signature commissioning program, WaterWorks. We will highlight the significance of the program (past, present and future) while creating space for dialogue, community and transformational ideas.

Join us for an intimate cocktail party examining the journey of transnational MC, musician, author, and WaterWorks artist, Jason Timbuktu Diakaté as he brings to life a new theater project inspired by his debut book A Drop of Midnight. He will be in conversation with scholar and author Monica Miller followed by a riveting performance.

Born of American parents with roots in Harlem by way of South Carolina and Pennsylvania, this first generation Swedish artist unpacks racism, bigotry, artistry, family and belonging through an unflinching narrative that dares to ask the questions: Where do I belong? Who are my people? Does my skin define me? Music, text and visuals weave a compelling story that journeys across continents and musical genres. Jason will be accompanied by a live band: The Rakiem Walker Project.

Saturday, November 24
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Price: $15
The Give Thanks Get Down: A DJ Dance Party!

Come dance and sweat out the holiday meal with Amma Whatt and Ancestral Pact. A musical experience exhibiting Whatt’s commitment to venerate the music of her ancestors and continue the legacy of Black music as it moves and morphs into modern times. As a Singer-songwriter Amma’s music is a modern, multi-genre fusion of Soul, Afro-Caribbean styles, House, and Jazz. Her vocal stylings, songwriting and live performances are lively and contemporary interpretations of ancestral dance, sound, spirituality and storytelling traditions.

Fly free with the DJ Collective Underground Revival and participate in an Afro Cuban Orisha dance class led by master Akpon (ceremonial singer) and dancer Oludaré Bernard. Together we will Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky and Get free! Co-curated by Amma Whatt.

Saturday, December 1
7:30pm
Price: $25
Uptown Nights: Sarah Elizabeth Charles and SCOPE

Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her band SCOPE have been together for nine years and continue to re-define their musical space. Through live performance and educational engagement, Sarah has shared her vision for what sonic landscapes have the potential to be. Harnessing freedom of expression, social commentary and ever-changing dialogue, this band’s name speaks for itself. SCOPE is the possibility and the opportunity to deal with something. This music sends a message that we are all unique human beings worthy of exploring our true selves and sharing it with the world. During this performance, the audience will experience music from SCOPE’s newest record, Free of Form, which includes protest and socially reflective material that serves as a form of questioning, celebration, individuality and unification.

Thursday, December 6
7:30pm
Price: FREE
Uptown Nights: Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio
Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall Citywide, a program of the Weill Music Institute.
Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba, Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated, and 2014 JALC Millennium Swing Award! Recipient pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba.

Since his arrival in the U.S. in mid-1995, Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable pianists, composers and bandleaders. Over the years Elio Villafranca has recorded and performed nationally and internationally as a leader, featuring jazz master artists such as Pat Martino, Terell Stafford, Wynton Marsalis, Billy Hart, Paquito D’Rivera, Billy Harper, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash, Chick Corea, and Jon Faddis, Johnny Pacheco among others. He is based in New York City and he is a faculty member of Temple University, Philadelphia and The Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University in NYC.

Featuring Russell Hall on bass and Dion Parson on drums

Friday, December 14
7:30pm
Price: FREE
Uptown Nights: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Featuring Braxton Cook
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presents a special pop up concert featuring Braxton Cook and his quintet at Harlem’s own Silvana’s restaurant. One of this generation’s emerging voices on the alto saxophone Braxton is also a talented vocalist and songwriter whose sounds blends Soul, R&B, and Jazz. A Juilliard graduate, he has toured with Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, Marquis Hill, and The New Century Jazz Quintet, among others. In 2017, Fader Magazine called Braxton Cook a “Jazz Marvel” and “Jazz Prodigy.”

Saturday, December 15
7:30pm
Price: $25
Uptown Nights: Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time with special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Pedrito Martinez

Weedie Braimah exemplifies tradition, evolution and soul as he brings his vision of building a reverence for folkloric West African music to life by anchoring the concert with percussion as the driver. His percussive orchestra will awaken the rhythmic senses and soul through his unique folkloric-fusion utilizing instruments such as Kora, Ngoni, Balafon, Djembe, Dundun, Tama, Sabar, Bass, and Electric Guitar creates new sounds reaching musical boundaries like none before.

Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, returns as host, curator and performer for his final year of a three residency that continues to Stretch jazz music’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean. Scott aTunde Adjuah is a WaterWorks artist that creates a bridge to liberation and freedom with some of music’s most daring musicians and improvisers.

Cuban congero Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting and has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums.

 

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