The Criminal Castrati's anarchic brechtian blues trio, The Tiger Lillies, are an extraordinary three piece band creating music that is a startling mixture of opera, gypsy song and left bank Paris. Fronted by singer Martyn Jacques who trained himself as an opera singer with a castrati style voice of heartbreaking beauty whilst living alone above a strip joint in Soho for seven years, and accompanied by drummer Mike Pickering and double bass player Adrian Stout. The Tiger Lillies sing savage and passionate songs about prostitutes, drug addicts and losers, their voices soaring and growling like men possessed.
With Miriam, renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire creates her first character-driven work — a deeply personal dance-theatre performance that looks closely at the tensions women face between public expectations and private desires, between selflessness and ambition, and between the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal. Inspired by South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba with original music by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, the work layers text, sound and image that enrich the mysterious and haunting world of Chipaumire’s creation.
For the first time in Wynwood- our annual celebration of Cuban music!
Danay Suárez, self-taught Cuban singer of jazz and hip hop, began her music career through the Cuban rap movement. She could rap “with perfect flow and compelling, conscious lyrics” and she could also sing jazz, soul, reggae, blues, and more, with the same ease. By fusing elements of hip hop with jazz and traditional Cuban music, Danay has been celebrated around the world as an impeccable vocalist and poignant storyteller.
2011 MacArthur “Genius” Dafnis Prieto’s arrival in the U.S. from Cuba has been compared to that of an asteroid hitting New York. Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee Dafnis Prieto is easily the most impressive young drummer to come on the jazz scene during the past decade. Possessing awesome virtuosity and astonishing versatility, his compositions are elaborate composites melding Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern jazz harmonies into music that is ecstatic and intelligent.
Innovative theater director Thaddeus Phillips (creator of RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE, WHaLE OPTICS, ¡El Conquistador!) steps back onstage for the World Premiere of 17 BORDER CROSSINGS, a new theatrical work that takes audiences to the frontiers of Egypt, Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Morocco, Colombia, Austria, Bali, Czech Republic, Israel, Jordan, Serbia, Croatia, Italy and Mexico. Based on Phillip's actual border crossing experiences, 17 BORDER CROSSINGS is a deceptively simple solo work that weaves these accounts into a dramatic, visual and surreal examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs. 17 Border Crossings is a physical work that highlights Phillips' unique theatrical aesthetic that fuses global ideas, transformative staging, surprising images and extreme playfulness. The performance style draws inspiration from stand-up comedy, the Balkan films of Emir Kustarica, the floor shows of the Tropicana in Havana, musicals about Austria, cheap magic, Native myths from the Amazon jungle and Chilli Relleno recipes.
Fusing avant-garde, pop and vaudeville sounds, the dark glam opera band, Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sensibilities with Bjork fierceness, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins theatricality. Led by the rising opera singer from Kazakhstan Timur Bekbosunov, profiled in LA Weekly's BEST OF LA People Issue 2011, the band's stunning intensity brings songs to cure the new depression with a post-punk bohemian attitude.
Fusing avant-garde, pop and vaudeville sounds, the dark glam opera band, Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sensibilities with Bjork fierceness, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins theatricality. Led by the rising opera singer from Kazakhstan Timur Bekbosunov, profiled in LA Weekly's BEST OF LA People Issue 2011, the band's stunning intensity brings songs to cure the new depression with a post-punk bohemian attitude. This performance isn't your normal kick-ass concert- it's a special pop-up Dime Museum karaoke parties, where audience members send their favorite songs (any style and genre), and the band performs as your back up! Drinks, performance, after party, and dinner are all included in the price of admission.
Miami Light Project closes our season with the 15th annual presentation of Here & Now! Here & Now: 2014 features newly commissioned performances from six of Miami's most innovative voices in contemporary performance. The Here & Now: 2014 artists are Letty Bassart, Abel Cornejo, Ana Mendez, David Rohn and Danilo de la Torre, and Juan Carlos Zaldivar.
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