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!
Listening to the bitter-sweet lyrics of Cuban singer Yusa and the simple sophistication of her music, one knows one is finally hearing 21st century Cuba. Her cutting-edge songs map the contemporary emotional lives of urban Havana. Fused inside her music are traces from further afield, from iconclastic jazz and rock to today's Brazil. Full of the vital energy of experimentation and the textures of musical exchange gained in intimate venues, Yusa offers a whole new way of hearing Cuba.
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.
011 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.
Prolific theater artist, Thaddeus Phillips weaves together real adventures of international border crossings into a dramatic examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs. 17 Border Crossings explores a world opened up by the fall of the Berlin Wall on 11/9/89 and sealed off by the events of 9/11/01. A seasoned world traveler and wildly inventive artist, Phillips embarks on new territory by stripping the stage bare to create a deceptively simple stage voyage that takes audiences to the frontiers of Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Bali, Czech Republic, Israel, Jordan and Mexico.
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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