New York events. THE TOWN HALL in Association with Claudia Norman Management presents: LEYENDAS, A Latin American Music Series. A Semi-Annual Showcase Featuring Past and Present Latin Legends.
Opening Concert: EVA AYLLON & ALBITA. The First Collaboration by Two Leading Figures of Peruvian and Cuban Music. Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 8:00 PM @ The Town Hall 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC.
Leyendas is an exciting new series produced by The Town Hall in association with Claudia Norman Management. Featuring the best in Latin music, the performances include living legends, tributes to famed masters, never-before-seen collaborations, premieres of new works, and much more. The series, taking place semi-annually in May and November, begins on Thursday May 15th, 8pm, with the first concert collaboration between Eva Ayllon and Albita, superstars from Perú and Cuba who have electrified worldwide audiences with their riveting interpretations of the upbeat and infectious folk music of their native countries.
Eva and Albita, appearing separately and together, will present songs from their classic repertoires and new works. Accompanying artists include Eva’s 7-piece ensemble from Perú, and Albita’s band comprised of New York musicians.
The legendary Eva Ayllon, the “Queen of Afro-Peruvian Song,” is the most important interpreter of Peruvian music. The New York Times called Ayllon “a vocalist who sings with gutsy drama”, while afropop.org compared her to “a hurricane of passion”. She is the foremost exponent of the vibrant Peruvian música criolla – a soul-stirring blend of African, Spanish and indigenous traditions, and is regarded as the top singer of Afro-Peruvian landos and festejos. A Latin Grammy nominee, she has recorded over 20 albums, including 4 platinum and 10 gold records. In the ‘70s, she appeared in many local peñas (nightclubs), became the lead vocalist in the popular Los Kipus Trio, and began touring internationally. In 1989, she sang with Alex Acuña’s Peruvian jazz band Los Hijos del Sol, sealing her status as Perú’s national star. She first came to the attention of US audiences in 1995 with the release of the compilation CD The Soul of Black Perú (Luaka Bop label). She went on to record the first of several US- produced tracks and held highly successful concerts at Carnegie Hall.
Cuban songstress Albita has been acclaimed for her powerful and exuberant performances, adding her own distinctive style to the music of her homeland. She was born in Havana to parents who were popular musicians in country folk music (guajira). By the late ‘80s, she had become a rising star, renowned as a singer and songwriter who drew on traditional Cuban genres. Settling in 1993 in Miami, she became the toast of town with her energetic renditions of Cuban son, bolero, rumba and mambo, grabbing the attention of celebrities such as Madonna and Gloria Estefan. To date, she has performed throughout Europe, Latin America, Australia and Africa, and shared the stage with Celia Cruz, Tito Puentes, Gilberto Gil, Miriam Makeba, Phil Collins, and Tony Bennett, among others. She has hosted her own national television show on Mega TV (for which she won an Emmy in 2008), won two Grammy awards for Albita Llegó (“Best Contemporary Tropical Album”), and played a major role in the musical The Mambo Kings.
Tickets: $55, $60, $65
Available at Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, Ticketmaster.com & Town Hall Box Office 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC
**The Town Hall Founded in 1921 by suffragettes, The Town Hall began as a lecture hall and public debate forum and grew to be a landmark institution for arts, culture, and education. Over the decades, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis graced the stage. Today the Hall boasts the hottest acts in rock, pop, folk, cabaret, world music, comedy, and dance. Recent artists include Elvis Costello, Larry David, Ani DiFranco, Amanda Palmer, Rodríguez, Pat Metheny, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile, Joe Jackson, Pink Martini, Regina Spektor, Bryan Adams, Lang Lang, and Dawn Upshaw. For over twenty-five years, The Town Hall has hosted live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and produced a number of new and critically acclaimed musical series, including Century of Change, Not Just Jazz, Broadway by the Year, Broadway Cabaret Festival and the Spring Series.
Leyendas will continue on November 1 with a festive Day of the Dead event with both icons and some of the hottest new names in Latin music.