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June 2017

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Saturday, June 3, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Tom Zé
8:00 p.m.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Tickets: $35/$55/$75/$95
Music legend Tom Zé, the avant-garde conscience of Brazil’s 1960’s Tropicália movement, presents an evening of samba and bossa nova reimagined as only he can. A dauntless innovator whose records made beguiling experimental bedfellows of rock, folk, electronic music, and found sounds, Zé fell into obscurity until the 1990s, when he was rediscovered and signed as the first artist on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. At BAM, he resumes his place in Brazil’s musical firmament, exuberantly channeling the spirit of Salvador and São Paulo with new and old songs alike.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Masters of Brazilian Music Series.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10; FREE for Members, Students and Jamming Musicians

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. House band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter (Carol Sudhalter, tenor sax/flute; Joe Vincent Tranchina, piano; Eric Lemon, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums). All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don’t play? Come listen!

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Friday, June 9, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Queens Jazz Orchestra Forever Sonny: A Musical Tribute to Sonny Rollins
8:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $42/$32 Members/$20 Students; Table Package: $125/$100 Members (Reserved Table for 2, Wine & Snacks)
Free for Teens Age 13–19 with ID.
The Queens Jazz Orchestra under the direction of NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath performs a loving musical tribute to living legend, tenor saxophonist, NEA Jazz Master, and National Medal of Arts recipient Sonny Rollins. Rollins has had a seven-decade career and is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017 ...and beyond
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
SAVE THE DATE! Celebrando 2017 — Salsa & Heritage Festival (Austin)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (Show 7 p.m.)
Our 2016 festival was so successful that we rented a larger ballroom this year! Announcements of guest artists and other details coming soon!
VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES: Artisans of handcraft, painted or sculpted arts & crafts, ask about vendor opportunities!
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Are you a local business? Join our list of impressive sponsors!
For information, email: dance@prfdance.org and phone: (512) 251-8122
Find your dancing shoes!! Each year, this elegant, semi-formal event celebrates Puerto Rico’s rich traditions with:
— Master folklore artists direct from Puerto Rico — Salsa dancing for all, — Handcraft artesania, and — Authentic comida Criolla.
The Celebrando 2017 heritage & festival project is made possible through funding and support by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Open Mic Theme: In the Good Ol’ Summertime
Sign-up starts at 6:45 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Performers do individual sets onstage until about 8:30 p.m. We then join each other for a song circle and jam, backing each other up, joining in on harmonies or trying out new tunes. The jam is popular! If you are too shy to perform up in front, or if you want to try out something in a more casual way, the jam part of the night is perfect. And it’s a fine time to just sing or play along. It’s an early night for Open Mic, closing up by 9:30 p.m.
Each month has a “theme” or topic for the month. Suggested—NOT REQUIRED. It is a nudge to bring something you wouldn’t otherwise bring, either for the time on stage or for the round robin afterward. We post the themes ahead of time to give us all a chance to write, think of or collect something interesting to bring. Feel free to stretch the idea of the topic in any direction, or ignore it. Poetry and Storytelling are also welcome! At each Open Mic, participants are eligible for a free drawing for upcoming Eighth Step shows!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Imrat Khan & Irshad Khan
2:00 p.m.
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, Manhattan
Tickets: $65/$75
This concert will be a special duet of master musician Imrat Khan and his son Irshad Khan. Ustad Imrat Khan, legendary master of sitar and surbahar, is a living legend of one of the oldest and most prestigious musical families and schools of India — the Imdadkhani Gharana of Etawah. He is the younger brother of the great Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is not only a consummate and internationally performing musician, he is also an important teacher and lecturer at many prestigious universities and institutions around the world. Imrat Khan’s son, Irshad Khan, is internationally recognized as an exceptional sitar player, and as the prominent surbahar exponent of his generation. His dedication to the subtleties of the raga is in bringing out its essence by rendering its pure form of feelings and expressions. Irshad Khan is the torchbearer of the younger generation of the Imdadkhani Gharana of Etawah. For this concert they will be joined by Nitin Mitta on tabla. Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. Apart from being a dymanic soloist, he is a sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians including Pandit Jasraji, Amjad Ali Khan, and Nishat Khan.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Masters of Indian Music Series.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Social Media June: Tom Collins & Collage
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $35; Sign up online
Channel the “Mad Men” as you flip through early 1960s Life and Look Magazine issues. Led by Caroline Corrigan and Ira Marks of Upstate Collage Night, sip on a classic Tom Collins cocktail while you create your own throwback advertising masterpiece.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Jen Shyu
7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn
General admission: Unreserved seating, $29 advance/$34 door
Born from Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, 2016 Doris Duke Artist Jen Shyu is an acclaimed vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, and Fulbright scholar. She has performed her music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other prestigious venues around the world. For these special performances at National Sawdust, Shyu will premiere Nine (working title), a solo ritual music drama, through both narrative and abstract, integrative music-movement methodologies via the voice, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, piano, and electronics. Shyu will sing in languages including Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, and English. This mythical work is inspired by Shyu’s 12-plus years of study of traditional music from four specific countries: epic storytelling (Pansor i ) and East Coast shaman music (DongHaeAhnByeolShinGut), both from Korea; music from sub-districts Aileu and Ataúro from East Timor; Hengchun Folk Song with moon lute from Taiwan; and Ledhekan, which combines Javanese dance with improvisational singing (Sindhenan) from Indonesia.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Counterpoint Series.

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