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Sunday Concert at Central Library with NYC Nomad Ensemble
Sun, April 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Four master musicians create a colorful, exciting, and personal sound that takes you on a musical journey from northwest Africa across the strait through Andalusia into Spain.
Arturo Martínez,leading flamenco guitarist, has performed at Lincoln Center, produces the annual New York Flamenco Festival at Thiasos Restaurant in New York City, and has played with Grammy award-winning Palestinian oudist Simon Shaheen.
Tom Chess is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who performs on reeds, western flute, Arabic/Turkish Ney flute, oud, and guitar. He has performed on NPR and PBS; and has appeared at Lincoln Center and countless other venues in the United States, Africa, Canada, Holland, and Italy.
Salieu Suso is a Mandinka jali (griot or oral historian) from Gambia and a recognized descendant of JaliMady Wulayn Suso, the originator of the kora. He plays an adapted form of the kora, the customary instrument of choice for jalis and griots. He has performed extensively throughout Africa and Europe and is a recognized leader in the African music scene.
Dan Kurfirst is a New York City-based percussionist, composer, and improviser. His music incorporates aspects of Middle Eastern, West African, and Indian music while being clearly rooted in jazz and hip hop. He regularly performs with top musicians in New York City’s “world jazz” scene, and serves as creative director of the American Sufi Project.
The Sunday Concert Series at Queens Central Library spotlights world music which is many different styles of music from around the globe including folk music, ethnic music, traditional music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music that combines more than one cultural tradition.