Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Falafel, Freilach & Frijoles - From Mambo to Borscht
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
The nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra extends an invitation to all New Yorkers to attend for FREE a performance of Falafel, Freilach, & Frijoles: From Mambo to Borscht on either November 2, 3. All New Yorkers are invited to come for free to take their minds off the terrible events of the last few days caused by Hurricane Sandy. Come dance, enjoy, and laugh. We're all still here! Funds from tickets purchased will be given to hurricane disaster relief.
Falafel, Freilach & Frijoles: From Mambo to Borscht will examine the long and venerable relationship between the Latino and Jewish communities as evidenced by the history of Mambo and Salsa bands performing for avid dancers called "mamboniks" in the predominantly Jewish resort area of the Catskills known as the Borscht Belt. We will also be exploring the themes common to the larger Jewish and Latino communities including a journey to the Middle East, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Loosely based on the famous albums by Irving Fields such as Bagels and Bongos, as well as the recording "Mazel Tov Mis Amigos," the evening will cast Jewish and Yiddish classics in Afro Latin big band versions and also set Latin classics in traditional Klezmer settings.
The Orchestra will feature original music and performances by guest artist trumpeter/composer Steven Bernstein, clarinetist Israeli-born Anat Cohen, percussionist Israeli-born Benny Koonyevsky, and that of ALJO member trombonist/composer Israeli-born Rafi Malkiel. "El Judio Maravilloso" Larry Harlow will be featured with the Orchestra performing classic Yiddish and Latin jazz compositions.
Join us for a pre-performance discussion on Friday November 2 at 7:00 pm as we explore the cross cultural intersection resulting from the Catskills, Northern Africa, Iberia, and Middle East musical nexus.
*Pre-performance discussion on November 2 only.