Welcome to The Source Project
, our annual celebration tracing the influence of Africa on new world cultures. This inaugural year focuses on Afro-Cuban culture and features leading Cuban singers, percussionists, dancers, jazz musicians, and so much more. This is one party you won't want to miss. ¡Dalé!
Featured on: May 8
For three decades Issac Delgado has been one of Cuba's most famous salsa musicians. He is a co-founder of the legendary NG La Banda, a Cuban group that launched a new musical style called timba. In 1991, he launched a successful solo career, blending the salsa and timba movements. Issac's performance at Symphony Space will be a rare New York appearance!
Watch Issac Delgado sing his 2014 hit "Bailando" live.
Featured on: May 1
Román Díaz is a master percussionist, scholar, composer, and former member of the legendary rumba group Yoruba Andabo. Mentored by the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto, he has been a leading figure in the rumba world since the 1980s. His rumba ensemble — formed by percussionists, singers, and dancers from Havana, Matanzas, and New York — will perform with special guests Sandy Pérez of Afrocuba de Matanzas and Cuban diva Melvis Santa.
Watch Román perform "Tuesday Glory
" with Pedrito Martinez and Little Johnny Rivero.
Featured on: May 2
Originally from the Guantanamo province of Cuba, Xiomara Laugart is a leading exponent of the romantic ballads (boleros) which made her an icon in her homeland. She is currently a vocalist in the Grammy-nominated Latin fusion band Yerba Buena. Songs from the band's first album, President Alien, have been used in Pepsi commercials and in movies such as Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights.
Watch Xiomara sing "Escandalo."
Featured on: May 8
Hailing from Havana, Pedrito is an acclaimed percussionist, conguero, and rumbero. In addition to his musical activities as collaborator with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, and Bruce Springsteen, among others, he is a leading proponent of Afro-Cuban culture and is a Santería priest. On May 8, Pedrito will be giving a pre-release concert for his new album Habana Dreams, and exclusive advance copies will be available for sale.
Watch the teaser for Pedrito's new CD, Habana Dreams
Featured on: May 5
Cuban born Yosvany Terry is an internationally acclaimed composer, saxophonist, percussionist, bandleader, educator, and cultural bearer of the Afro-Cuban tradition. His album Today's Opinion was selected as one of the Top 10 Albums of the Year by The New York Times's Nate Chinen. Yosvany received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award in 2015. His program features his band and special guests in performance and discussion on their musical heritage, education, and influences.
Watch Yosvany's Bohemian Trio perform one of Yosvany's original compositions at the Jazz Gallery.
Featured on: May 3 as part of Secret Science Club North
A Cuban-American based in Miami, Fernando Bretos is the director of the Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program and curator of ecology at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami. He works alongside Cuban scientists, studying the island's remarkable sea creatures and coral reefs.
Carlos Mateu, Visual Artist
Featured on: May 1-8
Carlos Mateu was born in 1970 in Havana, Cuba. His visual arts style, which he calls "geometric pop," combines elements of cubism with realism. His subject matter incorporates surrealism and mysticism to reflect Afro-Cuban life and religions, memories of Cuba, his life in the United States, and his own creative perspective. His work will be displayed at Symphony Space through the duration of this year's Source Project.
Cuban Rhythms: Havana Film Festival New York
Featured on May 1 (Program 1, Program 2) and May 7 (Program 3, Program 4)
This film series
celebrates Cuban music with a series of documentaries in partnership with Havana Film Festival New York. Films explore folkloric and popular styles, as well as Cuban musicians such as Rita Montaner, Omara Portuondo
, and the Nueva Trova