Friday, April 25, 2008

Poesia, Rumba Jazz Descarga!


The NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble will present an evening of bilingual poetry mixed with jazz and Afro-Cuban drumming at the Point’s Live From the Edge Theater in the Bronx tonight.
This ensemble invites the public to come celebrate National Poetry Month as they pay homage to three of our most important and prolific Latino poets: Pablo Neruda, Julia De Burgos, and Mario Benedetti. Actor Luis Enrique Flores and vocalist Wendy Rossi-Fernandez provide a presentation of these poets' love poems accompanied by guitarist Octavio Kotan's rendition of Carlos Almaran's popular Spanish ballad: Historia De Un Amor. The poems will be recited in Spanish and printed translations will be available.
Balancing the ensemble's bilingual repertoire, poet Américo Casiano Jr. presents his award-winning urban poems intermingled with Charles Mingus' Nostalgia in Times Square.
The ensemble also pays tribute to Cuba's Alfredo Abrau of Los Papines with their rendition of Para Los Barrios a rugged Afro-Cuban rumba guaguanco interpreted by percussionist/vocalist Abe Rodriguez and percussionist Gene Golden.
Also performing with NuyoRican School is the "Last Puerto Rican Indian" author Bobby Gonzalez y Encuentro (made up by musicians Joe Falcon (bass) and Eddie Aponte (Saxophone).
NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to promote the creative literature of Puerto Rican writers in the United States while providing economic opportunities for performing artists of color.
The program starts at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation. Suggested donations are $10 adult, $5 college students and seniors admitted free.
For more information, contact Casiano at 646-281-7038 or e-mail

source: Press Release
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