Parallax Conversation SeriesParallax: noun- The effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions.
Andrew Nemr and Yacouba Sissoko
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church
(NE Corner of 126th Street and Madison Avenue, enter on 126th)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
What happens when you pair two storytellers together? Two great stories, right? What happens when one is an American tap dancer and the other is a Malian kora player? Join us for the second installment of the Parallax Conversation Series to find out as these two master storytellers of different mediums get together for a spontaneous reaction to the word "Jazz." Anything can happen with these two together- you won't want to miss it!
Get to know the participants!
Andrew Nemr, mentored by Gregory Hines, is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. Andrew has garnered a reputation for impeccable musicianship and sensitivity, and respect for the craft that he loves. Andrew received an NEA Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant to reconstruct the works of classic tap dance soloists, garnering critical and popular acclaim upon their presentation in Echoes In Time. An experienced soloist, Andrew has performed in various venues nationally and internationally including the Blue Note Jazz Club, NY, Town Hall Theatre, NY, The Duke Theatre, NY and more. Andrew was featured alongside Jazz greats Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Hank Jones, James Carter, and John Faddis in A Great Night in Harlem at the Apollo Theatre, NY. He has also been the featured tap dancer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra presenting Duke Ellington: The Sacred Concerts, and with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Andrew performed regularly with the legendary Les Paul at the Iridium Jazz Club, NYC. Andresw is also a founding member and dance captain of Savion Glover's TiDii.
Yacouba Sissoko is a Master Kora player from the Djely griot tradition. He was born in Kita, Mali. His grandfather, Samakoun Tounkara, began teaching Yacouba when he was 9 years old.In 1993, Souleymane Koli,the leader of the Ensemble Koteba of Abidjan recruited him. Yacouba spend the next 5 years performing all over the world with this 45-piece band. In his career, he has traveled to almost every nation on the African continent, as well as most of Europe, Canada, the US and Australia. He is in demand as one of the best kora players in the world, playing with jazz, Latin and R & B bands as well as traditional African ceremonies. As leader of his own band, Siya, and member of the group Super Mande, Yacouba continues to record with many famous musicians, including the groups Source, Tamalalou and Fula Flute. Currently, Yacouba plays with a variety of well known artists such as Regina Carter, Awa Sangho, Rachel Brown, Kavita Shah, Kakande and Leni Stern. Yacouba also has had the opportunity to record with Harry Belafonte and Paul Simons. In addition, Yacouba works in partnership with La Maison d'Art Gallery in Harlem as a collaborator in bringing some other musicians as part of the galleries' events.
Harlem SpeaksIt's only a hop, skip and jump from the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance to slam poetry. Please join us on as the National Jazz Museum in Harlem hosts two amazing evenings of contemporary creativity. You're invited to participate, and there'll be a cash prize of $150 as well. From Langston Hughes to Claude McKay to Jean Toomer, the poets of the Harlem Renaissance created stunning and powerful portraits of Harlem and the African-American experience. Jazz musicians were doing the same thing with music, and the marriage of the two laid the foundation for the modern art form of slam poetry. This two-night poetry slam series will premiere contemporary vignettes of our neighborhood and the music. Poets from all ages, backgrounds and neighborhoods can sign up for the slam to kick-off the competition with the theme as "Harlem." On the second night, with the topic being "Jazz", the poets will improvise with musicians. Peppered with live music and quick-fire poetry improvisation, the event will be the first of its kind for us and we hope you'll join us as we showcase the new stories of our beloved Harlem and jazz!
Portraits of Harlem Poetry Slam Competition: Theme: Jazz
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: MIST Harlem
(46 West 116th Street)
Suggested Donation of $20 | For more information: 212-348-8300
To submit your work for consideration please send a sample to Meera Dugal at email@example.com.