BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Flushing Town Hall is once again bringing global music to the city’s most diverse borough via its popular Global Mash-Ups series.
During the five-event series, musicians from around the world will perform, but also also unite with other musicians from other areas of the world to create what Flushing Town Hall calls “one-of-a-kind performances.”
During each event, guests will witness two separate performances by two artists from two different nations. After the individual performances, guests will participate in dance lessons, and then witness the mash-up between the two performers. Using their new dance moves, guests will be encouraged to jump onto the dance floor and take part in the performance with the musicians.
“It’s amazing to behold how the traditional music of one region can blend seamlessly with the sounds of another region,” said Ellen Kodadek, the executive and artistic director for Flushing Town Hall. “Each year, we endeavor to make this a unique experience, one you won’t see anywhere else, as artists from across the globe meet for the first time, and then present together.”
The first mash-up event is Latin Boogaloo meets Afrobeat and will take place on April 20 at 7 p.m. Spanglish Fly—a popular New York City Latin band that will dedicate its performance to reviving and renewing Latin Boogaloo’s mixture of soul and R&B music—will take part in the first mash-up. Chop and Quench from FELA! The Musical will bring their West African style mixed with American funk and jazz influences to the stage. The two will then combine, creating a unique sound.
The second mash-up event is Egypt Meets Haiti and will take place on May 4 at 7 p.m. Zikrayat will play a number of Egyptian musical genres, such as belly dance and virtuosic improvisations. The Agoci Band—which combines Haitian hip-hop, roots and calypso flavors—will then take the stage. Following each performance, the two will meet and collide.
The third mash-up event is Mexico Meets Guinea and will be held on May 18 at 7 p.m. Guinean band Mandingo Ambassadors and Mexican group Banda de los Muertos will fuse together during this performance. The show will combine contemporary Mexican music with Guinean dance.
The fourth mash-up event—Balkans Meet El Barrio—will take place on June 1 at 7 p.m. During this performance, Spanglish Fly will return, but this time playing Latin Boogaloo tunes from the 1960s, while the Raya Brass Band plays soul-shaking Balkan wedding music. The two will then collide for an uncommon mash-up.
The series will culminate with Texas Meets Peru, which will take place on June 15 at 7 p.m. Brian Clayton and The Green River Band will play country tunes, while the Corina Bartra Afro Peruvian Band performs some of their native Peruvian music.
Tickets to all Global Mash-Up performances are $16, and $10 for members and students. For more information, visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/globalmashup or call (718) 463-7700, ext. 222.
Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
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