Emblematic of its mission to provide global music to a global community, this Spring Flushing Town Hall presents its popular Global Mashups series where musical artists from across the globe present – and then unite – their melodies in one-of-a-kind performances. On Friday, April 7, Japan meets Puerto Rico on one stage!
Representing Japan is The Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble. The founder of the group, Masayo Ishigure, plays the koto in the style of Jiuta Shamsien. Her group plays traditional Japanese music and incorporates other influences from Jazz and Classical Music to expand the perception of the Japanese koto. The Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble provides a colorful and exotic experience and a cultural education.
Annette Aguilar and her group, The Stringbeans, play the music of Puerto Rico, including Plena, Bomba and Salsa. Her group features Puerto Rican vocalist Deborah Resto and their performance includes exciting music with explosive energy from congas and bongos. Concert-goers will learn cool dance moves to go along with the beats before the performance.
At each of the five events, audiences of all ages experience musical performances from two different regions, and then watch and listen as the music artists step onstage together for a distinctive third set. Before the start of each performance, audience members participate in dance lessons – often leading to a lively, engaging scene – as they embrace the new sounds (and then they jump onto the dance floor again during the performances!).
“It’s amazing to behold how the traditional music of one region can blend seamlessly with the sounds of another region,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of 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.”
Other upcoming Global Mashups include Mali Meets Morocco on April 21; Taiwan Meets Jamaica on May 5; and, Thailand Meets Tahiti on May 19. All dance lessons begin at 7:00 PM, followed by concerts at 8:00 PM.
Tickets to all Global Mashup performances are $16, and $10 for members and students. Audience members receive a 20% discount when purchasing tickets to two performances; 30% off when buying tickets to three performances; and, 50% off when purchasing tickets to all five events. You can access details by visiting http://www.flushingtownhall.org/globalmashup or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.
This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.