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 21, Mali meets Morocco on one stage!
Sylvain Leroux & Source represents music from Mali, presenting a danceable mix of music with a jazz inflection. The band features Abdoulaye Diabate on vocals and guitar, Sylvain Leroux on flute and saxophone, Abdoulaye Alhassane on guitar, Emi Yabuno on piano, and Andy Algire on drums – all in all, an incredible array of veteran African musicians! Their music is a vibrant testament to the beauty and power of African rhythm and music.
Moroccan-born Rachid Halihal is a master musician with many years of experience as a performer. His troupe, Fez, plays Moroccan classical and folk music, utilizing traditional instruments including the OUD and Darbuka. Lead dancer, Judith Rahilly, will lead the audience in a dance lesson. Their performances transport the audience to Morocco through authentic Moroccan rhythms and styles.
At each of the five events, audiences of all ages experience musical performances from two different regions, and then watch and listen as the 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 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 and 30% off when buying tickets to three performances. 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.