On Saturday, January 26, Flushing Town Hall celebrates its Winter-Spring 2019 season opening party with La Cumbiamba eNeYé, an eclectic and explosive group influenced by various Colombian musical traditions.
After a 3:00 PM interactive arts workshop with instruments and dance, the band will perform music from Colombia’s coast with its full 10-piece orchestra at 4:00 PM, and the concert will conclude with the season opening party and jam at 5:30 PM.
La Cumbiamba eNeYé finds their inspiration from Colombia’s traditional styles and creates new arrangements and compositions, incorporating eclectic texture, harmony, and rhythm. This approach stems from their deep connection to the group’s home in New York City, where interactions with musicians from around the world generate new possibilities. Flushing Town Hall aims to foster these connections through its breadth of global music programming.
Initially, La Cumbiamba eNeYé’s began performing a repertoire of cumbia-related rhythms outdoors in different public areas of New York City. Cumbiamba is an outdoor celebration with live cumbia music, and La Cumbiamba eNeYé evokes this lively atmosphere with every performance. The group has performed at different cultural venues throughout the city and beyond.
La Cumbiamba eNeYé is led by Martín Vejarano, a Colombian multi-instrumentalists, performer, composer, and educator. Based in New York City since 2000 as a freelance musician and educator, Vejarano holds degrees in Jazz and Music Theory from the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and The City College of New York. As an educator and Colombian music instructor, Vejarano has taught in the United States, South America, and Europe. He currently directs and leads four music projects: La Cumbiamba eNeYé, Chia’s Dance Party, Cumbia River Band, and NYC Gaita Club.
In 2019, Flushing Town Hall is presenting a breadth of outstanding global music, family programs, exhibitions, jazz, and workshops. From January through June, Flushing Town Hall will present 72 programs, including 18 world music shows, 10 jazz performances, eight family programs, seven classical music concerts, three exhibitions, and more. The new season is a continuation of 40th anniversary celebrations of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA), the steward of Flushing Town Hall.
Tckets are $14/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children/free for teens for the concert and can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222. The workshop is FREE for all in honor of Flushing Town Hall’s 40th anniversary. No RSVP is required, but come early to score a free percussion instrument.
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. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.
Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old teens (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 for arts and culture.