Are you ready to discover a new horizon?

Get ready for New Music Horizons.

Presented as part of the New Music Horizons’ Collaborative Artists in Concert Series, jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta and jazz bassist Mark Wade will each perform a set of original music – with their ensembles – and explain their writing process on Friday, December 15.

Mark Wade is the director of New Music Horizons, a non-profit organization that promotes the works of emerging and mid-career jazz and classical composers. In this blog post, Mark shares with us a bit about the performance, and his career.

(You can purchase tickets here!)

What can an audience expect to experience at your presentation?

We will be presenting our Collaborative Artists in concert program in which both composers will give a brief explanation of their process as a composer and some context for their music. Composers will be discussing their music during their individual sets and not as a pre-concert talk. (You can learn more here.)

Tell us about you.

I founded New Music Horizons in 2014 to address the considerable challenges he observed over 20 years as a professional musician. Composers of contemporary jazz and classical music in particular face difficulties in building audiences due to a lack of outlets for their work. Sometimes audiences may find new music intimidating or somewhat challenging to understand. Audiences with disadvantaged economic backgrounds also find high ticket prices a barrier to accessing new music. And venues are also hesitant to commit resources to booking and marketing emerging artists and their works, despite their artistic merit.

This program is an effort to bring together emerging artists, arts venues, and new audiences and help spread the excitement of new music. We have formed partnerships with various community organizations in Queens to bring new audiences to these concerts in a grassroots effort to grow support for our artists and new music in general.

Where did you grow up / where do you live?

New Music Horizons is based in Queens and is active throughout New York City.

What do you hope audiences discover at one of your events?

We invite audiences to come and experience something new and exciting – a new artist and new sounds they perhaps haven’t heard before. They will have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the composers about their music after the concert. We feel that this kind of open dialogue helps excite audiences and build support for deserving artists.

What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?

Flushing Town Hall is a world-class arts venue that is home to some of the most dynamic arts programming in New York. We are very grateful for their support in helping us produce this concert as they have in the past. Playing at such a prestigious venue provides a great platform for our artists to reach new audiences as well.

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African Dance and Drumming with Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company on December

On Saturday, December 9, Flushing Town Hall presents Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company. The group’s powerful African rhythms, drumming, and dancing from the Ivory Coast will inspire and delight audience members of all ages.

The New York Times praises the drumming of the Kotchegna Dance Company as “nonstop, high-speed, feverishly intricate rhythms.” On December 9, Flushing Town Hall is bringing this dynamic and exhilarating dance and music group to Queens for a workshop and family performance.

Colorful clothing, exuberant song, vibrant dancing, and the exciting rhythms of djembe and doundoun drums will sweep the audience into a powerful experience of West African village life, with dancing, call-and-response, drum solos, and a finale with audience participation.

Master Dancer Vado Diomande was born into the stilt-dancing tradition of the Mahouka people in the northwest Ivory Coast. He learned the sacred dances of his people at an early age and was recruited by talent scouts to join the Ballet National de Cote D’Ivoire, where he was trained in the traditional dances of over 60 ethnic groups. After 15 years as a principal dancer in the Ballet, Vado established his own dance company, L’Ensemble Kokiegna d’Abidjan, and later re-established his company in New York in 1994 as the Kotchegna Dance Company. As a master dance teacher, he inspires his students to pursue both dancing and drumming in true African tradition.

Dancing is at the heart of Ivory Coast culture, expressing everything from the joys and grief of marriages, births, and deaths, to the shared communal life after long days of work. Dancing and drumming creates a beautiful web of community and caring. Mask dances add another layer of meaningful expression and connote protection, blessings, warnings, and ancestral messages.

Prior to the show, Vado Diomande will lead an all-ages dance workshop. Participants will follow Vado as he calls out the rhythm that accompanies each movement. Live drumming is introduced, and participants learn to hear the bass drum, which is the foundational rhythm, along with the lead djembe drum rhythms on top, which are “singing” and “talking” to the dancers. The workshop ends with participants invited to do “solo” steps – improvised movements – to show their appreciation to the drummers and the rhythms that have inspired the dance.

The interactive workshop starts at 1 PM, followed by a mesmerizing performance at 2:15 PM Tickets for the workshop are $7/$4 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 PM show. Tickets for the performance are $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children.

For more information, please visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

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.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “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 with student I.D. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture. College students can take advantage of $10 student tickets as well.

Discover New Music Horizons on December 15

We are excited to present New Music Horizons on Friday, December 15.

Presented as part of the New Music Horizons’ Collaborative Artists in Concert Series, jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta and jazz bassist Mark Wade will each perform a set of original music and explain their writing process.

Afterwards, audience members will be invited to talk informally with the composers.

The event begins at 8:00 PM and is only $10 (and free for members and students). Visit us here for tickets.

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. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “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.

The Great Northeast Cheese Fest Returns to Flushing on December 2

Save the date for the premiere cheese and dairy event of the season as The Great Northeast Cheese & Dairy Fest returns to Queens for the third year in a row. Top toques and top tommes will once more turn historic Flushing Town Hall into a cheese lover’s paradise.

Top chefs, including Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse, will create exquisite cheese-highlighted dishes at 2017’s premier cheese event, The Great Northeast Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 2nd at historic Flushing Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Artisanal creameries, including Danascara Cheese (Fonda, N.Y.), Tumino Cheese Co. (King Ferry, N.Y.) and Mohawk Drumlin Creamery (St. Johnsville, N.Y.) will have guests sampling the Northeast’s finest cheeses from nutty sheep’s milk tommes and Cheddars to luscious triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses. For the first time ever international cheeses, including those from Italy and Portugal, will be showcased as the popular festival returns. In addition to such Portuguese cheeses as Queijo Serra da Estrela there will be luscious Portuguese charcuterie including jamon de pata negra from Rodrigo Duarte of Caseiro e Bom (Newark, N.J.).

This year’s chefs and restaurants include Hugue Dufour (M. Wells Steakhouse, Long Island City, Queens), Alfonso Zhicay (Casa del Chef, Woodside, Queens), Areperia Arepa Lady (Jackson Heights, Queens), Honey Pig Donut Co. (Whitestone, Queens), and SugarCube (Long Island City, Queens).

This year’s beverage lineup, curated by cider expert Daniel Pucci, will feature craft beer from Long Island City’s new Fifth Hammer Brewing Co. as well as exquisite ciders and wines. “Cider and cheese are natural partners, Pucci notes. “Cider’s low alcohol, acid and tannin makes it a perfect accompaniment to countless cheeses and cured meats. Cider has backbone, structure and acid that keeps the drinker focused on the snack at hand.”

“As a Queens guy I’m so excited to see such a high level of involvement on the part of Queens restaurants and brewers,” said Joe DiStefano, vice president of New York Epicurean Events. “The best local and international cheeses paired with the best libations make this an event not to be missed.”

Guests will have an opportunity to savor cheeses and learn about them from their makers. Pairings will include top-rated wines, craft beers, and farmstead ciders. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase cheeses from the creameries directly at the event and take them home.

A $60 general admission ticket entitles guests to unlimited tasting and sampling of all food and craft beverages.

Additionally, there will be $100 VIP tickets sold, which will allow access to a special hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. enabling guests to enjoy exclusive culinary demonstrations and learn about cheeses from renowned cheese experts.

“Everybody from bona fide curd nerds to cheese enthusiasts will find something to savor and enjoy,” said DiStefano.

ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION AND VIP TICKETS can be bought at this EventBrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-northeast-cheese-dairy-fest-2017-tickets-38078628202?aff=erelexpmlt

Presenting Fairy Tale’s Creative World Music from Korea on December 1

On Friday, December 1, Flushing Town Hall presents Fairy Tale, a creative Korean ensemble whose music is inspired by traditional Korean poems and songs. By transforming the old and conservative image of Korean traditional music, Fairy Tale has been a major contributor to the popularization of Korean traditional music and helps to find a place for traditional music in modern Korean pop culture.

Fairy Tale features traditional Korean instruments such as the daegum (a Korean bamboo flute, played by Seo Youseok), the geomungo (a Korean folk zither, played by Choi Jinyoung), and the haegum (a Korean fiddle, played by Ko Yunjin). Fairytale also includes percussions (played by Kim Kyuyoun), the piano (played by Oh Youngjin), and vocal song (by Jang Myeongseo).

Fairy Tale was formed in 2011 and released three albums so far. Their latest album “The Land of Poet,” released in December 2016, delivers stories, healing messages, and sentimental feelings of Korean poems and jeongga, one of three great traditional Korean vocal music genres along with pansori and minyo.

Flushing Town Hall will be the first stop on their North American Tour, which later includes stops in Tenafly, N.J., Stony Brook. N.Y., Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

The Flushing Town Hall performance will start at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $16/$10 for members and students. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

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. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “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 with a student I.D. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

We’re Presenting The Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Friday, December 8

Flushing Town Hall is delighted to present the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Friday, December 8. The Quartet’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to the melody, rhythm, culture and spontaneous spirit of jazz.

This versatile group’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, but their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and naturally integrate different genres, with performances that reflect the influence of funk, blues, and world music.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet features two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck on drums and Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone. The Brubeck Brothers have been performing and recording since the early 1970s. Their “honorary brothers,” guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet. The Quartet has performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Playboy, Montreal and Monterey Jazz Festivals.

These versatile musicians have also played with orchestras and chamber groups from all over the world, including the Utah Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s Koch recordings, Intuition and Classified, spent several months in the top ten radio charts while earning positive reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, and the Boston Globe. Their 2013 CD, LifeTimes, was one of the Jazz Radio Airplay Top Ten CDs of that year.

All About Jazz says the Brubeck Brothers Quartet music “is uniformly excellent in its composition, execution, and recording quality. [The Brubeck Brothers Quartet] attains that rarefied level where the music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There’s nothing out there that comes close to their unique blend of inventiveness.”

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet show is Friday, December 8 at 8 PM. Tickets are $16/$10 for members and students. For more information, please visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

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.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “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 with student I.D. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Celebrate the season with The Gift of the Magi

 

Celebrating the holiday season, FTH Space Grantee Queens Opera Theatre presents “The Gift of the Magi”, composed by Peter Ekstrom, on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 PM and Monday December 18 at 7:30 PM.

The classic O’Henry short story, set to music and lyrics, tells the story of a young couple living in New York City on Christmas Eve 1905. They loved each other so much that they each sold their most prized possession to buy the other a Christmas present. Their special gifts bring a touching reaffirmation of their unselfish love.

You can purchase affordable tickets – only $16/$10 Members & Students – here.

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.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “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.

Jazz + Swing Dancing = Astoria Big Band on Nov. 17!

It’s a wonderful combination – jazz, a big band sound, and swing dancing. What more could you ask for?

Join us on Friday, November 17 for a presentation by the Astoria Big Band: Memories of Jazz in Queens.

Founded in 1986 by baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, the Astoria Big Band presents the music of Queens’ greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Big Nick Nicholas, Sarah McLawler, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, and more.

Fronting the band is a group of swing dancers, the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, who bring zest, color, and movement to this already engaging performance.

Tickets – only $16/$10 Members & Students – can be purchased here.

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. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “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.

Fall for Kunqu, a Classic, Elegant Form of Traditional Chinese Theatre, on Nov. 18

 

On Saturday, November 18, Flushing Town Hall presents “Fall for Kunqu,” fusing together poetry, music, and story in a mesmerizing live performance. Carefully curated by the Kunqu Society, the program showcases a colorful and entertaining selection of music, singing, and dramatic pieces from the Kunqu repertoire to celebrate the season of fall.

Kunqu stands as the oldest extant genre of Chinese theatre and has had far-reaching influences on Chinese literature, stage performance, music, and dance. In 2001, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed kunqu, along with 18 other forms of cultural genres, as a masterpiece of “the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”

The presentation will take place on Saturday, November 18 at 1:30 PM. Admission is $16/$10 Members and Students. The event is open to all ages. Tickets are available at http://www.flushingtownhall.org/ or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222. English translations will be provided.

The program will consist of three segments: sentiments, farewell and merriment – introduced and bridged by a host – that showcase the variety of  kunqu music and plays, from lone solitude to sad farewell to joyful merrymaking, all set in the fall. Performers, including resident artists and members of the Kunqu Society, are: Ms. Jiehua Shi, Mr. Dezhang Wu, Ms. Juguang Xu, Mr. Fulin Wen, Ms. Anna Chen Wu, and Ms. Yurong Xin.

Founded in 1988 and incorporated in 1989, the Kunqu Society is a non-profit corporation with the mission of studying, preserving, and promoting kunqu.

Kunqu took shape in the mid-16th century in the lower Yangtze region of China and gained nationwide popularity in the following three hundred years. The scripts of kunqu are known for their refined, lyrical beauty; works such as Tang Xianzu’s The Peony Pavilion (1598) and Hong Sheng’s The Palace of Eternal Youth (1688) are regarded as masterpieces of Chinese literature and poetry.

In performance, singing, recitation, movement, and martial arts techniques are fused into a single dynamic, flowing, and harmonious performance. These well-integrated stage actions not only bring the audience sensory enjoyment but also add depth to the characters and convey the dramatic themes.

Kunqu has developed into a profound performing tradition and has provided literature, training, and inspiration for later genres of Chinese theatre. It is both a critical landmark and living tradition of Chinese performing arts and culture.

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.