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Calendar Of Events

Calendar Of Events

River To River at Rockefeller Park




June 18 & 19 7pm
Co-presented with LMCC

Free and open to the public – Music, Literature

 Jun 18 7pm: STORIES
Laurie will be joined by Gerry Leonard (guitar), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola), and more.

Jun 19 7pm: SONGS
Laurie will be joined by Richard Devine (electronics), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola), Jacob Garchik (horns), Yuka Honda (keyboards), and more.

One of America’s most renowned — and daring — creative pioneers, Laurie Anderson joins guest writers and musicians on stage for two singular events at Rockefeller Park. Often known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology, the River To River Festival 2013 also features Anderson as a curator, presenting a series of projects that demonstrate her interest and investment in fellow writers, directors, theatre, and visual artists working in and around New York City.

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June 25 7pm
Free and open to the public – Music

Angelique Kidjo has been deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine, and the moniker speaks accurately to the singular career and life she has forged. Like Miriam Makeba was before her, Kidjo is the continent’s most internationally celebrated female musical exponent. And yet, the Grammy-winning artist has lived outside Africa for more than two decades. She currently resides in New York City, where she is an exceptionally active member of the music scene, and she reaches people around the world with her recordings, tours, and philanthropic work.

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June 26 7pm
Free and open to the public – Music, Poetry/Spoken Word

1959 celebrates a turning point in contemporary American culture, music, and spoken word artistry. 2012 Grammy Award-winning percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington will be joined by lead vocalist and R&B legend Valerie Simpson(Ashford and Simpson) and an all-star jazz ensemble including Gerald Clayton, Nir Felder, Matthew Garrison, Antonio Hart, Gregoire Maret,Jeremy Pelt, and Chris Potter.

They will perform new arrangements of music from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’Mingus Ah Um, plus music of Billie Holiday and Sidney Bechet. Award-winning poet and author Ed Sanders and spoken word artist Shay Rose will perform works from and reflecting the Beat generation’s influence.

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 July 2 7pm
Free and open to the public – Music

Cuban-born, world-class percussionist and singer Pedrito Martínez has recorded and/or performed with many distinguished artists including Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Meshell N’degeocello, Eddie Palmieri, and Sting. The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants in the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Pedrito and his group perform regularly at Guantanamera in New York City, bringing “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World-Funk” (The New York Times).

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July 9 7pm
Free and open to the public – Music

Best known as the “New Generation of Salsa Dura,” this nine-person salsa ensemble formerly known as La Excelencia was a crowd favorite at Global Fest 2010, and brings modern vitality and social consciousness to the salsa genre. “La Excelencia represents something very significant, a return not just to the classic formula of salsa but to the virtues of it,” says Aaron Levinson, a Grammy-winning producer. “They are going back to the more eclectic period when salsa was street music, playing with spirit and integrity and writing socially relevant music again.” The band won Best Latin Artist in the 2010 UK Salsa Awards.

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July 10 7pm
Free and open to the public – Music

Leon Russell has spent nearly seven decades in music as a singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. Russell was a longtime member of the famed studio ensemble known as The Wrecking Crew, and played with Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, among others. Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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The annual River To River Festival is produced by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with Founding Partners Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority, and South Street Seaport.

LMCC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture since 1973, presenting cultural events in Manhattan, advocating for artists and the arts, and working in partnerships to improve the quality of life for the New York City’s workers, residents, and visitors.

River To River is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center, and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters.