Six-time Grammy Award winner Arturo O'Farrill joins forces with a rhythm section to perform music of resistance. The program will include The Offense of the Drum, 40 Acres and a Burro, Three Revolutions and selections from the Little Tiny Walls Suite.
Joining him will be Quartette Indigo, led by noted cellist and composer Akua Dixon. The evening will also feature a special appearance by Morrocan/French vocalist and composer Malika Zarra, joined by a rhythm section of musicians from the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Tonight, Zarra and O'Farrill will perform works from a recent engagement in Abu Dhabi as part of the Cuban-Khaleeji Project, which explores the shared musical heritages of Afro Cuban music and music from the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa.
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Malika Zarra's participation has been made possible through the French‐American Jazz Exchange, a program of FACE and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Fondation Chanel, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).
This is no ordinary residency. For the next four months, O’Farrill holds forth from his pianistic pulpit, with the mission to be transcultural, genre-fluid and embrace all persuasions of musical deviancy and fun. Barriers will fall. High and low will be no more. And you'll see why this is for the greater good.