Daymé Arocena draws inspiration from the intertwining musical legacies of her native Cuba. A singer, composer and choir director, she’s a bright-shining performer carrying the flame for a new generation of Cuban musicians. Born and raised in Havana, her conservatory training was combined with an upbringing grounded in Cuba’s own musical foundations. She was accepted at the age of nine into one of the country’s prestigious music schools and studied a choir-directing course rooted in Western classical tradition. At the same time, she grew up with the day-to-day schooling in folkloric music that’s common in most Cuban households. Emerging from a culture where hybrids and amalgamations are the norm, Daymé embraces that reality. At a time when Cuba’s border opens up, she is an outward-looking artist finding new musical connections.
PIONEER WORKS, 159 PIONEER STREET, RED HOOK, BROOKLYN
THIS SHOW IS A GENERAL ADMISSION SHOW.
This engagement of Daymé Arocena is funded in part through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The vivacious, go-getting and indefatigable Daymé Arocena, in addition to performing with Jane Bunnett and Maqueque has since developed a burgeoning solo career, toured Europe and the USA with Brownswood Recordings and after a wonderful debut on the label with Nueva Era (Brownswood, 2015) she has released Cubafonía, an ambitious production that sling-shots her star into the world music stratosphere and it seems only a matter of time when she will be one of the most recognised Afro-Cuban singers on the planet. And when that happens, this disc will have had everything to do with it.” — Raul da Gama