New Music by Grammy Winning Jazz Artist Yosvany Terry Helps Depict True Stories of Cuban Born Artists Living in the US
The original stage production We Have Iré recounts the stories of four Cuban-born artists who, after having immigrated and established a life in San Francisco, return to Cuba together. IRÉ Records announces the release of a cast album featuring new music from Grammy-winning Jazz artist Yosvany Terry on September 18. The album features Terry’s original score from the stage production and monologues that reveal the lives and experiences of the central Cuban-born artists. We Have Iré was written by Cuban American poet, playwright, and performance artist Paul S. Flores–who lent his personal story to the play along with Yosvany Terry, Hip-Hop artist DJ Leydis, and dancer Ramón Ramos Alayo. The artists and creative team will be present in a Facebook livestream celebration and talkback on September 18, at 4:30 p.m.PDT/ 7:30 p.m. EDT–which will also feature a making-of video by Amílcar Navarro.
Both the cast recording and stage production draw from vivid stories of reinvention through immigration as told by Cuban artists which include: DJ Leydis’ account of taking to the sea in an overcrowded motorboat to pursue her dream of being a Hip-Hop DJ, and dancer Ramón Ramos Alayo recalling his childhood in the countryside of Santiago de Cuba and then being sent to learn ballet and modern dance in Havana.
The album’s 12 tracks underscore the emotional arc of the We Have Iré’s stories and feature the Cuban jazz idiom that Yosvany Terry is known for which incorporates traditional Yoruba songs and hip-hop. The We Have Iré cast album was recorded at the Samurai Hotel Recording Studio by Terry’s quartet consisting of first-call New York musicians: Javi Santiago (piano), Matt Brewer (bass), and Mark Whitfield, Jr. (drums/percussion), with a special guest turn by legendary Cuban diva Xiomara Laugart and performances by Christin Eve Cato and Denmis Bain. Additional recording was done in June at Patio de Ochún Studio in Alameda, CA.
“I wanted the ancestors and the musical traditions of Cuba to shine throughout,” says Paul S. Flores of his decision to collaborate with composer Yosvany Terry. ‘Camagüey Blues’ and ‘Idea Of Harlem’ lead us through the naïveté and struggles of the characters to the dazzling destiny realized by these talented immigrant artists. By the time we hear the song ‘Subversive‘ we feel like we have survived the storm, arrived on the beach, ready to face the next challenge.”
The We Have Iré original stage production was directed by Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT. The production was commissioned and sponsored by a Who’s Who of contemporary American theater, including the National Performance Network (NPN), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco, Pregones/PRTT in New York City, GALA Theatre in Washington D.C., Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San José, MECA-Houston, Miami Light Project in Miami, Creative Capital, Creative Work Fund, the MAP Fund and Center for Cultural Innovation.
LIVESTREAM AND ALBUM RELEASE DETAILS
The We Have Iré Original Cast Recording will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and other digital platforms Sep 18, 2021. Meet the cast, creative team and representatives for the producers at a Livestream via Facebook @miamilightproject @pregones/PRTT @MACLAarte @YBCA on September 18 at 4:30pm PST/ 7:30 pm EDT. A making-of video created by filmmaker Amílcar Navarro will also be streamed.
ABOUT PAUL S. FLORES
Paul S. Flores creates plays and oral narratives that spur and support societal movements that lead to change; his deep dive into themes of transnationality and citizenship comes at a crucial time in contemporary history. His last play, On the Hill: I Am Alex Nieto, brought together San Francisco communities divided by gentrification and police violence. Flores’s ability to paint a vivid picture of bicultural Latino experience is shaped by his personal background and experience growing up near the Mexican border. He began presenting spoken word as a founding member of Youth Speaks and Los Delicados in 1996. He performed in Cuba for the first time in 2001 while working at La Peña Cultural Center, and has since presented multiple times in Havana, Mexico, and El Salvador. He is an adjunct professor of theater at the University of San Francisco.
ABOUT ROSALBA ROLÓN
Rosalba Rolón is the artistic director of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York, a company focused on the creation and performance of original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures. She is a director and dramaturg who favors the art of stage adaptation in ensemble settings, working from non-dramatic texts. With Pregones she has toured more than five hundred US cities and eighteen countries. Her work includes Harlem Hellfighters on a Latin Beat, Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, and The Red Rose. Rolón received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award in 2018 and a Creative Capital Award in 2019, and was recently appointed to serve on the Tony Awards nominating committee. In 2015 she received the TEER Pioneer Award from National Black Theatre. She is a United States Artists Fellow and board member, a board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and an advisory committee member for the CreateNYC cultural affairs plan.
ABOUT YOSVANY TERRY
Yosvany Terry was born into an illustrious musical family in Camaguey, Cuba, and is widely acknowledged as a culture bearer and innovator of Afro-Cuban music. Since his arrival in New York in 1999, his work as saxophonist, percussionist, and composer working at the confluence of Cuban roots music and jazz “has helped redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom” (New York Times). Among his recent commissions as a composer are the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival commission for the suite Noches de Parranda for twelve-piece ensemble with the support of Map Fund, and a Harlem Stage commission to write the music for the opera Makandal. Terry received a Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors New York State Music Fund grant for Yedégbé, a suite of Arará music.
ABOUT DJ LEYDIS
DJ Leydis (Leydisvel Freire) combines contemporary hits with a distinct fusion of Latin flavors, R&B classics, and roots reggae blends. Born and raised in Cuba, where she was involved in the local hip-hop movement since its inception, she helped organize some of the country’s most respected and best-attended events and community programs. In 2005 she cofounded Omegas Kilay, a hip-hop theater collective in Havana focused on presenting the poetry, music, experiences, and perspectives of artists such as DJ Yari, Danay Suarez, Nono, La LLave De IPG, La Negra, and Las Krudas. DJ Leydis co-created the first all-female DJ mixtape in Cuba, contributing a special blend of new flavor and spirit to the international community. In 2006 DJ Leydis migrated to United States to expand upon her work as a DJ and has worked with Erykah Badu, Quest Love of the Roots, and other iconic US-based artists.
ABOUT PREGONES/PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATER
Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is an award-winning acting and music ensemble, multidisciplinary arts presenter, and owner/steward of bilingual arts facilities in The Bronx and Manhattan. Our mission is to champion a Puerto Rican/Latinx cultural legacy of universal value through creation and performance of original plays and musicals, exchange and partnership with other artists of merit, and engagement of diverse audiences. Our year-round programs offer attractive and affordable opportunities for arts access and participation to NYC residents and visitors alike.
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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”
Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.
Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads
New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.
Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.
The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement.
That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”
The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded.
Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”
The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.
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