World premiere of RAKONTO:
A SOUNDING OF COMMUNITY VOICES
A new concert-length composition by jazz pianist/composer
DANIEL KELLY at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, May 21 @ 2 PM
A commission from New York State Council on the Arts and Flushing Town Hall.
World premiere by jazz pianist/composer Daniel Kelly that incorporates recorded interviews with Flushing community members on the topics of daily life, culture & immigration. Rakonto (story in Esperanto) uses these personal histories as the basis for an imaginative ode to the people of Flushing. Daniel is joined by an international ensemble of world-class musicians.
I was commissioned by Flushing Town Hall and the New York State Council on the Arts to create a concert-length musical composition that incorporates recorded interviews from various members of Flushing’s tremendously ethnically diverse community. For the past several months, I’ve been conducting interviews with students, senior citizens, business owners, kids in afterschool programs, musicians performing Chinese, Korean and Indian music, people at churches and social service organizations, and even a New York State Assemblywoman. The voices and sounds of the neighborhood I’ve recorded are interwoven into the composition that the musicians will be performing on stage creating what sounds like a movie for the ears.
This is an extension of a concept I first recorded on my CD, Duets with Ghosts, where I composed music around old recordings of my great-grandfather, Alan Lomax recordings of chain-gang chants, and archival recordings of writers and poets like James Joyce and Francois Dufrene.
Daniel Kelly – piano
Yoon Sun Choi – vocals
Rez Abbasi – guitar
David Ambrosio – bass
Satoshi Takeishi – drums
and special guest Min Xiao-Fen – Chinese pipa
Saturday, May 21st, 2pm
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens
$8 children ($6 member children)
Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly is an innovative musical voice in New York City jazz and improvised music scene. He toured around the world and has collaborated in performance and on disc with a wide range of artists, including Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Don Byron, Lauryn Hill, the Bang on a Can All-Stars and many others. In addition to the several recordings he has made as a sideman, he has recorded four highly acclaimed CDs as a leader. His group has received the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.
Daniel serves as the artistic director of the music based non-profit organization Connection Works. He has organized and helped present workshops for young people and a series of concerts featuring artists such as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Joseph Jarman, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, John Abercrombie, Billy Hart, Dafnis Prieto, Wycliffe Gordon, Anat Cohen, Steve Coleman and Five Elements and many others.
Daniel has exhibited his commitment to arts education and young audiences by performing in schools and in artistic multi-media works for family audiences. His most notable collaborator is storyteller David Gonzalez. In addition to performing in hundreds of schools, they have toured to performing art centers throughout the US and Canada and the Royal National Theatre in London. They developed the multi-media theatrical work The Frog Bride, which premiered at the New Victory Theater on Broadway and incorporated Daniel’s music with the music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev and video images of paintings by Wassily Kandinsky. It was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2006. David and Daniel have also been Lincoln Center Institute Repertory artists from 2002-05 and 2008-present.
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