Press Release | Waves of Tradition

March 27, 2017 New York Download

CONTACT        Ale McGill

    The Knot Group

WHAT              Waves of Tradition: Celebrating New York’s Global Spirit!

WHERE            Brookfield Place, Winter Garden

    230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281

DATE                May 1 – May 5, 2017

TIME                Monday – Thursday | 12:30 PM & 5:30 PM

    Friday | 12:30 PM & 7:30 PM

PRESENTER    Arts Brookfield and Live Sounds

COST                FREE


For Five Days in May, Downtown NY Celebrates New York’s Global Spirit

Arts Brookfield Presents Waves of Tradition, featuring the sounds of West Africa, Japan, Ireland, the Middle East and Latin America

New York, NY March 27, 2017 From May 1 to 5, 2017, Arts Brookfield and Live Sounds present Waves of Tradition, a curated weeklong celebration of New York City and the waves of immigrant cultures that make up its rich history. Each day will focus on a different part of the world: West Africa, Japan, Ireland, the Middle East and Latin America. Artists will tell their stories through music and dance each afternoon and evening—with a culminating Friday night concert—making connections with fellow New Yorkers through traditions from the ancient to the contemporary. The series is curated by Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds, and all events are free and open to the public.

“Arts Brookfield has a history of presenting Global arts events annually,” said Elysa Marden, vice president, Arts Brookfield.This year, we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate the rich history of New York City and the cultures and traditions from around the world that make it an exceptional place to live and visit.”

“Live Sounds is committed to cultivating innovative, thought-provoking traditional and contemporary performing arts from around the world to build bridges and engage audiences and communities,” said Isabel Soffer, producer, Live Sounds. “Waves of Tradition is truly a celebration of the global traditions that have shaped the New York City we know and love today.’”

Day One: Africa

Day one features performances by African musician and poet Salieu Suso, a leader in the thriving African music scene in the United States. Trained to play the traditional 21 stringed kora at the age of 8 by his father, Salieu hails from a family of historians and musicians. The sound of a kora resembles that of a harp, though when played in the traditional style it bears a resemblance to flamenco and delta blues guitar. Ebrima Jassey will join on the balafon, an ancient wooden xylophone played in Africa since the 14th century.

Day Two: Ireland

Ensemble Jameson’s Revenge brings the luck of the Irish to day two. Led by four-time All-Ireland Champion, fiddler Denis McCarthy, joined by Andrew McCarrick on flute and whistles, John Walsh on guitar and vocals, Jameson’s Revenge is known for its hard driving jigs and reels as well as their own compositions. The band combines the traditional music with which the band members grew up with a modern approach in the spirit and attitude of Irish-America today.

Day Three: Japan

The premier Japanese classical dancer in the United States, Tokyo-born Sachiyo Ito and Company perform a range of delicate and powerful traditional Japanese dances including Kabuki, Noh, Okinawan Court, and Jiuta-mai as well as contemporary choreographed works. Ms. Ito is a multi-award-winning artist, choreographer, and arts educator bridging East and West through classical, traditional and contemporary Japanese dance.

Day Four: The Middle East

Arabic music is centered on a system of melodic modes known as maqam, which is widely practiced from North Africa and Turkey, through Iran and Central Asia, and into Western China. Zikrayat Ensemble performs music and dance from the Golden Age of Egyptian musical cinema (the 1940s to 1960s); traditional and classical compositions from the Arab world, as well as Raqs Sharki (Eastern Dance) often called bellydance which has been performed by both men and women for centuries at weddings, festivals and parties. Zikrayat (meaning “memories” in Arabic) is led by violinist, vocalist, composer and teacher Sami Abu Shumays and dancer Robin “Dameshe” Shumays.

Day Five: Latin America

The festival will come to a celebratory close with a special performance by RVNG artist Helado Negro (Roberto Carlos Lange) who blends the tropical lilt of Ecuador and the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of his South Florida upbringing with the classical, folk-pop and electronica strains of his multifaceted artistic community. Helado Negro will perform a version of “Brain Finger Composition,” in which he controls musical parameters using yarn tethered to live musicians from the acclaimed experimental music collective thingNY. This performance marks the vinyl release of his latest album “Private Energy” on his new label, NYC-based RVNG.

Waves of Tradition is a part of Arts Brookfield’s ongoing commitment to global arts programming. Arts Brookfield is well-known for presenting diversity in the arts and making world-class cultural experiences accessible. For more information about Waves of Tradition and a full schedule of events, visit:


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Press Contacts



Tatiana Reade (New York)

Cherri Carbonara (Houston)

Hannah Payne (Houston)

Paula Peri Tiernan (Denver)

Erica Overskei (Los Angeles)

Kerrie Muskens (Australia)

Bonnie Haigh-Marmoreo (First Canadian Place, Toronto) 

Franca Bellisario (Brookfield Place and Bay Adelaide, Toronto)