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Latasha Nevada Diggs
Fire + Fire: Hungarian Gypsy and Black American Music
Peter Norton Symphony Space
11/19/2009 – 11/21/2009
This brand-new production brings Hungarian Gypsy and African-American musicians together, juxtaposing these two vibrant cultures.
Drawing from their shared experiences, Fire + Fire is a completely unique event, a statement of how music can thrive under duress and even take inspiration from it. In collaboration with author and musician Greg Tate; Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, actor, singer and songwriter Eisa Davis; choreographer and film maker Gabri Christa; and bass guitarist, composer, and producer Melvin Gibbs. The Hungarian music curator is Andrea Gancs.
On the Black American side these include drummer, percussionist and Gullah musicologist David Pleasant; Delta blues guitarist, vocalist and banjoist Valerie June; vocalist and violinist Mazz Swift; guitarist, banjo and kora player Ayodele Maakheru; electronic vocal maven and poet LaTasha Nevada Diggs; and visual artist Marilys Ernst.
From Hungary's Gypsy community we'll be welcoming vocalists Fatima Muhammad and Ági Szalóki; members of the brilliant band Budapest Bar: violinist Robert Farkas, cimbalom player Mihály Farkas, and bassist Richard Farkas; as well as pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, percussionist and dancer Zsolt Farkas; vocalist and guitarist Gusztáv Balogh; and visual artist Kiégő Izzók.
One of seven special events commissioned by the Extremely Hungary Festival.
$30 (in advance), $35 (at door)
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY