Wednesday, June 11, 2008

El Museo's Free Summer Nights Music Series feat. Marta Gómez & Sofia Koutsovitis

El Museo continues its crowd-pleasing summer music series this year with concerts held every Thursday evening at 7 PM. June 12 through August 14. Women on the Verge, June 12 through July 10, highlights ground-breaking new work by leading Latina singer-songwriters. The series focuses on the growing trend of Latina musicians taking traditional Latin musical forms (cumbias, sones, bambucos, festejos, zambas, landos, etc.) and reinterpreting them with modern twists, from free jazz to indie rock, to create their own inimitable sounds. (Think Julieta Venegas, Shakira, and Andrea Echeverri in their underground days.)

The Summer nights music series will open with Marta Gómez and her quintet who will perform original compositions blending Caribbean and Andean melodies with jazz and pop, taking traditional South American indigenous folk music into a hip new realm. With more than 70 original compositions, Marta explores a wide range of genres, including Colombian cumbias and bambucos, Argentine zambas, Cuban sones and Peruvian landos, adding catchy refrains that reach across language and cultural borders.

Joining Marta will be Sofia Koutsovitis who belongs to a new generation of musicians who imaginatively explore the connection between jazz, contemporary music, and the rich musical traditions of South America. An active vocalist, composer and arranger, her primary musical project to date, the Sofia Koutsovitis Group, is grounded in traditional South American rhythms such as chacarera and zamba from Argentina, Afro-peruvian festejo and lando and various Brazilian genres that merge organically with sophisticated modern harmonies and exploratory improvisations. Renowned jazz artist Danilo Perez praises Sofia for her ability to “combine the best of her Argentine roots with the skills and passion” needed to update these works for a new audience.

El Museo del Barrio Teatro Heckscher 1230 Fifth Avenue

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