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The 27th Havana International Jazz Festival takes place December 15 - 19, 2011 at Mella Theatre, Casa de la Cultura of Plaza, La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz Club, Palacio de La Rumba, Casa del Alba, National Theatre of Cuba, Karl Marx Theatre, Sevilla Hotel, Cohiba Hotel and other venues around Havana, Cuba.
The Festival is presented by Insight Cuba and sponsored by the Instituto Cubano de la Música, with Cuban Jazz Master Chucho Valdés as the Festival's Artistic Director.
The Festival began as a loosely organized event in 1978, when Bobby Carcasses and other jazz musicians played an outdoor show at Casa de la Cultura in Havana. The following year, other famous musicians attended, making this one of the most sought after jazz fests in the world.
The Festival will present concerts and jam sessions with the participation of famous national and international jazz bands, to say nothing of impromptu jam sessions on many a street corner.
The Opening Gala features a concert by the National Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Enrique Pérez Mesa, Entrevoces Choir conducted by Digna Guerra, Jorge Reyes, Roberto Fonseca and other guest artists.
The Closing Gala will include a special concert by Maestro Frank Fernández and The Jazz Band conducted by Maestro Joaquin Betancourt and other guest artists.
Among the musicians performing are:
The 7th Theoretical Colloquium will be part of the event and it includes:
As of January 14, 2011, the White House greatly expanded travel to Cuba for Americans, with several types of legal Cuba travel licenses available.
There is a great deal to see in Havana, especially for its history, as well as the arts. Fabulous tours are available.
For more information, visit www.jazzcuba.com.
Havana International Jazz Festival December 15 - 18, 2011
Mella TheatreLínea No. 657 (entre A y B) Havana, Cuba
Casa de la Cultura of PlazaCalzada #909Havana, Cuba
La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz ClubLa Rampa StreetHavana, Cuba
Palacio de La Rumba Ave. Las Americas km 4 Varadero, Cuba
Casa del Alba Línea y D, VedadoHavana, Cuba
National Theatre of Cuba Paseo and 39 St. VedadoHavana, Cuba
Karl Marx Theatre Calle 1ra. y 10, MiramarHavana, Cuba
Sevilla Hotel Paseo St. and Malecon, VedadoHavana, Cuba
Hotel Melia CohibaAve Paseo entre 1 y 3, VedadoHavana, Cuba
The second White Light Festival is taking place October 20 - November 19, 2011 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, New York City.
This multi-disciplinary festival uses the power of music as a springboard for exploration down other paths.
The Opening Night performance is:
Bassekou Kouyate – A new voice from a Mali tradition performs with his band, displaying virtuosity with the rhythmic Malian lute called the ngoni.
Read more: White Light Festival 2011
New York Anime Festival (NYAF) is taking place October 14 - 16, 2011 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York City.
This year, fans of all things comic have a treat in store: NY Comic Con and NY Anime Festival are joining forces to present a real mangapalooza for Tri-State area fans.
Kicking off the festivities is a free evening of entertainment with DJ/artist Z-Trip.
"This is the first time that we have kicked off New York Comic Con with an official evening of entertainment and I know that we will have a packed house," notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC.
Special Guests at NYAF include:
The three discuss
Dai Sato and Katushiro Harada will be present at NYAF as well:
Also attending are
A Special Guest with a mini-retro is Makoto Shinkai. Although a relative newcomer to the anime feature screen, he already has several potential classics to his credit which will be screening at NYAF:
Shinkai will introduce the NY Premiere of his latest film, Hoshi O Ou Kodomo / Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below. Shinkai will also be in Conversation with Roland Kelts.
Aniplex of America presents:
Several excellent Panels are being presented, including:
plus panels with
Other events are:
Fundraising for Japan relief efforts continues. There will be an Art for Hope preview, as well as a limited edition poster available for a suggested minimum donation of $5 (all proceeds benefiting Architecture for Humanity).
For more information, go to www.newyorkcomiccon.com.
New York Anime FestivalOctober 14 - 16, 2011
Jacob Javits Convention Center 55 West 34th StreetNew York City212-216-2000
The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its seventh year with another outstanding performance schedule and a total of nine shows from September 9th – October 1st, 2011.
Since its first show seven years ago, this grassroots festival has reached thousands of fans and immigrants in New York, transcending barriers and celebrating the music of the people of the Roma (ie. Gypsies).
Over the last seven years the infamous festival's reputation has grown to one of national prominence. That which defines the Gypsy diaspora, tenacity, vivaciousness, variety and spirit, in turn defines the entire festival.
In preparation for the epic 7th edition of the New York Gypsy Festival, 15 headliners haved been lined up for the "loudest and proudest" festival New York has to offer.
From klezmer hip-hop to flamenco funk, Balkan jazz & blues to indie-pop there is a little something for everyone on this year’s menu.
For more details, visit http://www.nygypsyfest.com/.
The New York Gypsy FestivalSeptember 9 - October 1, 2011
Drom 85th Ave A (between 5th and 6th Streets)New York City, NY
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