Voices of Immigrant America
Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making.
Join us on Astor Place from Noon to 6PM!
Noon Jose Conde
1pm Fumi Tanakadate & The Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center Ensemble
3pm Svetlana & the Delancey Five
4pm Vuyo Sotashe
Jose Conde - Noon
Jose Conde’s latest musical guise is a sonically rich, electronic, synthesized, and loop based, powerful world rhythms expedition that after all the processing still feels organic and natural. After many years leading his Cuban roots Ola Fresca band and his own solo funk ensemble, Conde returns with a new Earth shaking exploration of sound and rhythm that is ear candy and body tonic for free thinkers and dancers
Fumi Tanakadate & The Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center Ensemble – 1PM
Native of Japan, Fumi Tanakadate is a taiko artist and pianist based in New York. Having a unique combination of an extensive musical expertise in European Classical music and a background in traditional folk dancing, drumming and flute playing from her local festival in Japan, she quickly became an active member of Néo, Kaoru Watanabe’s ensemble that aims to blend the nostalgic sound of Japanese traditional festival and theater and the interplay of complex jazz improvisations. She has performed at Joe’s Pub, ShapeShifter Lab, Nublu, National Sawdust and Pioneer Works. Fumi has collaborated with Yuu Ishizuka, Sumie Kaneko, Shane Shanahan, Chieko Kojima, On Ensemble, Alicia Hall Moran and Satoshi Takeishi and performed in Kenny Endo’s 40th Anniversary Tour. Most recently, she was on tour with Kaoru Watanabe and Yuta Sumiyoshi of KODO as a trio.
Hervé – 2PM
Emerging onto the world stage is HERVE, Haitian born singer, songwriter, and social activist whose voice and style pleasantly surprise the most astute as well as jaded musical ear. A sophisticated mélange of English, French, and Creole blend seamlessly with influences of French Chanson, the 90’s Alternative American Rock and 60’s Motown and Soul. He has been described as a composite of Peter Gabriel, Richie Havens and Harry Chapin. Combine all this with the likes of Jacque Brel, and Josephine Baker and voila! the audience experiences an exciting exotic blend of culture, voice and style.
Svetlana & The Delancey Five – 3PM
Russian-by- birth/ American-by-music, Svetlana is "Astrid Gilberto via Moscow" (Guy Eckstine, Producer Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter) and "Breakfast at Tiffany's served at the 21st century Speakeasy"; (Alan Young, Lucid Culture). Critics agree "the name Svetlana and the Delancey Five sounds like a Cold War cadre of marauding spies. Moscow-native Svetlana Shmulyian is the real article, and brings a certain "other-worldliness" to the repertoire existing somewhere between 1920 and the Rapture" (All About Jazz). Svetlana is the leader of "New York darlings" (Time Out) band, The Delancey Five, that has been headlining sold-out critically acclaimed shows in clubs, performance arts centers, and festivals across the US and abroad (Blue Note Jazz Festival, Falmouth MA Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Ashdod Jazz Festival, Moon Sicily Jazz Festival, Venice Villas and Jazz Festival, and more). For the Joe's Pub Make Music NY stage, Svetlana is bringing a special program "Radio Moscow." It includes Svetlana's arrangements of her original songs, of Russian pop tunes and American classics (both jazz and pop), inspired by the songs she listened to on the radio growing up in Moscow - that galvanized her journey from Moscow to Manhattan.
Vuyo Sotashe – 4PM
Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo Sotashe, is gradually making his mark on the jazz scene - in New York and internationally. He recently graduated with a Master of Music degree, from William Paterson University, as a Fulbright Scholar. He has gone on to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festival’s main stage. In 2009, Vuyo accepted a South African Music Award (equivalent to a Grammy) on behalf of Proxy, a band he was involved in while in South Africa. Vuyo has also had the privilege of performing with George Benson with the Cape Town Symphony at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Grammy Award winning gospel artist Israel Houghton as part of New Breed Africa. More recently, Sotashe won second prize at the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition held in Switzerland, where he was also awarded the audience prize. He also was the first male finalist in the history of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition 2015. Vuyo’s music is deeply influenced by South African Xhosa, gospel music and the vast jazz tradition.
Batalá – 5PM
Batalá New York is an all-female, female-led banda de percussao (percussion-based band) with a mission to promote and share Afro-Brazilian culture and women's empowerment through the high-energy, visually stimulating performance of samba-reggae drumming. Batalá New York is part of Batalá Mundo, a global arts project of over 35 bands around the world with a common repertoire of music, costumes, and choreography originating in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Batalá has maintained a presence in New York since 2012 and has inspired and trained women of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. Batalá has played for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour; at City Hall as part of the ticker tape parade and Mayor’s reception for the US Women's National Soccer Team; on Saturday Night Live with Disclosure and Lorde; in the live world premiere of Sunny Jain’s 100+BPM for National Public Radio; and in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Many of our drummers have traveled abroad to perform in Carnaval in Brazil, Carnival in Notting Hill, and Día de Los Muertos in Mexico.