Past Event

Melvis Santa Ashedi Presents: Afro-Latin Roots of Jazz Series


6:00pm: Melvis Santa introduces artist Carlos Mateu and his exhibition Afrolatinidad.
6:30pm: Workshop w/ Melvis Santa
7:30pm-8pm: Meet & Greet w/ Carlos Mateu
8pm-9pm: Concert with Melvis & Ashedí

Melvis Santa curates and hosts this evening that begins with a workshop to celebrate the historic cultural exchange between Jazz and Afro-Latin communities, and the growing legacy of this vibrant and ongoing collaboration. She takes the audience on an exploration of the clave and how it intersects with jazz. “The mystery of the clave rests not in the pattern, but in its cultural context,” she says. Melvis traverses with the audience beyond the clave pattern and “beyond category.”

Afro-Cuban music can transform time and consciousness with its multilayered polyrhythms and hypnotic chants. It can take us out of our ordinary state of mind and invoke the spirits of the Afro Cuban pantheon of orishas. Singer, composer, artivist (advocate for the arts), bandleader, actress, educator and 2018 GRAMMY nominee Melvis Santa presents her project Ashedi (“invitation” in Lukumi, the Yoruba language adaptation in Cuba). In an extended trio setting, she leads on piano and vocals, and fronts a full percussion section of sacred bata drums and jazz drums played by Cuban master percussionist Rafael Monteagudo, and with world renowned Puerto Rican bassist Ricky Rodriguez.


EXHIBITION: Afrolatinidad
Carlos Mateu was born in Havana, Cuba. He is known internationally as a visual artist and a dancer. He calls his art style “Pop Geometric.” His paintings fuse elements of cubism with realism, using straight lines and perspective to create a geometric and three-dimensional effect, while subtly deforming the images. Intense colors of acrylic are applied in layers like silkscreen, creating clean and precise divisions between tones, and textured further with oil pastel. He represents with symbols a surrealistic and mystical world around him. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is excited to present the work of this extraordinary artist

This exhibit is open to the public the entire month of August during regular museum hours: Thursday to Monday 11AM to 5PM.