The Jazz Museum In Harlem Collaborates With The Rubin Museum Of Art
The Harlem in the Himalayas series feature a wide variety of outstanding jazz talent from veterans like Frank Wess and Gene Bertoncini to the next generation of jazz talent. These musicians integrate reflections of Himalayan art into their program.
RMA is dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and opened sixteen months ago; the Jazz Museum is four years into its community and educational programs, and is in the process of acquiring a permanent home in Harlem. Their very successful HARLEM SPEAKS series is held bi-weekly in their Harlem offices.
The series is curated by Loren Schoenberg, Artistic Director of The Jazz Museum in Harlem and Tim McHenry, Director of Programming of the Rubin Museum of Art.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day of the performance and include admission to the Museum’s galleries.
212.620.5000 ext. 344
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York NY 10011
From AllAboutJazz-New York:
"If there were an award for most intriguing title of an ongoing performance series in New York City, “Harlem in the Himalayas” would definitely be a contender. The all-acoustic concerts are co-presented by the Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Rubin Museum of Art and held in its acoustically magnificent basement theater. On Jun. 9th, Gene Bertoncini performed two sets of solo nylon-string acoustic guitar. An initial crop of Strayhorn and Ellington tunes gave a glimpse of Bertoncini’s command - thick, strong hands moving effortlessly and producing colors that almost couldn’t have come from just six strings. He played a Chopin prelude, chastely, followed by a driving “How Insensitive”, showing how Jobim based his bossa on Chopin’s melody and chords. One of the night’s peaks came when Bertoncini had the house play an excerpt from a chant by the otherworldly Tibetan singer Yungchen Llamo, then delivered his own improvisation built on the chant’s pentatonic tune. Dropping his guitar’s E string down a step to D, he hit the low pitch repeatedly like a monk’s deep, monotonous drone and built toward agitated dark minor chords. If Robert Schumann had been at the Rubin for Bertoncini’s sublime rendition of “Traumerei”, he would’ve wished to be reincarnated in the age of jazz harmonies and rhythms. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Edelweiss”, evoking the Alps, slightly west of the Himalayas, was a peaceful and perfect close to the evening."
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