[Aaus-list] May concerts: "Traditional Music of the Crimean Tatars" and "Out of the Studio"

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May 6, 2017


The Ukrainian Museum,
the Center for Traditional  Music and Dance,
and Traditional Crossroads and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage

A Concert & Interview

LENUR MAMUTOV (percussion)
and interview by PETE RUSHEFSKY (CTMD)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.
222 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $10
Available at the door or online at: Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/traditional-music-of-the-crimean-tatars-tickets-34181119649)

Join us for an evening celebrating one of New York City’s greatest under-the-radar cultural treasures - the exciting and enchanting traditional music of the local Crimean Tatar community, featuring violin virtuoso Nariman Asanov accompanied by accordionist Patrick Farrell and percussionist Lenur Mamutov. Additionally, Pete Rushefsky of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance will interview the performers about the music and its place in the local Crimean community.

Nariman Asanov (violin) was born in Almalik, Uzbekistan in 1973, the child of community activists who survived the Soviet’s mass deportation of Crimean Tatars to Central Asia in 1944. Growing up in a large community-in-exile, he was inspired by a local village fiddler, as well as the late Enver Sherfedinov, a leading Crimean Rom violinist who frequently played on Uzbek television. In 1988, Asanov's family was able to return to Crimea, and he enrolled in the Tchaikovsky Music College in Simferopol, now the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine. While there, Asanov became one of the first members of Ali Alimov’s Uchan-su Folk Ensemble, which takes its name from a famous waterfall near Yalta. Uchan-su toured the US in 1991 and in 1994, and at the end of the second visit Asanov decided to stay. He enrolled in the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase and graduated with a degree in violin performance. Leading the New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble, a band composed of
a number of émigré alumni of Uchan-su and the Efsane Ensemble, Asanov performs frequently for events at the American Association of Crimean Turks in Boro Park, Brooklyn, as well as at weddings and other family celebrations in the community. Asanov has been a featured artist of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance for several years, performing at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University and The United Nations.

Patrick Farrell (accordion) has been described as a “wizard” (Feast of Music) and a player of “mordant wit and blistering speed” (Lucid Culture). He is an in-demand part of the international klezmer community as a performer and teacher, plays with  "new music" and improvisational groups, and enthusiastically toots on an alto horn in various brass bands. Farrell has appeared on over 40 recordings, including with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (http://www.silkroadproject.org/ensemble) , Never Enough Hope (https://milkfactoryproductions.bandcamp.com/album/the-gravity-of-our-commitment) , and Adrienne Cooper (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Cooper) , and also enjoys working with dance and theater ensembles as a composer, music director and accompanist. He was recipient of a 2016 composition residency at the prestigious and beautiful  Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (http://www.brushcreekarts.org/) . Farrell’s current projects include the avant-garde/traditionalist
klezmer group Yiddish Art Trio (http://www.yiddisharttrio.com/) (with Michael Winograd (http://www.michaelwinograd.net/) andBenjy Fox-Rosen (http://www.benjyfoxrosen.com/) ), unique and unusual duets with trumpeter Ben Holmes (http://www.pattysounds.com/ben-holmes--patrick-farrell.html) , New Yiddish Song duets with soprano vocalist Sveta Kundish (http://www.pattysounds.com/sveta-kundish--patrick-farrell.html) , chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband (http://www.ljova.com/kontraband/) , and cross-cultural project from Lahore, Pakistan and Brooklyn, NY, Sandaraa (http://www.sandaraa.com/) . For many years he led and composed for the circus/new-music group Stagger Back Brass Band, releasing one acclaimed album in 2009. Farrell also maintains his membership in Panorama Brass Band (http://www.panoramabrassband.com/) , from his former home of New Orleans, LA, during the annual Mardi Gras season. He plays in Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars
(http://www.franklondon.com/) and Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express (http://www.aliciasvigals.com/) , and often works as arranger for various ensembles and friends.  Farrell has studied accordion in Macedonia, Serbia, Germany, and Romania, and has played in clubs, concert halls, streets, and serenades all over Europe and North America.

Lenur Mamutov (percussion) is a leading musician in the New York Crimean community who is highly in-demand for community events and concerts by the New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble.

For a preview of the music go to http://www.ctmd.org/crimeantatar.htm



The Ukrainian Museum
and Bandura Downtown

Process and Practice

JURIJ FEDYNSKYJ (historical instruments (kobza, bandura, torban)
KATJA KOLCIO and OKSANA KAZMINA (dance and interactive video)
JULIAN KYTASTY (kharkiv bandura)
SOLOMIYA MOROZ (flute, video, electronics)

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7 p.m.
222 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

Admission (includes gallery access and reception): $15;
members and seniors – $10; students – $5. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Available at the door or online at: Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/out-of-the-studio-process-and-practice-tickets-34181310219)

An evening of current work by performing composers, choreographers, video artists, and a luthier, presented in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition CIM (http://www.ukrainianmuseum.org/ex_161211_CIM.html) .

Image: gallery view of CIM installation by Marko Shuhan; photo of Katja Kolcio performance.


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