1st Annual Rhythm in the Diaspora Fest June 19-20 2013, NYC




The 1st Annual Rhythm in the Diaspora Festival takes place June 19-20, 2013 at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City. Founded with the intention of presenting the jazz drumming tradition in conjunction with rhythm traditions of the diaspora, the 1st Annual Rhythm in the Diaspora Festival will give listeners the rare opportunity to hear Senegalese and Cuban sacred and secular rhythms, and will invite audiences to make connections between these ancestral rhythm languages and their much younger descendant, the drumset.


Press contact: Fully Altered Media

Matt Merewitz  matt@fullyaltered.com

Stephen Buono stephen@fullyaltered.com


Wednesday, June 19 – 8:30PM, $20 (incl. 1 drink)

John Amira, iya; Harris Eisenstadt, itotele; Lorne Watson, okonkolo
For this intimate concert audiences will be treated to a sequence of Santeria salute rhythms to the Orishas rarely heard outside of ritual performance. John Amira is a master drummer with over 40 years experience in his specialty of Haitian and Cuban music. He has performed with top artists (Celia Cruz, Tito Puente); in theater (“A Season In The Congo,” “Shango De Ima”­); in film (“American Gangster”); on T.V., radio, and recordings. He teaches, performs and lectures at universities throughout the US. He is the author of “The Music of Santeria”.


Wednesday, June 19 – 10:00PM, $20 (incl. 1 drink)

Soiree Senegalaise featuring SING SING RHYTHMS
Cheikh Tairou MbayeAbdou MbayeBabacar Mbaye

For this special “soiree Senegalaise,” the members of Sing Sing Rhythms will present songs and rhythms from the virtuosic sabar drum repertoire of Senegal. A traditional sabar drum and dance company made up of Wolof griots (keepers of the history) from Medina, Senegal, Sing Sing Rhythms was originally the name of a family group organized by Mbaye Dieye Faye (Youssou N’Dour’s percussionist) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Family members relocated to New York City in the late 1990s and took up their current name.


Thursday, June 20 – 8:30PM, $20 (incl. 1 drink) 
Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums, comps.

September Trio returns to Cornelia to celebrate the release of “The Destructive Element,” their second album for Clean Feed, recorded in Portugal after a European tour fall 2012. They’ll return to Europe the week after this New York engagement.  “It’s unlikely that there’s ever been a CD quite like this one.” – Stuart Broomer, New York City Jazz Record, re: September Trio’s first recording (Clean Feed, 2011)