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NOW ON OUR ARCHIVES PAGE! We're excited to present Treasures of the CTMD Archive - a new series of ten videos in honor of our 45th Anniversary in 2013. Featuring rare footage of leading master musicians we've worked with over five decades. Click here to go to the Treasures of the CTMD Archive website and view the series.

Tuesday, April 22: Bessarabian Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop featuring Isaac Sadigursky and an all-star band. Lace up your dancing shoes for a special evening of Bessarabian-Jewish klezmer featuring a rare NY-appearance by LA-based clarinetist/accordionist Isaac Sadigursky, originally of Moldova, and dance leading by Avia Moore. All-star ensemble includes Aaron Alexander (percussion), Frank London (trumpet), Christina Crowder (accordion), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Alex Kontorovich (clarinet) and Sam Sadigursky (reeds). CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is presenting this program in conjunction with the NY Klezmer Series. At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for the Tantshoyz, participate in a pre-Tantshoyz instrumental workshop for an additional $20 (includes a jam session which takes place at the end of the evening). For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! Bessarabia is the historic region now known as the Republic of Moldova. Special thanks to Aaron Paley/YiddishkaytLA for use of the picture. (Tantshoyz Dance Party runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM)

Friday, May 2: CTMD is pleased to be a media sponsor of a special concert featuring Ross Daly (bowed lyra), Ahmet Erdogdular (vocals), Yurdal Tokcan (oud) and Ömer Erdogdular (ney/flute). Presented by Makam New York, the concert will explore the vibrant spirit of musical makam traditions of Greece, Asia Minor, Balkans, and the Levant. Internationally acclaimed musicians explore the timeless beauty in the artistic expression of Turkish, Greece, Sephardic Jewish, and Armenian composers, as well as their own pieces. At Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th St. in Manhattan. For tickets, click here. The concert is presented as part of the Turkish Music Institute Workshop, taking place at Columbia University, May 2-6, 2014, organized by Makam New York. (8:00PM)

Wednesday, May 7: CTMD and World Music Institute present Strings of the Black Sea at Symphony Space's intimate Thalia theater. A celebration of stringed instruments and the musical connections between communities surrounding the Black Sea. A crossroads between Europe and Asia, the Black Sea (known by the ancient Greeks as “Pontus,” meaning simply “sea”) has always been a center of mercantile and cultural exchange. The concert will showcase three notable musical traditions, represented by four extraordinary musicians: Crimean Tatar violinist Nariman Asanov, with Patrick Farrell on accordion; Tamer Pinarbasi on kanun (zither); and ChristosTiktapanidis playing Pontic lyra (vertically held, bottle-shaped three-stringed rebec). Admission $30 ($25 for CTMD/WMI members, bring a kid for $5). For more information and tickets click here. (7:00PM)

Saturday, May 10: CTMD's Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite sou Tanbou, presents Konbit Zaka. Part of an ongoing series Vodou is Nature! At Flatbush Public Library's new Sunshine, Seeds and Reads Community Garden, 22 Linden Boulevard (corner of Flatbush in Brooklyn). Haitian educator/writer/scholar Marie Lily Cerat and Hougan Gad Makousi (Vodou heritage keeper) Oneza Lafontant will lead a one-hour workshop (1-2PM) on the lwa (Haitian vodou spirti) Kouzen Zaka, the patron spirit for agriculture and farm workers in Vodou. Conversation will touch upon the history of deforestation in Haiti, the importance of conservation, and herbal lore (plants traditionally used in Haitian cooking and folk medicine). Discussion will be in English and Kreyol and interwoven with question-and-answer sessions and performances of traditional Vodou songs for Zaka by Taïna Ligondé and others. Light refreshments will be served and audience participation is encouraged. From 2-3PM, the program will continue outdoors in the Sunshine, Seeds, and Reads Community Garden in the courtyard in back of the library, where audience members will be treated to a mini-workshop on djouba, the rhythm/dance associated with Kouzen Zaka and a telling of the Haitian folktale "The Magic Orange Tree" by Marie Lily Cerat. This celebration launches the Haitian community's participation in the Flatbush Library's Community Garden which incorporates herbs from the many diverse ethnic cultures represented in the library's neighborhood. Seedlings of traditional Haitian culinary herbs, with accompanying information, will also be available for children and families to take away and nurture at home. Admission is free. (1:00PM-3:00PM)

Thursday, May 15: Sung Among Friends: Intimate Georgian and Yiddish Singing Traditions. This intimate concert held in close company presents the kind of traditional singing shared socially among friends and family. Informal and at times competitive, Georgian table singing, presented by members of the Zekari Georgian Men's Choir and Yiddish zingerayen, presented by some of the finest proponents of the tradition, including Michael Alpert, Carol Freeman, Sarah Gordon, Esther Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Jerry Marcus, Ethel Raim, Paula Teitelbaum and Josh Waletzky, exemplify a practice found in many cultures of using the time after a meal to carry on in song.This event is presented by Brooklyn Arts Council, in co-sponsorship with CATCH (Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage), Center for Traditional Music and Dance, City Lore, and Dancing Crane Georgian Cultural Center. At the City Lore Performance Space, 56 East First St, Manhattan (Lower East Side). More information coming soon!

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Friday - Saturday, April 11-12: CTMD is pleased to be a media sponsor of the 2014 NY Korean Music Festival at the Asia Society, curated by ethnomusicologist Ju-Yong Ha (Yeungnam National University and the Korean Performing Arts Center). The program will include concerts, talks and a symposium. For additional information and tickets, click here.

Symposium: Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Korean Music symposium will feature talks on traditional Korean music by scholars and ethnomusicologists, preceding two evenings of performance. Talks will include:

Sanjo and Contemporary Performance Phenomena
Hilary Finchum-Sung, Seoul National University

Grand and Majestic: Pansori and Performance Practice
Ju-Yong Ha, Yeungnam National University

Between Global and Local: Twenty-First Century Korean Music-Making
Hee-Sun Kim, Kookmin University
Chair, Dr. Anthony T. Rauche

Concert: Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 pm (pre-concert lecture at 7:00PM).

Direct from Korea, the first evening of the Korean Music Festival highlights four extraordinary musicians performing sanjo - a solo form of virtuosic traditional music with roots in Korean indigenous shamanism and folk music. Featuring stark and haunting "scattered melodies," sanjo music employs a gradually increasing tempo, elastic rhythms, and intense snaps of power. Existing in the space between folk and classical music, sanjo captures the spirit and sentiment of Korean culture. This performance will feature Yi Ji-youngon (Gayageum - plucked zither), Kang Eun-il (Haegeum - spike fiddle), Cheong Dae-seog (Geomungo - plucked zither) and Lee Tae-baek (Ajaeng - bowed zither and Janggo - hour-glass drum), musicians of the highest caliber in this quintessentially Korean, improvisational form. These master musicians reflect a passion and deep commitment to the artistry of the past, while creating a new hunger for Korean music.

Concert: Saturday, April 12, 8:00pm - 9:30pm (pre-concert talk at 7:00pm)

Pansori - a powerful solo sung storytelling form - was described by The New York Times as having the capacity to "quickly and powerfully captivate the most ignorant outsider...not just captivate but elevate, reach heights of drama and profundities of emotion known only to the greatest of world performing arts... pansori offers a fascinating blend of rigorous formalism and vigorous individual spontaneity." This evening features a rare performance by a male maestro of the form, Lim Hyeun-bin, who uses his powerful voice to tell an epic tale of sacrifice and love through the soulful sung narrative (presented with supertitles). The finale will gather the full ensemble to perform heungtaryeong, the Song of Joy. The concert will be preceded by a 7:00pm talk by ethnomusicologist Ju-Yong Ha.

Tuesday, March 11: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop-- Remembering German Goldenshteyn. Lace up your dancing shoes for an evening of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more, danced to the music of clarinetist German Goldenshteyn. Prior to his untimely death in 2006, Goldenshteyn taught and performed widely, influencing a generation of young musicians around the world to perform his Bessarabian klezmer repertoire. CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is presenting this program in conjunction with the NY Klezmer Series, featuring master dance leader Michael Alpert, and a live klezmer band led by Goldenstheyn clarinet protege Alex Kontorovich. Featuring a special performance by the Goldenshteyn Kompanye - a new ensemble led by clarinetist Naum Goldenshteyn (German's grand-nephew), who recently relocated to New York from Israel. At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for the Tantshoyz, participate in a pre-Tantshoyz instrumental workshop for an additional $20 (includes a jam session which takes place at the end of the evening). For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! (Tantshoyz Dance Party runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM)

Tuesday, February 4: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop. Lace up your dancing shoes for an evening of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more! CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is presenting this program in conjunction with the NY Klezmer Series, featuring a special appearance by master Canadian dance leader Avia Moore, and a live klezmer band and a live klezmer band led by fiddler master Deborah Strauss. At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for the Tantshoyz, participate in a pre-Tantshoyz instrumental workshop for an additional $20 (includes a jam session which takes place at the end of the evening). For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! (Tantshoyz Dance Party runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM)

Wednesday, January 29: Murder, Betrayal and the Supernatural - the Art of the Balladeer and Kobzari - CTMD and World Music Institute present an evening of music that pays tribute to the oral tradition of songs passed down since the Middle Ages, from Ukraine's blind epic singers and from the Scots-Irish ballad tradition. This concert brings together two remarkable artists - Colleen Cleveland, a fifth-generation traditional ballad singer from NY's north country (and granddaughter of renowned ballad singer Sarah Cleveland) and Julian Kytasty, a third-generation bandura player and singer - performing a repertoire rich in themes of love, religion, history, legends, tragedy and humor, passed down through the centuries. Tickets (general admission) are $30, $25 for WMI Friends and CTMD Members. Bring a kid for just $5 additional (click here for more information and to reserve). At Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. - subway: 1/2/3/C to 96th St. Picture of Julian Kytasty by David Kaufman. (7:30PM)

Wednesday, January 15: A special CD Release Event - Concert and Panel Discussion - for Yiddish composer, singer, bassist Benjy Fox-Rosen's Two Worlds//Tsvey Veltn, a stunning new song cycle based on the poetry of master Yiddish poet Mordechai Gebertig. Combining traditional and new music, Yiddish folk, theatre and cabaret music, Fox-Rosen interprets Gebertig's poetry and searing depictions of Poland before and during World War II with striking insight and brilliance. Following the concert there will be an artist talkback with Benjy Fox-Rosen, Yiddish composer/singer Josh Waletzky and scholar Amanda Scherbenske moderated by CTMD's Pete Rushefsky. Concert features Fox-Rosen, Michael Winograd (clarinet), Patrick Farrell (accordion/piano), Jason Nazary (drums) and Avi Fox-Rosen (guitar/banjo). At Center fro Jewish History, 15 West 16th St in Manhattan (a block and a half west of Union Square). Presented by CTMD in partnership with Center for Jewish History, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Culture and the American Society for Jewish Music. Admission: General - $15, seniors and students - $10. To reserve tickets click here or call 212.868.4444. (7:00PM)

Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18: CTMD is pleased to be a media sponsor of Golden Fest, New York's biggest Balkan music event and showcase, back in Brooklyn for its 29th anniversary at Grand Prospect Hall, a spectacularly restored historic landmark in Park Slope. The festival, which is sponsored by the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, runs from 7:30PM - 12:30AM on Friday and then 6:00PM on Saturday until early Sunday morning. Last year's festival boasted over 70 separate performances, Saturday on 4 concurrent stages. Groups played and sang Albanian, Bulgarian, Romany (Gypsy), Macedonian, Serbian, Greek, Turkish, Norwegian, Klezmer, Ukrainian, Georgian music, and more. All the musicians volunteer their time. Profits are donated to charitable or educational organizations serving Balkan cultures and communities. Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band (www.zlatneuste.org) founded the Golden Festival in 1986 and has sponsored it ever since. Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Brooklyn. Complimentary Balkan & Middle Eastern Snacks/Cash Bar. For tickets, admission prices and more information go to the festival website.

Sunday, January 19: Verite sou Tanbou, CTMD's Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, presents Vodou is Nature! - A Conversation About Vodou and the Environment. Featuring special guests Oungan Dieudonne Jean-Jacques and Manbo Marie Carmel. An educational workshop on Haitian Vodou practice and performance in New York City. Oungan (Vodou priest) Dieudonné Jean-Jacques and Manbo (Vodou Priestess) Marie Carmel will lead a conversation discussing the roots of Haitian Vodou with respect to the environment, in its "four elements" (air, earth, fire, and water), and the Vodou spirits (lwa) which guard and represent the powerful forces and precious resources of the natural world. The conversation will be translated into English and Kreyol and will be followed by a question-and-answer session, plus a performance of traditional Vodou songs on nature themes. Audience participation is encouraged!. Admission is free, but due to space limitations AN RSVP IS REQUIRED - RSVP to Eileen Condon by January 18th, you will be confirmed by email. At the Great Room, South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. (6:30PM)

Tuesday, January 14: Leading Romani brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia hails from Moldavia in the northwest of Romania. Bring your dancing shoes and catch them at Drom, 85 Ave. A in Manhattan's East Village. Songlines magazine writes "Fanfare.. play with almost frightening power... (and) always temper their sonic attack with imaginative instrumental verve and gracious wit." For more information and tickets, click here. When prompted, use the code "CTMD" for a discount on the ticket price, which are otherwise $25 at the door, $20 in advance. (9:00PM)

Sunday, January 12: CTMD and the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center present a special memorial program for the Yiddish folksinger/composer/poet and NEA National Heritage Fellow Beyle Schaechter Gottesman, who passed away on November 28, 2013. With Yiddish poetry, memoirs and song: featuring Lucette Van den Berg, Hy Wolfe, Sheva Zucker, Itzik Gottesman, Shane Baker, CTMD's Ethel Raim, Mo Zeilingold, Joan Roth and more. At the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center, 3301 Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx. Click here to watch excerpts from a 2009 program CTMD presented on Schaechter Gottesman's life and work. (1:30PM)

Saturday, January 11: A special public performance by CTMD Touring Artists Sounds of Korea at the Korean Performing Arts Center (KPAC) in coordination with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference. All are welcome to an evening of showcases of the diversity of Korean performing arts traditions as rendered by the US's leading traditional Korean ensemble. Under the direction of Sue Yeon Park, noted master dancer and recent recipient of a prestigious NEA National Fellowship Heritage Award, Sounds of Korea places its artistic emphasis on the subtle grace of traditional Korean performance in which dancers reveal an unique aesthetic beauty through powerful yet delicate movements and musicians demonstrate a percussive rhythmic and melodic mastery. Sounds of Korea specializes in a repertoire which spans a vast range of styles and settings, from classical court music and dance traditions, to theatrical masked dances and solo instrumental folk genres. Using a wide variety of percussion and wind instruments, Sounds of Korea's beautifully crafted instruments and colorful costumes play an integral role in their stunning productions. Sounds of Korea's showcase will take place at the new Korean Performing Arts Center located 12 E 33rd St., 5th floor in the heart of Manhattan's Koreatown, just a short 10 minute ride from The Hilton Hotel (subway: B/D/F/M/N/R/Q trains to 34th St./Herald Square). The showcase will begin at 7:30pm and highlight a diverse dance and music repertoire in 25-minute intervals. Following the final performance, a reception for guests will be held. While tickets are not required, for reservations and questions, contact Kaisha S. Johnson at kjohnson@ctmd.org or please visit CTMD during APAP in Rhinelander Booth #107. (Four 25 minute programs at 7:30PM, 8:00PM, 8:30PM and 9:00PM)

Friday, January 10: CTMD is delighted to once again partner with Alwan for the Arts in presenting Maqam Fest 2014, an annual showcase of leading New York-based masters of a variety of Maqam-based musical traditions. The Third Annual Maqam Fest features exceptional ensembles from New York and around the world that have a unique approach and perspective on maqam. Developed over millenia, maqam is a complex system of musical modes and represents one of the great legacies of the Arab-Islamic world, pervading the musical cultures from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to Western China, and from the Balkans to the Sudan. Maqam Fest articulates the tradition of maqam within an evolving world that musically constructs, connects and reconstructs convention.
Maqam Fest 2014 pays tribute to this tradition featuring long-honored practices, explorations of historic ties between diverse musical styles and an examination of contemporary compositions and improvisations. This showcase is part of the Annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, one of the most anticipated events in the performing arts field, which brings thousands of presenters, agents, managers and artists in the fields of dance, theater and music from around the world to New York City each January. Featuring:
- CTMD Touring Artists Eva Salina: Re-imagined Songs of Balkan Legends
- CTMD Touring Artist Quraishi: Reflective rubab from Afghanistan
- CTMD Touring Artist Sazet Band: High- Octane Romani Horns
- Kinan Azmeh: Soaring clarinet improvisations over hypnotic grooves
- Tarek Yamani: Afro-Tarab Jazz and Arab Intersections
- Mitra Sumara: Farsi Funk of Pre-Revolutionary Iran
- Alwan Ensemble: Vibrant Explorations of Arab Tradition
- A dance party will conclude the evening.
Tickets: Advance - $30 General Admission - $25 for Students, Members and Seniors. Free for APAP badge holders (APAP badge holders can click here to RSVP or visit CTMD at the APAP conference - Rhinelander Booth #107). For more information and to purchase advanced tickets for general admission, click here. At Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor (between Broad and Brodway in Lower Manhattan - Subway: 4/5 to Bowling Green; J to Broad St. (south exit to Exchange Pl.); R to Whitehall St. - South Ferry; 1 to Rector St. (at Greenwich St.); 2/3 to Wall St. (at William St.). (7:00PM - Late, Doors open at 6:45PM)

Previous Events - 2013

Sunday, December 29: CTMD and the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center are delighted to present the Second Annual Yiddish Klezfest in the Bronx. The Center (where the program will be held) is at 3301 Bainbridge Avenue @ 208th Street - Bronx, New York (4 train to Mosholu Pkwy or D train to 205th Street one block from Montefiore Hospital). Performers include Moscow-based sensation Psoy Korolenko, Deborah Strauss (violin) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar/mandolin), The Amy Zakar Fidl-kapelye (fiddle ensemble),The Yiddish Art Trio featuring Michael Winograd (clarinet), Patrick Farrell (accordion) and Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass/vocals), dance leader Steve Weintraub, and more. The event will end with a jam session - bring your instrument! For more information call 917-930-0295. Admission is $10. (1:30PM - 4:30PM)

Las Décima del Amargue & Other Songs of Love
A Celebration of the Décima Tradition

Concert: Sunday, December 8, 3:30PM
Workshops: Saturday, December 7, 3:00PM & Monday, December 9, 5:00PM

Vocalist/scholar/composer Raquel Z. Rivera and her ensemble Ojos de Sofia presents a three-day celebration of the 500+ year-old décima poetic traditions that nourish Puerto Rican jibaro music and Dominican bachata featuring original music by Rivera. The concert will be held on Sunday, December 8, 3:30PM at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street in Manhattan ($10 suggested donation). An English-language workshop Décima: Ancient Form, New Stories will be presented on Saturday, December 7, 3:00PM at the Centro Library and Archive, Louis and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, 2180 Third Ave. and 119th Street in Manhattan. Then, on Monday, December 9 at 5:00PM, the program will conclude with a workshop in Spanish at the Dominican Studies Institute, North Academeic Center, Room 2/202, at City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave. in Manhattan. Admission for the workshops is free, to RSVP for the workhsops email ojosdesofia@gmail.com or call 646-266-7281. CTMD is pleased to be a sponsor of this program; for more information about the program and the décima tradition go to the ensemble's website.

Tuesday, December 3: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop. Lace up your dancing shoes for an evening of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more! CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is presenting this program in conjunction with the NY Klezmer Series, featuring a special appearance by master Canadian dance leader Avia Moore, and a live klezmer band and a live klezmer band featuring Michael Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl/cimbalom). At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for the Tantshoyz, participate in a pre-Tantshoyz instrumental workshop for an additional $20 (includes a jam session which takes place at the end of the evening). For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! Front page image of Avia Moore by Maxim Zaytsev. (Tantshoyz Dance Party runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM)

Daily through Friday, November 23: CTMD is pleased to provide the best in NYC's traditional music in performances at Talking Transition, a large tent-like public forum that has been set up at the corner of Canal St. and 6th Avenue in Manhattan.The program works to build public input and understanding for key issues affecting New Yorkers as we anticipate the inauguration of mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Music can be heard from approximately 4:00PM-6:30PM each day, check the website for more details. Admission is free. Featured performers:
-Tuesday, November 12th: Klezmer with the New York Fidl Kapelye (Keryn Kleiman, Adam Moss and Pete Rushefsky)
-Wednesday, November 13th - Sidiki Conde (Guinean)
-Friday, November 15th - Bonga and Vodou Drums of Haiti
-Saturday, November 16th - Dende Macedo, Joaquin Pozo and guests (Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Cuban)
-Sunday, November 17th - Marcos Napa (Peruvian)
-Monday, November 18th - EastRiver Ensemble (Chinese)
-Tuesday, November 19th - Gregorio Uribe (Colombian)
-Wednesday, November 20th - Maendros Ensemble (Greek)
-Thursday, November 21st - Abdoulaye Diabate (West African)
-Friday, November 22nd - Zikrayat (Middle Eastern)
-Saturday, November 23rd - Souren Baronian and Haig Manoukian (Armenian)

Saturday, November 16: CTMD and FolkColombia Música y Danza are proud to be a media partner and sponsor for the Tenth ENCUENTRO NYC Festival, featuring many of New York's finest Colombian bands, including members of FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza. Founded in 2003 by Colombian pianist, composer and bandleader Pablo Mayor, the ENCUENTRO NYC Festival celebrates the richness of Colombian musical traditions, while supporting innovation and development of these traditions. The festival will convene for the third consecutive year at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, with nearly sixty Colombian musicians and six hours of performances, featuring the rhythms of cumbia, currulao, joropo, and bambuco, among a myriad of other styles. The Encuentro keeps its audience captivated with non-stop music for dancing and listening. Tickets are $30 at the door, $25 in advance. Students at the door $20, minors accompanied by adults at the door $15. For more information click here (4:00PM - 6:00PM)

Wednesday, November 13: CTMD and The Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology at Hunter College present a workshop of Afro-Colombian Music afrom the Pacific Coast with master musician/instrument builder DIego Obregon. Bring your instrument as Obregon provides an introduction to performance styles of this rich regional music. Obregon is a marimbista (marimba player), composer, performer and educator from the Colombiin Pacific coastal town of Guapi. Ida K. Lang Recital Hall - Hunter North,4th Floor. Admission is free and open to the public. (3:00PM - 5:00PM)

Tuesday, November 5: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop. Lace up your dancing shoes for an evening of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more! CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is presenting this program in conjunction with the NY Klezmer Series, featuring master dance leader Steve Weintraub, and a live klezmer band featuring Michael Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl/cimbalom). At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Special promotional admission charge $10 for the Tantshoyz, participate in a pre-Tantshoyz instrumental workshop for an additional $20 (includes a jam session which takes place at the end of the evening). For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! (Tantshoyz Dance Party runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM)

Saturday, October 26: The beautiful Ukrainian Museum plays host to a special concert "Songs of Truth: The Art of the Kobzar," a tribute to the artistry ofo Ukraine's traditional epic singers. Third generation bandura player and NY Bandura musical director Julian Kytasty will draw on a lifetime of study to present the full spectrum of the kobzar repertoire: ancient epics and laments, humorous burlesques, religious and moralistic songs, sparkling instrumental dance tunes, and songs of social commentary. The concert will be a rare opportunity to experience a tradition largely destroyed in the Holomodor and the Stalinist repressions of the 1930s, and is programmed in coordination with the Museum's exhibit Give Up Your Daily Bread … Holodomor: the Totalitarian Solution. Admission (including reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. The Ukrainian Museum is at 222 East Sixth Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan's East Village). Telephone: 212-228-0110. (7:30PM)

Saturday, October 19: Come to a Karpatska Zabava: Carpathian Mountain Dance Party at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant (140 Second Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets), New York City, with Carpathian dance leader Roman Lewkowicz and live Carpathian mountain music by Andriy Milavsky his Emsemble Cheres. This social dance event recreates the spirit of traditional Carpathian village dance parties, with dance instruction for children and adults. The founder of Obrij Ensemble, Roman Lewkowicz will teach traditional dance from the Velykyi Bereznyi / Malyj Bereznyj village region at the Slovakian and Polish borders with Ukraine. We also welcome a special guest appearance from the singers of Ukrainian Village Voices (visit them here on Facebook). Bar and dinner is available at the lovely Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 Second Avenue (btw St. Mark's and 9th Streets in Manhattan). Admission $15 for adults / $10 for children. Musicians: Call Andriy in advance at 646-453-9909 to sit in and jam with the band at the end of the night! (Dance instruction from 7:00PM - 8:00PM, Dance Party from 8:00PM - 10:00PM)

Saturday, October 12: One Island: Two Houses - The Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage (CATCH), CTMD's Ayiti Fasafas (Haitian Community Cultural Initiative) and City Lore present a Symposium and Concert at St. Francis College (Brooklyn) exploring the music of Haitian rara and Dominican gaga and their socio-political context. For hundreds of year Haiti and the Dominican Republic have shared the island of Hispanola and a challenging post-colonial history that has strained relations between the two neighbors. While the cataclysmic earthquake of 2010 created a window of goodwill (the Dominican government was one of the first to send aid to Haiti), the relationship has again cooled. This one-day symposium will explore the deeply rooted relationship between Haitian and Domincian cultures with a focus on the processional music/dance forms of Haitian rara and Dominican gaga. Program includes a keynote address by Robert Farris Thompso (Yale University, 11:00AM); panel discussions by NY-based Haitian and Dominican scholars, artists and activists (12:15PM and 3:00PM); lunch, followed by ascreening of Miriam Neptune's documentary Birthright Crisis on the experience of Dominican-born Haitians (1:30PM-3:00PM); plus performances by NY-based Haitian rara artists Nadia Dieudonne and Feet of Rhythm and Dominican gaga ensemble Gaga Pa'l Pueblo (5:00PM-7:00PM). Free admission, university faculty wishing to get their students involved shoujld contact Professor Deinya Phenix at dphenix@sfc.edu. Or for further information about the program, contact CTMD's Eileen Condon at 212-571-1555, x35 or econdon@ctmd.org. (11:00AM - 7:00PM)

Tuesday, October 1: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop. Lace up your dancing shoes for an afternoon of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more! CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is pleased to support the NY Klezmer Series in creating the first Tantshoyz of the season, featuring master dance leader Walter Zev Feldman, and a live klezmer band led by renowned fiddler Jake Shulman-Ment and accordionist Christina Crowder. At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for Tantshoyz, participate in a pre-Tantshoyz instrumental workshop for an additional $20 (includes a jam session which takes place at the end of the evening). For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! (Tantshoyz Dance Party runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM).

Friday, September 27: Con Guitarra y con Cajon - To the Beat of the Guitar and Cahon - The wonderful Pachamama Peruvian Arts program founded by CTMD celebrates their 10th anniversary in holding their annual Open House and Registration at (note new location) PS 145 Joseph Pulitzer School, 33-34 80th St. in Jackson Heights, Queens. Enjoy an evening of diverse Peruvian music and dance performed by the program's world-class faculty. Youth of all backgrounds age 7-17 are welcome to register for the fall classes in regional Peruvian music and dance forms. Suggested donation is $5. Subway - 7 train to 82nd St., walk to 80th St. and then 3 1/2 blocks North. (7:30PM)

Monday, September 9: Festival of New Yiddish Song! A special concert celebrating the work of leading musicians and composers who are at the vanguard of developing a new canon of Yiddish song. Working through a transnational artistic network, these individuals are creating new music that is both rooted in tradition yet endowed with a contemporary expressive vision. This program features the North American debut of the extraordinary Berlin-based singer Sveta Kundish, who has been taking the European Yiddish world by storm, and new compositions by artists such as Patrick Farrell, Benjy Fox-Rosen and Michael Winograd as well as renowned Yiddish songwriter Josh Waletzky. Special guest: violinist Deborah Strauss. A reception with the artists will follow the concert. At the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street in Manhattan. Connect with friends prior to the event on the event's Facebook page. Presented in partnership with Center for Jewish History and th YIVO Institute. Tickets $15, $10 for CTMD/CJH/YIVO members - click here to purchase. (7:00PM)

Saturday, August 31: CTMD is proud to be a sponsor of a special Vechornytsi Ukrainian Village Dance Party on Brooklyn's Brighton Beach Boardwalk at Brighton 4th Street (beneath the shelter), with Ukrainian dance master Tamara Chernyakhovska and live Ukrainian mountain music by Andriy Milavsky and Cheres. The Vechornytsi recreates the spirit of traditional Ukrainian village dance parties, with instruction for children and adults to learn circle and couples dances such as the pleskan, arkan, hanka, dribka "shivering" polka, hutsulka, and more! Musicians: Call Andriy in advance at 646-453-9909 to sit in and jam with the band! For other questions, please call CTMD's Eileen Condon at 212-571-1555, ext. 35. Admission is free, though donations are welcome! The event will take place rain or shine. (3:00PM-5:00PM)

Sunday, August 4: Our popular Heritage Sunday program is back in partnership with Lincoln Center Out of Doors on the Hearst Plaza stage. This year, celebrate the exquisite traditional performing arts of Korea - from delicate court music to graceful ritual dances to rousing processional music. Coming directly from South Korea, the internationally renowned Ensemble Sinawi performs shamanistic improvisations. Sounds of Korea is the premier performance group of Korean traditional arts in the U.S., founded and directed by master dancer and percussionist Sue Yeon Park, an NEA National Heritage Fellow. Based at New York's Korean Performing Arts Center, exquisitely costumed dancers, musicians, and singers perform a range of theatrical masked dances, the popular vocal art of p'ansori (storytelling/folk opera), and rural percussion music. The New York Korean Traditional Marching Band is a military band ensemble specializing in daechwita ("great blowing and hitting"). (1:00PM - 5:00PM)

Sunday, July 21: FolkColombia en el Parque 2013, a festival celebrating Colombian Independence and featuring the FOLKCOLOMBIA ALL STARS and special guest Maria Mulata! The event will transform the park into a processional alborada-- a collective space where the public is invited to participate in the festivities-- the FOLKCOLOMBIA ALL STARS will present a rich program of Colombian music and dance, demonstrating the extraordinary wide range of Colombia expressive culture. Featuring many of the most dynamic performers on the New Colombian Music scene in New York City, the second annual FolkColombia event will showcase and celebrate the musical and dance traditions of Colombia, as found throughout the plains, mountains and Caribbean and Pacific coasts of this ethnically and geographically diverse country. The day-long celebration is sure to inspire and delight the entire family, as local and regional traditions from Los Llanos, the Andes, and Atlantic and Pacific coasts are performed. The program will feature a wide variety of music and dance styles including cumbia, vallenato, música llanero, música palenquera, fandango, and pilanderas. FOLKCOLOMBIA ALL STARS featured on the program will include Alejandro Zuleta, Daniel Fetecua y Pajarillo Pinta'o, Gregorio Uribe, Rafael Leal, Johanna Castañeda, Martin Vejarano, Pablo Mayor, Anna Mayor, Ronald Polo and Moris Cañate joined by invited guest artists Diego Obregón, Andres Garcia, Nestor Gomez, Jr.,and Camilo Rodriguez. As a special guest artist, internationally acclaimed Colombia cantaora (singer) Maria Mulata will join FOLKCOLOMBIA in an incredible collaboration. Having rarely appeared in NYC, Maria Mulata brings her unique voice, love for Colombian song, and respectful interpretations of Colombian singing traditions to New York audiences. The event is free and takes place in the outdoor area by the Queens Museum of Art, near the Unisphere (1:00PM - 5:00PM)

Saturday, June 15: Ayiti Fasafas, CTMD's Haitian Community Cultural Initiative and the Brooklyn Public Library present Haitian Vodou in New York City. Local Vodou artists and practitioners come together to honor New York City manbos and demonstrate a variety of the Vodou art forms practiced locally. Admission is free. At Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (2:00PM)

Saturday, June 8: FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza and CTMD are thrilled to present Un Taller Los Llanos, a workshop/presentation of music from Colombia's plains region. This event will feature singer/cuatro player Johanna Castaneda, and is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia. Admission is free! At El Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway and 104th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (4:00PM - 7:00PM)

Tuesday, June 4: Treasures and Traditions - CTMD's 45th Anniversary Celebration Benefit Dinner & Dance Party. Honoring Rick Luftglass (CTMD Chairman/Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund), Sue Yeon Park (Artistic Director of Korean Performing Arts Center and a NEA National Heritage Fellow) and Janette Sadik-Kahn (NYC Commissioner, Department of Transportation). The event will feature performances by the amazing Secret Trio (Ismail Lumanovski, clarinet, Tamer Pinarbasi, kanun, and Ara Dinkjian, oud) and Afro-Colombian sensations Rebolu featuring gaita player/vocalist Ronald Polo. At the Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th Street in Manhattan.Tickets $250, with tables/sponsorships available at the $10,000, $5000 and $2500 levels. For more information or to reserve tickets/tables click here. (6:30PM-10:00PM)

Sunday, June 2: FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza and CTMD are thrilled to present Un Taller Gaita, a workshop/presentation of gaita music from Colombia's Atlantic Coast. This event will feature gaita player Martin Vejarano, and is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia. Gaita is a large indigeneous flute with a duck-quill reed that has become a symbol of Colombian music. Admission is free! At El Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway and 104th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (4:00PM - 7:00PM)

Tuesday, May 28: Philadelphia Klezmer Program! A special evening featuring the Philadelphia sound of klezmer music with NEA National Heritage Fellow Elaine Hoffman Watts on drums and her daughter Susan Watts on trumpet/vocals. The Hoffman family is a klezmer dynasty that continues to perform music from a rare klezmer manuscript written by Elaine's grandfather, trumpeter Joseph Hoffman, a coronet player who came to Philadelphia in 1904 from a town near Odessa. The program will feature a concert, worksho and a screening of a documentary about Elaine and Susan entitled "Eatala: A Life in Klezmer" produced by our friends at the Philadelphia Folklore Project. The evening will be capped off by a special Philadelphia Tansthoyz led by master dance leader Steve Weintraub. A production of the NY Klezmer Series, which is supported by CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture. At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for event, extra charges apply for pre-event instrumental workshop (a jam session takes place at the end of the evening). There's even a Kidz Klezmer Band workshop at 4PM. For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! (concert/Tantshoyz runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM).

Sunday, May 19: FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza and CTMD are thrilled to present Un Taller Llanero, a workshop/presentation of llanero music from Colomia's plains region. This event will feature singer/cuatro player Johanna Castaneda, and is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia. Admission is free! At Boys Harbor Conservatory, 1 East 104th Street at 5th Avenue (attached to El Museo del Barrio). (4:00PM - 7:00PM)

Wednesday, May 8: World Wind Wizards! Music and conversation with three virtuosi of wind instruments: HuJianbing, a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble on sheng (Chinese mouth organ); Andrei Pidkivka, a master of various Eastern European folk flutes, on the nai (Romanian panpipe); and Joel Rubin, a pioneer of improviation and ornamentation in klezmer music, on clarinet (Rubin will be accompanied by CTMD's Pete Rushefsky on tsimbl - the traditional hammered dulcimer of klezmer). CTMD is pleased to be a media sponsor of this World Music Institute Global Salon event curated by Harold Hagopian. At Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Broadway and 95th Street in Manhattan. Tickets $30 advance, $33 at the door. To reserve or for more information, click here. (7:30PM)

Thursday, May 9: The Klezmer/Romani Connection - Multi-Media Lecture and Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party - Join violinist Jake Shulman-Ment and his band on a multi-media musical journey inspired by his year as a Fulbright scholar with elderly Roma (Gypsy) musicians in Moldavia, exploring the roots that connect Romanian music with both traditional klezmer and his own innovative music. Afterwards, join us for a Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party led by Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub. At the Manhattan JCC, 76th Street and Amsterdam in Manhattan. $20 JCC non-member, $15 JCC member. For tickets click here. Presented by CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture and the Manhattan JCC. (7:00PM)

Monday, May 13: Tsimbl un Fidl: Uncovering the Lost Jewish String Music of Eastern Europe. The tsimbl (cimbalom or hammered dulcimer) is a harp-like instrument played with small mallets like a xylophone. For hundreds of years the tsimbl was one of the main instruments of klezmer ensembles across Eastern Europe, capable of dazzling melodic passages as well as transfixing accompaniment patterns in support of a fiddler. Join CTMD Executive Director Pete Rushefsky and violinist Jake Shulman-Ment as we investigate the rich history of this important Jewish instrument, featuring live performance and a multimedia showcase. Presented by CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture. At Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $15/$10 for CTMD/CJH members, seniors and students. Purchase them online at Smarttix. (7:00PM)

Sunday, April 28: FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza and CTMD are thrilled to present Un Taller Vallenato, a workshop/presentation of Colombian vallenato music. This event will feature keyboardist/singer Alejo Zuleto of the renowned Zuleto musical family, and is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia. Originating as a rural accordion music around the city of Valledupar in Colombia's Northeast, Vallenato has developed into a hugely successful popular style in Colombia. Admission is free! At El Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway and 104th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (4:00PM - 7:00PM)

Thursday, April 25 - Saturday, April 27: Opre Khetanes! (Upward Together!) - Concerts and Symposium on Romani (Gypsy) Musics and Culture

CTMD is proud to work with the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, World Music Institute and Voice of Roma to present Opre Khetanes! (Upward Together!), a symposium and concerts that explore and showcase Romani music, identity and culture. The program will culminate with a concert/dance party on Saturday, April 27 at Le Poisson Rouge featuring renowned Macedonian brass band Kocani Orkestar and the Bronx-based ensemble Sazet Band. The symposium at NYU is entitled Self-Representations: Romani Music and Culture in Diaspora, and will feature scholars from across North America.

Opre Khetanes! - Thursday, April 25: Pre-symposium Program - Film screening of When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gysy Caravan, directed by Jasmine Dellal (4:00PM); performance by Yale Strom (7:00PM); Film screening of A People Uncounted (7:30PM). Free admission, NYU Silver Center for the Arts, Room 220, 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place on Washington Square Park (wheelchair access) in Manhattan. For more information about the symposium, click here.

Opre Khetanes! - Friday, April 26: Symposium sessions run from 9AM - 4PM, with speakers including Carol Silverman, Alexander Markovich, Laura Prichard, Ari Joskowicz, Yale Strom and Eli Rosenblatt. Film screening of Searching for the Fourth Nail by George Eli (4:00PM). Workshop and performance with NYU's Raklorom ensemble and guest artist Vadim Kolpakov (6:00PM-7:30PM). Free admission, NYU Silver Center for the Arts, Room 220, 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place on Washington Square Park (wheelchair access) in Manhattan. For more information about the symposium, click here.

Opre Khetanes! - Saturday, April 27: Symposium sessions run from 9:30AM - 5:15PM featuring speakers including Lynn Hooker, Barbara Rose Lanage, Esteban Acuna, Marti Marfa i Castan, Ethel Brooks, Melaena Allen-Trottier, Margaret Beissginer, and keynote speaker Angela Kocze. Free admission, NYU Silver Center for the Arts, Room 220, 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place on Washington Square Park (wheelchair access) in Manhattan. For more information about the symposium, click here.

Opre Khetanes! - Saturday, April 27: Dance Party featuring legends of Balkan brass Kocani Orkestar (Republic of Macedonia) with Bronx-based Romani ensemble Sazet Band. One of the funkiest Balkan brass bands around, Macedonia’s famed multigenerational 12-member Kocani Orkestar has a thunderous trademark style. With a powerful rhythm section (four tubas and a drummer), and passionate solos on sax, trumpet, clarinet, and accordion, they perform music descended from Ottoman Empire army bands. The dance party opens with the intoxicating sounds of New York’s hot Sazet Band headed by the dynamite combination of clarinetist Sal Mamudoski and saxophonist Romeo Kurtali. At Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $20, $18 for CTMD and WMI members. For more information about the Dance Party or to purchase tickets, click here. (Dance instruction from 6:00PM - 6:30PM, Dance party from 6:30PM - 10:00PM)

Tuesday, April 23: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop. Lace up your dancing shoes for an afternoon of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more! CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is pleased to support the NY Klezmer Series in creating the first Tantshoyz of the season, featuring master dance leader Deborah Strauss, and a live klezmer band led by renowned fiddler Jake Shulman-Ment. At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for event, extra charges apply for pre-Tantshoyz instrumental workshop (a jam session takes place at the end of the evening). There's even a Kidz Klezmer Band workshop at 4PM. For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! (Tantshoyz DanceParty runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM, additional dance workshop starts at 6:00PM).

Wednesday, April 17: A special evening with Bahar Movahed, master singer of Persian classical and Kurdish music. Movahed is a singing prodidgy whose roots go back to tthe Kurdish city of Kermanshah. Now living in the US and making her NY debut, she will perform selections from her new CD, Goblet of Eternal Light, a moving and hauntingly beautiful recording she made with tanbur master Ali Akbar Moradi that draws on centuries of Kurdish musical and poetic traditions. The program features music and informal talk featuring Movahed, Ali Samadpour (tar), and Navid Kandelousi (tombak). "Bahar Movahed has placed her Persian classical voice at the service of Kurdish folk repertoire in a way that is remarkable" - Kayhan Kalhor. CTMD is pleased to be a media sponsor of this World Music Institute Global Salon event curated by Harold Hagopian. At Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Broadway and 95th Street in Manhattan. Tickets $30 advance, $33 at the door. To reserve or for more information, click here. (7:30PM)

Friday April 5 - Tuesday April 9: The Turkish Music Institute. An intensive five-day workshop for instrumentalists and singers featuring CTMD Artist-in-Residence, Ottoman singer Ahmet Erdogdular,Ross Daly (Cretan lyra, tarhu, rabab), Yurdal Tokcan (oud) and Omer Erdogdular (ney - end-blown flute). For more information and registration, click here.

Thursday, April, 4: Sounds of the Bosphorus, a Concert of Ottoman Turkish Makam Music. Featuring CTMD's Spring Artist-in-Residence, singer Ahmet Erdogdular, performing along with three leading masters of makam music - Ross Daly (Cretan lyra, tarhu, rabab), Yurdal Tokcan (oud) and Omer Erdogdular (ney - end-blown flute). Erdogdular is hailed as one of the greatest contemporary vocalists of Ottoman music, and here New Yorkers have a rare opportunity to see him perform with his father Omer, Ross Daly (who runs the Labyrinth Workshop in Crete), and oud-master Tokcan. The concert precedes a five day workshop. Co-presented by Makam New York. Click here to watch a special CTMD-TV interview with Erdogdular and CTMD's Pete Rushefsky. At Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Broadway and 95th Street in Manhattan. Tickets $30 advance, $33 at the door. To reserve or for more information, click here. (7:30PM)

Sunday, March 31: FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza and CTMD are thrilled to present Un Taller Pacifico, a workshop/presentation of marimba music from Colomia's Pacific Coast. This event will feature marimba player/maker/singer Diego Obregon of Grupo Chonta, and is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia. Admission is free! At Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. (2:30PM - 5:30PM)

Sunday, March 31: CTMD is pleased to be a sponsor of the Mencius Society for the Arts 10th Anniversary Spring Festival - a fundraiser concert celebrating local exponents of Chinese sizhu (literally "Silk and bamboo" - akin to Western chamber music). The program will include CTMD Touring Artists the EastRiver Ensemble, and our Mencius Youth Chinese Orchestra, as well as special guests performing Jewish klezmer music - The Aaron Alexander Trio with Lauren Brody (accordion) and Michael Winograd (clarinet). At the Chinese Community Center, 62 Mott Street in Manhattan's Chinatown. Free admission, and donations to support these wonderful programs are very welcome. For more information call 212-431-7373 or email admin@menciussociety.org. (12:00 noon)

Saturday, March 23: Ayiti Fasafas, CTMD's Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, presents Rasin Ginen: African Roots of Haitian Vodou. Local Vodou priests Deenps "Gran Bwa" Bazile and Oneza Lafontant discuss differing perspectives on Vodou priesthood and leadership, with a dance performance by Erzuli Guillaume. Reception follows. Admission is free. At the Great Room, South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. (3:00PM)

Sunday March 3: CTMD Touring Artist Abdoulaye Diabate will be featured in concert at Downtown Music at Grace in White Plains (33 Church Street). With his passionate voice and boundless energy, Adboulaye Diabate sings traditional West African tales that recount history, genealogy, and praise of patrons. Traditional African instruments including kora, ngoni, djembe, and balafon are featured in this program which explores the musical territory of West Africa, including the nations of Mali, Gambia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for youth 12 years and under. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, go to the venue's website. (4:00PM)

Tuesday, February 26: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop. Lace up your dancing shoes for an afternoon of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more! CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is pleased to support the NY Klezmer Series in creating the first Tantshoyz of the season, featuring master dance leader Steve Weintraub, and a live klezmer band led by renowned fiddler Deborah Strauss. At the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Admission $15 for event, extra charges apply for pre-Tantshoyz dance masterclass and instrumental workshop (a jam session takes place at the end of the evening). There's even a Kidz Klezmer Band workshop at 4PM. For additional information, go to the NY Klezmer Series website. This amazing series curated by Aaron Alexander produces events every Tuesday evening! (Tantshoyz DanceParty runs from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, instrumental workshops starts at 5:30PM, additional dance workshop starts at 6:00PM).

Sunday, February 24: FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza and CTMD are thrilled to present Un Taller San Basilio de Palenque, a workshop/presentation of music and dance from Colombia's Palenquero region - a unique cultural area established in the 17th century by runaway African slaves who established fortress-villages where they could create their own society using Palenquero, a creole language combining Spanish and African languages. This event will feature percussionist Moris Cañate, and is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia. Admission is free! At El Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway and 104th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side (4:00PM - 7:00PM)

Sunday, January 20: Ayiti Fasafas, CTMD's Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, invites you to Verite Sou Tanbou: The Truth about Haitian Vodou a three-part series of educational workshops on Haitian Vodou practice and performance in New York City. The first workshop, Vodou Lakay: The Roots of Haitian Vodou takes place on at The Great Room, South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. Oungan (Vodou priest) Dieudonné Jean-Jacques presents the roots and history of Haitian Vodou, followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience, and a performance of Vodou songs by traditional singer Rozna Zila, and her drummers. Admission is free. (3:00PM)

Sunday, January 20: FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza and CTMD are thrilled to present Un Taller Andino, a workshop of Andean music and danc. This event will explore the diversity of genres and dance movements associated with the Andean regions of Colombia. From the highlands, valleys and savannahs that extend through the heart of the nation, the members of FolkCOLOMBIA will develop a family-friendly program before your eyes, one that encourages audience members to participate, sing, and dance! Led by Rubén Dario, Daniel Fetecua, and Pablo Mayor, the company delves into aires de pubenza, chirimía, bambuco, torbellino, guabina, pasillo, Sanjuanero and more. Do not miss this interactive demonstration of the artistic and cultural richness and variety of Colombia's Andean folklore! This event is part of FolkCOLOMBIA's Tertulia-Taller Series, monthly events presented throughout New York City that celebrate the rich music and dance traditions of Colombia. Admission is free! At El Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway and 104th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side (4:00PM - 7:00PM)

Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19: CTMD is pleased to be a media sponsor of Golden Fest, New York's biggest Balkan music event and showcase, back in Brooklyn for its 28th anniversary at Grand Prospect Hall, a spectacularly restored historic landmark in Park Slope. The festival, which is sponsored by the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, runs from 7:30PM - 12:30AM on Friday and then 6:00PM on Saturday until early Sunday morning. Last year's festival boasted 71 separate performances, Saturday on 4 concurrent stages. Groups played and sang Albanian, Bulgarian, Romany (Gypsy), Macedonian, Serbian, Greek, Turkish, Norwegian, Klezmer, Ukrainian, Georgian music, and more. Admisson to the festival at the door is $30 for Friday and $55 for Saturday, but you can save by buying your combo tickets and advance tickets. All the musicians volunteer their time. Profits are donated to charitable or educational organizations serving Balkan cultures and communities. Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band (www.zlatneuste.org) founded the Golden Festival in 1986 and has sponsored it ever since. Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Brooklyn. Complimentary Balkan & Middle Eastern Snacks/Cash Bar. For tickets and more information go to the festival website.

Saturday, January 12: CTMD Touring Artists Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble are featured in a special presentation, Afro-Caribbean Currents. Oyu Oro, led by Danys “La Mora” Perez, presents fiery, ritualistic music and dance form Santiago de Cuba. The ensemble's name in the Yoruba Lukumi language means “a water lily that serves as a crown.” With this in mind, Oyu Oro's repertoire demonstrates and honors the African heritage that serves as the foundation of its work, exploring traditional dance forms that derive from the Yoruba, Congo, Carabali, Arara, and Dahomeyan cultures of West Africa; the rich Haitian influences that remain in Cuba of tumba francesa, vodu, gaga, tajona, Haitian bembe; along with popular dances of Cuban heritage, including rumba, conga, chancletas and son. At Alvin Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th Street (at 9th Ave.) in Manhattan. A question and answer session with Perez will precede the perfomance at 7:30PM. Open to the public, but only registered APAP attendees with a conference badge and RSVP will be admitted free and receive priority seating - click here to RSVP or visit Rhinelander Gallery booth #107 at the APAP conference. (8:30PM)

Friday, January 11: CTMD is delighted to once again partner with Alwan for the Arts in presenting Maqam Fest, an annual showcase of leading New York-based masters of a variety of Maqam-based musical traditions. Featuring performances by CTMD Touring Artists Eva Salina (re-imagined songs of Balkan Romani legends) and Ahmet Erdogdular (Sufi and Ottoman classical music from Turkey). Additionally on the bill are sets by Salaam, New Andalucia, Amino Belyamani's SSAHHA and the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble. Tickets are $35 ($30 for students/seniors). Free for APAP Conference badge holders, but RSVPs are advised - click here to RSVP or visit Rhinelander Gallery booth #107 at the APAP conference. (program starts at 7:30PM sharp)

Monday, January 7: Multi-media lecture: A Vanishing Sound: Jewish Musical Resonance in Traditional Moldavian Dance 1800-1950. For almost a century and a half a unique musical relationship developed between Jews and Gentiles in the territory of historical Bessarabia, comprising much of the Republic of Moldova and the Bucovinian territory of modern Ukraine. While the influence of Moldavian lautar ("Gypsy") music on Jewish klezmer music is well-known, the corresponding Jewish influence upon Moldavian dance and wedding music is only beginning to be researched. Ethnomusicologist Walter Zev Feldman (NYU in Abu Dhabi) and past Fulbright scholar Christina Crowder share the results of their expeditions to Moldova, which included interviews with elderly musicians and research with rare musical collections, to unearth evidence of this formerly shared musical heritage. A reception will follow the lecture. Presented by CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture. At Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $15/$10 for CTMD/CJH members. Purchase them online at Smarttix. (7:00PM)

Previous Events - 2012

Friday, December 7: An Evening with Wu Man. A master pipa (Chinese lute dating back over 2000 years) player, Wu Man has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and throughout the world as a soloist and in ensembles of both Eastern and Western music. A frequent collaborator with Kronos Quartet, she is considered the leading interpreter of contemporary pipa music by today's most prominent composers such as Tan Dun, Philip Glass, the late Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi and many others. Wu Man Discusses her new Documentary "Return to China," multiple new music projects, performs select repertoire from her new recordings, and discusses her passion for traditional Chinese music and the future of this ancient art. At Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Broadway and 95th Street in Manhattan. Tickets: $30 in advance (a 15% discount), available at the Symphony Space box office, or call 212-864-5400. CTMD is proud to be a media sponsor of this event presented by Harold Hagopian of Traditional Crossroads/Direct Cultural Access. (8:00PM)

Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9: CTMD @ Wesleyan: CTMD Artistic Director and Co-Founder Ethel Raim and Project Director Jorge Arevalo Mateus will be at Wesleyan University to participate in the 11th Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, an educational forum for Wesleyan alumni, parents, students, faculty and friends that provides an opportunity to explore issues of global concern in a small seminar environment. And they will be bringing along two of our favorite Touring Artists ensembles, La Cumbiamba eNeYe (Afro-Colombian) and Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestrat (Albanian). For more information click here.

Saturday, November 3: Chinese Student Concert: Members of the Mencius Youth Orchestra - both Junior & Senior ensembles along with adult musicians (teachers and elders) will present a concert of traditional Chinese folk music & songs of Cantonese opera. By bringing together performers of all walks and ages, this concert celebrates Chinese folk music and songs as a local heritage in the making. At the Chinese Community Center, 62 Mott St (between Canal & Bayard St.) (1:00PM - 4:00PM)

Sunday, October 28: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Workshop. This special program will be filmed for an upcoming documentary film on diasporic Jewish music traditions entitled "The Wandering Muse." Our first Tantshoyz of the season will be a special all-star program featuring three major Yiddish dance leaders - Michael Alpert, Walter Zev Feldman, and Steve Weintraub! The klezmer band will feature Christina Crowder (accordion), Margot Leverett (clarinet), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Jeff Warschauer (mandolin/guitar) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl/hammered dulcimer). Lace up your dancing shoes for an afternoon of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more! And stick around to enjoy the restaurant's wonderful kitchen. A presentation of CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture. At the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 Second Avenue (between 8th & 9th Streets in Manhattan's East Village). Admission $5. (2:00PM - 4:00PM).

Saturday, October 27: Memory Songs: A Dialogue of Traditions featuring Julian Kytasty and Papa Susso. A first-ever meeting betweeen two of NY's most unique performers and two of the world's great epic song traditions. Julian Kytasty, born in 1958 in Detroit into a family of professional bandurists (bandura is a traditional harp-lute from Ukraine), has become recognized as one of today's leading performers of the epic and historical repertoire of Ukraine's traditional singer-bandurists, the kobzari. A master instrumentalist and an accomplished singer, he has performed for concert and festival audiences in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Central Asia. Papa Susso, master kora (gourd harp) player and oral historian (griot or jeli) of the Mandinka people was born in 1947 into a jeli family in Gambia. He has been playing kora since the age of five and can trace his lineage as a jeli back through centuries of singers before him. He has performed worldwide as an ambassador of his culture. The London Herald Tribune has called Papa Susso "the one and only most talented kora player of this century." The concert will be introduced by poet Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club and host of the upcoming PBS special, "Word Up! Language Matters with Bob Holman." At the beautiful Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan's East Village). Admission $15 ($10 for Museum and CTMD members and seniors; $5 for students). Click here to purchase tickets online in advance. A reception follows the concert.Presented by CTMD's Ukrainian Wave Community Cultural Initiative in partnership with The Ukrainian Museum and New York Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown. (7:30PM)

Thursday, October 25: Chinese Heritage Workshop: Members of the Mencius Youth Orchestra will come together to present a mini-concert in an interactive workshop to share with families and elders in the community how they experience Chinese music as young Americans growing up in New York City. This event is to be held at the Chinese Musical Theatre Association - the oldest of its kind in Chinatown - in honor of the theme of rootedness and continuity that is central to this project. In a Q&A format, performers will address with the audience such questions as "How widely known is Chinese music in New York?", "Can this continue to be part of my life as I grow older?", "What is American music and how can these instruments contribute to American music?" This workshop will kick off our next recruitment of students under the Chinese music award program for youth to commence lessons in the 1st week of November. Presented in partnership with the Mencius Society for the Arts. At the Chinese Musical Theatre Association, 24 Pell St. #2F (between Bowery and Mott Street in Manhattan's Chinatown). (6:00PM)

Friday, September 28: Back to Pachamama / De Regreso a Pachamama: The wonderful Pachamama Peruvian Arts program founded by CTMD holds their annual Open House and Registration at (note new location) PS 145 Joseph Pulitzer School, 33-34 80th St. in Jackson Heights, Queens. Enjoy an evening of diverse Peruvian music and dance performed by the program's world-class faculty. Suggested donation is $5. (7:30PM)

Friday, September 21: Special CD Release Party & Concert featuring The Secret Trio! The Secret Trio - Ara Dinkjian (oud), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet) and Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun) - is made up of three outstanding musicians who came together to create a new type of chamber music. Not bound to a single tradition, they perform a collection of original pieces and traditional melodies that fuse the microtonal modes and improvization of the Middle East, dance beats of the Balkans and elements from other traditions. The delicate harmonies, rapid-fire synchrony and intricate counterpoint developed by the musicians with separate roots in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma music is an astonishing innovation, full of rhythm and drive. CTMD is proud to be a media sponsor of this event, which will celebrate the release of the Secret Trio's first CD, Soundscapes, on the Traditional Crossroads label. At Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater. Get a special advance ticket price of $30 by purchasing tickets now - click here or call the Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400. (8:00PM)

Sunday, August 5: Heritage Sunday: Ayiti Rasanble! at Lincoln Center Out of Doors's Hearst Plaza, featuring some of the U.S.'s leading Haitian performers: Feet of Rhythm, Kongo featuring Peniel Guerrier, La Troupe Makandal, and the rara ensemble Raram. More information coming soon - event is free! At Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center, 65th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. (1:00PM - 6:00PM).

Thursday, July 26: Balkan Brass Up on the Roof! Dance under the stars to the infectious beats of this internationally-acclaimed 12-piece New York City brass band Zlatne Uste, playing music from Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, and Romany (Gypsy) traditions. Includes on-the-spot and on-the-roof dance lessons with band member and expert Balkan dancer Michael Ginsburg. On The JCC in Manhattan's fabulous rooftop (334 Amsterdam at 76th Street), $10 JCC/CTMD members / $12 non-members. Click here for tickets! Use the code "CTMDFIDDLE" when purchasing for the member discount. (8:00PM)

Sunday, July 22: Colombian Independence Day Celebration! Featuring Colombia's famed Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, as well as special guests Alejandro Zuleta, Danial Fetecua y Pajarillo Pinta'o, Gregorio Uribe, Grupo Chonta, La Cumbiamba eNeYé, Pablo Mayor's Folklore Urbano and Rebolu'. The event is free to the public and will be held at Queens Museum of Art in front of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (in case of rain the event will be moved inside the Museum). The program will include presentations of a number of regional music and dance forms as well as dance and music workshops for family members of all ages. Los Gaiteros are musical icons throughout the Caribbean region of Colombia – they carry the torch for the most traditional rhythms and sounds of Cumbia, a mixture of indigenous, Spanish and Afro-Colombian heritage. Members of the Kogi tribe, Los Gaiteros combine indigenous instruments — notably the long-tubed vertical gaita flutes and maracas — with African drums. The music stokes the fire of fast-paced regional dances like the puya, porro and bullerengue. Founded as many as 70 years ago, the group is a crucial link between traditional gaita music and its contemporary renewal. Los Gaiteros’ first album, Un Fuego de Sangre Pura, won the 2007 Latin Grammy for Best Folk Album. Presented by CTMD's FolkCOLOMBIA Música y Danza In conjunction with Queens Museum of Art. We are grateful for the lead sponsorship of the Colombian Consulate of New York. (1:00PM - 5:00PM)

Sunday, July 15: CTMD Touring Artists Grupo Rebolú featuring singer/gaita (long end-blown flute) player Ronald Polo and Afro-Colombian percussionist Moris Canate appear in a free show at the Central Park Conservancy's Harlem Meer Performance Festival. On the plaza of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park's beautiful north end (110th Street between 5th and Lenox Avenues). Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy the music. Concerts are free! For more information about this event, click here and for more information about CTMD's work in the Colombian community click here. (2:00PM-4:00PM)

Saturday, July 14: Rasin Ginen: The African Roots. Presented in partnership with El Museo del Barrio, in conjunction with their “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” exhibition (June 12-January 6th). A showcase of New York’s finest Haitian traditional dance groups, coming together to water the ancestral roots of Haitian traditional dance, with a special tribute to Haitian dance educator and elder, Jean Leon Destiné. Suggested donation of $9. El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th), Manhattan. (7:30PM)

Thursday, July 12: Fiddlers on the Roof. Join klezmer violinist and CTMD Touring Artist Alicia Svigals in the first-ever rooftop fiddle fest at the Manhattan JCC. Bring your fiddle (violin, viola, cello or bass) to a master class at 7PM, and then stay to jam. Not a fiddler? Come at 8:30PM to listen, surrounded by strings and under the stars. Presented by CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture and the Manhattan JCC. Register by July 5th to receive a PDF of the tunes we will be playing. On the rooftop of the Manhattan JCC, 76th Street and Amsterdam in Manhattan. Tickets for the master class are $5 JCC/CTMD members / $7 non-member, while tickets for the concert are $10 JCC/CTMD members / $12 non-members. Click here to register and get tickets - use the code "CTMDFIDDLE" for the member discounts. (7:00PM master class, 8:30PM concert)

Sunday, July 1: The youth Mountain Jewish dance ensemble Lezginka NYC's annual festival. These fabulous youth perform breathtaking dances from the Caucuses - dancing on point, then leaping and spinning on their knees. Great food, great garments - the boys dance with costume daggers and gossamer white hats! The event is an outgrowth of CTMD's Nashi Traditsii Soviet Jewish Community Cultural Initiative. At the splendid Millenium Theater (formerly Atlantic Oceana), 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue in Brooklyn. For information and tickets contact the Millenium Theatre Box Office phone: 718-615-1500. You can also try calling our dear friend and event producer Rita Kagan at 718-344-0602. (2:00PM)

Sunday, June 24: CTMD and the Mencius Society for the Arts are pleased to present our Chinese Youth Ensemble's end of year concert featuring the fabulous students of our after school program on instruments such as yangqin (dulcimer), erhu (fiddle), guzheng (zither), dizi (flute) and pipa (lute). Featuring a special performance by the East River Ensemble and other stars of NY's Chinese-American stage. At MS 131's auditorium, 100 Hester Street by Forsythe in Manhattan's Chinatown.

Friday, June 22: Rele Ountó: Remembering the Life and Legacy of Frisner Augustin. Presented in collaboration with La Troupe Makandal. A great gathering of Haitian dancers, drummers and musicians joining with NEA National Heritage Fellow Frisner Augustin’s family and friends, to celebrate and remember his life (Augustin died tragically in May - (click here to read his obituary in the NY Times). A reception will follow the program– free admission. At Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. (7:00PM)

Sunday, June 3: Rasanble – Come Together! New York’s Haitian traditional singers and drummers come together for an afternoon of song. Reception to follow – Free admission. The Great Room, South Oxford Space. 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn. (1:30PM)

Friday, June 1: CTMD's Ukrainian Wave Community Cultural Initiative, the Ukrainian Museum and New York Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown invite you to A Night in Banduristan. Our 2011-2012 season closes with a concert performance by artistic director Julian Kytasty showcasing his latest solow ork and introducing a series of surprise guests. At the Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan's East Village). A reception follows the concert. Admission is $15 (museum and CTMD member/student/senior discounts available). (7:00PM)

Friday, June 1: CTMD and Alwan for the Arts are pleased to present SEVDAH SONGS, a collaboration between Merima Kljuco and Eva Salina Primack. Merima is a Bosnian-born contemporary concert accordionist, and Eva is a singer with many years of experience in traditional music, particularly from Eastern Europe. Merima and Eva have recently begun working together, using Merima's song cycle, SEVDAH SONGS, as the foundation, and expanding the repertoire to include source songs from many neighboring Balkan traditions. Their performance will be the US debut of this collaboration. The program consists of arrangements of well-known songs with Kljuco's contemporary approach to accordion playing-- bringing forth elements that have long been hidden deep in the fabric of the songs to the surface. At Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor (between Broad and Brodway in Manhattan). Tickets are $20, or $15 for students/seniors. (9:00PM)

Sunday, May 20: The Mariachi Academy of New York (founded by Ramon Ponce, Jr. as part of CTMD's Mexican Community Cultural Initiative in 2001), is celebrating its 10th Annual Mother's Day Festival. A benefit for the Academy, which provides intensive training to 150 youth in Mariachi music. There will be dance, music, raffles, prizes and great Mexican food. At St. Paul's Church, 113 East 117th Street in Harlem. For more information please contact Ramon or Angie at 212-729-7678. (3:00PM - 7:00PM)

Saturday, May 19: CTMD's Ukrainian Wave Community Cultural Initiative presents a special CD Release Celebration and Vechornytsi Dance Party featuring the renowned Harmonia Ensemble. Based in Cleveland, Harmonia features some of the US's leading virtuosos of Trans-Carpathian music, including Alexander Fedoriouk (tsymbaly/cimbalom/hammered dulcimer), Walt Mahovlich (accordion/clarinet), Beata Begeniova (vocals), Andrei Pidkivka (sopilka/flutes), Steven Greenman (violin), and New York's very own Slovak bass master Branislav "Brano" Brinarski. Bring your dancing shoes - dance will be demonstrated and led by Roman Lewkowicz, and beginners are welcome! At the family-friendly Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 Second Avenue in Manhattan's East Village between St Mark's and 9th Streets. Stay tuned for more information!

Thursday, May 17: CTMD is pleased to present a book launch party for Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion, a new book by ethnomusicologist Marion Jacobson. Jacobson's book is being hailed as the first comprehensive book on the accordion in America. The event will feature special performances by accordionists Guy Klucevsek and Dallas Vietty & the Musette Project.Books will be available for purchase (cash or check only) at the discounted price of $25. At the Bowery Poetry Project, 308 Bowery between Bleecker & Houston Streets in Manhattan's Lower East Side. For more information, click here. (6:00PM - 7:30PM)

Monday, May 14: Bay mayn mames shtibele: The Women's Art of Yiddish Folksong. An exploration of the Yiddish folksong tradition as preserved through the remarkable artistry of women singers in Eastern Europe and the United States. Folklorist Itzik Gottesman of the Yiddish Forverts newspaper will lead a panel including renowned folksinger/researcher Michael Alpert, NEA National Heritage Fellow Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman and CTMD Artistic Director Ethel Raim as they present and discuss the work of leading folksingers such as Lifshe Schaechter-Widman (Schaechter-Gottesman's mother), Bronya Sakina and other important exponents of the tradition. Presented by CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture, Center for Jewish History and Brooklyn Arts Council’s Half the Sky Festival: Brooklyn Women in Traditional Performance. At Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street in Manhattan (between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan). Admission: $15, $10 for CTMD/CJH members. Reserve tickets through Smarttix. (7:00PM)

Friday, May 11: Pachamama Peruvian Arts is pleased to present a Workshop and Benefit Concert entitled "Mother Moon/Mama Quilla." Featuring the dances Huaylash, Marinera Norteña, Tuntuna and Con su toque del violin. Additionally, Pachamama instructor Guillermo Guerrero will present Andean music and instrumental workshop accompanied by students and master instructors Rosa Carhuallanqui, Peter Apaza, Rosa Maria Lazon, Hector Morales, Marcos Napa and Andres Jimenez. At P.S. 212 in Jackson Heights, Queens, 34-25 82nd Street. Subway 7 to 82nd Street or Bus Q32 to 81st Street and 34th Ave. Suggested donation $5. (7:30PM)

Sunday, April 29: CTMD is proud to be a presenting partner with Alwan for the Arts to present internationally renowned Lebanese oud player/singer Marcel Khalifé, in his new program, Fall of the Moon: An Homage to Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish. Khalifé is one of the most revered cultural icons of the Arab world, with his contributions over the past half-century reaching far beyond the realm of music. Recipient of numerous international awards and declared an Artist for Peace by UNESCO in 2005, Khalifé has aligned his musical vision with a political cause, giving voice to the suffering of people throughout the world living under oppression, and in war-torn homelands. At historic Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, call 212-840-2824. (7:00PM)

Saturday, April 28: CTMD is pleased to partner with Brooklyn Arts Council’s Half the Sky Festival: Brooklyn Women in Traditional Performance to present The Sweetest Song: Women's Traditional Song Sampler. A special program of leading Brooklyn women folksingers across traditions emceed by CTMD Artistic Director Ethel Raim. At Dweck Auditorium, Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. An a cappella vocal concert emceed by CTMD co-Founder/Artistic Director Ethel Raim featuring outstanding singers including Eva Primack (Balkan), Irka Mateo (Dominican), Uriye Hanim (Crimean Tatar), Shobana Ram (Indian), Amanda Seigel (Yiddish), Shoshana Tubi (Yemeni) and others. Hear a broad range of women’s music genres including wedding songs, love songs, lullabies and work songs. This event will be sound recorded. Please arrive on time. (4:00PM - 6:00PM)

 

 

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