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Our Mission is both cultural and Social.

globalFEST believes that music can be a driving force toward a society that values cultural diversity as a source of unity rather than division. By moving international music to the center of the performing arts field, globalFEST fosters a robust and sustainable ecosystem ...

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  • 10/26/201701/14/2018
  • New York, NY

Global Takeover of Times Square: globalFEST Uncovers Bold Sounds and the World’s Hidden Musical Gems

On one of the busiest and most iconic streets in the world is a forgotten gem of a theater. On January 14, 2018, the lights will go on, the doors will open, and New York and its myriad visitors will discover the unexpected beauty of The Liberty, one of three stages which will host some of the most intriguing music in the world, along with the iconic BB King’s and Lucille’s.

 

globalFEST is moving the 15th anniversary edition of its flagship festival to Midtown, to add a new...

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01/14/2018, New York, NY, Times Square
10/26/201701/14/2018, Global Takeover of Times Square: globalFEST Uncovers Bold Sounds and the World’s Hidden Musical Gems
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01/14/2018
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01/14/2018
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Times Square
On one of the busiest and most iconic streets in the world is a forgotten gem of a theater. On January 14, 2018, the lights will go on, the doors will open, and New York and its myriad visitors will discover the unexpected beauty of The Liberty. MORE» More»

On one of the busiest and most iconic streets in the world is a forgotten gem of a theater. On January 14, 2018, the lights will go on, the doors will open, and New York and its myriad visitors will discover the unexpected beauty of The Liberty, one of three stages which will host some of the most intriguing music in the world, along with the iconic BB King’s and Lucille’s.

 

globalFEST is moving the 15th anniversary edition of its flagship festival to Midtown, to add a new collection of sounds to the crossroads of the world in Times Square. The leading US-based world music service organization and its eponymous festival/showcase specializes in uncovering gems hidden in plain sight and in showcasing the wonders of a world brimming with music that’s both innovative and deeply rooted and putting them on the road and in theaters and venues across the country.

 

The festival events will take place a few steps from each other on 42nd Street, from B.B. King’s Blues Club and its sister venue Lucille’s to the Liberty (directly across the street), turning the crosswalk into a link between musical continents.

 

“Moving to the heart of one of the most globally attuned cities in the world is significant at this politically charged time,” explains co-founder and co-director Isabel Soffer. “We have been working for fifteen years as an organization to build bridges and to bring diverse sounds from the margins to the center of performing arts programming. It’s exciting to give artists and audiences a chance to meet in such a symbolic location and to encourage music and culture as a means to discover and explore.”

 

The Artists of globalFEST 15

 

AVA ROCHA: Post-Tropicalia avant-pop from Brazil

DELGRES: (NY Debut) Gritty Creole blues reconnects Guadeloupe to New Orleans

EVA SALINA & PETER STAN: Stirring Balkan Romani songs for voice and accordion

GRAND TAPESTRY: (NY Debut) Underground hip-hop joins Indian sarod and tabla

IBERI CHOIR: (NY Debut) Stunning polyphonic songs from Georgia

JARLATH HENDERSON BAND (US Debut): Champion of the new Celtic folk scene  

JUPITER & OKWESS (US Debut): The “Rebel General’ of Congolese music

LA DAME BLANCHE: Kinetic Cuban rumba and son with hip-hop, cumbia, and dancehall

MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE: Fresh female twist on Mexican mariachi

MOHSEN NAMJOO: Visionary modern Iranian songs

THORNETTA DAVIS: Detroit’s electrifying queen of the blues

MIRAMAR: Puerto Rico’s treasured boleros

 

Supporters can get guaranteed tickets to the always sold-out flagship festival by contributing to globalFEST’s Indiegogo campaign here.

 

“When we shifted venues, we curated the line-up to respond in part to our new home at B.B. King’s,” explains co-founder and -director Bill Bragin. “Thornetta Davis, Detroit’s Queen of the Blues has been a regional powerhouse for decades. She’s won many regional awards, and had moments of higher national profile including a SubPop release in the 90’s. Currently, she’s a standout featured performer in Taylor Mac’s international sensation, the marathon 24-Decade History of American Popular Music, and ready to take her touring to new heights. Delgres, from Guadeloupe and France, links the Creole traditions of the French Caribbean with Delta Blues in a power trio featuring guitar, drums, sousaphone, and vocals, that puts American roots music in dialogue with the music of its Caribbean neighbors.”

 

Strong women leading unforgettable bands have packed globalFEST spaces year after year, and this 15th edition showcases how women are innovating as well as torch-bearing for tradition. “Ava Rocha is an experimentalist in today’s post-Tropicalia Brazilian music scene tradition, La Dame Blanche is a trailblazer creating new paths for Cuban rumba with hip hop and other sounds and Eva Salina breathes new life into Roma and Balkan songs ,” notes co-director Shanta Thake Kriegsman. “This year’s female-led acts are dynamos. Mariachi Flor de Toloache for example, has created quite a stir as an all female mariachi band shaking up a once exclusively male Mexican tradition.”

 

Mariachi Flor de Toloache points to another key part of globalFEST’s mission: providing a platform for artists from news “hot spots” to amplify their own narratives. “This year we feature music with ties to Iran, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, who have broader stories to share,” says Thake. “globalFEST started in response to the tightened borders that sprang up post-9/11. Now, our mission is as urgent as ever. Bringing this music to the public, letting audiences experience it, feels really central to our work.”

 

Over a decade and a half, globalFEST has grown from an annual showcase/festival into a service agency for the performing arts field, bringing artists from the periphery to more mainstream ears across the country.

 

No matter what the origins, breaking down borders between people via musical artistry is a mission globalFEST embraces, in all its urgency. “We always strive to open up opportunities for tour-ready groups who have been building their artistry and following, but need support to take it to the next level. We’ve had artists like Betsayda Machado from Venezuela move from playing in small villages in Venezuela to headlining extensive US tours, or Mariza from Portugal leap from playing Joe’s Pub to headlining major venues like Carnegie Hall,” Soffer states. “Mohsen Namjoo has a huge following in the Iranian-American community, but is not known by general audiences in the same way. We hope after gF he’ll be able to take that step and develop a bridge to help Americans engage directly with Iranian culture.”

 

About globalFEST

Over the last decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America, growing from an acclaimed festival/showcase into a catalytic non-profit service organization for curators, artists, and the performing arts field. Through its work, gF encourages networking and cultural diplomacy; deepens cultural understanding among its constituents; builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the United States. Artists that participate in gF programs represent diverse musical styles from all corners of the globe, ranging from traditional to contemporary, and everything in between. For it’s 15th anniversary gF will launch the inaugural globalFEST awards to honor the global music artists, movers and shakers that bring the world's sounds to the United States!

 

globalFEST programs serve to raise the profile and visibility of the artists gF works with, and world music overall and include: gF Touring Fund, which provides direct support to artists to develop new markets and audiences; gF On the Road, tours that bring creatively programmed lineups to venues nationwide (including the 2018 New Golden Age of Latin Music in Feb/March 2018); and guest curating for both commercial and performing arts settings, including such influential events as SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lincoln Center and beyond; Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-Conference a free co-produced conference for global music community; gF Hangouts, regular events that connect fans and global music artists in NYC, and now the globalFEST awards, which will be an annual addition.

 

For more information contact Nicole Merritt at nicole@globalfest.org

For press inquiries contact Ron Kadish at ron@rockpaperscissors.biz

 
Event
01/14/2018

12/07/2017, APAP Announces 2018 Award Winners
12/07/201712/07/2017, APAP Announces 2018 Award Winners
Announcement
12/07/2017
Announcement
12/07/2017
December 6, 2017 - The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) will honor artists, visionaries and advocates in the performing arts at its annual gathering, APAP|NYC 2018, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown. MORE» More»

 APAP Announces 2018 Award Winners

Arthur Mitchell, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Educator, Co-Founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem; globalFEST, World Music Service Organization and Festival; Carlton Turner, Artist, Advocate, Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS to be honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony at APAP|NYC Surprise “Distinguished Service Award” Winner to be Announced at Luncheon

December 6, 2017 - The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) will honor artists, visionaries and advocates in the performing arts at its annual gathering, APAP|NYC 2018, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown. On Monday, January 15, 2018, APAP will host its Annual Awards Ceremony, a celebration of those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant impact on the industry and communities they serve both in the US and abroad.

The awards program will open with a “creative moment” by Canada’s celebrated poet, writer, actor and youth advocate, Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This year’s awards ceremony coincides with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and in the 50th year since his assassination. Whether we are recognizing the many social and artistic achievements of Arthur Mitchell, who made a deliberate decision following Martin Luther King’s assassination to start Dance Theatre of Harlem, or taking a moment as a community to recognize the words and works of Dr. King, there is no question the arts serve a meaningful purpose in every corner of our culture,” said Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of APAP. “The 2018 recipients inspire and motivate our field to continue to grow and change, showing the strength and influence the arts can have in our communities, schools and cultural landscapes, and how important and influential the arts can be.”

This year’s APAP Award recipients include:

THE SIDNEY R. YATES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF THE PERFORMING ARTS: Carlton Turner, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS

THE WILLIAM DAWSON AWARD FOR PROGRAMMATIC EXCELLENCE AND SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT IN PROGRAMMING:globalFEST (Bill Bragin, Isabel Soffer, and Shanta Thake, Co-Directors)

THE AWARD OF MERIT FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PERFORMING ARTS: Arthur Mitchell, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Educator and CoFounder, Dance Theatre of Harlem

The winner of APAP’s FAN TAYLOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO THE FIELD OF PROFESSIONAL PRESENTING will be announced at the luncheon.

This year’s NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) award recipients will be presented by David Wannen, president, NAPAMA, and are:

NAPAMA PRESENTER OF THE YEAR: Brett Batterson, President & CEO, Orpheum Theatre Group

NAPAMA LIZ SILVERSTEIN AWARD FOR AGENT-MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Pamela M. Green, President & CEO, PMG Arts Management

BIOGRAPHIES

Carlton Turner – Yates Award

Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS and works nationally as a performing artist, organizer, policy shaper, lecturer, consultant, and facilitator. He is also the founder of the newly formed Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, an organization working at the intersection of new media production and agriculture to support cultural, social, and economic development in his rural hometown of Utica, Mississippi. Carlton is also a co-founder, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction, a Mississippi-based performance group.

Turner serves on the boards of First People’s Fund, Imagining America, the Center for Media Justice, and Project South for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide. He is also a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander Center for Research and Education. He is a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network and a founding collaborating partner of the Intercultural Leadership Institute.

Turner was recently named a 2017-18 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow and a Cultural Policy Fellow at Arizona State University’s Creative Placemaking Institute.

globalFEST (Bill Bragin, Isabel Soffer and Shanta Thake) – Dawson Award

globalFEST (gF) believes that music can be a driving force toward a society that values cultural diversity as a source of unity rather than division. By moving international music to the center of the performing arts field, gF fosters a robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the U.S. with programs that catalyze creative and artistic networks that break down cultural and social boundaries to support and share the world’s music.

Founded in 2003, the heart of gF’s work is the flagship festival featuring twelve artists from around the world on three stages in one night. The event creates an unprecedented networking opportunity and acts a springboard for touring, giving culturally diverse artists essential platforms from which to share their art and their messages. Through its multiple programs including a conference and touring fund, and tour, gF celebrates cultural diplomacy; deepens cultural understanding among its constituents; connects artists to communities, builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the U.S.

Arthur Mitchell – Award of Merit

Arthur Mitchell is a pivotal figure in the dance world and self-described “political activist through dance.” He is internationally recognized as an acclaimed dancer, artistic director, choreographer, educator, and dance visionary. In 1955, he joined the New York City Ballet under the direction of Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine and would become the first African American principal dancer in a major American ballet company. Balanchine choreographed numerous roles especially for Mitchell including the pas de deux in Agon, and “Puck” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Inspired by the changes sweeping America during the civil rights movement, Mitchell co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) with his former teacher, Karel Shook, in 1969. During his tenure, DTH was described in The New York Times as “one of the dance world’s more visionary experiments.” In 2014, to further his belief that dance can be used as a vehicle for social change and to ensure his legacy, Mitchell founded the Arthur Mitchell Project (AMP) with the generous support of the Ford Foundation. Mitchell is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He continues to advise professional dance companies and cultural institutions on the issue of diversity in the classical arts.

About APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals

APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, based in Washington, D.C., is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust, performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our 1,600 national and international members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of selfpresenting artists. As a leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. APAP is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President & CEO Mario Garcia Durham. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference - the world's leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts (Jan. 12-16, 2018) - APAP continues to be the industry's leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.

Media Contact: Leah Frelinghuysen Leah@MonarchyPR.com, +1.917.280.5170 Editors Note: Advance interviews available. For media credentials at APAP|NYC 2018, please contact Leah Frelinghuysen. Photos available upon request.

Announcement
12/07/2017

10/18/2017, Global Takeover of Times Square: globalFEST Uncovers Bold Sounds and the World’s Hidden Musical Gems
10/18/201710/18/2017, Global Takeover of Times Square: globalFEST Uncovers Bold Sounds and the World’s Hidden Musical Gems
Announcement
10/18/2017
Announcement
10/18/2017
globalFEST is moving the 15th anniversary edition of its flagship festival to Midtown, to add a new collection of sounds to the crossroads of the world in Times Square. MORE» More»

On one of the busiest and most iconic streets in the world is a forgotten gem of a theater. On January 14, 2018, the lights will go on, the doors will open, and New York and its myriad visitors will discover the unexpected beauty of The Liberty, one of three stages which will host some of the most intriguing music in the world, along with the iconic BB King’s and Lucille’s.

 

globalFEST is moving the 15th anniversary edition of its flagship festival to Midtown, to add a new collection of sounds to the crossroads of the world in Times Square. The leading US-based world music service organization and its eponymous festival/showcase specializes in uncovering gems hidden in plain sight and in showcasing the wonders of a world brimming with music that’s both innovative and deeply rooted and putting them on the road and in theaters and venues across the country.

 

The festival events will take place a few steps from each other on 42nd Street, from B.B. King’s Blues Club and its sister venue Lucille’s to the Liberty (directly across the street), turning the crosswalk into a link between musical continents.

 

“Moving to the heart of one of the most globally attuned cities in the world is significant at this politically charged time,” explains co-founder and co-director Isabel Soffer. “We have been working for fifteen years as an organization to build bridges and to bring diverse sounds from the margins to the center of performing arts programming. It’s exciting to give artists and audiences a chance to meet in such a symbolic location and to encourage music and culture as a means to discover and explore.”

 

The Artists of globalFEST 15

 

AVA ROCHA: Post-Tropicalia avant-pop from Brazil

DELGRES: (NY Debut) Gritty Creole blues reconnects Guadeloupe to New Orleans

EVA SALINA & PETER STAN: Stirring Balkan Romani songs for voice and accordion

GRAND TAPESTRY: (NY Debut) Underground hip-hop joins Indian sarod and tabla

IBERI CHOIR: (NY Debut) Stunning polyphonic songs from Georgia

JARLATH HENDERSON BAND (US Debut): Champion of the new Celtic folk scene  

JUPITER & OKWESS (US Debut): The “Rebel General’ of Congolese music

LA DAME BLANCHE: Kinetic Cuban rumba and son with hip-hop, cumbia, and dancehall

MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE: Fresh female twist on Mexican mariachi

MOHSEN NAMJOO: Visionary modern Iranian songs

THORNETTA DAVIS: Detroit’s electrifying queen of the blues

MIRAMAR: Puerto Rico’s treasured boleros

 

Supporters can get guaranteed tickets to the always sold-out flagship festival by contributing to globalFEST’s Indiegogo campaign here.

 

“When we shifted venues, we curated the line-up to respond in part to our new home at B.B. King’s,” explains co-founder and -director Bill Bragin. “Thornetta Davis, Detroit’s Queen of the Blues has been a regional powerhouse for decades. She’s won many regional awards, and had moments of higher national profile including a SubPop release in the 90’s. Currently, she’s a standout featured performer in Taylor Mac’s international sensation, the marathon 24-Decade History of American Popular Music, and ready to take her touring to new heights. Delgres, from Guadeloupe and France, links the Creole traditions of the French Caribbean with Delta Blues in a power trio featuring guitar, drums, sousaphone, and vocals, that puts American roots music in dialogue with the music of its Caribbean neighbors.”

 

Strong women leading unforgettable bands have packed globalFEST spaces year after year, and this 15th edition showcases how women are innovating as well as torch-bearing for tradition. “Ava Rocha is an experimentalist in today’s post-Tropicalia Brazilian music scene tradition, La Dame Blanche is a trailblazer creating new paths for Cuban rumba with hip hop and other sounds and Eva Salina breathes new life into Gypsy Roma and Balkan songs ,” notes co-director Shanta Thake Kriegsman. “This year’s female-led acts are dynamos. Mariachi Flor de Toloache for example, has created quite a stir as an all female mariachi band shaking up a once exclusively male Mexican tradition.”

 

Mariachi Flor de Toloache points to another key part of globalFEST’s mission: providing a platform for artists from news “hot spots” to amplify their own narratives. “This year we feature music with ties to Iran, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, who have broader stories to share,” says Thake. “globalFEST started in response to the tightened borders that sprang up post-9/11. Now, our mission is as urgent as ever. Bringing this music to the public, letting audiences experience it, feels really central to our work.”

 

Over a decade and a half, globalFEST has grown from an annual showcase/festival into a service agency for the performing arts field, bringing artists from the periphery to more mainstream ears across the country.

 

No matter what the origins, breaking down borders between people via musical artistry is a mission globalFEST embraces, in all its urgency. “We always strive to open up opportunities for tour-ready groups who have been building their artistry and following, but need support to take it to the next level. We’ve had artists like Betsayda Machado from Venezuela move from playing in small villages in Venezuela to headlining extensive US tours, or Mariza from Portugal leap from playing Joe’s Pub to headlining major venues like Carnegie Hall,” Soffer states. “Mohsen Namjoo has a huge following in the Iranian-American community, but is not known by general audiences in the same way. We hope after gF he’ll be able to take that step and develop a bridge to help Americans engage directly with Iranian culture.”

 

About globalFEST

Over the last decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America, growing from an acclaimed festival/showcase into a catalytic non-profit service organization for curators, artists, and the performing arts field. Through its work, gF encourages networking and cultural diplomacy; deepens cultural understanding among its constituents; builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the United States. Artists that participate in gF programs represent diverse musical styles from all corners of the globe, ranging from traditional to contemporary, and everything in between. For it’s 15th anniversary gF will launch the inaugural globalFEST awards to honor the global music artists, movers and shakers that bring the world's sounds to the United States!

 

globalFEST programs serve to raise the profile and visibility of the artists gF works with, and world music overall and include: gF Touring Fund, which provides direct support to artists to develop new markets and audiences; gF On the Road, tours that bring creatively programmed lineups to venues nationwide (including the 2018 New Golden Age of Latin Music in Feb/March 2018); and guest curating for both commercial and performing arts settings, including such influential events as SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lincoln Center and beyond; Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-Conference a free co-produced conference for global music community; gF Hangouts, regular events that connect fans and global music artists in NYC, and now the globalFEST awards, which will be an annual addition.

 

For more information contact Nicole Merritt at nicole@globalfest.org

For press inquiries contact Ron Kadish at ron@rockpaperscissors.biz

 
Announcement
10/18/2017