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Make Music New York

Press Release: May 22, 2018

The World Comes to NYU

On the first day of summer, the annual Make Music New York celebration comes to NYU with music and dance from Cuba, West Africa, Ireland and Appalachia, featuring Oyu Oro, Mandara Music, and a hootenanny with In the Pines. Co-presented by the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study Working Group Translucent Borders and the NYU Office of Faculty Housing & Residential Services, Make Music New York: The World Comes to NYU will take place on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. This NYU Faculty Housing Happenings community event will take place in the Oak Grove, Silver Towers, New York University, 100 Bleecker Street between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street in Greenwich Village. Free and open to the public

Translucent Borders presents a rare gathering of celebrated musicians and dancers from Cuba and America. Come listen or join in the dance with acclaimed Afro-Cuban ensemble Oyu Oro. Valerie Naranjo and Barry Olsen, fresh from the Saturday Night Live band and The Lion King, perform songs from Ghana. Broadway performers Andy Teirstein and Leenya Rideout will play fretless banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, and Jew’s harp. Performing as part of the citywide festival Make Music New York, these master musicians will appear at NYU in the Oak Grove, Silver Towers in partnership with the NYU Office of Faculty Housing before performing at the Lincoln Center Atrium the following week. 

Make Music New York: The World Comes to NYU
Co-presented by the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study Working Group Translucent Borders and the NYU Office of Faculty Housing & Residential Services
Thursday, June 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Oak Grove, Silver Towers, New York University, 100 Bleecker Street between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street. Free and open to the public. All events are first come, first served. Rain or shine. Events are subject to change. 

Mandara Music

1:00 pm-1:45 pm – Mandara Music
NYU Steinhardt Faculty Valerie Naranjo and Barry Olsen perform West African percussion and song. Barry and Valerie have been performing hypnotic rhythms and folkloric melodies together since 1982, in local libraries, parks, museums and schools as well as international festivals, Saturday Night Live, and The Lion King on Broadway. Whether you are an adult or a child, you can learn a song from Ghana. 

1:45 pm-2:30 pm – In the Pines Hootenanny
Join the hootenanny with toe-tapping traditional folk music of Ireland and Appalachia. Come hear fiddles, banjo, and guitar music celebrating the summer solstice. Leenya Rideout (Warhorse, Company, Cabaret) and Andy Teirstein (Barnum, Woody Sez), perform the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and other folk legends. Bring an instrument and join the fun. 

Leenya Rideout

Andy Teirstein

Photo courtesy of Andy Teirstein

5:00 pm-6:30 pm – Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble
Oyu Oro brings the spirit of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance to Bleecker Street in an interactive performance of dance and music. The company specializes in the unique styles of the Oriente province in Eastern Cuba. Oriente attributes its rich cultural heritage to the infusion of Afro-Haitian influences to an already vibrant Afro-Cuban context. 

Oyu Oro

Photo courtesy of Danys Perez

About Translucent Borders
Translucent Borders gathers artist scholars to look at points of global intersection. A border is a line on a map, fertile with the potential for either confrontation or learning and evolution. Through encounters at borders around the world, the team examines ways in which dance and music act as catalysts for creative engagement across cultures. The project is funded by NYU’s Global Institute for Advanced Study, and directed by Dr. Andy Teirstein, Arts Professor, Tisch Department of Dance. More information: www.translucentborders.com

About NYU Faculty Housing Happenings
A recommendation of the Superblock Stewardship Advisory Committee, and generously supported by Provost Katherine E. Fleming, NYU Faculty Housing Happenings are a series of free community events designed to celebrate our outdoor spaces on the superblocks, build community among residents, and provide activities appealing to all audiences. NYU Faculty Housing Happenings are organized by Erin Donnelly, Community Liaison, NYU Office of Faculty Housing & Residential Services. 

Make Music New York 2017

© Hollenshead: Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

About Make Music New York
Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs.


For more information, please contact Erin Donnelly, Community Liaison, NYU Office of Faculty Housing & Residential Services, facultyhousing.events@nyu.edu or 646-997-9986.

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