Thursday, May 24 2018

Román Díaz & Rumba Habanera+ Danys "la Mora" Perez & The Oyu Oro Dance Company

Thursday, May 24
9PM Cover $20
Román Díaz & Rumba Habanera + Danys "la Mora" Perez & The Oyu Oro Dance Company

Havana Meets Santiago de Cuba in an explosive collaboration


with special guest artists DIRECT FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA Maikel Castellanos • Elvis Ferrera • Alexander La Rosa • Elieser Mendoza


Two titans of Cuban AfroCuban folklore, master drummer Román Díaz and choreographer Danys "la Mora" Perez, join forces to create a Super Rumba that unites the traditions of Havana and Santiago de Cuba. "La Mora" an internationally known dancer and choreographer who came out of the legendary Ballet Folklórico Cutumba in Santiago de Cuba, now directs her celebrated folkloric dance company Oyu Oro that she maintains in Santiago and in New York. Román Díaz, who has been leading the nine piece ensemble Rumba Habanera on Thursdays at Zinc Bar since 2013, came to fame as a member of the world-renown folkloric ensemble Yoruba Andabo. In their performance at Zinc Bar, Díaz and "La Mora", will be exploring the myriad variations in the nexus of ritual drumming, dance and call-and-response singing that is Cuban rumba.

The rumba came to the Caribbean from West Africa, and was handed down from generation to generation in secret societies in Cuba. It's a living repository of the Yoruba, Congo and Abakuá cultures: invocatory, potent and seductive.

That seductive, potent atmosphere might explain why Román's rumba at Zinc Bar keeps attracting la crème de la crème of musicians - from famous percussionists (Francisco Mela, Nicky Marrero, Mark Quinones and Samuel Torres) to jazz pianists (George Burton, Aruan Ortiz, David Virelles and Axel Laugart). The famous New Orleans jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, sits in - and fits in - on almost every trip he makes to New York. Sometimes a superstar of Latin pop will show up - Ruben Blades came by recently - and there are frequent visits from a Hollywood movie star (going under the radar in baseball cap & sweats).

At first glance, the improvisation of the Rumba might seem to resemble a jam session - but Rumba is invocatory and ceremonial in a way that jazz no longer is. The Rumba’s improvisation occurs within a ritual of call and response between the performers themselves and the performers and their audience. It's about giving and receiving - a communion that transforms the alleyway and the tenement courtyard into a sacred space. To see the Rumba performed is to look into the womb of Afro-Antillean music; Rumba is the source, where it all comes from: the jam session, and jazz itself.

produced by Jazz at the Crossroads

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