& the Impact of the Afro-Cubans at 80
Following its highly acclaimed retrospective of Tito Puente, the Hostos Center presents “Machito & the Impact of the Afro-Cubans at 80,” a three-day celebration of the career of the iconic singer and bandleader (1908-1984), and family members, musical director Mario Bauzá (1911-1993) and featured singer Graciela (1915-2010). Through concerts, panel discussions, films, workshops and more, the weekend will highlight the orchestra’s impact on Latin music and Latin jazz. The festival is under the artistic direction of Machito’s son, Mario Grillo, Musical Director of The Machito Orchestra; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist and composer Carlos Henríquez; and the noted Latin music historian Joe Conzo, Sr.
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In the second performance of his year-long Van Lier Fellowship, composer and bassist Nick Dunston premieres La Operación, a multi-movement composition written for soprano voice, two alto saxophones, two double basses, and two percussionists.
Inspired by the 1982 documentary of the same name by Ana María García, La Operación is an abstract interpretation of a historical phenomenon involving colorism in Puerto Rico, eugenics, medical malpractice, second-wave feminism, and American colonialism.
Stephanie Lamprea, soprano voice
David Leon, alto saxophone
Noah Becker, alto saxophone
Nick Dunston, double bass & composition
Ben Rolston, double bass
Lesley Mok , drum set & percussion
Stephen Boegehold, drum set & percussion