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GEMAS (a collaboration of GEMS and Americas Society) presents Tembembe Ensamble Continuo Un Fandango Barroco
Mexican ensemble Tembembe Ensamble Continuo explores the similarities between the instruments and the practices of the Hispanic fandango of the 17th century and contemporary traditional fandango, presenting all aspects of performance including music, song, and dance that bring alive the festive spirits. The founding members of Tembembe—Enrique Barona, Eloy Cruz, and Leopoldo Novoa—are all graduates of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and currently teach there, as well as at the Centro Ollin Yoliztli (Mexico City). They most recently performed alongside Jordi Savall at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival.
This concert is part of the New York Early Music Celebration 2015: El Nuevo Mundo, a Service Project of the Early Music Foundation.
Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm
680 Park Avenue at East 68th Street Manhattan
Tickets: AS and YPA Members: Free Non-Members: $20
Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor Christopher Preston Thompson,
tenor and historic harp Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
1:15 - 2:00 pm Thursday, October 16 Chapel of St. Bart's Church Park Avenue at 50th Street
This year's edition of the New York Early Music Celebration features over 30 performances by many of the City's finest groups plus visiting ensembles from abroad, in a variety of instrumental, vocal, and mixed programs.
The Celebration runs from October 8 to 18 in several venues around the City, and is produced by the Early Music Foundation.
Be sure you're part of the scene by attending one or more of the upcoming early music events!
GOTHAM EARLY MUSIC SCENE (GEMS) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of early music in New York City. It serves professional and amateur performers and ensembles, presenters, audiences and enthusiasts. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote that GEMS will bring "cohesiveness and vitality to the city's patchwork of early-music groups."
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GEMS is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
GEMS services and programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated Thursday, October 8, 2015