A night of culture with Japanese and Puerto Rican music
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 04, 2017 | 8029 views | 0 0 comments | 376 376 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As one of Flushing Town Hall’s most exciting series to date, Global Mashup returns on Friday, April 7 with a joint concert between Japan and Puerto Rico.

The premise of the series is quite simple. Musical artists from across the globe each present their music. By the end of the night, it’s one big party as the audience gets on their feet to enjoy the two cultures meld together to create beautiful melodies and a definite one-of-a-kind performance.

“It’s amazing to behold how the traditional music of one region can blend seamlessly with the sounds of another region,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. “Each year, we endeavor to make this a unique experience, one you won’t see anywhere else, as artists from across the globe meet for the first time, and then present together.”

Friday’s lineup features Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans presenting Puerto Rican jazz, and Masayo Ishigure and her group the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble, presenting traditional Japanese music with a jazz and classical twist.

Annette Aguilar and The Stringbeans play the music of Puerto Rico, including Plena, Bomba and Salsa. Her group features Puerto Rican vocalist Deborah Resto. Their performance includes exciting music with explosive energy from congas and bongos. Concert-goers will learn cool dance moves to go along with the beats before the performance at a 7 pm dance lesson.

The founder of The Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble, Masayo Ishigure, plays the koto in the style of Jiuta Shamsien. Her group plays traditional Japanese music and incorporates other influences from Jazz and Classical Music to expand the perception of the Japanese koto. The Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble provides a colorful and exotic experience and a cultural education.

Other upcoming Global Mashups include Mali Meets Morocco on April 21, Taiwan Meets Jamaica on May 5 and Thailand Meets Tahiti on May 19. All dance lessons begin at 7 pm, followed by concerts at 8 pm.

Tickets to all Global Mashup performances are $16, and $10 for members and students. You can purchase tickets at www.flushingtownhall.org/globalmashup.
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