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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays
Miamis Best Arts and Music Festival on the last Friday of every month
Friday, January 30th, 2008. From 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
On SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between 13th and 17th Avenues

Friday Free Fun Fest. You can not miss the next Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays


6:30 p.m.
- Free History Walking Tour of Little Havana led by Dr. Paul George. (Meet in front of Tower Theater)

Events at Main Stage (15th Avenue and SW 8th Street)
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
- Fina Escayola Flamenco Academy
7:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Braily Ramos and Olga Lidia Thomas
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Belen Jazz Band
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Violinist Gerardo Aguillon
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. -
Carlos Manuel

Carlos Manuel (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
Carlos Manuel was born on February 8th, 1973 in Havana, Cuba. His first stage appearances were with a group called Constellation and her first professional job was as a soloist playing ballads, boleros, operettas and zarzuelas, until the participated in the group Mayohuacan for 17 years. At this stage, Carlos Manuel gained fame with the song Carapacho pa 'la jicotea" and formed a partnership in 1993, which was called "Carlos Manuel and his band Carapacho" precisely because of the success of the song. Later, the band was renamed as Carlos Manuel y su Clan. Only 6 months later, they recorded their first CD entitled "Por la vena del gusto. In 2000 they recorded their second CD, "Malo Cantidad", then recorded a third one titled Enamorao Carlos Manuel has been taking his music to countries like Spain, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico among others. He also ventured as an actor in the successful te levision Blue Azul with a cast of famous Cuban actors. After his arrival in USA Carlos Manuel has participated in important events in Miami, and has been awarded Latin Male Artist of the year in Canada. His most recent CD entitled " Carlos Manuel" includes the single" El amor eres tu" theme of the soap opera Amor from Univision.
Gerardo Aguillon (9:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
Aguillon is a distinguish Cuban violinist with a long international artistic career and expertise on several musical genres and styles. He has been a member of prominent and important orchestras in his country, and on his current residence in the USA. He is a member of the Florida Chamber Orchestra directed by Marlene Urbay. He was also a member of the Cha-Cha-Cha All Star orchestra. Mr. Aguillon has appeared on the most prestigious Concert Halls country land and internationally as well as: National Auditoruim and Bellas Artes Theater (Mexico, DF), Sporting Club (Monaco/MonteCarlos), Teresa Carreo Thater (Caracas/Venezuela), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow/Russia) among many other important venues. He has shared stage performing along with famous musicians such as: Frank Coppola, Michel Legrand, Tony Bennett, Steve Turre, Leo Brouwer, Arturo Sandoval, Sammy Davis Junior, Paquito DRivera, Alirio Diaz, Vicente Garrido, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Willie Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz, among many others. Gerardo Aguillon has produced and directed several recording projects and has recorded two CDs: Latin Violin and his most recent production Gerardo Aguillon Charanga
Braily (7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1976, singer, composer, arranger and multi instrumentalist Braily Ramos began his musical education at 11 years old at the Arts Vocational School. Majoring on the trombone, after completing four years at the National School for the Arts, he proceeds to a higher level at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte. During his third year there he is presented with the opportunity to tour with the most popular band in Cuba at the time Manoln "El Mdico de la Salsa", during his two year stint, in 1998 he performs in Miami and decides to make the city his new home. He has recorded, live shows and special tv & film performances in the area -most notably with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nieves, Huey Dunbar, Carlos Manuel, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, Frankie Negrn, among others. He is also a founding member of the Cuban Timba All-Stars. Braily also just released a salsa album at its core, 'Disco Duro'.
Olga Lidia(7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born and raised in Miami, Florida in 1983, proud to be a Cuban American, she began singing at the age of 11 and has participated in many important events as well as competitions internationally. Olga Lidia is a bilingual singer whom performs all types of music for all occasions. She performed back-up vocals for artists such as Albita, Milly Quesada, Francisco Pancho Cespedes, Alexis Valdez, Lucrecia, among others. Currently, Olga Lidia is part of the television Latin show, Pellzcame Que Estoy Soando with host Carlos Otero on Channel 41, America Teve, in addition, as the permanent back-up vocalist for Willy Chirino.
Cremata Fine Art
The gallery presents a solo exhibition by artist Francisco Sanchez titled Journey of Reverie." Magic coexists with late Roman sculpture, French Baroque landscapes, Caribbean shells, and African motifs. The arresting beauty of this singular universe is remarkably alive in the work of Francisco Snchez. An artist with an illustrious trajectory in Brazil, Rome, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, he opened at Cremata Fine Art with an extraordinary new visual language. Francisco Snchez produced a series of canvases and painted chalkboards of serene and exotic beauty, establishing a dialogue with classical antiquity and how nature and magic erupt into the man-made. The artist is an Honors MFA laureate from Moscows famous Surikov Institute after graduating from Havanas San Alejandro Academy and the Instituto Superior de Arte. Come to the gallery on Viernes Culturales to have a glass of wine, see his latest work and meet the curato r. Exhibition runs through Feb. 9th, 2009. For more information and images regarding this exhibition, please visit our website.
1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135. Ph: 305.644.3315
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Free History Tour of Little Havana
A walking tour led by Dr. Paul George.
Meeting point: Tower Theater. 1508 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33135. (6:30 p.m.)
Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays, Inc.
742 SW 16th Avenue
Miami, FL 33135
Ph: 305.643.5500
Fax: 786.999.8894

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Monday, January 26, 2009

SHIFT Festival: February 25-March 3


Movement and meaning between Canada and the Netherlands

A Festival of Canadian and Dutch Music, Film and Literature

Phase Two Toronto: February 25 March 3, and April 2, 2009

Harbourfront Centre, Music Gallery, Gallery 345, Isabel Bader Theatre

For Immediate Release Toronto, January 26, 2009: Following the highly successful first phase of the festival of Canadian and Dutch music, film and literature mounted by Continuum Contemporary Music and partners in Amsterdam in November, SHIFT is coming to Canada. From February 25-March 3, and on April 2, 2009; SHIFT events will take place at Harbourfront Centre, Music Gallery, Gallery 345 and the Isabel Bader Theatre. Programmed by some of Canadas top artistic voices Continuum Contemporary Music, Authors at Harbourfront Centre and The Images Festival, in collaboration with York Quay Galleries, Ives Ensemble and Toca Loca SHIFT is an opportunity for self definition and comparison between two historically connected but markedly different nations.

SHIFT Toronto

Concerts, screenings, exhibitions, workshops, literary happenings, collaborations, and artistic exchange and dialogue pick up in Canada where they left off in Amsterdam. Some of the concerts and events in Toronto are a reprise of Amsterdam activity; others were designed specifically for SHIFT in Canada. Besides the nexus of SHIFT activity in Toronto from February 25 March 3, with a later event on April 2, there is the Canadian tour of the esteemed Ives Ensemble, with concerts in Montreal, Ottawa, Kitchener and Vancouver.

Highlights include a joint concert of Continuum and the Ives Ensemble, one of the premiere Dutch new music groups. These two ensembles, important in their respective countries for supporting aesthetic adventure in music, combine for commissioned works by Linda Bouchard (CA) and Guus Janssen (NL) and perform other works separately, by Gyula Csapo (CA) for the Ives, and by Mayke Nas (NL), for Continuums musicians all playing inside the piano. SHIFT offers emerging Toronto composers the benefit of the Ives skill and dedication in a workshop held at the Music Gallery. In Toronto only, the inspired and versatile jazz pianist and new music composer Guus Janssen performs a solo concert at Gallery 345. Toronto-based Toca Loca hasnt been on the scene long but is keenly felt as a thorn in the side of convention. In e1gh+ 31gh7 they bring the spirit of Dutch rebellion to an often staid Toronto by performing more works by Mayke Nas and Guus Janssen, as well as works by Canadians Laura Barrett, Myra Davies, Jerome Blais and world premieres by Chris Smalloochi and Aaron Gervais. In the eight hands and 40 digits of Quatuor Bozzini, new music is executed with brilliance. From their Amsterdam programme they repeat works by Dutch composers Martijn Voorvelt, Hanna Kulenty (originally from Poland, she shares her time between the two countries) and Richard Ayres (originally from the UK.) For the past several decades the Netherlands has imported labourers, chiefly from Turkey and Morocco, to do jobs that native Dutch demur; the country has also welcomed arts migrants, people who go there often to study then stay for the advantageous climate they find for art. Kulteny and Ayres are two such. Though Ayres quartet is from 2003, Quatuor Bozzini gave its first complete performance in Amsterdam as they are the only quartet yet to be able to handle the difficult middle movement. Dutch and Canadian film and video works, programmed by Images Festival, are presented in one evening and the festival kicks off with an authors panel presented by Authors at Harbourfront Centre new and startling Dutch and Canadian voices in discussion. See detailed schedule below.

SHIFT was conceived by Continuums Artistic Director Jennifer Waring during her Metcalf Foundation-funded residency with Gaudeamus in 2005-06. At its root, the festival is an investigation of the bond between the two markedly different countries, a bond created during the Second World War and through the subsequent wave of immigration to Canada; SHIFT provides new perspective on the relationship. She writes, The Netherlands is small, rich in human history, and still comparatively uniform in makeup; Canada is large, young as a modern state, and diverse in its population. In these rather obvious factors the countries are diametrically opposed, and to an expatriate a privilege I had on and off over seven years the contrast is a head-swiveling, breathtaking experience that can provoke hyperactive theorizing. But a base of common outlook and perception prevents total disorientation and makes comparison possible. Beyond these is an ineffable but strong affinity.

SHIFT Toronto Schedule

Jan 24 Mar 8

Exhibition by Dutch jeweller Felieke van der Leest

York Quay Galleries, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Free Admission

Info: 416-973-4000

Dutch artist Felieke van der Leest combines toy animals, crochet work and precious metals to form humourous and colourful jewellery and objects.

Wednesday, Feb 25

19:30 Authors at Harbourfront Centre

Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Tickets: $8/FREE members & students with ID

Box Office/Info: 416-973-4000

Dutch authors Lieve Joris, Anja Sicking, Lucette ter Borg, and Tommy Wieringa, along with a Canadian author TBC, take part in a panel discussion to share ideas, explore new writing, and spark discussion of larger issues in literature.

Thursday, Feb 26

19:30 Film and video from The Netherlands and Canada

Studio Theatre, York Quay Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Free Admission

Info: 416-973-4000

This special double feature was conceived of as an exchange between two festivalsthe Impakt Festival in Utrecht and the Images Festival in Torontoon the occasion of the SHIFT Festival. Arjon Dunnewind (Impakt) and Pablo de Ocampo (the Images Festival) have each assembled a program that tries to define something about their respective countries through video.

Anna Lange: De Aardappeleters (The Netherlands)

Julika Rudelius: Tagged (The Netherlands)

Corinna Schnitt: Das schlafende Mdchen (Germany)

Klaas van Gorkum & Iratxe Jaio: Monitoring the Dordtselaan for Maximum Peace of Mind (The Netherlands)

Erik van Lieshout: Respect (The Netherlands)

Wendelien van Oldenborgh: No False Echoes (The Netherlands)

Aleesa Cohene: All Right (Canada)

Daniel Cockburn: Brother Tongue / Langue Fraternelle (Canada)

Kevin Lee Burton: Nikamowin (Song) (Canada)

Mike Rollo: Ghosts and Gravel Roads (Canada)

Friday, Feb 27

20:00 Concert: Toca Loca

The Music Gallery, St. John-the-Martyr Church

197 John Street

Tickets: $25 adults / $15 seniors & arts workers / $5 students

Box Office/Info: (416) 204-1080

Toca Loca presents: e1gh+ 31gh7

Toca Loca's Simon Docking and Gregory Oh tackle Ordinateur v Typewriter, Say-Say=CC, live Aussie irony and straight talk from Stevie Harper. With Xin Wang and The Walter Haul: Nichol S. Robertson, banjo, Chris Willes, sax/elec, Bram Gielen, bass and Dean Pomeroy, drums.

Mayke Nas: DiGiT #2 (two players and a piano)

Mayke Nas: Anyone can do it (for six unprepaired players)

Guus Janssen: Veranderingen [Changes] for 2 pianos

Aaron Gervais: Sensational Revolution in Medicine (for soprano and speaking pianist), world premiere

Jerome Blais: Con Stella (for piano and ensemble)

Chris Smalloochi: Pierogie State Fair (for piano, dildo, typewriter, office bell, voice, kazoo, and fascist cock-bag Prime Minister), world premiere

Laura Barrett: Robot Ponies

Myra Davies: No Time

Saturday, Feb 28

19:30 Concert: Continuum and the Ives Ensemble

Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Tickets: $25 adults / $15 seniors & arts workers / $5 students

Box Office/Info: 416-973-4000

Continuum Contemporary Music and the Ives Ensemble perform individually and together in a performance of Canadian and Dutch works.

Linda Bouchard: Joint Venture (Ives and Continuum combined)

Guus Janssen: Ex Tempore (Ives and Continuum combined)

Gyula Csapo: Parmi les Blancs et Noirs... at...Intervals...from the Cabin (Ives Ensemble)

Mayke Nas: Douze mains (Continuum)

Gerald Barry: Piano Quartet No. 1 (Ives Ensemble)

Sunday, Mar 1

20:00 Concert: Quatuor Bozzini

The Music Gallery, St. John-the-Martyr Church

197 John Street

Tickets: $25 adults / $15 Music Gallery members / $5 students

Box Office/Info: (416) 204-1080

The acclaimed Quatuor Bozzini performs Canadian and Dutch works

Richard Ayres: No. 38 Three Small Pieces for String Quartet (2003)

Hanna Kulenty: String Quartet No. 3 (Tell me about it) (2006)

Martijn Voorvelt: 4/4 for string quartet (1999)

Walter Boudreau: Le grand mridien (2002)

Tuesday, Mar 3

16:00 20:00 Ives Ensemble workshop for students and emerging composers

The Music Gallery, St. John-the-Martyr Church

197 John Street

Free admission

Box Office/Info: (416) 204-1080

The Ives Ensemble presents a workshop for local students and emerging composers (composers working professionally but not yet established). Composers are invited to submit scores for consideration.

Thursday, April 2

20:00 Notes on Composing opening night of the 2009 Images Festival

Isabel Bader Theatre

93 Charles Street West

Tickets: $15 adults / $12 students & seniors

Advance tickets available March 13:

Info: (416) 924-4945

The Images Festival and Continuum Contemporary Music present an evening of collaborations: five Canadian filmmakers working with Canadian and Dutch composers

Composer/Filmmaker: Title

Martin Arnold/Christina Battle (Toronto/Toronto): Behind the Shadows

Richard Ayres/Guy Maddin (Renkum/Winnipeg): Glorious

Oscar van Dillen/Clive Holden (Rotterdam/Toronto): 2 Cameras @ Sea

Rick Sacks/Vera Frenkel (Toronto/Toronto): ONCE NEAR WATER: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive

Malcolm Goldstein/Dachi Sato (Montreal/Montreal): Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis

Continuum is supported through grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the city of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Metcalf Foundation's Strategic Initiatives programme; the SOCAN, Emerald and McLean foundations; by patrons Aurora Tewksbury Reford, Ann Southam and Christopher Des Brisay; by the accounting firm Newman & Sversky; and as well, through the generosity of many private donors.

SHIFT is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Muziek Centrum Nederland, Muziekgebouw aan t IJ, the Consulate-General of The Netherlands, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qubec, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Charles Street Video and a variety of individual and corporate donors.

For more information on SHIFT please contact Festival Coordinator Josh Grossman at (416) 924-4945 or , or visit .

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