|Bronx, NY) – Two Latin Jazz pioneers – percussionist Annette Aguilar and pianist / composer Michele Rosewoman — are featured with their ensembles in a double-bill celebrating Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 28, 7:30 PM at the Hostos Center for the Arts & the Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Utilizing a unique combination of strings, winds and percussion, Aguilar leads her ten-piece ensemble StringBeans in a wide range of Latin styles, including music from Brazil. Rosewoman, with her 11-piece New Yor-Uba, creates a distinct musical experience by digging into her vast reservoir of acoustic modern jazz, sophisticated funk, electric fusion and elements of Cuban folkloric music.
Reserved seating tickets are $20, $15 for Seniors (65+), and $5 for students and Under 18. They can be purchased by calling (718) 518-4455 or online at www.hostoscenter.org. Box Office window hours are Mon. – Fri., 1 PM to 4 PM. Hostos Community College can be reached by the IRT 2, 4, 5, and buses Bx1, Bx2, Bx19 to East 149th Street and the Grand Concourse.
Quotes on the Musicians
“Annette A. Aguilar sat behind her army of congas and began playing fiercely while the seven other members of StringBeans slowly filled in around her…the results were spectacular.” – Washington City Paper
"The evolution of New Yor-Uba, pianist Michele Rosewoman’s painstaking synthesis of modern jazz and ancient Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions, has been a journey of slow-motion magnificence…” — Jazz Times
Annette A. Aguilar is a percussionist, bandleader, composer, and music educator, best known for her Latin and Brazilian jazz band Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. Aguilar has played with Tito Puente, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Jefferson Airplane, and The Grateful Dead and in the Broadway shows Streetcorner Symphony, The Capeman, and the Grammy-winning Smokey Joe's Cafe. As Latin Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans have toured extensively around the world in addition to releasing three albums and playing at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, among other important American jazz venues.
Born in San Francisco to Nicaraguan parents, Aguilar began playing the drums in sixth grade after seeing The Beatles on television. By sixteen she was performing with well-known artists such as Chepito Areas (formerly of Santana), Cal Tjader, and Sheila E. She studied classical music at San Francisco State University and earned a master's degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music as well as a master's degree in music education at the City University of New York. She also studied Latin music with Louis Bauzó at Boys Harbor Conservatory, and with Jerry González of the Fort Apache Band. Aguilar currently teaches percussion at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York and the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music in the Bronx. In 2014 she organized the first annual Women in Latin Jazz Festival in Upper Manhattan.
Born in Oakland, California, Michele Rosewoman studied jazz with pianist Ed Kelly. Later studies in percussion led her to ancient Caribbean folkloric idioms. Over the span of four decades, Rosewoman stands out in her class as a visionary bandleader, composer and performer. As a vanguard jazz artist and pianist, firmly grounded in tradition, she deftly fuses acoustic modern jazz, funk, electric fusion and Afro-Cuban elements, to deliver unforgettable, transcendent musical experiences.
Rosewoman’s innovative projects garnered critical acclaim and major awards and recognitions. Highlights include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for “New Yor-Uba, A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America.” For Quintessence – cited as one of the best jazz recordings of the 8Os – she won two Chamber Music / Doris Duke Foundation New Works Creation and Presentation Commissions, and a Chamber Music America Encore Grant. An ASCAP / Meet the Composer Commission for Emerging Composers culminated in a premiere with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rosewoman is known for bringing together some of the most inventive voices in jazz. Miguel Zenón, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Steve Wilson, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington, and others, many have cited that working with her made an indelible mark on their artistic development as musicians, composers and bandleaders.
"New Yor-Uba, A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America" debuted in 1983 at the Public Theater. The ensemble has performed at major venues throughout Europe and the United States. Celebrating 30 years, the ensemble's double-disc release garnered the 2013 #1 NPR Latin Jazz Recording of the year award. Now with a 35-year progression, New Yor-Uba's concept and sound remain uniquely vital as Rosewoman continues to enhance the ensemble's repertoire with new music and personnel.
About the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
An integral part of Hostos Community College / CUNY since 1982, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, which includes two state-of- the-art theaters of 900 and 367 seats each, a black box experimental theater, and a museum-grade art gallery, is a resource for students and faculty in addition to serving the cultural needs of South Bronx residents and neighboring communities. Recognized nationally as a leader in Latin and African-based programming, the Hostos Center creates performing and visual arts forums in which the diverse cultural heritages of its audiences are celebrated and cultivated. In meeting that objective, the Center is dedicated to the development of emerging artists and the creation of new work.
Support for Hostos Center programs from the Hostos Community College Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Office of NYC Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr., and the Office of NYS Assemblyman José Rivera.
What: “Dos Pioneras del Jazz Latino featuring Annette Aguilar’s StringBeans
and Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba
When: Saturday, March 28, 7:30 PM
Where: Repertory Theater
Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451
Cost: $20 Reserved Seats; $15 Seniors;(65+) $5 for Students and Under 18
Subway/Bus: IRT Trains 2, 4, 5 and Buses BX1, BX2, BX19 to 149th Street and Grand
ANNETTE AGUILAR & STRINGBEANS
Annette A Aguilar, percussion / vocals
Wille Martinez, drums / vocals
Nicki Denner piano / vocals
Carolina Calvache, piano
Jennifer Vincent, bass
Deborah Resto, vocals
Karen Joseph, flute / vocals
Eddie Venegas, violin / trombone / vocals
Lisette Santiago, bata percussion / vocals
Wilson La Fontaine, percussion
with guest Brazilian percussion artists
Linda Techell and Laura Turell
MICHELE ROSEWOMAN & NEW YOR-UBA
Michele Rosewoman, piano, keyboard, vocals
Alex Norris, trumpet
Immanuel Wilkins, alto/soprano saxophones
Stacy Dillard, tenor saxophone
Chris Washburne, trombone, tuba
Edward Pérez, bass
Gene Lake, drums
Roman Díaz, bata, congas, vocals
Rafael Monteagudo, bata, congas
Abraham Rodríguez, bata, vocals
Nina Rodríguez, lead vocals