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Circuit Productions Inc. (CPI) is supported, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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For press and publicity please contact:
Serena Rockower, Bookings/Outreach at Circuit Productions, Inc.
635 Carroll Street, Ste. #2, Brooklyn, NY 11215
CASA funded West African dance and drum workshop with kindergarten students
Dancers at "Local Heroes" event February 25, 2015. Photo: Paul Handelman.
Sarah McLawler and fans at the Central Park Meer Fest in August, 2014. Photo: Louis Boone.
15 P.S.12 kindergarteners, led by teaching artist Kaina Quenga, bring the aloha spirit to Brooklyn.
Led by teaching artists Mickey Davidson and Dexter Jones, vigorous choreography and swing music come to P.S. 12 kindergarteners in Brooklyn, a CASA program produced by Circuit Productions, Inc. www.circuitproductions.org
Let's Go Dancing from our recent CASA program
The audience at a recent CPI event:
Audrie Hayes, Florence Spooner, Ruby Smith, Essie Winslow and Reverend Casenade"It was a great time all around. Very good musicianship!" - Patricia Miller
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6:30pm
Juan Ma Moralis & Sonido Costeno
Plaza Swing Dance Series, Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza.
A celebration of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Music by Brooklyn’s own Sonido Costeno
The balafon (xylophone) has electrified popular music in West Africa since the court of Emperor Sundiata Keita back in 1235. With his band Kakande, Famoro Dioubate updates this tradition with an explosive new groove. Lush vocals, sinewy koras, flutes, and cellos meet the virtuosic balafon of this master griot from Guinea. The band takes a unique approach to Mande music— acoustic, kinetic, textured and grooving. Dioubate's virtuosic balafon riffing is rightly front and center, backed harmonically by a sweet blend, creating textures that work as well in a dark, roiling jam. What comes through most is the freshness and esprit de corps of this band. The cross-cultural collaboration sets a new bar… and speaks well for the ever rising sophistication and quality of U.S. based Afropop projects. (Afro Pop Worldwide)
Dear Friends –
First of all, a special thank you goes out to the artists, school, staff and council member who made our spring 2015 CASA project a great success! Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) along with school partner The New American Academy/P.S.770 received a grant for the CASA/ Cultural After School Adventures Program, to work with students on an in-depth dance residency called The Hawaiian In Me – Hula Dance & Songs.
The CASA program is an arts education service for students throughout the City provided by discretionary funds through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs/DCA and the NYC City Council. Generous funding was made possible to this project through the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy in Council District # 41, Brooklyn. Bravo kindergartners!
As CPI’s summer season it’s time to share what’s up ahead. Looking out my office window I experienced the joy of watching a beautiful cardinal just “hanging out”. Hopefully, many of you can do the same!
Join us in June and July for Circuit Productions, Inc.’s (CPI) annual performance series. In June take a free dance class then join the party dancing to the swing sound of the legendary Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. Return in three weeks for some salsa and mambo with Brooklyn’s own Sonido Costeno. Here’s a highlight:
· Harlem Blues & Jazz Band – Plaza Swing Dance Series, 6/24/15, 6:30-8:30. For details see www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org
· Juan Ma Morales & Sonido Costeño – Plaza Swing Dance Series, 7/15/15, 6:30-8:30. For details see www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org
· Coming Soon: 8/2 (Kakande), 8/9 (Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, 8/23 (Ebony Hillbillies), 8/30 (International Garifuna Band), 9/6: (Dee Dee Michels Gospel Ensemble). More details about the Harlem Meer Performance Festival at www.centralparknyc.org/hmpf
Put some relaxation into your summer and attend Circuit Productions’ free performances. Visit us at www.circuitproductions.org as new events are posted monthly.
Keep the beat until we meet!
Susan Goldbetter, Founder, Executive Director