A filmmaker, explorer, and the Bronx’s Cultural Ambassador. Whether swimming the Bronx River, holding wild dinner parties, helping to produce Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN or Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, the Baron enjoys nothing more than bringing together the borough’s diverse faces to the same table. Baron writes and produces for National Geographic and is also a New York Emmy Award Winner for self-written series Underbelly, Bronx Flavor, and Culinary Adventures where he channels his mischievous spirit to showcase mom & pop ethnic eateries. baronambrosia.com
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Opens a portal to a dream dimension where glowing, otherworldly creatures, towering stilt walkers, and fiery femmes fatales play out a seductive, spellbinding spectacle. Specializing in a fusion of intricate prop choreography with dance, this troupe of dancers and multi-prop artists creates nouveau cirque magic with incandescent energy and open-hearted passion. enchantedtroupe.com
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Starring in the 25th-anniversary re-staging of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In addition to her work with Wilson, Helga is both protagonist and muse for artists such as Peter Greenaway, Hilton Als, Shara Nova, Courtney Bryan, and Toshi Reagon, all of whom have written works for her unique voice. Current projects include Requiem for a Tuesday with bass-baritone Davóne Tines and DROWN, a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Yuka Honda. Davis is also the 2016-17 artist in residence at National Sawdust and is the host of a new podcast, HELGA, on Q2 music.
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A composer and improviser specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, electronics, laptop, and constructions of his own design. Frasconi’s unique glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration. As a composer, his works include chamber music, operas, film and dance scores. Frasconi has worked closely with composers John Cage, Jon Hassell, James Tenney, and Morton Subotnick. He is a founding member of The Glass Orchestra, featuring all glass instruments and the San Francisco sound-sculpture band Möbius Operandi. He is presently a member of Ne(x)works. frasconimusic.com
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A student of the flute, piccolo, alto, tenor, and soprano saxophone. Achievements include: 2015 International Women in Jazz Youth in Action award, 2016 J. Marjory Jackson Scholarship, the solo award in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Regional Festival, the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Tuition Assistance Award, and the A.F.J Leonard Silver Award. She has performed with music greats Arturo Sandoval, Candido Camero, Phoenix Rivera, Bobby Sanabria, Kermit Ruffins, Bertha Hope, among others. Garo is a graduate of LaGuardia High School and is now studying at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in New York City. facebook.com/gabrielle.garo.9
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Grandmaster Caz (Curtis Brown)
A Bronx-born, award-winning MC and DJ who has been an acknowledged leader in both forms since the 1970s when he formed the Mighty Force and later joined The Cold Crush Brothers. Caz was inducted into the Technics DJ Hall of Fame and the Bronx Walk of Fame, a street plaque bearing his name is now on permanent display on the Grand Concourse. Caz currently serves as a Board member of the Bronx Music Heritage Center, Windows of Hip Hop and The Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture.
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An artist, producer, educator and consultant raised in New York. He co-founded Playback NYC, the first playback theater company to integrate freestyle Hip Hop. His debut solo show Boom Bap Meditations was supported by the Ford Foundation and the Hip Hop Theatre Festival. Israel is currently touring his multimedia performance The Spinning Wheel. He is a core member of Hip Hop/Soul project Soul Inscribed who recently completed the American Music Abroad program. He holds an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and is the Co-Artistic Director of the Performance Project based at the University Settlement. babaisrael.com
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Founded by award winning songwriter and activist Manuela Arciniegas, is an all women's drum, song, and dance troupe that plays Afro Dominican and Afro Puerto Rican Bomba and Palos music with an urban twist. The troupe enraptures audience imaginations with their fiery and poignant vocals and pulsing drums. Possessing the feminine power that unleashes a feeling of community exhilaration, their original and traditional songs pay tribute to the daily struggles and escapades of Caribbean urban women. Their sultrily booming vocals, precision drumming, and expressive dances encourage everyone to learn history and stories of the heart. facebook.com/LegacyWomenNYC/
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Consists of the Nuñez brothers Celso, Delmo, Julio, and Chester, who are percussionists and singers from Honduras, along with other percussionists. The name means “Grandchildren of Maraza” — they are the grandchildren of Marselino, one of the great paranda singers in the Garifuna tradition. In 2012, they performed with James Lovell and other Garifuna musicians at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival called, “One World, Many Voices: Endangered Language and Cultural Heritage.” Their new CD is “Huweirigu Lun Maraza.”
Mariachi Academy of New York
Opened in 2002 as an after school program for youth of all races and ethnic backgrounds ages 4-17. It is the first school on the East Coast dedicated to educating youth in the rich Mexican Mariachi tradition. In addition to learning to play a musical instrument and to sing classic rancheras and ballads, students develop a strong sense of identity and pride. The program inspires students to become involved with their peers in a situation where they can learn to be responsible to others, set a goal, and work toward its completion. mariachiacademyny.org
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The South Bronx Starlights
A diverse group of University Heights High School scholars. In the spring of 2016, the South Bronx Campus was awarded a Double Dutch Team by the Public School Athletic League (PSAL). In its inaugural season, the Starlights competed and their efforts and commitment were rewarded with an invitation to compete in the 2016 Double Dutch Championships. They were recognized as the up and coming Double Dutch team to watch. Under the leadership of Stephon Webb, the South Bronx Starlights have their sights set to become not only the Bronx Borough champions but the PSAL Double Dutch Champions.
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Philip Sheridan keeping tradition alive. instagram.com/explore/tags/flexsinatra/
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Is a Composer, Arranger, Trumpeter, Keyboardist, Pianist and Vocalist from Santiago de Cuba and currently living in Havana. Lescay graduated in 1998 from the National School of Art (ENA), City of Havana, Cuba. He is one of the pioneers of the Nu-Jazz and directs the Iris Jazz Club of Santiago de Cuba in Cuba. As a composer, he fuses different musical genres and manifestations of art like dance, Video, and visual art with Jazz. Some of his work has been included on soundtracks of various documentaries. He has performed in numerous concerts in venues in Cuba, Mexico, and France. Video