You don’t have to wait in an airport, pack suitcases or endure a long flight to enjoy music and dance from around the world. It is all coming to the Morristown Green! Initiated in 2010, this series of free outdoor world music/dance performances reflects an ongoing collaboration between Morris Arts and Mayo Performing Arts Center (with the rainsite graciously provided by Morristown United Methodist Church – 50 Park Place on the Green). Now in its ninth season, Music Beyond Borders not only reflects the diversity of our community but also taps into the cultural riches from multiple continents. This year’s offerings include the following:
June 26, 2018: Random Test Reggae: Caribbean reggae
Drawing members from throughout the Caribbean, the band has been rocking the NJ Shore with authentic reggae and calypso for more than a decade. Paying tribute to pioneers in reggae and soca music, Random Test graced stages at The State Theatre (New Brunswick), the Patriot Theatre (at the Trenton War Memorial), the Stone Pony, First Night Morris and beyond. So, channel Bob Marley and get ready to dance in the Green to the lilting, joyous music of this fab Caribbean band. Website: www.randomtestreggae.com; Video: https://goo.gl/ABTHq4
July 10, 2018: BALAM Dance Theatre: Balinese dance
Enjoy the elegant and exotic dances (and costumes) from Indonesia’s island of Bali with NYC-based BALAM Dance Theatre, an electrifying dance troupe critically acclaimed in the NY Times and Village Voice and featured in performances at Lincoln Center, DUMBO Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow and multiple First Nights . Embodying a fusion of contemporary dance with diverse cultural styles and movement, BALAM’s repertoire presents an opulent dance theatre integrating traditional, historic and contemporary choreography with striking masks, music, imaginative props and vibrant costumes to create a performance that appeals to (and engages) audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
BALAM’s performance at Music Beyond Borders will present its unique rendition of the Ramayana: Abduction of Sita, the legendary Asian/Indonesian epic depicting the battle between good vs. evil portrayed through archetypal characters. Spoiler alert: Good triumphs and restores the balance of order between cosmic forces of creation and destruction.
“This new rendition of BALAM Dance Theatre’s signature work of the story ballet inspired by the Hindu epic, Ramayana: Abduction of Sita, reveals with greater clarity one of its deeper themes, a call for unity and peace. Presenting work that express a message of inclusion and forgiveness is particularly poignant,” said Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, BALAM Dance Theatre.
July 24, 2018: Eco Del Sur: Ancient and Contemporary South American Music
Eco Del Sur (“Echoes of the South”) shares the vibrant rhythms and memorable melodies of both ancient and contemporary music from multiple Latin American regions. Reflecting Pre-Columbian and Spanish cultures (the huayňo, sanjuanito, carnaval, chacarera, joropo, zamba, and cueca) as well as a blend of African with Pacific and Atlantic Coasts and the Caribbean (the cumbia, porros, guajira, lando, festejo, etc.), Eco De Sur showcases indigenous and modern instruments and has performed at numerous folk festivals, universities and multicultural events throughout the United States.
Video: https://goo.gl/1Iqe9W ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFC1kQ02XKE
August 7, 2018: Tavche Gravche: Gypsy/neo-Balkan Trio
Thrill to the fiery and fascinating blend of Balkan-Gypsy-Flamenco-Jazz fusion featuring traditional Balkan and Eastern European music – from this award-winning NYC-based ensemble. Merging haunting Macedonian and Mediterranean melodies with dynamic improvisational elements, the trio maintains the explosive dance-able rhythms and energy of Balkan music.
Macedonian-born and Juilliard graduate clarinetist Vasko Dukovski is a concert performer dedicated to breathing new life into the music of his roots. Steeped in both jazz and flamenco, Israeli-born guitarist Dan Nadel provides the fiery textural and harmonic palette for the band’s music. Jazz bassist Daniel Ori, also from Israel, is the trio’s founder, and his prominent sound is its foundation. Together, the trio pushes the boundaries of this unique blend of cultures, rhythms and colors to become an all-encompassing adventure for listeners.
This trio of virtuosi has performed at The City Winery, Caramoor, on the main stage of NYC’s fabled Balkan “Golden Festival,” Zlatne Uste and its first CD won distinction as the “best world music album of 2014.”
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLYCdMe1G00 and
So, travel the world on your lunch hour – no plane ticket needed!