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MFM Mixer: Musicians for Musicians Brings More To The Table

Paul Testagrossa, Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi & Arturo O'Farrill

Paul Testagrossa, Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi & Arturo O’Farrill

Text By Dawoud Kringle

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, Musicians for Musicians conducted (what was for them) an experiment: a semi-informal mixer. Members and non-members were all welcome. It was held at WeWork Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

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NY’s OFF BROADWAY Stage Premier: “Even Under Bitterness”

Otto Rene CastilloDate: May 7, 2016
Venue: Castillo Theatre (NY)

Text by Dawoud Kringle

Even Under Bitterness is an avant-garde, multi-media performance piece that shows a fascinating perspective on the poems written by the Guatemalan poet and activist Otto Rene Castillo (1934-67). The performance was directed by Munich-based Hans Melzer. The American premiere ran May 6-16, at the Castillo Theater (which was named for the poet).

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NY’s Castillo Theatre Presents: “Even Under Bitterness,” a multi-media performance piece

Otto Rene CastilloCastillo Theatre is proud to present the American premiere of Even Under Bitterness being directed by the Munich-based theatre artist, Hans Melzer. Even Under Bitterness is an avant-garde, multi-media performance made up of poems written by our namesake, the Guatemalan poet and activist, Otto René Castillo.

We at Castillo Theatre have long wanted to create a performance piece using Otto René Castillo’s poems so when Melzer reached out to us with a show he had been touring throughout Europe we were thrilled. Obviously Castillo’s poems and life have been inspirational to us here. His poems are passionate, sometimes sad, often outraged by poverty and injustice. Our work is an attempt to answer the question raised in Castillo’s “Apolitical Intellectuals”: What did you do when the poor suffered?”

Even Under Bitterness will be performed in English and German featuring German actress, Gabi Heller, and two Castillo actresses: Madelyn Chapman and Olivia Luna. The poems will be accompanied by improvised live music along with video projections.

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Recommended Concert: Ancient & contemporary music from the Middle East & beyond: Kamran Hooshmand & SoSaLa w. Special Guests

DesktopDate: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: CA Music Room (218 E. 25th Street, NY, NY 10010, Tel#: 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919)
Ticket: $20 (including wine & snacks)
PLease call 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919 for advanced reservations as space is limited.

Genre:  a mix of Middle Eastern/Balkan traditional & early music pieces and original contemporary Persian songs/nu world trash

Line up/show times: Doors @ 7:00 pm
SoSaLa: 8pm – 8:45pm
Kamran Hooshmand: 9pm – 9:45pm

About the artists

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