November 16, 2006

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) invites the community to enjoy diverse styles of music through a variety of free concerts and art exhibitions.

On Tuesday, November 14 at Gerritsen Beach Library the O'Malley Irish Dance Academy will perform Celtic music and dance and teach members from the audience a few Irish steps.

On Tuesday, December 5 at Crown Heights Library, vocalist Sue Giles will entertain her audience with a lively performance filled with playful scats and low octave drops. On the New York jazz scene for several years, Sue Giles has performed with numerous jazz luminaries, including Harold Mabern, Barry Harris and David Durrah.

Concert highlights include a dynamic performance by Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble at Central Library on Saturday, December 16. A musical melting pot of musicians from around the world, this band energizes the stage with a cross-cultural rhythm explosion of African, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and funk music styles. Akoya Afrobeat

Also on Saturday, December 16, Jazz composer and saxophonist Michael Blake will give an avant-garde performance with jazz, rock, Afrobeat and American heartland influences at Park Slope Library.

Throughout December holiday classics will be performed by local musicians. The Slavic Arts Ensemble, performing at Greenpoint Library, on Wednesday, December 6, will showcase Eastern European seasonal songs, including Slavic folk carols. On Tuesday, December 12 at Dyker Library the Regina Opera Company, which specializes in the standard Italian repertoire, will enchant patrons with holiday favorites and selections from operettas and Broadway shows. On Wednesday, December 20 at Canarsie Library, vocalist Linda Miller will sing holiday gospel favorites.

In addition to these concerts, two spectacular art exhibitions on display in Central Library’s Grand Lobby will pay tribute to legendary jazz and hip-hop artists. Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions features photos by photographer Lourdes Delgado that examine how jazz musicians live in Brooklyn. Away from the typical locations common in jazz iconography — the bandstand or studio — her images capture these artists in a more personal and revealing space: their homes. Brooklyn Beats features photos by one of the pioneering photographers of hip-hop’s golden age Al Pereira. His photos capture Brooklyn’s rap and hip-hop artists in the 1980s, including Jay-Z, Monie Love, Das EFX and Salt ‘n’ Pepa, among other music giants.

Performers and artists are available for interviews. To arrange an interview, please contact Ruth Anne Wagner at 718.230.2767 or ruth@brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

Below is complete information on each event.


Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Beats
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


O'Malley Irish Dance Academy
Tuesday, November 14, 6PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Jazz Vocalist Sue Giles
Tuesday, December 5, 4 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Holiday Concert with the Slavic Arts Ensemble
Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Regina Opera Holiday Concert
Tuesday, December 12, 1:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
Saturday, December 16, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Jazz with Michael Blake
Saturday, December 16, 2 PM
Park Slope Library, Sixth Avenue and Ninth Street, 718.832.1853

Holiday Gospel
Wednesday, December 20, 5:30 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.6547

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