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Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience at Little Island

07.07.21

Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience at Little Island

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Join us for an evening of Haitian ‘Roots/Blues’ with Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience; opening a headlining performance with dancehall legend Sister Nancy, as part of the Island Music Weekend held in partnership with the World Music Institute.

Little Island | Pier 55 at Hudson River Park Hudson River Greenway, NY 10014

Sunday, July 18, 2021| 8pm

Paul Beaubrun is a scion of Haitian musical royalty, and has spent his life living to the beat. Son of the Grammy nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, his earliest memories are of rhythm and sound.  Moving to New York as a youth he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a sound all his own. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism and history meet.

A unique and transfixing sound he calls ‘Roots/Blues’, Paul weaves his impeccable guitar skills, rich, vocals, musical ingenuity and cultural history together; all while performing a smooth melange of both English, French and Creole (the native tongue of his Haitian roots).

Paul has played alongside some of the world’s best artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Arcade Fire, Jackson Browne and Bob Weir.  Worldwide performances include venues such as The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Massey Hall in Toronto, The Ryman Theatre in Nashville, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival Internationale Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal, Le Trianon in Paris, The Paleo Festival in Switzerland, No Siesta Fiesta in Norway.  These continued accomplishments make him one of the few artists coming out of Haiti to garner worldwide success.

Paul has joined forces with Artists for Peace and Justice, and become an integral part of their organization.   He is currently working in collaboration with Jackson Browne, and several other artists including Jon Russell (the Head and the Heart), Jonathan Wilson, Habib Koite, Jenny Lewis and Raul Rodriguez on an upcoming album for APJ.  He also continues to be an active member and perform at their many events in the USA and Canada.  This allows Paul to do what he loves; play music while also furthering awareness of Haitian art, culture and promoting the incredible talent of Haiti’s youth.

Paul’s album titled ‘Vilnerab’, released in 2015, soared directly to #1 on itunes in the World Music category, receiving rave reviews. In 2016, he was nominated for a Dora Award by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for ‘Outstanding Sound Design/Composition’ in the production of Espwa/Espoir.   Paul’s most recent album, “Ayibobo”, released in May of 2018 on Ropeadope Records, sees Paul’s further evolution of sound into Rock/Roots/Blues music.

Find out more about Paul’s work by following his channels: Website | Instagram

 

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DIASPORA NOW presents: Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse and KaNu Dance Theater

06.14.21

DIASPORA NOW presents: Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse and KaNu Dance Theater

Haiti Cultural Exchange’s programs are made possible in part through funding support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 pm

Plant Family Garden

Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater present Haitian folkloric dance

Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater present excerpts of KaNu choreographed by Jessica St. Vil; a fusion of traditional and contemporary Haitian dance. Choreography explores how we can collectively draw on our strengths to address inequity and injustice.

FREE community tickets will be available via Brooklyn Botanic Garden website 2 weeks prior to the event.

Check out the event page for more updates.

Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse

Jessica St. Vil is a first-generation Haitian American dancer, educator, and choreographer who grew up in Queens, NY. A graduate of Lehman College, Ms. St. Vil received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Dance. She continued her training on scholarship with the Alvin Ailey School’s professional division. She has worked with choreographers (Christopher Huggins, Martial Roumain, Marcea Daiter, and more); performed with several dance theater companies (Feet of Rhythm, Joan Peter’s Dance Company, and Vissi Dance Theater, and National Ballet Folkloric of Haiti). Jessica has collaborated with Unimix films to choreograph a short film (“One More Try”) and their award-winning feature film (Forever Yours). She was honored by the National Museum of Women and the Haitian Embassy in recognition of her choreographic work. Jessica is the artistic director of KaNu Dance Theater, a co-founder of Danse Xpressions ”Center for the Arts”. She is featured in Dance Portal, an ongoing exhibit providing instruction in traditional Haitian dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with her work “Let’s Dance”. She recently choreographed an original dance drama, “Zatrap,” written by playwright Jean Claude Eugene. Currently, Jessica is on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School’s Professional Division teaching Dunham-based techniques and is also a Teaching Artist with various Arts in Education programs throughout New York City. Miss St. Vil is currently enrolled as a 3rd-year certification candidate with the Institute for Dunham Technique and Certification.

 

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Rasin Lakay features Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse

06.10.21

Kay La Mande Wouze

When we, the Diaspora, look at our motherland, we look at this ongoing narrative of civil unrest, injustice, and inequality. Then we take a look at our lives here in the U.S. and realize we are battling some of those same issues. What are we to do? How can we change the narrative for ourselves personally, and for our people? I am creating a choreographic film to explore the source from which we draw to strengthen our efforts to battle discrimination and social injustice.

Click on the image below to watch Kay La Mande Wouze:

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Jessica St. Vil Ulysse

Jessica St. Vil is a first-generation Haitian American dancer, educator, and choreographer who grew up in Queens, NY. A graduate of Lehman College, Ms. St. Vil received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Dance. She continued her training on scholarship with the Alvin Ailey School’s professional division. She has worked with choreographers (Christopher Huggins, Martial Roumain, Marcea Daiter, and more); performed with several dance theater companies (Feet of Rhythm, Joan Peter’s Dance Company, and Vissi Dance Theater, and National Ballet Folkloric of Haiti). Jessica has collaborated with Unimix films to choreograph a short film (“One More Try”) and their award-winning feature film (Forever Yours). She was honored by the National Museum of Women and the Haitian Embassy in recognition of her choreographic work. Jessica is the artistic director of KaNu Dance Theater, a co-founder of Danse Xpressions ”Center for the Arts”. She is featured in Dance Portal, an ongoing exhibit providing instruction in traditional Haitian dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with her work “Let’s Dance”. She recently choreographed an original dance drama, “Zatrap,” written by playwright Jean Claude Eugene. Currently, Jessica is on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School’s Professional Division teaching Dunham-based techniques and is also a Teaching Artist with various Arts in Education programs throughout New York City. Miss St. Vil is currently enrolled as a 3rd-year certification candidate with the Institute for Dunham Technique and Certification.

 

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Rasin Lakay features Mikaelle Cartright

06.10.21

Ayiti, gade andedan

“Haiti, look inside” (Ayiti, gade andedan), is a talk/ musical presentation aimed at revisiting the many woes facing Haiti’s already vulnerable population and taking a look at what they, as a people, need at the most basic and deepest levels. I will call into question our past and present responses to the many hardships facing the population and make suggestions on how each individual can play a role in changing the narrative. I believe that by developing a knowledge of self, nurturing a connection to the planet, and embracing non-traditional ideas, Haiti can find a better way for all its children to not only survive, but thrive. It is time to look inside.

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Mikaelle Aimee Cartright is a Haitian American performing artist and fledgling philanthropist based in NYC. Her music ranges from soft rock to the Blues, Jazz, and Soul. In addition to singing, she plays guitar, writes music, embroiders, and crafts elaborate headpieces. Although music is her passion, her desire to help others is intensifying day by day as she finds herself expanding towards philanthropy.

She is currently in the research phase of creating a program she believes will greatly assist non-profit organizations with the implementation of early-childhood education programs, peer-to-peer mentorship, and eco-volunteerism programs.

 

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