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2019 Lakou NOU | KONÈKTIF by Jonathan Michel

08.01.19

Jonathan Michel (East Flatbush) is a Haitian-American bassist, composer and arranger. Along with his work on the local Philadelphia and New York scenes, Jon has spent much of the past few years touring and serving residencies around the world. Born in the USA to Haitian Immigrant parents, he has spent time studying Black American, Western Classical and African music. Jon describes his voice as an exploration between cultures, technique and tradition. While each musical opportunity presents unique challenges, goals and lessons, his aim remains the same: to honor the masters of the music and to share his Haitian culture.  

In 1977 after getting married, Jonathan Michel’s parents Joseph and Marie moved into an apartment on Crown St and Utica Ave. 40 years later, shortly after getting married, Jon and his wife moved into an apartment on Rutland Rd and Troy Ave, unknowingly  just a few blocks from where his parents began their family life.  

“My goal in this residency to to inform and educate myself and others about our roots in EF as Haitian Americans, as well as to show the elders that we are a continuation of their work.” 

Through his Lakou NOU project, Michel will explore the roots of the Haitian community in EF through personal connection and the experiences of EF residents. Konèktif will open the dialogue between generations and help unlock the potential that dialogue can bring towards strengthening our community. 

Konèktif will activate East Flatbush as a site for intergenerational relationship building through outdoor performances, conversations and folk music shared by Haitian elders, and a public performance of community archived Haitian music and song shared by an intergenerational band comprised of professional musicians and East Flatbush community members. 

If you are interested in participating in Konèktif, please contact Jonathan Michel at jonmichelmusic [at] gmail.com 

Stay tuned for upcoming Konèktif event dates!

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Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour at Greenlight Bookstore | Recap

09.23.18

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auntieOn September 22, 2018, Greenlight Bookstore and HCX collaborated to present award-winning Haitian-American author Francie Latour and her book Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings, the story of a Haitian-American girl and the unusual bond she has with her aunt, a painter who lives in Haiti. Through vivid illustrations by Ken Daley and Latour’s magical tale, young readers were transported to a world of beauty and Haitian heroes.

Latour shared readings with families at the Greenlight’s Fort Greene and PLG locations and led an interactive coloring activity focused on Haitian historical figures. 

Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour is available for purchase at Greenlight Bookstores.

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Lakou NOU 2018 Collaborative Performance & Youth Activities for Selebrasyon!

05.14.18

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Lakou NOU 2018 Collaborative Performance & Youth Activities

Lakou NOU 2018 artists Madjeen Isaac, Richard Louissaint, Stefani Saintonge, and Sirene Dantor Sainvil will be merging their artistic talents together to present a collaborative work featuring a youth activities center at the East 43rd Street Community garden, a 501 c(3) non profit organization. Join us for an eventful evening of Haitian drumming, singing, painting, and community youth banner writing about “What does your Lakou and garden mean to you?”

Date/Time: Saturday, June 16th | 4 – 6pm
Location: East 43rd Street Community Garden | 1087 E 43rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210

A Note From Our Community Partner:

The East 43rd Street Community garden a 501 c(3) non profit organization located at 1087 East 43 street, between Ave I and J, in Brooklyn. It is a 4000 square feet garden featuring a dozen raised beds and a children’s section. The garden is recruiting young people, adults, and senior adults to work with us in maintaining a place where the community to grow food and relationships.

For more information:

Email: e43scommunitygarden@yahoo.com

Website: e43rdcommunitygarden.org

Instagram: @engagedresidents

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Selebrasyon! is New York City’s only festival dedicated to the promotion of the highest caliber film, dance, music, literature, and visual art of Haiti and its Diaspora. Haiti Cultural Exchange’s 3rd Biennial celebration will bring artists and diverse communities together to experience Haitian culture, its creative foundations, and its powerful legacy.

This year, HCX is pleased to announce that six Haiti-based artists will be participating in Selebrasyon! programming. This is all thanks to the support we have received for our HaitiXNY initiative, which aims to bring more artists from Haiti to present their work.

Download the Selebrasyon! Event List.

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Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs featuring Riva Precil

04.12.18

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Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs featuring Riva Precil

In partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts NY, join us for Haitian folktales and songs, connecting children and families to the rich oral traditions of Haiti.

Sunday, May 6th | 12 – 3pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts NY | 103 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014

RSVP HERE

Featured Artist:
Riva Nyri Precil is a music artist, dancer, author, and jeweler. When Precil was 5, she moved to Haiti where she resided for 10 years. While in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music & culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music & fashion palette. At the age of 18, Riva moved to New Orleans to attend Loyala University New Orleans where she graduated with a Music Therapy degree. During her time in New Orleans she taught several Haitian folkloric dance class, yoga, choreographed, & performed at various events and benefits functions to aid Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. She also co-founded Li! Li! Li! A reading out loud program in Creole for Haiti’s children who became displaced after the earthquake. Riva also teaches a Haitian folkloric series called Tout Se Pa in New York. Riva’s work embodies the beauty she sees in her heritage through her singing, dancing, jewelry designs and writing. Riva continues to perform in New York City alongside her band Bohio Music.

 

selebrasyon_logo

Selebrasyon! is New York City’s only festival dedicated to the promotion of the highest caliber film, dance, music, literature, and visual art of Haiti and its Diaspora. Haiti Cultural Exchange’s 3rd Biennial celebration will bring artists and diverse communities together to experience Haitian culture, its creative foundations, and its powerful legacy.

This year, HCX is pleased to announce that six Haiti-based artists will be participating in Selebrasyon! programming. This is all thanks to the support we have received for our HaitiXNY initiative, which aims to bring more artists from Haiti to present their work.

Download the Selebrasyon! Event List.

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