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85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Between Lafayette & Fulton)
Please note the performance will now start at 9:30PM.
Cuban percussionist YISSY is taking the Jazz world by storm. Her music fuses original compositions with electronic beats and pairs traditional instrumentation with the compliments of a stellar DJ. Her take on Jazz, R&B, Soul and Funk transports the listener from musical simplicity to complex, virtuous harmonies and rhythms, all while expressing a deep Cubanness. Among the main influences that define Yissy’s music are Jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, and Jojo Mayer. Joining Yissy are Jorge Aragón (piano), Julio César González (bass), Julio Rigal (trumpet), and el Jigüe (DJ).
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YISSY was born in Havana with great musical ability from her father and main inspiration, drummer Bernardo Garcia. At the age of 15, she discovered her preference for the drums and at 25 she launched her solo career as a bandleader. She was a member of the women’s Salsa band Anacaona, and performed at international festivals such as Art Jazz Festival, Sunfest, La Nuit de Africa, Músicas del Mundo and Montreal Jazz Festival. Yissy has performed with Omara Portuondo, Bobby Carcassés, Joaquin Betancourt, Alexis Bosh, Orlando Sanchez (CubaJazz), Yasek Manzano, Emir Santa Cruz, Interactivo and Roberto Garcia, among others.
651 ARTS’ presentation of YISSY is made possible through The Performing Americas Program, a partnership between the National Performance Network (NPN) and the Network of Cultural Promoters of Latin America and the Caribbean (La RED) and is designed to increase artistic exchange in the Western Hemisphere. The Performing Americas Program is supported by NPN with funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. For further information, visit the NPN website at http://www.npnweb.org.
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