Voices of Immigrant America
Now entering its 12th year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making.
Join us on Astor Place from 1PM to 7PM!
1PM Women’s Raga Massive
2PM Treya Lam
3PM Migguel Anggelo
4PM Yemen Blues Duo featuring Ravid Kahalani & Omer Avital
5PM Mohsen Namjoo
6PM M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
Women's Raga Massive – 1PM
Women’s Raga Massive (WRM), an offshoot of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, is primarily concerned with exploring and making visible the diverse creative work of female-identified artists in a musical world where those voices are a minority. The music collective identifies with the boldness of the experimental music movement, using the Indian classical music tradition as a framework to improvise and bring in influences from the diverse cultures of Brooklyn. WRM seeks to create a platform for minority artists to engage in primarily musical conversations that are referential to Indian classical music and what it means to be a female artist in contemporary America. Featuring Trina Basu – violin, Amali Premawardhana – cello, Priya Darshini – vocal & Lauren Crump – percussion.
Treya Lam – 2PM
Treya Lam is a classically trained singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose cinematic songs and ethereal vocals are built on Nina Simone-inspired piano, meditative guitar and lush chamber arrangements. Treya has shared stages with Yo-Yo Ma, the late jazz pianist Billy Taylor, and her frequent collaborator, Kaki King. Her debut album, Good News, was released on June 8. The album shares messages of love, longing, and reminds us that "it's never too late to have a good childhood".
Migguel Anggelo – 3PM
Migguel Anggelo is a Venezuelan-born, Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor who is breaking barriers on the American stage, creating unique works that are reflective of the multicultural, multi-lingual, changing demographics of our country and times. He “exhilaratingly recalls the showmanship of Desi Arnaz and the performance art of Klaus Nomi,” says Theater Scene while Stage Buddy professes, “He has an indescribable, hypnotic power over the audience.” Backed by a group of extraordinary musicians and a pair of sensational singers, Anggelo’s vocal theatrics and infectious dance moves marry his own original compositions with Latin classics, American standards, Broadway, opera, and pop music, all while exploring issues of immigration, hope, home, freedom, love, and humanity. “
Yemen Blues Duo featuring Ravid Kahlani & Omer Avital – 4PM
The intense musicians of Yemen Blues hail from NYC, Uruguay & Tel Aviv, and create a powerful sonic energy that mixes Yemenite, West African & Jazz influences and "New Age Culture Music". The mambo and North African rhythms create a joyful and deep foundation, while the vocals remind the listener of ancient Arabic chants mixed with funk & blues.
Mohsen Namjoo – 5PM
Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian Singer/Songwriter, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in New York City. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for the youth in Iran. Seamlessly blending the Classical Persian setar with electric guitar, and rock and blues vocal techniques with Persian avaz (singing), he fuses the ancient with the current. His ensemble consists of Iranian percussion and drumset player, Yahya; Anders Nilsson, a Swedish New York-based guitarist, composer, improviser and teacher; and bassist and composer Sean Conly.
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem – 6PM
M.A.K.U Soundsystem is an immigrant band from New York City. With most of its members hailing from Colombia, M.A.K.U embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and puts on a party for everyday people. The group's distinctive sound is enriched by the variety of its members' musical backgrounds. Although not inherently discernible there are hints of Colombian Folklore, Psychedelic-rock, and Caribbean grooves. Onstage, MA.K.U juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion, drum-set, synthesizers, electric base, guitar and sizzling horns, while meditating on the realities of everyday people in their lyrics.