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MARCH 26, 2015
One Night Only! MTC Presents Baba Yaga's Gypsy Wagon Family: An Acoustic Roots Music Experience
A concert to help raise matching funds for Knight Arts Challenge Winner Shira Lee Abergel's gypsy wagon project that will entertain local audiences in an unconventional way.
Mari Beth Bittan
(305) 751.9550 ext. 224
One Night Only!
MIAMI THEATER CENTER
BABA YAGA’S GYPSY WAGON FAMILY:
AN ACOUSTIC ROOTS MUSIC EXPERIENCE
ON APRIL 23, 2015
A concert to help raise matching funds for Knight Arts Challenge Winner Shira Lee Abergel’s gypsy wagon project that will entertain local audiences in an unconventional way with Miami’s first traveling performing arts wagon.
Miami Shores, FL March 26, 2015 – Miami’s first traveling performing arts wagon family will roll out of the woods and reveal themselves for the first time as they entertain audiences with a concert on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami Shores. The concert marks the emergence of the spirit of Baba Yaga, the gypsy wagon stage, and kicks off the fundraising effort to make this eclectic traveling arts wagon world a reality. Featuring Jean P. Jam Acoustic Vibes; The French Horn Collective; Shira Lee; and The Kazmarikstan Turkish Jazz Project, these versatile musicians will explore folk, gypsy, jazz, African, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern sounds.
Baba Yaga’s talented musical family and charismatic friends, “The Wagoneers,” will invite guests into their rare and vibrant wagon world. With artisans and characters to meet, elixirs to drink, and treats to eat, Baba Yaga is sure to “wheel” guests into a colorful experience. The evening begins at 7:30 pm with “Baba Yaga’s Market of Curiosities,” followed by the concert. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the wagon family, including Baba Baag Lady – Black Sheep of the Universe; Mr. Winkles and His Whimsical Wheelbarrow of Wonders; Sean Clocks Cleans Socks; and The Popcorn Troubadour. Also featured in the market will be a special performance by Ana Mendez, live musicians, barkeeps called “tincture tenders” serving a selection of beer, wines, and other elixirs, plus local artisans offering a unique selection of handmade items and visual artists to further immerse concert-goers into the Baba Yaga world.
In December 2013, Shira Lee Abergel won a $50,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund the creation of a wooden, gypsy-style arts wagon that travels around Miami-Dade County and transforms into a stage for original music, dance, film, and multi-media performances. This concert is designed to help raise the matching funds Abergel needs to bring the project to fruition. The wagon will unveil itself in 2016 throughout Miami-Dade County.
“I invite local residents and visitors to come out to this concert and support the building of the wagon, the brewing of the arts, and the being of the Baba Yaga community,” said Knight Arts Challenge Winner and multi-disciplinary artist Shira Lee Abergel. “I hope to engage and inspire the Miami community by bringing the arts out of the box and into the streets.”
Tickets to the concert, priced at $20, may be purchased at www.mtcmiami.org or by calling (305) 751-9550. Student tickets, priced at $15, are available for purchase at the theater with student ID.
Miami native Shira Lee Abergelis a multi-disciplinary performing artist with a BFA in Theatre Performance from New World School of the Arts. She has performed throughout the U.S. and Mexico with many noteworthy artists, including: choreographer Rosie Herrera, musician Rachel Goodrich, performance artists Ana Mendez, Natasha Tsakos, and more. Her extensive work in theater has been honored with nominations from the Carbonell Awards and a Silver Palm for her ensemble acting work in Savage in Limbo (Alliance Theatre Lab). At Miami Theater Center, she has performed as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Doctor #2/Fata Morgana/Princess Ninetta in The Love of Three Oranges, and Sally/Pat in The Seven Year Itch. Shira’s work on film has been featured at the Borscht, Miami, Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals, and she has written, directed, and performed her own original shows commissioned by Miami Light Project and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Recently, Shira was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create a traveling wagon that brings the performing arts to South Florida in a unique and unconventional way. In addition to the theater arts, Shira is also a singer-songwriter. Her musical content is autobiographical in nature and draws from influences of Jazz, Folk, Blues, and Americana. Sometimes known as “The Whistler,” Shira has whistled and sung with various musical acts around South Florida including The French Horn Collective, Raffa and Rainer, Suenalo, Omine, and AfroBeta.
Jean P. Jam Acoustic Vibes is led by Miami music veteran Jean “Pokito” Almatas. Born in Haiti, Pokito began his musical exploration with Konpa and Racine styles. With a huge following in South Florida, Pokito and his band perform their original blend of African, Soca, Caribbean, and Reggae World Beat style that he calls Deep Roots.
The French Horn Collective performs a variety of gypsy jazz, swing, and modern original French music throughout South Florida. Led by Parisian multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Vincent Raffard, the ensemble can be seen and heard performing live almost every night in South Florida.
Rich tonalities of Turkish-Oriental traditions meet American Jazz in the Kazmarikstan Turkish Jazz Project. The Asheville, NC based multi-instrumentalist Aaron Kaczmarek shares his voice and Oud (Middle-Eastern Lute) with Miami jazz virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Yehonatan Elazar in this exciting melodic collaboration of East/West compositions and improvisations.
BABA YAGA’S GYPSY WAGON FAMILY: AN ACOUSTIC ROOTS MUSIC EXPERIENCE
A concert to help raise matching funds for Knight Arts Challenge Winner Shira Lee Abergel’s gypsy wagon project that will entertain local audiences in an unconventional way with Miami’s first traveling performing arts wagon
Miami’s first traveling performing arts wagon family will roll out of the woods and reveal themselves for the first time as they entertain audiences with a concert at Miami Theater Center. The performance marks the emergence of the spirit of Baba Yaga, the gypsy wagon stage, and kicks off the fundraising effort to make this eclectic traveling arts wagon world a reality. Featuring Jean P. Jam Acoustic Vibes; The French Horn Collective; Shira Lee; and The Kazmarikstan Turkish Jazz Project, these versatile musicians will explore folk, gypsy, jazz, African, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern sounds.
Thursday, April 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 (student price with student ID: $15)
Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138
For ticket reservations, visit www.mtcmiami.org or call the box office at (305) 751-9550.
*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.mtcmiami.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.
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About Miami Theater Center:
Led by our Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, the team at Miami Theater Center produces thought-provoking contemporary works and newly-imagined adaptations of classics that bring the transformational power of theater to audiences of all ages and abilities. Our programs include: MTCperformance – innovative new works and fresh adaptations; MTCeducation – learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public; and MTCfilm – a partnership with O Cinema that screens the best in independent cinema at MTC several nights a week. To learn more, visit www.mtcmiami.org.