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Las Cafeteras

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Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East L.A. sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana (guitar-shaped, fretted stringed instrument), requinto (a small guitar, typically tuned a fifth higher than a standard guitar), quijada (idiophone percussion instrument made the jawbone of a donkey), and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit.”

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For the 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM School Performances, please contact Jaclyn Wood at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 to book your school group.

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Black String

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Based on traditional Korean and improvisational music, Black String aims to seek a new sound that can internalize a variety of musical expressions in traditional music and jazz, as well as harmonize with other expressions in world music. Black String attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom. The group was founded in 2011 as part of “UK Connection,” a government-sponsored Korea-United Kingdom cultural exchange program.

The band consists of Yoon-jeong Heo (Geomungo – Korean stringed instrument of the zither family), Aram Lee (Daegum –  large bamboo transverse flute, and Yanggeum – Korean stringed instrument, i.e. hammered dulcimer), and Jean Oh (jazz guitar). The band made its debut at Jarasum International Jazz Festival (South Korea) and London Jazz Festival (UK) in 2012, collaborating with UK artists Tim Garland, John Turville, Asaf Sirkis, and Gwilym Simcock.  The group performs at many world-renowned festivals and venues. Black String’s creative use of the amplified sound of a Geomungo, the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion, and the unpredictable melody of jazz guitar will grasp all your senses!

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For the 11:00 AM School Performance, please contact Jaclyn Wood at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 to book your school group.

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