Friday Concert: 2020 Winter Convergence - NYC (Jan. 24th 7:30pm)
An inspiring concert performed by a diverse group of artists demonstrating the positive power of music to effect social change.
NOTE: One concert ticket is included if you register for the full PMN Winter Convergence. Purchase tickets to this event only if you are NOT registering for the Winter Convergence, or if you want additional tickets for others.
Date and Location
Map: People's Forum
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Act 1: Mario Cancel and Friends
Mario Cancel is a singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist living in NYC. Born in 1982, he learned to play the Puerto Rican cuatro, the archipelago’s national guitar, at age twelve at a public music school in San Juan. In 2005, he earned a B.A. in Modern Languages (Portuguese and French) from the University of Puerto Rico, and in 2014, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at New York University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the ethnomusicology program at Columbia University where he researches anticolonialism and decoloniality as heard through Puerto Rican nueva canción, chanson québécoise and related sounds of resistance from Puerto Rico and Québec's 1960s and 70s. www.facebook.com/mario.cancel.54
Judy Gorman has performed at the United Nations, festivals, universities, concert halls, for peace, justice and environmental events in over ten countries and forty-nine of these United States and over a dozen countries. She has performed on programs with Pete Seeger, Silvio Rodriguez, Harry Belafonte, Paul Winter, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Suzanne Vega, Whoopi Goldberg, Richie Havens, James Earl Jones, Indigo Girls, Moby, Odetta, Susan Sarandon. Pete Seeger said, "Judy Gorman is a wonderful singer & musician.” https://www.reverbnation.com/judygorman
Fran' Ferrer is one of the most important and influential figures of popular music in Puerto Rico of the past five decades. As a musician and producer, he founded the music groups Frank Ferrer y Los Magníficos and Descarga Boricua. He also produced some of the most iconic albums of Puerto Rican nueva canción and salsa. His enchantment with music begins early in his childhood, and stems from a very old family tradition held each year in his home: the “Promesa de Reyes” (a promise to the Three Wise Men) consists of a “Rosario cantado” (sung rosary”), in which family, friends, musicians and “trovadores” alike participate to thank God.
Rubén González is a singer songwriter, musician and educator residing in NYC, originally from San Juan Argentina. Ruben’s music has a “handmade” feeling that draws audiences into a communal music making experience. He has three CD’s out: Foto de mi Aldea (2006) La Libertad (2010) and I’m Working on Something (2015) featuring his compositions with a broad scope of musical styles and literary topics.
Hudson Valley Sally "They light up the stage with a joyous energy. They breathe new life into old songs and make them sound brand new. Their roots are deep and their eyes are on the prize. They remind me of what a song can do and make me want to keep singing through good times & bad." -- Charlie King www.hudsonvalleysally.com
Sylvain Léroux plays the Fula flute -- the flute of the Fulani people in West Africa. Originally from Quebec, for over 40 years he has studied and diffused West African culture, engaging in a vast array of cross-cultural musical interactions. He founded l’Ecole Fula Flute, a music literacy project in Guinea for children and teens, which has contributed to the revival of the traditional instrument in the West African country. A new crop of excellent young artists are emerging from the school. (Go to http://www.fulaflute.net/index.html to learn more and donate). His 2002 cult record “Fula Flute” stimulated a worldwide interest in the instrument; and his 2012 album “Quatuor Creole” was hailed as “… a perfect contemporary music release…”
The New York City Labor Chorus, with 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, was founded in 1991. Our Chorus promotes union solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Our dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions. Organized labor, united with its community allies, is an irrepressible social force. This is the message of the New York City Labor Chorus.
Act 3: Brooklyn DreamWolf
Jendog LoneWolf is a Two-Spirit Hip Hop MC, Photographer, Teaching Artist, and Collage Creator, born and bred in pre-hipster/pre-gentrified Bushwick, Brooklyn during some of New York City’s ugliest eras. She’s a Black Native and Self-proclaimed ‘Hood Ambassador’, with deep roots in the Grand Cayman Islands. Jendog navigates a myriad of spaces as a multi-disciplinary artist who contends with intersectional experiences, challenges stereotypes, and delivers messages of Love, Life, Social Justice, Fun, and Self-defense. She represents the essence of Hip Hop Culture and music as a voice of the People and delivers hard-hitting, factual rhymes loaded with veracity, telling stories of how she lives, loves, learns, and sees. www.ilovejendog.com
YaliniDream is a performer, organizer, educator, and consultant with over fifteen years of experience using artistic tools for healing, organizing, and empowerment with communities contending with violence and trauma. She has a vast range of experience with organizational development having served as a consultant in areas of programming, organizing, base building, leadership development, operations, logistics, development, facilitation, and strategic visioning. Her passion is integrating creative, physical, and contemplative practices into organizing and transformation work. She facilitated a theatrical storytelling project with Andolan, an organizing center, run by and for South Asian domestic workers in Queens, NY that is featured in the short film “Claiming Our Voice.” www.yalinidream.com
Act 4: Sing in Solidarity Chorus
Sing in Solidarity uses their voices to strengthen the socialist community through song. The chorus has additionally fundraised for organizations supporting the migrant caravans and anti-racist actions. Begun in 2017 by members of the Democratic Socialists of America, the chorus draws its repertoire from the rich tradition of international revolutionary song. Its mission is to disseminate anti-capitalist music, build internationalism, and unite the struggles of working and oppressed peoples.
Act 5: Bluestone 739
Violizzy (aka Liz Taub) is a fiddler/singer/songwriter with numerous bands. Violizzy is an eclectic artist, able to play any type of genre from country to classical. Based in NYC, she performs all over the world, from Jerusalem, Israel to Vancouver, Canada. She is also a member of the UNSCR Symphony Orchestra and the Queer Urban Orchestra, showcasing her refined training as a violinist. She loves to collaborate with others. Her new projects include social Justice songs that send a message to the world that we must act NOW to preserve our planet and protect the environment, as well as people we love.
Maren Swenson Waxenberg, ukulele and vocals, is an NEA Grant recipient who toured with 'The Plain People" throughout the Midwest. She's appeared in NYC at the The Triad, Sidewalk, Hill Country BBQ, 78 Below, the Metropolitan Club, Caravan of Dreams, Greenwich Village Bistro, West End Lounge and Birdland.
Fred Gillen received New York Foundation For The Arts grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released eleven full-length albums, to great critical acclaim. He has performed all over the U.S. and Europe as a solo artist. From 2017 to 2019 he was music director of the Group The Greenheart, traveling to Nepal four times and India once, performing concerts to raise awareness of environmental activism. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ's New Music Marathon Sampler, and in 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. interspersed with various artists' renditions of Guthrie's songs.
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir is a NYC-based Earth-defending performance community. Earthalujah! The Church of Stop Shopping has 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. We resist extinction, but bring humor and music to the end of the world. And, we do get arrested a lot. We make Monsanto chemists experience our singing and preaching where they work. We resist ICE aggression, including against our own members. Our street theater and concert stage shows always work in parallel. The activism is content for the play. Our director is Savitri D. Our music director is Nehemiah Luckett. We have won the OBIE, Alpert and Edwin Booth awards and The New York Historic Districts Council's Preservation Award (for leading protests to save Manhattan's Poe House).