Joe’s Pub, a program of The Public Theater, continues JOE’S PUB LIVE!, its free series - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Joe’s Pub, a program of The Public Theater, continues JOE’S PUB LIVE!, its free series

Arooj Aftab - Photo by Daniel Hilsinger

 Joe’s Pub, a program of The Public Theater, continues JOE’S PUB LIVE!, its free series of live-streamed and archived performances from their iconic stage in New York City. Designed to facilitate social connection during this time of physical distancing, Joe's Pub will share events with audiences worldwide each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8PM Eastern.
This week’s schedule of performances will feature a joyfully eclectic set from Arooj AftabVijay Iyer & Shazad Ismaily Trio on Thursday, May 7 at 8PM; a night of song celebrating a myriad of love’s forms with Martha Redbone on Friday, May 8 at 8PMCheeyang & Khiyon: EASTBOUND, a new bilingual musical, on Saturday, May 9 at 8PM.

Beyond this week, other confirmed shows include an evening of intimate and personal compositions by Samora Pinderhughes on Thursday, May 14 at 8PMThe Hot Sardines performing lively updates of jazz standards on Friday, May 15 at 8PM; an exploration on themes of human trafficking with Stephanie Chou’s Comfort Girls on Saturday, May 16 at 8PM; a powerful, original, and groundbreaking fusion of musical genres in Gian-Carla Tisera & Richard Padrón’s Dueto on Thursday, May 21 at 8PM; a marathon of musical genres and caffeinated emotions with Sarah Stiles’ SQUIRREL HEART on Friday, May 22 at 8PM; an intriguing fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles with Gary Lucas, Feifei Yang & Jason Candler’s The Edge of Heaven on Saturday, May 23 at 8PM; the deeply soulful sounds and life-giving vocal performance of Kiah Victoria on Thursday, May 28 at 8PM; orthodox expressions of cante in fresh coherence with the modern sounds of flamenco from María Terremoto’s La Huella de mi Sentío on Friday, May 29 at 8PM; a total celebration of individuality with ZviDance’s On The Road, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s novel of the same title, on Saturday, May 30 at 8PM; an evening of his signature sit-down comedy with Isaac Oliver on Thursday, June 4 at 8PM; a celebration of tattooed ladies, Korean popstars, ‘70s queer culture, the apocalypse, and more with Max Vernon’s Existential Life Crisis Lullaby on Friday, June 5 at 8PM; a salute to a perennial pop goddess by way of Kim David Smith Sings Kylie Minogue on Saturday, June 6 at 8PM; an evening of modern Arabic fusion music from Mira Awad with Guy Mintus on Thursday, June 11 at 8PM; a balls-to-the-wall drag fest in the form of The Martha Graham Cracker Drag Cabaret on Friday, June 12 at 8PM; a night of fresh tales, classic jamz, and the same ol' bad attitudes from 2Scoops on Saturday, June 13 at 8PM; a star-studded celebration of Michael Callen with Purple Heart: The Music of Michael Callen on Friday, June 19 at 8PM; and the creation of a safe space to process, to commune, and to laugh with Justin Sayre Makes The Case for America on Saturday, June 20 at 8PM.

Thursday, May 7 at 8:00PM
Access to this stream will be FREE and available to all on YouTube 
Arooj Aftab is a neo-sufi and minimalist composer/singer who gracefully experiments and bends the lines between ancient mystic poetry, South Asian classical, jazz, soul, and electronic dreamscape music. In 2018, Aftab was named among NPR's 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women, and The New York Time's 25 Best Classical Songs of 2018. Aftab has opened for Mitski at the Brooklyn Steel, and has performed at MoMa's Summer Series and the Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday Series.

Vijay Iyer is an American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, producer, electronic musician, and writer based in New York City. He is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. He became the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University in early 2014.

Shahzad Ismaily is a multi-instrumentalist composer, studio owner, and film scorer. Ismaily has recorded and performed with an incredibly diverse assemblage of musicians, including Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, Tom Waits, and Jolie Holland, to name a few.
Recorded live at Joe's Pub on April 28, 2019.

Friday, May 8 at 8:00PM
Access to this stream will be FREE and available to all on YouTube 
In a time when the world is filled with hatred, fear, and division, we want to remind ourselves of love, respect, peace and positivity, and healing. For Martha Redbone’s concert during Valentine’s week 2019, she offered a night of song celebrating love – self-love, fun love, funky love, love of humankind, love of the land, honoring the earth, ancestors, and our children’s children. There’s lots to celebrate! Congregate, and sing, with us!
Band line-up:
Aaron Whitby - keys, Musical Director
Fred Cash - bass
Marvin Sewell - guitar
Rocky Bryant - drums
Keith Anthony Fluitt - vocals and more
Recorded live at Joe's Pub on February 12, 2019.

Saturday, May 9 at 8:00PM
Access to this stream will be FREE and available to all on YouTube 
I don’t want to just survive. I want to live.” Told through the soundscape of a contemporary score amalgamated with traditional Chinese folk music and Mandopop, EASTBOUND is a new bilingual musical about the unexpected meeting of two brothers from opposite sides of the world, their quests for survival, and the power of choice. 

Performed by Zachary Noah Piser (Broadway: Dear Evan HansenWicked), Jessica Tyler Wright (Broadway: War HorseSweeney ToddCompany), Ya Han ChangXiaoqing ZhangZachary Infante (Off-Broadway: Alice by Heart; Regional: Kiss My Aztec) and Cheeyang Ng (Tour: Vocalosity).
Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng
Book & Lyrics by Khiyon Hursey
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Born and raised in Singapore, Cheeyang Ng is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has performed around the world, including Lincoln Center with Carole King and Carnegie Hall with a cappella group Vocalosity. They are the first Singaporean to headline a concert at Joe's Pub and Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center showcasing their original music, and their songs have been performed around New York, including The Duplex and Feinstein's/54 Below. They are a graduate of Berklee College of Music (BMus) and NYU (MFA). Musicals in development include EASTBOUND (Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, NAMT Writers Grant, NYTB IMPACT Award) with Khiyon Hursey, ONLY US (Drama League Residency) and THE GOLDEN THRESHOLD (Live & In Color) with Eric Sorrels. Select credits include: 2019 ASCAP Foundation Lucille & Jack Yellen Award, 2019 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, 2019 Prospect Musical Theatre Lab, and 2018 Front and Center with Tom Kitt.

Khiyon Hursey is a writer and composer based in Los Angeles and New York. A 2014 graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting, he recently finished a stint as a staff writer for Netflix’s romantic musical drama, “Soundtrack”. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Burgie Scholarship, Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, a 2016 NAMT Writers Grant, a 2016 – 2017 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency, 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project residency, 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, and the 2019 Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat.
Recorded live at Joe's Pub on January 18, 2020.

Thursday, May 14 at 8:00PM
Access to this stream will be FREE and available to all on YouTube
Samora Pinderhughes is a singer/pianist/activist/composer known for raw, honest, layered multidisciplinary projects. He wrote, produced, and performed on Common's 2019 album, Let Love, and has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Daveed Diggs, MeLo-X, Sara Bareilles, Lalah Hathaway, and Christian Scott, among others. Pinderhughes is the first-ever Art for Justice/Soros Justice Fellow.
Recorded live at Joe's Pub on July 12, 2018.

Friday, May 15 at 8:00PM
Access to this stream will be FREE and available to all on YouTube 
Over the last few years, The Hot Sardines have emerged from the Brooklyn neo-speakeasies where they got their start to make a global name for themselves playing hot jazz as it was in the era when live music was king, bridging generations and captivating 21st-century audiences. The group, led by frontwoman Elizabeth Bougerol and piano player Evan Palazzo, has been described as “potent and assured” (The New York Times) and “simply phenomenal” (The Times of London), notching more than a year on the Billboard Jazz chart and 25 million streams on Spotify (over 90 countries). They’ve guested on “Later... With Jools Holland,” NPR’s Weekend Edition, “CBS Saturday Morning,” NPR’s SoundcheckLive at WFUV, and appeared at major jazz festivals including Newport, Montreal, Toronto, London, and Blue Note in Japan, in addition to sold-out shows at more than 400 venues worldwide. They’ve performed their Boston Pops-debuted symphony show with orchestras throughout North America. Their three major albums have landed on best-of lists in the jazz press (DownbeatJazzTimes) but also crossed over to the mainstream, with Rolling Stone noting that “100-year-old jazz standards get reborn” in the hands of the Hot Sardines.
Recorded live at Joe's Pub on April 26, 2019.

Saturday, May 16 at 8:00PM
Access to this stream will be FREE and available to all on YouTube 
Comfort Girl is an exploration – in song and story – of the lives of Chinese “comfort women,” a cruel euphemism for the women who were abducted and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during WWII. There were over 200,000 of these young women, most of whom were from China or Korea. Lured by false promises of work or kidnapped – shipped far away from their families – they were kept in terrible conditions. Many died or were killed during the war. The few who survived stayed silent about their horrifying ordeal, because it was seen as shameful, and even considered treason. Comfort Girl is a tribute to these young women and their courage, not only during the War but also afterward – when they returned home to families who didn't always welcome them back with open arms. Their story is still relevant, as survivors continue to fight for justice, and human trafficking remains a major global issue. The music is inspired by true stories survivors have told.
Stephanie Chou - voice, alto saxophone
Orville Mendoza - voice
Andy Lin - erhu, viola, violin
Kelly Lin - piano
Kenny Wollesen - drums, percussion
Peregrine Heard - narration
Recorded live at Joe's Pub on March 29, 2019.

Thursday, May 21 at 8:00PM
Access to this stream will be FREE and available to all on YouTube 
As a Bolivian-American artist trained in the opera and theater worlds, Gian-Carla Tisera’s subversive musical prowess is the result of two worlds colliding to create a powerful, original, and groundbreaking fusion of musical genres. She was raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia and later moved to the United States, where she completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Since 2008, she has lived in the city of New York, where she found herself reunited with the folk music of her homeland, and where she discovered the liberating force of jazz. She had toured with the Bolivian Baroque Project, which showcased her voice on the world's greatest concert halls – including London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Vienna's Mozarteum, Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Switzerland's KKL, Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall, and many others. But when she moved to New York, she began to collaborate with visual artists and to submerge herself in the city’s famous jam sessions to explore improvisation and to expand her ideas on musical fusion. In this way, she discovered her own musical and vocal artistry in the realms of jazz and world music.

Richard Padrón is an accomplished composer and guitarist known for his versatility, virtuosity, and ability to blend in with almost any ensemble across a wide variety of genres. He has strong Cuban roots that color his compositions while still retaining his own identity as a composer. His music has been described as deceptively simple and easy on the ear, yet pulls you in with its complex harmonies.
Recorded live at Joe's Pub on August 8, 2019.

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