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Black History Month

2014

Fall
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Summer
Executive Director's Corner

Spring

May
Circuit Productions is teaming up
with Sony Technology Lab

March
HBJB at St. Francis College

Winter
Cultural Development Fund
Feb. Free Events

2013

Fall
CASA programs
World Beat Dance and Music
Annual Fundraiser

August
Summer Performance Series

June, July
Free Summer Mambo Workshops
Harlem Meer PerformanceFest

April
Cultural After School Adventures Programs with Nydia Ocasio, performance May 15 open to public.

March
Cultural After School Adventures Programs with Nydia Ocasio and Mickey Davidson.

January
Celebrating Latin Heritage Month with Jazz and Blues Masters series at the McGuiess and Times Plaza Senior Centers.

2012

September
Celebrating Black History Month with Rhythm Journeys: Masters of Jazz and World Music series at Long Beach Public Library and Brooklyn Children's Museum.

August
Free dance/music performance at the Atrium in Brevoort Playground, Bedford Stuyvesant

July
“Feraba: African Drums and Dance Trio” at the “My Park and Me Day” at Hamilton Merz Park.

2011

September
Workshops from the World Beat Series

August
Swing to the Beat at Circuit Productions's August 2011 Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance.

July
Swing to the Beat at Circuit Productions's July 2011 Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance.


April
Circuit Productions, Inc. present World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music


March
Circuit Productions, Inc. and Park Slope community partners present World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music


February
Circuit Productions, Inc. and Park Slope community partners present World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music


January
December-January 2010-2011 presentations of Tap, Jazz and All That Blues


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2010

December
World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music


November
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events


October
Latin Heritage Month Celebrations- October 2010 Programs


September
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events


July
Summer Events Calendar- July 2010 Programs


April
World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC events


March
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events


February
World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC events


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2009

December
Tap and Jazz Masters


November
World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC events
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Tap and Jazz Masters


October
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events
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World Beat events
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Tap and Jazz Masters


September
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events
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World Beat events


August
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events
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Blues & Jazz Heritage Project events


July
World Beat Series events
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Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events
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Blues & Jazz Heritage Project events


May
World Beat Series events - Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events - Blues & Jazz Heritage Project events


April
World Beat Series events
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Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events
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March
Jazz and Blues Heritage Project
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Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance events


February
Blues and Jazz Heritage Series: Two performance dates with Sarah McLawler and Teddy Williams
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Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance performances featuring the Burdetsky Family Circus at Bronx Library Center


January
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance performances featuring the Burdetsky Family Circus at Bronx Library Center
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Blues and Jazz Heritage Series: Two performance dates with Sarah McLawler and Teddy Williams

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2008

December
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance performances featuring Sonido Costeno at Bronx Library Center and
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Arts-In-Education Events


November
Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance performance featuring Irene Koloseus’ Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Dance Company
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Orlando Marin: The Last Mambo King- Music concert featuring the Orlando Marin Quintet


October
Rhythm Journeys with performances by The Charles Moore Dance Theatre and Dance Workshops featuring Wayne Daniels
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Special programming in November featuring Witch Bungle and Teddy Williams


September
Sept & Nov music performances of Rhythm Journeys


May
June music performances of Rhythm Journeys
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Free World Beat performances to feature Feraba; Burdetsky Family Circus duet in Brooklyn


January
Free concerts announced with McLawler
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2007

Fall performances of Rhythm Journeys feat. 3 composers



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Circuit Productions Inc. (CPI) is supported, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Rhythm Journeys: Masters of Jazz and World Music, was made possible with funds provided by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, provided additional support to Circuit Productions, Inc.

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The New York State Music Fund published guidelines and criteria and accepted grant applications in a number of categories, including music education and public performances of music by artists working in hip hop, reggae, fusion, jazz, classical and folk music of all cultures.

Applications related to recording, distribution, or broadcast through traditional or new media were also eligible. Special emphasis was placed on reaching underserved populations and broadening awareness of artists, genres or styles with limited access to commercial broadcast or other mass distribution vehicles.

Advisory Panels comprised of recognized leaders from a cross-section of the music world evaluated and recommended applications based on criteria focusing on artistic merit and community impact. The award to Circuit Productions was among nearly 400 grants totaling more than $35 million made by the Music Fund.



News and Press

For press and publicity inquiries please contact: Serena Rockower, Bookings/Outreach
Circuit Productions, Inc. || Tel/Fax: (718) 638-4878

 

June 2016

CIRCUIT PRODUCTIONS ushers in A Summer of celebration with jazz, blues, Latin, African & World Music AND Dance.
Summer time means great music, dance and theater in a park, plaza and atrium in every borough in NYC. Join us all summer long for a line-up of an excellent world-renowned artists at free performances. Sing along to the “my baby done me” rhythm of the blues, snap your fingers to those jazz riffs, move your hips to a salsa beat, and feel the vibrations of the drum beats under your feet.
June
Orlando Marin: The Last Mambo King- Council Member Darlene Mealy's Senior Picnic. ** Wednesday, June 15 from 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Kakande!- Council Member Darlene Mealy's Senior Picnic. ** Wednesday,
June 15 from 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Harlem Blues and Jazz Band Duo.*** - Grace Agard Harewood Senior Center. Friday, June 17 at 1:00 PM

Orlando Marin: The Last Mambo King is featured at “Eggrolls, Eggcreams & Empanadas Block Party”- at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Sunday, June 19, 12;00-3:00.PM

Dr. Dimitri Zisl Slepovitch and Litvakus present Yiddish Zing-Along * Brookdale Seniors Center. Monday, June 20 at 10:45 AM

WoFomatou! at Central Park's Harlem Meer Performance Festival. Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Andy Statman *- Boro Park Y Senior Center. Sunday, June 26 at 12:00 PM

Andy Statman Duo * - Brookdale Senior Center, Monday, June 27at 11:15 AM

July
Heritage OP at Harlem Meer Performance Festival- Harlem Meer at Central Park. Sunday, July 03 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Harlem Blues & Jazz Band at the Plaza Swing Concert- Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Wednesday, July 13 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Rain date is Thursday, July 14 at 6 to 8:30 PM)

Orlando Marin: The Last Mambo King at the Plaza Swing Concert-- Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Wednesday, July 20 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Orlando Marin: The Last Mambo King at Central Park's Harlem Meer Performance Festival- Harlem Meer at Central Park. Sunday, July 24 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

August
Garifuna International at Harlem Meer Performance Festival- Harlem Meer at Central Park. Sunday, August 14 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

One Love Gospel Ensemble at Central Park's Harlem Meer Performance Festival-Harlem Meer at Central Park. Sunday, August 28 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For more information, travel & directions-
Harlem Meer:

www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-do/family-community/meer-performance-festival.html

Brooklyn Public Library: www.bklynlibrary.org; 718.230-2100

* This program is supported, in part, by public funds to Circuit Productions, Inc. from the New York City Department for the Aging/DFTA, in partnership with the New York City Council. Council Member David G. Greenfield, 44th CD, Brooklyn provided generous Discretionary funding for the NYC Support Our Seniors Initiative
** This program is supported, in part, by public funds to Circuit Productions, Inc. from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Council Member Darlene Mealy, 41st CD, Brooklyn provided generous Discretionary funding for the Cultural Immigrant Initiative
*** This program is supported, in part, by public funds to Circuit Productions, Inc. from the New York City Department for the Aging/DFTA in partnership with the New York City Council Council Member Laurie Cumbo, 35th CD, Brooklyn provided generous Discretionary funding for the Healthy Aging Initiative

March 2016

Calendar:

Monday, March 7, 2016, 11:00 AM. The Zisl Slepovitch Trio. Yiddish and music educator, composer, clarinetist, pianist, singer and ethnomusicologist, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch (Zisl) brings the music of Belarus to Brooklyn! Founder of Litvakus and Minsker Kapelye bands, Zisl on his clarinet and fellow musicians will have you dancing to the infectious, songs of his homeland. These chrismatic rhythms will have everyone of their feet. Venue: Brookdale Senior Citizsens Center/817 Avenue H/ Brooklyn NY 11230/ 718) 634-4784. FREE to the Public.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 1:00PM. Olando Marin: The Last Mambo King. Get ready to Mambo and Salsa with Orlando Marin and his band. Orlando represents and plays the music from the era when Mambo was King! Mambo music and dance exploded on the New York scene and kicked off a worldwide dance craze. Marin, a master timbale player and bandleader formed his first group with the great Eddie Palmieri when both were just 14 years old! He's played the Palladium and the hippest nightclubs both nationally and internationally. Orlando's music is wildly popular proven by his large following worldwide. Venue: Independence Towers Neighborhood Center/ 114 Taylor Street/ Brooklyn NY 11249/ 718.388.9242. FREE to the Public.

February 2016

Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA) grant awarded to Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) and designated partners Public School 770/The New American Academy, Public School 28/Warren Prep Academy and Public School 137/Rachel Jean Mitchell School distributed through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the City Council.

FY16 CASA funding provided by Councilmember Darlene Mealy, 41st Council District, Brooklyn, for the January-May residencies in Dance & Music

Brooklyn, New York – Winter-Spring, 2016 Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) along with designated partners Public School 770K/The New American Academy; Public School 28/Warren Prep Academy; and Public School 137/Rachel Jean Mitchell School received a grant for the Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA) to engage students at each school in an in-depth music/dance residency.

The CASA program is an arts education service for students throughout the City provided by discretionary funds through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the City Council. Generous funding was made possible to this project through the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy. She remarked, “Circuit Productions continues to pilot extraordinary arts education programs for our students.”

At P.S. 28, TA Mickey Davidson (featured above) taught a “Journey in Jazz” residency. Students in grades 2nd and 3rd grades were introduced to hands-on training in early to contemporary jazz music and dance. Guest percussionist, Newman Baker (seen above) demonstrates some of the instruments used in the residency. When asked how the CASA project influenced the particiapants, after school liaison/Music teacher, David Arzberger said, “The impact the CASA program had on our school community was influential and inspirational. Students had the opportunity to experience elements of Jazz through dance, music, theater and oral history. This program brought a professional, ‘educational/theatrical magic’ to an urban environment”.

Each school participates in a 12-week residency held in two six-week cycles. At the conclusion of the six-week cycle students demonstrate their new skills. Live presentations in Cycle 1 were held at PS 28 (2.25.16) and PS 770 (2.26.16. Guests from local community, the PTA, families/guardians, seniors, and the general public were invited to attend the presentation.

Mickey Davidson and Newman Baker

December 2015

Brooklyn, NY – Join Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) as we celebrate the end of 2015 with a Latin Dance Workshop led by professional Mambo and Salsa dancer/percussionist/teacher Guy Ferrara. This workshop will take place at the Queens Library at Arverne Branch 312 Beach 54 Street Arverne, NY 11692 (718) 634-4784.


Then, join us in our celebration of Black History Month with a performance by choreographer and performer Jerbean Gilkes. Gilkes will take you on a journey from African Dance to Contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop! This performance will take place at the Queens Library at Peninsula Branch, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693 (718- 990-8502)


Please arrive early, as seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. For more information/updates please visit www.circuitproductions.org.


Saturday December 12th and 19th, 2015, FREE Latin Dance Workshops, 2:00 PM.
Workshop Location: Queens Library at Arverne, 312 Beach 54 Street, Arverne, NY 11692
Guy Ferrara is a professional Mambo and Salsa dancer, percussionist and teacher. He is one of the last great Latin dancers from Latin Dance’s “golden age” at the famed Palladium Theater in NYC
Info: Queens Library at Arverne (718)-634-4784

Saturday, February 20th at 3:00PM
“From Jazz To Hip Hop”
Performance Location: Queens Library at Peninsula Branch, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693
A celebration for Black History Month featuring choreographer and performer Jerbean Gilkes. Gilkes has been a member of the Charles Moore Dance Theatre Company since 1986 where he is a principal dancer and choreographer of “Bajan Suite.”
Info: Queens Library at Peninsula(718) 990-8502

Fall 2015

MEDIA CONTACT Anne Rhea Smith: 516.984.0735

Circuit Productions Celebrates The Fall With Jazz, Latin & Bluegrass Music and Dance

Circuit Productions continues its programming during the Fall months

Brooklyn, November 1, 2015 - Join Circuit Productions Inc., as they celebrate fall performances by the Harlem Blues and Jazz Trio, the Ebony Hillbillies and the Charles Moore Dance Theatre. Visitors will enjoy a variety of jazz, swing, American bluegrass, African and Afro-Caribbean music and dance. For more information please visit www.circuitproductions.org

Performances Feature: September: On September 19, 2015 the legendary Harlem Blues and Jazz Band Trio brought inspiring jump blues and swing music to the people of The Five Star Premier Residencies for Seniors. To access a short review please click here.

October: Ebony Hillbillies –bluegrass/Appalachian music As one of the last black string bands in the U.S. - currently based in the concrete hills of NYC - The Ebony Hillbillies keep an important legacy alive with a roots, homegrown style that many forget was a key element in the genesis of all the music cherished as uniquely American: jazz, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock and roll and country. The EH are led by Henrique Prince (fiddle, vocals) and Norris Bennett (banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar, vocals) and feature A.R. (drums, percussion). To read this short review please click here.

About Circuit Productions, Inc. Circuit Productions, Inc. was founded by Susan Goldbetter in 1986 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, production and preservation of the uniquely American art forms of jazz and tap dance. Our mission is to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in New York through performances, public classes, workshops, and arts education programs featuring senior and emerging artists who are living legends of the city's rich tap, jazz, and world music and dance history. Annually, Circuit provides booking and management services for these artists placing performers in museums, libraries, community-based organizations, local colleges, public schools, and senior centers. For more information on Circuit Productions Inc., www.circuitproductions.org.

Spring and Summer 2015

Brooklyn, New York –May 5, 2015 Join Circuit Productions Inc. as they celebrate spring and summer at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza (718- 230-2487) and the The Harlem Meer Performance Series– 110th Street, betw. Lenox & 5th Avenue, NYC, inside Central Park. Featuring FREE performances* by The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band; Juan Ma Morales’s Sonido Costeno; Kakande – World Music; Ebony Hillbillies and The International Garifuna Group. Visitors will enjoy the cool sounds of jazz, jump blues, Mambo, American ‘ol timey music and more! Please arrive early, as seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. For more information/updates please visit www.circuitproductions.org.
Circuit Productions, Inc. - Susan Goldbetter, Executive Director - founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, production and preservation of the uniquely American art forms of jazz and tap dance. Since then CPI has grown to include blues, Latin and other world music and dance. In 1990 Circuit began been providing arts education programs in public schools throughout the five boroughs. Our mission is to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in New York through performances, public classes, workshops, and arts education programs featuring senior and emerging artists who are living legends of the city's rich tap, jazz and world music/dance history. Contact 718.638.4878 or susangoldbetter@gmail.com. www.circuitproductions.org.

Spring 2015

Brooklyn, New York – 1 April 2015 Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) along with designated partner Public School 770K/The New American Academy received a grant for the Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA) to engage students in an in-depth music/dance residency of global dance and music. The CASA program is an arts education service for students throughout the City provided by discretionary funds through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the City Council. Generous funding was made possible to this project through the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy in Council District # 41, Brooklyn. CM Mealy remarked that, “Circuit Productions and their diverse and talented teaching artists pilot extraordinary arts education programs for the students of Council District #41. I am proud to continue my partnership with Circuit Productions and I’m looking forward to seeing the students of P.S 770 ‘in action’ demonstrating their new dance and theatre skills.”

Students aged 5-6 will be introduced to hands-on training in Hawaiian dance and Polynesian music. The 12-week residency—held in two six-week cycles—features mid-career artists as they introduce Kindergarten students to diverse dance and music styles. Teaching artists from CPI will provide weekly 90-minute classes in global specific music and dance. From April 13th through May 14th, dancer/choreographer, Kaina Quenga will be on site at P.S 770. At the conclusion of the six-week cycle students will demonstrate their skills at a live presentation to be held in PS 770’s auditorium. Guests from local community based organizations, the PTA, families/guardians, seniors, and the general public are welcome to attend the presentation. It is scheduled to take place on May 14, 2015.

About the Teaching Artists: Kaina Quenga, a native of Hilo, Hawai’i has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years. She is skilled in Native Hawaiian language and the art of traditional lei making. As Director of Nā ʻOiwi NYC, a New York based education and advocacy group, Kaina is devoted to sharing and perpetuating traditional dances and culture of Polynesia. Through classes, performances, and lecture demonstration the group is committed to introducing the public to Native Hawaiian culture, history, and voice.

Celebrating Black History Month with Jazz, Rhythm and Blues

Brooklyn, NY – Join Circuit Productions Inc. as they celebrate Black History Month at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza (718- 230-2487) and the Raices Times Plaza Senior Center – 460 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY (718-694-0895). Featuring three FREE performances by Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Duet, Sekouba Dembele and The Paul Handelman Blues Band & vocalist Dee Dee Michels, visitors will enjoy authentic African & African-American dance, and the sweet sounds of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues! Please arrive early, as seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis

2015 Program Highlights:

**Friday, February 6 at 5:30 PM
Cultural After School Adventures/CASA Student Performance with Feraba African Rhythm Tap

at The New American Academy - Public School 770. Info and RSVP a must, rozi2k7@gmail.com

Saturday, February 14 at 1:00pm
Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Duet

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza A celebration for Black History Month featuring tap dancing to the propulsive rhythms of African Drumming. Ideal for youngsters (2-4) and their families. Info: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Tuesday, February 17 at 11:00am
Stomp, Clap, and Sing with Sekouba Dembele

An intergenerational workshop with toddlers and their families. A highly interactive program using percussion, song and movement. Info: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

*Friday, February 27 at 2:00pm
The Paul Handelman Blues Trio with vocalist Dee Dee Michels

Raices Times Plaza Senior Center, 460 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY Info: RSVP a must, rbland@dfta.gov

*FY15 Discretionary funding provided by Council Members Stephen Levin and Darlene Mealy, in the 33rd CPI’s annual public programming is made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council; foundations and individuals.

**The Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA) grant was awarded by Council Member Darlene Mealy to Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) and designated partner The New American Academy, Public School 770K distributed through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council.

Winter 2015

Brooklyn, New York, January 2015 –Circuit Productions, Inc. is celebrating its 27th year producing unique dance and music events – including but not limited to blues, tap, jazz, swing and World Music and Dance. Highlights of upcoming are described below:

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs awards Circuit Productions, Inc. a Cultural Development Fund (CDF)* grant for FY15.

The award was made possible by three Brooklyn Council members including Council Member Stephen Levin* (CD#33), Council Member Darlene Mealy** (CD#41), and Council Member David Greenfield (CD#44). All Brooklyn events will be announced on our website at www.circuitproductions.org and our social media - FB and Twitter pages. Some of these free events include:

As we begin this New Year, we look forward to coming into your communities! Circuit Productions (CPI) is committed to presenting quality artists and entertainment and we have been honored to do so for more than 27 years!

Since 1990 Circuit has been providing arts education programs in public schools throughout the five boroughs and the tri-state area.

*FY15 Discretionary funding provided by Council Members David Greenfield, Stephen Levin and Darlene Mealy, in the 33rd, 41st and the 44th Council Districts, Brooklyn. The programs on February 10th, 17th, & 27th were sponsored by the 33rd Council District. There will be additional programs on dates to be announced in Spring 2015 that will be held in both the 41st and 44th Council Districts. CPI’s annual public programming is made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council; foundations and individuals.

**The Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA) grant was awarded by Council Member Darlene Mealy to Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) and designated partner The New American Academy, Public School 770K distributed through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council.

 

September- October 2014

Brooklyn, New York, September - October 2014: Circuit Productions, Inc. is pleased to announce highlights from our Fall 2014 performance series featuring Latin jazz, blues, and World music/dance. For a full calendar of events and questions about programming and performers please contact us at 718.638.4878 or visit www.circuitproductions.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Circuit Productions is teaming up with the Queens Borough Public Library in NYC and Nassau Public Library in Long Island. Below are highlights from some of these outstanding free programs:

Pat Cannon Monday, September 22, 2014, Performance/Workshop: 6:00PM Pat Cannon at the Queens Public Library- Ridgewood Branch Outdoor Garden- 20-12 Madison Street, Ridgewood NY 11385. Info: (718) 821-4770

Dancer/choreographer/musician offers a dazzling blend of traditional dance and music. She offers an opportunity to experience the joy and fellowship of social dance.

October 11th Orlando Marin- “The Last Mambo King” & Orchestra at the Nassau Public Library, Long Beach Branch, 111 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561. Info: (516) 432-7200

Orlando is one of the few drummer/bandleaders who has been doing just that since the early 1950s. His first band featured 14-year old Eddie Palmieri on piano. At the time of this interview, Orlando claims to be the second longest running Latin band in New York, after Tito Puente's. His band played often at the famed Palladium Ballroom at 53rd Street in NYC. Best known for his timbale playing, he is a skilled conga and bongo player as well as a superb vocalist.

Saturday, October 18th Guy Ferrera- at the at the Nassau Public Library, Long Beach Branch, 111 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561. Info: (516) 432-7200 , 2014, Performance 2:00PM. , 2014, Mambo and Salsa Dance Workshop 2:00PM.

2014 Summer recap, Fall preview

Dear Friends – We had an amazing summer that flew by so quickly! From the Harlem Meer Performance Festival to the Plaza Swing Series, Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) partnered with the Central Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Public Library to keep New Yorkers moving to the beat. CPI artists performed in music series throughout NYC!

Audiences grooved to the rhythms of jazz and blues, bopped to the beat of swing, and danced Mambo and Salsa to that Latin sound. Fortunately, you can still enjoy some of these wonderful performances as we have photos, video clips and information on all our concerts. Please check them out FB, Twitter and www.circuitproductions.org.

The Harlem Meer Performance Festival at Charles A. Dance Conservancy in Central Park featured these artists:

We were delighted to present our master artists of world music to constituents in the 41st Council District. Through the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy, we presented Orlando Marin – the Last Mambo King as well as the opening the evening’s festivities with the Dee Dee Michels Ensemble. What a show! Community members attending the Brevoort Concert Series sang and danced the night away to blues, jazz, mambo and salsa music.

The Brooklyn Public Library’s Plaza Swing series at Central Branch was held out doors at the picturesque Grand Army Plaza. Both evenings gave more than 1000 audience members the opportunity to dance to live music at the branch’s recently renovated plaza. The legendary artists included:

Coming Soon: Do you remember or want to learn dances like the Charleston, Swing, Twist, Monkey, Mashed Potatoes and more? Join Pat Cannon on September 22, 2014 for an evening of social dances from 1929-present. For more information contact: (718) 821-4770; www.queenslibrary.org.

If you missed Orlando in July or August come see him on October 11, 2014 at Long Beach Library. Check our website as more details become available.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family too! New events are posted monthly. Music and dance feeds the spirit and heals the soul. Consider donating to Circuit Productions and help continue presenting these wonderful artists and FREE programs to communities, children, seniors and families in the five boroughs.

Keep swinging!!

Susan Goldbetter Susan Goldbetter

Founder, Executive Director

2014 Spring

Brooklyn, New York, May 1, 2014 Circuit Productions is teaming up with Sony Technology Lab at 550 Madison Avenue and 56th Street to present two public programs in May 2014.

Saturday May 10th, 2014: Burdetsky Circus Duo and Dancing Dogs. Performance 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Arkasha Burdetsky heads up this amazing small family circus that spans three generations. Arkady, who trained with and worked for the renowned Moscow Circus, is a distinguished acrobat and juggler. At age 20, he was entered into the Russian Circus Encyclopedia as the youngest person to perform one of the most dangerous flips in circus history. Arkady has appeared on the Letterman Show in New York City three times. His wife, Natalia Avramova, is an excellent "Spanish Web" aerialist. The Burdetsky Family Circus has performed in circuses throughout the United States, as well as for library, museum, hospitals and senior center audiences. Of particular delight is Burdetsky’s performing poodle who keeps audiences smiling as he sings, waltzes, and performs hilarious tricks. As a clown he performs magic tricks, balloon animals, juggling, and interaction with the audience and poodle!

Saturday May 17th, 2014: Feraba African and Tap Dance. Performance 11:00am – 12:00pm
Irene Koloseus’s Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Company was founded in New York City in 1995, by the creative vision of Austrian tap dancer Irene Koloseus and master balafonist Abou Sylla from Guinea, West Africa. Féraba fuses the traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with the American artistic forms of tap dance and jazz. Currently, the multicultural, multiethnic performance group features Ms. Koloseus (Artistic Director, Performer, Choreographer, Teaching Artist) and Kolipe Camara (Musical Director).

Brooklyn, New York, March 10, 2013–Circuit Productions, Inc. is celebrating its 26th year producing unique dance and music events – including but not limited to tap, jazz, blues and World Music and Dance. Highlights of upcoming are described below:

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs awards Circuit Productions, Inc. a Cultural Development Fund (CDF)* grant for FY14.

The award was made possible by three Brooklyn Council members including Council Member David Greenfield (CD#44), Council Member Stephen Levin (CD#33) and Council Member Darlene Mealy** (CD#41). All Brooklyn events will be announced on our website at www.circuitproductions.org and our social media - FB and Twitter pages. Some of these free events include:

1. March 21, 2014, 2:00-3:15 p.m., St. Francis College, “Harlem Blues & Jazz Band”. Details on site and directions contact: Max Daniels, Healing Arts Initiatives (HAI), St Francis College, Brooklyn Heights 180 Remsen St New York, NY 11201. For Free Tickets Call 212.575.7666

2014 Winter

Brooklyn, New York, December 9, 2013–Circuit Productions, Inc. is celebrating its 26th year producing unique dance and music events – including but not limited to tap, jazz, blues and World Music and Dance. Highlights of upcoming are described below:

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs awards Circuit Productions, Inc. a Cultural Development Fund (CDF)* grant for FY14.

The award was made possible by three Brooklyn Council members including Council Member David Greenfield (CD#44), Council Member Stephen Levin (CD#33) and Council Member Darlene Mealy** (CD#41). All Brooklyn events will be announced on our website at www.circuitproductions.org and our social media - FB and Twitter pages. Some of these free events include:

1. February 8, 2014, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Queens Central Library, “Black History Month Celebration: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band”. Details on site and directions contact: www.queenslibrary.org.

2. February 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Central Library, “Rain Play” featuring tap dancer, Michela Marino Lerman and storyteller, Javaka Steptoe. Details on site and directions contact www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

3. **February 13, 2014, 1:30-3:30, Council Member Darlene Mealy’s “Celebration of Black History” at Van Dyke Community Center. Circuit Productions will present the legendary trumpet player, Joey Morant in his “Tribute to Louis Armstrong”. For info contact: alipkind@council.nyc.gov.

4. February 22, 2014, p.m., Central Library, “From Jazz to Hip-Hop” – featuring Jerbean GIlkes and members of Charles Moore Dance Theatre. For info contact: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

5. *February 25, 2014, 2:15 p.m., Pete McGuiness Senior Center – “Tom Smith’s Hand Clappin’, Toe Tappin’ Sing Along, Dance Party & Music Show”. Limited seating. Call center to RSVP at 718.383.1940

6. *February 28, 2014, 1 p.m., Raices Times Plaza Senior Center featuring Ruth Brisbane and members of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. Limited seating. Call center to RSVP at 718.694.0895
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**Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA)** A FY14 CASA grant was awarded to Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) through the generosity of Council Member Darlene Mealy, 41st Council District, Brooklyn to work with designated partner Public School 12K/Dr. Jacqueline Peek Davis School. The grant will be distributed through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the NYC City Council. A three-month dance residency featuring Mickey Davidson (Social Dance, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll) and Kaina Quenga (Polynesian/Hawai’i an Dance).

As we begin this New Year, we look forward to coming into your communities! Circuit Productions (CPI) is committed to presenting quality artists and entertainment and we have been honored to do so for more than 26 years! To learn more about our free programs, our after school and all public programs please visit us at www.circuitproductions.org.

About Circuit Productions, Inc. Susan Goldbetter founded Circuit Productions, Inc. in 1986 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, production and preservation of the uniquely American art forms of jazz and tap dance and have grown to include blues, Latin and other world music and dance. Our mission is to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in New York through performances, public classes, workshops, and arts education programs featuring senior and emerging artists who are living legends of the city's rich tap, jazz and world music/dance history. Annually, Circuit provides booking and management services for these artists; placing them in schools, museums, public libraries, community-based organizations, local colleges, senior centers, hospitals and nursing homes. Since 1990 Circuit has been providing arts education programs in public schools throughout the five boroughs and the tri-state area.

For press and publicity please contact: Serena Rockower, Bookings/Outreach Circuit Productions, Inc. 635 Carroll Street, Ste. #2, Brooklyn, NY 11215: 718.638.4878 E-Mail: serena@inconcertaudio.com or website: www.circuitproductions.org

*FY14 Discretionary funding provided by Council Members David Greenfield, Stephen Levin and Darlene Mealy, in the 33rd, 41st and the 44th Council Districts, Brooklyn. The programs on February 25 & 28th will be held in the 33rd CD. CPI’s annual public programming are made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts from NYSCA, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council; foundations and individuals.

**The Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA) grant was awarded by Council Member Darlene Mealy to Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) and designated partner Public School 12K/Dr. Jacqueline Peek-Davis School distributed through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council.

2013 Fall

Brooklyn, New York – 15 November 2013 Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) is celebrating its year producing tap, jazz, blues and World Music/Dance programming. Some highlights of what’s coming soon are described below:

Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA)* A grant awarded to Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) and designated partner Public School 12K/Dr. Jacqueline Peek Davis School and distributed through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and NYC City Council. A three-month dance residency featuring Mickey Davidson (Social Dance, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll) and Kaina (Polynesian/Hawai’i an Dance).

• FY14 Discretionary funding* provided by Councilmember Darlene Mealy, 41st Brooklyn for the live performances of World Beat: Bridging Diverse Cultures through Dance and Music. Live performances from December 2013-June 2014. Sites/Dates TBA. Council District,

As we end this great year, we thank all of you for your continued support! Believing in the statement, “good things happen to good people”, Circuit Productions (CPI) is committed to presenting quality artists and entertainment and we have been honored to do so for more than 26 years! This year CPI reached our programmatic goals and continues to meet our fundraising goals – which keep our programs in motion. To learn more about our annual fundraiser click here and be a part of making quality cultural programs available for families, seniors and youth.

2013 August | Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York – August 1, 2013 Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) continues its Summer performance series with tap, jazz, blues, Latin and World music/dance.

Thursday, August 15th Kandade: African Music, 6-8 pm, Brevoort Park, Ralph Avenue & Fulton Avenue. Info at: www.circuitproductions.org or the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy @ alipkind@council.nyc.gov

Thursday, August 29th JuanMa Morales& Sondio Costeno - Latin Salsa Music 6-8 pm Brevoort Park, Ralph Ave & Fulton Ave, Info: www.circuitproductions.org or Council Member Darlene Mealy @ alipkind@council.nyc.gov.

Public funding for Circuit Productions, Inc. is made possible from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New City Council; in addition, support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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2013 June, July | Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York – June 1, 2013 Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) continues its Spring/Summer performance series with tap, jazz, blues, Latin and World music/dance.

Programming during the months of June and July will feature:

SIX free Mambo workshops. Nydia Ocasio- a unique Latin dance artist with years of experience in the dramatization of the Latin heritage, its culture and arts. Her teachings have featured historical and cultural folklore introductions from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Brazil. She is a dynamic and vivacious dancer who also has the rare talent of teaching others not only the true essence and “sabor” of the dance, but its music as well. She performs regularly in NYC and has been on tour to Japan with the famed Xavier Cugart Orchestra. Thursday workshops will be held at Woodside Queens Library at 5:00pm June 6th, 17th, and 24th, 13th, and 20th, 2013. For sites and info contact: www.queenslibrary.org. Monday workshops will be held at Rosedale Queens Library at 5:45pm June 10th, 2013.

TWO free performances. Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King grew up in the South Bronx home to some of the greatest Latin musicians worldwide. He is one of the few drummer/bandleaders doing what he does best for the past 60 years! In the early 1950s he formed his first band, a trio featuring a 14-year old by the name of Eddie Palmieri, on piano. Orlando claims to be, at the time of this interview, the second longest running Latin band in New York, after Tito Puente's. He truly was – and still is – a part of Latin music’s golden history referred to as "The Era of The Pioneers".

SAVE THE DATES!! Free to the public.
No tickets necessary but seating is limited so get there early!

Saturday, June 8 from 3:00 pm: Jackson Hts. Library contact: www.queenslibrary.org.Orlando Marin – the Last Mambo King Musician Orlando Marin, began his career in the South Bronx during the 1950’s era of Mambo, a.k.a known as the time of “The Pioneers”. Presenting Latin Jazz at its finest, prepare to reminisce and sway with scintillating rhythms.

Thursday June 13, 6:30pm Laurelton Queens Library: www.queenslibrary.org Monday, June 17, 7:00pm: East Elmhurst Queens Library www.queenslibrary.org Joey Morant - Tribute to Louie Armstrong Joey hails from South Carolina and electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing are perfect, and his admiration for Louis is deep and genuine.

Monday, June 17 6:00 pm: Forest Hills Library contact: www.queenslibrary.org. Alhambra – Ladino and Yiddish Music Founded by Isabelle Ganz in 1982, ALHAMBRA is celebrating its 30 season of performing Sephardic and MiddleEastern music for Western audiences, one of the first ensembles to present the rhythmic and haunting music of the Jews of Spain, the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa.

Sunday, June 23 from 2-4pm: Central Park (Harlem Meer at 110 Harlem Meer Performance Fest. 20 Orlando Marin – the Last Mambo King Get out your dancing shoes and best moves and prepare to mambo and salsa the afternoon away!

Sunday, July 7 from 2-4pm: Central Park (Harlem Meer at 110 Harlem Meer Performance Fest. 20 Michela Marino Lerman & Friends One of the hottest young tap dancers/choreographers on the scene today. Get ready for a foot stomping, handclapping rhythmic TAP session!

Sunday, July 21, 2-4pm: Central Park (Harlem Meer at 110 Harlem Meer Performance Fest. 20 Harlem Blues and Jazz Band Comprised of legendary musicians (played alongside Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Bennie Goodman) enjoy this seven piece Jazz ensemble including popular vocalist, Ruth Brisbane as they present authentic “Jump, Jazz and Swing”!

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 pm: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band – Plaza Swing Dance Series For sites and details see www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org


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2013 April | Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York – April 1, 2013 Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) along with designated partner Public School 40K receives a grant for the Cultural After-School Adventures Program or CASA to work with students on an in-depth music/ dance residency called New York Then and Now: Latin Mambo and Salsa. The CASA program is an arts education service for students throughout the City provided by discretionary funds through NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the New York City Council. Generous funding was made possible for this project through the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy in the 41st Council District, Brooklyn.

During April and May 2013 students’ ages 6-10 completed an in-depth “hands-on course” in Latin Mambo and Salsa music and dance taught by choreographer/performer and teaching artist, Nydia Ocasio. At the conclusion of the Latin dance course students will “strut their stuff” on May 15, 2013 with Ms. Ocasio. They will be joined by legendary bandleader Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King. The PTA, local community members, Council Member Darlene Mealy and/or staff will be invited to the May 15th performances.

About the Teaching Artist: Nydia Ocasio is a unique Latin dance artist with years of experience in the dramatization of the Latin heritage, its culture and arts. Her teachings have featured historical and cultural folklore introductions from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Brazil. She is a dynamic and vivacious dancer who also has the rare talent of teaching others not only the true essence and “sabor” of the dance, but its music as well. She performs regularly in NYC and has been on tour to Japan with the famed Xavier Cugart Orchestra.

About Guest Company: Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King grew up in the South Bronx home to some of the greatest Latin musicians world-wide. He is one of the few drummer/ bandleaders doing what he does best for the past 60 years! In the early 1950s he formed his first band, a trio featuring a 14-year old by the name of Eddie Palmieri, on piano. Orlando claims to be, at the time of this interview, the second longest running Latin band in New York, after Tito Puente's. He truly was – and still is – a part of Latin music’s golden history referred to as "The Era of The Pioneers".

About Circuit Productions, Inc. Susan Goldbetter founded Circuit Productions, Inc. in 1986 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, production and preservation of the uniquely American art forms of jazz and tap dance. Our mission is to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in New York through performances, public classes, workshops, and arts education programs featuring senior and emerging artists who are living legends of the city's rich tap, jazz and world music/dance history. Annually, Circuit provides booking and management services for these artists; placing them in schools, museums, public libraries, community-based organizations, local colleges, senior centers, hospitals and nursing homes. Since 1990 Circuit has been providing arts education programs in public schools throughout the five boroughs.

Roslyn Smith: Education & Arts Management Consultant has more than 25 years experience in the areas of museum education, youth development, events production, government outreach, and curriculum and program development. She began working in art museums and became the Director of Youth and Family Programs at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM). At BCM she piloted new programs, managed public programs and worked with community and professional groups on educational programming for young audiences people. In this capacity she was able to see how informal and hands-on education positively impacts and empowers the lives of young people, their families and the larger community. Ms. Smith has been working with Circuit Productions on educational and government outreach projects.

About PS12: The mission of Public School 12 and its community is to ensure that all students, including Special Needs, ELL and bilingual students are able to achieve high standards of excellence and develop cognitive, creative, and social growth. Together we will promote lifetime learners who will be able to meet the New York State Standards, as well as the challenges of a changing world.


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2013 March | Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York, 1 March, 2013 Brooklyn, New York – 1 March 2013 Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) along with designated partner Public School 12K receives a grant for the Cultural After-School Adventures Program or CASA to work with students on an in-depth music/ dance residency called NYC Dance. The CASA program is an arts education service for students throughout the City provided by discretionary funds through DCA and the City Council. Generous funding was made possible to this project through the office of Council member Darlene Mealy in Council District # 41, Brooklyn. CM Mealy remarked that, “Circuit Productions and their roster of teaching artists always do a fantastic job of bringing hands-on arts education to the students of District 41. I am so proud to have this organization as an area partner, and I look forward to seeing the students of P.S .12 show us everything they’ve learned!”

Students’ ages 6-10 will be introduced to hands-on training in dance and period music. The 12- week residency-held in two six week cycles- features senior and emerging artists as they engage second, third and fourth grade students in diverse dance and music styles. Teaching artists from CPI will provide weekly ninety-minute classes in Social and Latin music and dance. From February 11th through March 19th, dancer/choreographer, Mickey Davidson will be on site at P.S 12. Participants will learn and be able to demonstrate new movement and dance skills. All engaged should be ready to be “transported” back to Harlem in the 1930’s and 40’s in this highly interactive residency. Beginning April 8th and ending May 15th students will explore Latin Mambo and Salsa dance taught by Nydia Ocasio. The legendary bandleader Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King will be a featured guest at the final spring performance of Latin music.

At the conclusion of each six week cycle students will “strut their stuff” at live presentations alongside artists from two professional companies to be held in Public School 12’s auditorium. The PTA, local community members, Council Member Darlene Mealy and/or staff will be invited to both the March 19, 2013 and May 15, 2013 performances.

About the Teaching Artists: Mickey Davidson has performed with Sounds in Motion Dance Co., Norma Miller's Lindy Hoppers, Charles “Cookie” Cook, the Savoy Swingers, Roots of Brazil, Cecil Taylor and Frankie Manning to name a few. She was one of three choreographers for the European tour of the Tony award winning Broadway production of "Black and Blue" maintaining the swing and blues choreography developed by Mr. Manning (one of Lindy-Hop’s originators). For nearly two decades Ms. Davidson has collaborated with poet/playwright Ntozake Shange and on the 20th anniversary production of "For Colored Girls….” received an Audelco Award for choreography. For more than 30 years she has created residencies for schools (grades K-12), community centers and on site staff development workshops.

Nydia Ocasio is a unique Latin dance artist with years of experience in the dramatization of the Latin heritage, its culture and arts. Her teachings have featured historical and cultural folklore introductions from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Brazil. She is a dynamic and vivacious dancer who also has the rare talent of teaching others not only the true essence and “sabor” of the dance, but its music as well. She performs regularly in NYC and has been on tour to Japan with the famed Xavier Cugart Orchestra.

About Performers and Guest Companies: Mickey Davidson is primary choreographer for her own company MICKEY D & FRIENDS, a group of dancers and musicians, who explore and perform the interlocking relationship between music and dance. The company is currently touring "Dance! Rhythm! Dance!” "Juba, Jukin’ and Jazzin’", “Mellow Moves” and "Swingin’ at the Savoy"

Nydia Ocasio & Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King. The latter grew up in the South Bronx home to some of the greatest Latin musicians worldwide. For more than 60 years, he is one of the few drummer/ bandleaders doing what he does best! In the early 1950’s he formed his first band, a trio featuring a 14-year old by the name of Eddie Palmieri, on piano. Orlando claims to be, at the time of this interview, the second longest running Latin band in New York, after Tito Puente, Sr. He truly was – and still is – a part of Latin music’s golden history referred to as "Era of The Pioneers".


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2013 January | Brooklyn, New York

Circuit Productions, Inc. with Community Partners – McGuiness Senior Center and Times Plaza Senior Center
In collaboration with Council Member Stephen Levin 33rd Council District, Brooklyn
Present

“Jazz & Blues Masters”

Brooklyn, New York, January, 2013 –Circuit Productions, Inc. along with Community Partners– Department for the Aging (DFTA): McGuiness Senior Center and Times Plaza Senior Center, in collaboration with Council Member Stephen Levin 33rd Council District, Brooklyn, will be hosting “Jazz & Blues Masters. The performances are part of a two month long series with the goal of bringing together senior performing artists with senior audiences.

These performances are free to the public and will feature jazz/pop vocalist/keyboardist, Tom Smith in the eponymous program “Tom Smith’s Jazz, Pop, Polkas and More”; as well as the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band America’s originators of the “jump swing” style of the Blues. “We are thrilled to bring our world renowned artists to diverse senior populations in Brooklyn,” said Susan Goldbetter, Executive Director of Circuit Productions, “Just remember to bring your dancing shoes!”

On January 29th 12:30-1:30 pm, McGuiness Senior Center, located at 715 Leonard Street, Brooklyn, New York 11225, will host “Tom Smith’s Jazz, Pop, Polkas and More”. For information and directions please contact Circuit Productions, Inc. at 718-638.4878. In his long career as a composer, conductor, and performer, Mr. Smith (Keyboard & Vocals) has worked with some of the legends in the business, including Dinah Washington, George Benson, Nat King Cole, Dionne Warwick, and Max Roach.

On February 22nd 1:00-2:00 pm Times Plaza Senior Center will host the Harlem Blues and Jazz Trio emceed by Dr. Albert “Doc” Vollmer (Bands Manager). This performance is in celebration of Black History Month and is open to local seniors and the general public.

These programs were made possible, in part, with funding to Circuit Productions, Inc. (C.P.I.) from Council Member Stephen Levin, 33rd Council District, Brooklyn, administered through the Department for the Aging (DFTA)



Annette A. Aguilar multi-percussionist/bandleader/producer/educator has performed, toured and shared the stage with artists Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Tito Puente and many others. Her group, Annette A. Aguilar & Stringbeans was selected three times as Latin Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department via The Kennedy Center and Jazz @ Lincoln Center, to tour Africa. They will appear on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:00-1:30 pm and 2:00-2:30 pm at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Bklyn, NY 11213. Info/Directions: 718-735.4400, ext. 117.

 


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2012 August | Brooklyn, New York

(Brooklyn, NY – July 20, 2012) On August 30, 2012, 6:00-8:00 PM, Council Member Darlene Mealy- 41st Council District, Brooklyn, will present the last concert in the district’s fourth annual “Brevoort Concert Series 2012”. The entertainment by local Brownsville resident, Calvin Booker will be provided by Circuit Productions Inc./Susan Goldbetter, Producer. The free dance/music performance by “Calvin Booker & Friends” takes place at the Atrium in Brevoort Playground (Ralph Ave. & Chancey St. in Bedford Stuyvesant). The performance, appropriate for all ages, features tap, jazz, and hip-hop is scheduled from 6:00-6:40 pm. Special guest performance by the Feraba Summer Camp Kids. For more information contact the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy at 718.953.3097 or email alipkind@council.nyc.gov. More information on the performance can be obtained at Circuit Productions at Lonaimosley@gmail.com.

This is the 4th year that Council Member Darlene Mealy has sponsored the Annual Brevoort Summer Series Concerts for the 41st Council District and the Bedford Stuyvesant community in particular. The community greatly appreciates her efforts to bring some well-needed recreation and entertainment to the area. As a result of securing $2.5 million to restore and renovate Brevoort Playground, members of the Bedford Stuyvesant community are able to enjoy this new playground that not only fosters healthy active living and acts as a safe haven for all, but is also an awesome space for great community events like this exciting summer concert series.

Circuit Productions’s live performance is sponsored, in part, by discretionary funds from the 41st Council District, Brooklyn, in partnership with the NYC Council and is administered through the NYC Department Of Cultural Affairs (NYC DCLA). Funding will support Circuit Productions’s (CPI) mission to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in NYC, and Brooklyn in particular, through performances, public classes, workshops, and arts education.

“Calvin Booker & Friends” will feature artist:

Calvin Booker, a Brooklyn native, began dancing at the age of 4. He was a founding member of the nationally recognized tap group, The Young Hoofers and is currently a member of the highly acclaimed Creative Outlet: Dance Theater of Brooklyn. After graduating from LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in NYC Mr. Booker went on to attend the dance conservatory @ SUNY Purchase. He has appeared on television and commercials, as well as providing talent at half time for national football games.

Recently Mr. Booker co-starred in the Broadway acclaimed play – FELA! and is credited with originating the presence of tap dance choreography in the production. Mr. Booker has shared the stage with legendary tap performers including Dr. James “Buster” Brown, Sand Man Sims and Jimmy Slide.

Mr. Booker hosts SOLE Sessions a monthly tap and jazz jam and is a featured DJ on Internet radio, www.insoulwetrust.com every Tuesday afternoons 3-5pm.

 

THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY PUBLIC FUNDS TO CIRCUIT PRODUCTIONS, INC. FROM COUNCIL MEMBER DARLENE MEALY, 41ST COUNCIL DISTRICT, BROOKLYN AND ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS (NYC DCLA).


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2012 July | Brooklyn, New York

(Brooklyn, NY – July 20, 2012) On July 26, 2012, 3:30-6:30 PM, Council Member Darlene Mealy- 41st Council District, Brooklyn, in collaboration with Assemblyman Karim Camara, Assembly District 43. Brooklyn present “My Park and Me Day”. The entertainment by “Feraba: African Drums and Dance Trio” will be provided by Circuit Productions Inc./Susan Goldbetter, Producer. The free celebration includes a Farmer’s Market, gardening, face painting, soccer and flag football. Additional activities include a Fitness Mobile Van from NYC Parks & Recreation, information on Women & Children’s health – Kings County Hospital; and apple cider making with Wychoff Farmhouse Museum. The fun takes place at Hamilton Metz Park located at East New York Avenue (between Troy & Albany Avenues). The drum and dance performance is scheduled from 4:00pm-5:00 pm and is appropriate for all ages. For more information contact the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy at 718.953.3097 or the office of Assembly Member Karim Camara at (718) 771.3105 or email alipkind@council.nyc.gov.

Circuit Productions’s live performance is sponsored, in part, by discretionary funds from the 41st Council District, Brooklyn, in partnership with the NYC Council and is administered through the Department for the Aging (DFTA). Funding will support Circuit Productions’s (CPI) mission to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in NYC, and Brooklyn in particular, through performances, public classes, workshops, and arts education.

“Feraba: African Drums and Dance” will feature artists:

Ibrahima Kolipe Camara is a Master Drummer from Guinea West Africa. At an early age Kolipe traveled throughout the regions of Guinea learning the different types of musical instruments, rhythms and dances from the many ethnic groups of Guinea. In 2000, Kolipe joined Les Ballets Africaines, the internationally recognized representatives of West African Culture, and the highest level of accomplishment for a Guinean percussionist. As a lead drummer for the Ballet, Kolipe toured throughout Africa and the United States, eventually settling in New York City. Currently he tours with Feraba-ART, Magbana, Drum CafÃ, and Kakande.

Yalani Bangoura is a master dancer, performer, choreographer, acrobat and teacher of dances from his homeland, Guinea, West Africa. Known for his exuberant, contemporary hip-hop dance style he has appeared with prestigious African Dance companies including Magbana, Sankofa Kuumba, and Bamidele. A member of the award-winning West African dance and drum company Les Merveilles de Guinea he has toured France, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Yalani has been a member of Feraba since 1998 and teaches open classes at Alvin Ailey Company in addition he has been a teaching artist in the NYC public school system since 2000.


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2011 September | Brooklyn, New York

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(Brooklyn, NY – September 1, 2011)“World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC Through Dance and Music”.  The goal of World Beat is to enrich the education of cultural music and dance by direct services through a series of professional interactive concerts.  This month the World Beat Series will focus on Latin dance with Salsa dance workshops with esteemed dancer Nydia Ocasio.

Nydia Ocasio

Nydia is known for her Latin, Caribbean, and Afro-Cuban style of dancing. Her unique teaching style combines Salsa, Puerto Rican, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Folklore dance; with contemporary Latin dance style techniques to help “ground the students and strengthen their relationship to the music. This ultimately improves their personal dance style. It is here, during the styling portion of the class that she instills the basic understanding of her trademark to her students. Pointers are periodically given to body movement and footwork that involve specific arm, eye and shoulder placement. She incorporates lyrical and rhythmic combinations designed to stretch and strengthen the body and develop its expressive possibilities. She carefully demonstrates body technique and styling that is applied to a variety of Latin music she progressively uses in her class. It is here where she shows her students to understand the role of each specified movement and positioning, their relationship being masculine or feminine to the associated music. She firmly suggests to whose leading the other on the dance floor, to avoid using your partner as a "spinning prop" and just dance. Nydia’s ultimate goal is to assist her students to further develop not only their skills as Latin dancers but also develop their appreciation to the Latin music and Artists.



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2011 August | Brooklyn, New York

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(Brooklyn, NY – August 1, 2011) – For more than two decades Circuit has produced senior and emerging dancers, musicians and singers in partnership with educational and cultural institutions in the five boroughs of NYC. Circuit Productions, Inc. continues this tradition in August with Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance.

Rhythm Journeys encourages public access to the work of emerging and established artists who reflect the ethnic diversity of world music and dance idioms. The Rhythm Journeys August 2011 line-up includes: gospel voices of Sounds of Deliverance (appearing in two locations!); Orlando Marin “The Last Mambo King”; Tony Terrell Caribbean Jazz (at the beautiful Highline in Chelsea); African dance and music with Charles Moore Dance Theatre (part of Brooklyn Children's Museum's annual Free Friday Night Family Jam); and Señor Lucky Blues Duet at the Andrew Heighskell Library.


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2011 July | Brooklyn, New York

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Learn some early country string music at St. George Library on Staten Island or at Central Park's Harlem Meer Performance Festival.  Or come watch tap dancing to African music or hear the Brooklyn Arabic Music Trio - all this - when Circuit Productions partners with museums, libraries and outdoor festivals city-wide in its July 2011 Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance.

Rythm Journeys highlights the work of senior and emerging composers in world music and dance.  Percussionist, Andy Algire will be presenting music from his diverse compositions when he performs with Irene Koloseus's Feraba:  African Rhythm Tap Dance.  In addition, Amir El Saffar's Brooklyn Arabic Music Trio will present diverse styles of their traditional and contemporary music style.  Finally, the Ebony Hillbillies

Rhythm Journeys featuring senior and emerging jazz, tap, blues and string artists from Circuit Productions's roster will take place in venues throughout the city including the Harlem Meer Performance Festival at the Charles A. Dana Conservancy Center in Central Park, New York Public Library on Staten Island and Brooklyn Children's Museum (BCM). For more than two decades Circuit has produced senior and emerging dancers, musicians and singers in partnership with educational and cultural institutions in the five boroughs of NYC.



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2011 June | Brooklyn, New York

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Learn some swing dance on the Plaza steps at Central Library, Brooklyn or dance to the beat of steel drums at libraries in Queens and much more when Circuit Productions partners with museums, libraries and cultural centers city-wide in its June 2011 "Tap & Jazz Masters Series".

Tap & Jazz Masters Series featuring senior and emerging jazz, tap, blues and swing artists from Circuit Productions's roster will take place in venues throughout the city including the Brooklyn Public Library, the Museum at Eldridge Street, Queens Borough Public Library and Brooklyn Children's Museum. For more than two decades Circuit has produced senior and emerging dancers, musicians and singers in partnership with educational and cultural institutions in the five boroughs of NYC.

The June 2011 line-up includes: Ray Musiker Klezmer Trio (part of Museum at Eldridge Street's annual folklore festival, "Egg Rolls & Egg Creams"); the legendary Harlem Blues & Jazz Band (whose roots reach to the classic swing period of the 1920's and 30's) performing at Central Library's outdoor Plaza. (Part of Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat produced by WBGOJazz 88.3 FM and Heart of Brooklyn - a Cultural Partnership); Tony Terrell, steel pan player extraordinaire with this Caribbean Jazz Trio (part of music series of the Queens Borough library); and jazz and blues duo DeeDee Michels & Michael Max Fleming (part of Brooklyn's Best Jazz Fest - Father's Day weekend at Brooklyn Children's Museum.



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2011 May | Brooklyn, New York

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Highlights:
› Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) receives FY2011 funding through the office of Council Member Darlene Mealy administered by the Department for the Aging for four “World Beat” performances to take place in public libraries in the 41st Council District, Brooklyn.
› Upcoming live concerts will feature jawzz artists Sarah McLawler and Teddy Williams; the Charles Moore Dance Theatre; and Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Dance Ensemble

Brooklyn, New York, April 1, 2011 — Circuit Productions, Inc. - along with Community Partners – Brooklyn Public Library and Public School 40, in collaboration with Council Member Darlene Mealy, 41st Council District, Brooklyn, will be hosting World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music. All four performances are part of a two month long series with the goal of bringing together senior and emerging artists with senior and youth audiences.

The four performances are free to the public and will feature jazz vocalist/keyboardist, Sarah McLawler and jazz singer/dancer, Teddy Williams; members of Charles Moore Dance Theatre and; Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Dance Ensemble. "We are thrilled to advocate for and present such a diverse group of artists,” said Susan Goldbetter, Executive Director of Circuit Productions, “who bring their contemporary, world music and dance to new communities."



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2011 April | Brooklyn, New York

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Highlights:
› Apr 9—Irish Dance Workshop a “Community Ceili” with Darrah Carr
› Apr 12—Gitanjali: Song Offerings from Bangladesh
› Apr 16—African Dance and Drumming Workshop with Feraba Duet
› Apr 30—Irish Dance Workshop a “Community Ceili” with Darrah

Brooklyn, New York, April 1, 2011 — Circuit Productions is pleased to announce its partnership at The New York Public Library (NYPL) in hosting World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music. These special interactive performances and workshops will feature Tap and Irish dance, as well as African, Irish, and Bangla music. The "World Beat” initiative was launched in 2005 to provide skill based learning workshops and performances to the public citywide.



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2011 March | Brooklyn, New York

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Highlights:
› Performances on April 14th feature Something Positive: An Afro-Caribbean Experience
› Join us at Park Slope Senior Citizens Center

Brooklyn, New York, March 1, 2011 — Circuit Productions, Inc., the Brooklyn Public Library, PS 39K, and the Park Slope Senior Citizens Center (PSSCC) will be hosting World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music. On April 14th, 2011 music and dance performance by Something Positive: An Afro-Caribbean Experience will display traditional song and dance from the Afro-Caribbean Diasporas. Two performances will take place from 1:05-1:50pm and 2:05 – 2:50pm at Park Slope Senior Citizens Center located at 463A 7th Street 11215.

The "World Beat” initiative was launched two years ago in the 39th council district to provide skill based learning workshops and performances to youth and seniors. The yearlong series of intergenerational programs – a result of an alliance forged among the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), P.S. 39K/The Landmark School, the PSSCC and Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) - brings thematic presentations of interactive music and dance to audiences comprising all grades of the elementary school AND participants from PSSCC, simultaneously. “It is refreshing and inspiring to watch intergenerational audiences interact in a lively and diverse cultural setting. If you experience one of these World Beat programs you can feel the positive impact they have in our communities”, said Serena Rockower, Director of Bookings and Outreach at Circuit Productions.

Additional Performances: Next performance will be on June 23rd, 2011 join us for Keep the Country Dancing featuring tap, clog, swing dancer, Pat Cannon and her trio. Please check our website for all Arts Education performances.



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2010 April | Brooklyn, New York

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Circuit Productions, Inc. and Park Slope community partners present World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music


- Citations awarded by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to four Park Slope partners for the community collaboration of “World Beat”
- Next two programs at Camp Friendship are on April 22nd featuring poet, Gary Glazner; and June 14th featuring African dance and drumming


Brooklyn, New York, April, 2010 –Circuit Productions, Inc. - along with three other Park Slope community partners –  the Brooklyn Public Library, PS 39K, and the Park Slope Senior Citizens Center - will receive Citations from the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz at the June 14, 2010 performances of “World Beat:  A Study in Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music. The two 45-minute performances will take place at Camp Friendship Auditorium located at 339 8th St. Brooklyn, 11215, Entrance closer to 6th Ave. Presentation of awards at 10:15 am.  Special Note:  For parents, seniors and all other guests in and outside of council district #39 please call 718.638.4878 to confirm your attendance.


The performance is the last in a yearlong series of intergenerational programs. The “World Beat” series resulting from an alliance forged among the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), P.S. 39K/The Landmark School, the PSSCC and Circuit Productions, Inc. (CPI) brings four thematic presentations of interactive music and dance to audiences comprising all grades of the elementary school AND participants from PSSCC, simultaneously. “We are thrilled to advocate for and present such a diverse group of artists,” said Susan Goldbetter, Executive Director of Circuit Productions, “who bring their contemporary and world music to new communities.” 

The "World Beat” initiative was launched in September 2009. Each program component provides skill-based learning opportunities, enriches the lives of youth and seniors, and celebrates the diversity that is so central to Brooklyn culture. The first two programs, designed to coincide with Latin Heritage month (October) and the holiday season (an International Stories presentation for December), have already taken place. The next presentation, a poetry celebration, is scheduled for National Poetry Month (specifically, April 22nd). The final performance - scheduled for June 14th - African Dance and Percussion - features dancer, Jerbean Gilkes and percussionist, Sanga of the Valley from the Charles Moore Dance Theatre.


2010 February | Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York – February 1, 2010. Serena Rockower, Director of Marketing and Outreach at Circuit Productions, Inc., announced the upcoming presentation of World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Music and Dance. The following program is part of Circuit’s arts-in-education programming. If you would like details on attending these Arts Education and other cultural programs please call us at 718.638.4878

Come celebrate Black History Month with the exuberant dancing and drumming of Africa and the Caribbean. Members of the Charles Moore Dance Theatre - Jerbean Gilkes and “Sanga of the Valley” - will be presenting a lively interactive performance of Afro-Caribbean dance and percussion.

. . . . Thursday, February 11, 2010.
. . . . Workshops from 9:30 am - 11:00am
. . . . Site: Park Slope Senior Citizens Center
. . . . 463A 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11215
. . . . Info/Directions: 718.638.4878.



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2009 August | Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York, August 1, 2009, Serena Rockower, Director of Marketing and Outreach at Circuit Productions, Inc., announced the upcoming August dates for Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance, and the Blues & Jazz Heritage Project.  All performances are in collaboration with public libraries, city festivals, and museums.

Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance encourages public access to the work of emerging and established artists of color who reflect the ethnic diversity of world music and dance idioms.  Rockower says “We’re thrilled to have innovative and diverse programming featuring NYC artists: Michela Marino-Lerman and her fresh dancing style brings a new perspective to tap dance choreography; Puppeteers Cooperative has a spectacular show featuring large scale puppets that stimulate young imaginations; Something Positive demonstrates the resplendent music and dance of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora.  The diversity of our programming is aimed at the rainbow of cultures that New York City has to offer.”

Live programs in August 2009 include:

. . . . Michela Marino Lerman & Company in “Beat Street”
. . . . Friday August 7, 2009 6:30-7:30pm
. . . . Brooklyn Children’s Museum at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-735-4400

. . . . Puppeteers Cooperative
. . . . presents “The Beautiful Princess Rat of the MTA”
. . . . Friday August 21, 2009 6:30-7:30pm
. . . . Brooklyn Children’s Museum at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-735-4400

. . . . Something Positive – Afro-Caribbean Dance and Music<
. . . . Friday August 28, 2009 6:30-7:30pm
. . . . Brooklyn Children’s Museum at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-735-4400

Blues & Jazz Heritage Project showcases artists whose work preserves the rich culture of American music from the blues and jazz era. On August 4th, 2009 Bennie's Burrito will host Señor Lucky Blues Band. The band inspired by legendary blues musicians Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Little Walter, pays homage to these blues masters who have influenced their own musical style. Señor Lucky known for its Chicago style jump blues sound has appeared at Chelsea Piers, “Chicago Blues” and Langston Hughes Cultural Center. Band Leader Paul Handelman says, “Listening to the group will remind you why it's still a great thing to hear live music performed by seasoned musicians who have a deep love for the Blues!”

Live programs in August 2009 include:

. . . .Señor Lucky Blues Band
. . . . August 4th, 2009 8:00-10:00pm
. . . .Bennies Burrito's located at 93 Avenue A at 6th street
. . . .Info/Directions: 914-833-2222


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2009 July | Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York, July 1, 2009 – Serena Rockower, Director of Marketing and Outreach at Circuit Productions, Inc., announced today the upcoming July dates for Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance, the Blues & Jazz Heritage Project, and World Beat Series.

The World Beat Series events and workshops take place, in collaboration, with public libraries, senior centers, museums and parks. They include interactive workshops in drums, hip-hop, and African dance.

Also featured will be the antic skills of the Brooklyn-based Russian family circus - the Burdetsky Family Circus Duet and their Dancing Dogs. Come join us on Saturday, July 18, at 1pm and again at 2 pm at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. This amazing family circus, led by Arkasha Burdetsky, spans three generations of circus artists. “Arkady”, as he is fondly known, was trained by and worked for the renowned Moscow Circus, as a distinguished acrobat and juggler. Of particular delight are the Burdetsky Dancing Dogs, Santa and Barbara, who keep audiences smiling as they sing, waltz, and perform hilarious tricks.

Live programs in July 2009 include:

. . . . Burdetsky Family Circus and Dancing Dogs
. . . .Saturday, July 18, 2009 1:00-1:30pm and 2:00-2:30pm
. . . . Brooklyn Children’s Museum
. . . . 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-735-4400

. . . . Irene Koloseus’ Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Dance Duo
. . . .Wednesday. July 22, 2009 10:00-3:00 (to be confirmed)
. . . . YMCA/Staten Island (participating YMCA summer camps)
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-638-4878

. . . . Wayne Daniels’s “From Jazz to Hip-Hop”
. . . .Thursday, July 23 2009 6:30-7:30pm
. . . . Queens Village Library, Queens
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-990-0896

Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance encourages public access to the work of emerging and established artists of color who reflect the ethnic diversity of world music and dance idioms.  We’re thrilled to have legendary salsa performer and bandleader, Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King performing at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival. The Central Park Conservancy is sponsoring the summer series with Chase.

Audience members are encouraged to get there early and take the dance workshop preceding the performance.  In addition, audience members attending the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Free Family Fridays program are encouraged to participate in an evening of Salsa, Mambo and Latin Dance led by dancer/instructor, Nydia Ocasio from Brooklyn’s own, Salsa Salon.

. . . . Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King
. . . . Friday, July 17, 2009 6:30-7:30pm
. . . . Free Family Fridays at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum,
. . . . 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-735-4400

. . . . Orlando Marin – The Last Mambo King
. . . . Sunday, July 26, 2009 2:00-4:00pm, Dance workshop: 1pm
. . . . Harlem Meer Performance Festival at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
. . . . located inside Central Park at 110th Street between 5th and Lenox Ave.
. . . . Info/Directions: 212-860-1370


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Blues & Jazz Heritage Project is aimed particularly at underserved youth and senior populations in Brooklyn and is presented in collaboration with Brooklyn parks, public libraries, senior centers, and/or health facilities.  On August 2, 2009 the legendary Harlem Blues & Jazz Band – a group of veteran jazz and blues musicians whose roots reach to the classic Swing period of the 1920’s and 1930’s will perform at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival.  Scheduled to appear will be the 94 year “young” Fred Staton on horn, Michael Max Flemming, bass, Bertha Hope, keyboard and Paul Handelman, harmonica. The featured vocalist will be Ruth Brisbane.  A swing dance workshop precedes the event. The Central Park Conservancy and CHASE at the Dana Center in the North end of Central Park sponsor this program, part of the Harlem Meer performance Festival.

. . . . Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
. . . . Sunday, August 2, 2009, 2:00-4:00 pm, 1 pm Swing Dance workshop
. . . . Kingsbridge Library located at 280 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY 10463
. . . . Info/Directions: 212-576-0021


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2009 April | Brooklyn, New York


April-May 2009 presentations of Jazz and Blues Heritage Project
& Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance

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Brooklyn, New York, April 1, 2009 – Serena Rockower, Director of Marketing and Outreach at Circuit Productions, Inc., announced the upcoming April and May dates for the World Beat Series, the Jazz & Blues Heritage Project and Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance.  All performances are in collaboration with public libraries, senior centers and other venues. They include:

The World Beat Series, in collaboration with New York Public Library. This series includes interactive Afro-Caribbean dance and drums as a means of preserving African and Caribbean cultures.

. . . . Jerbean Gilkes and Songa the Valley
. . . . Tuesday, April, 14th 2009 3:30-4:30pm
. . . . Woodstock Public Library 761 East 160th Street, Bronx, NY 10456
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-665-6255

. . . . Jerbean Gilkes and Songa the Valley
. . . . Saturday April, 18th 2009 2:00-3:00pm
. . . . Countee Cullen Library 104 West 136th street (near Lenox Ave.) NYC 10030
. . . . Info/Directions: 212-576-0021

. . . . Jerbean Gilkes and Songa the Valley
. . . . Saturday, April 25th 2009 2:00-3:00pm
. . . . Tremont Public Library 1866 Washington Ave. Bronx, NY 10457.
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-299-5177

. . . . Jerbean Gilkes and Songa the Valley
. . . . Saturday, May 30th 2009, 2:00-3:00pm
. . . . Baychester Public Library 2049 Asch Loop North Bronx, NY 10475
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-379-6700

Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance presents public access to the work of emerging and established artists of color who reflect the ethnic diversity of world music and dance idioms.

. . . . Irene Koloseus’s Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Dance
(produced in collaboration with Circuit Productions/Susan Goldbetter, producer
and HAI, Max Daniels Producer).
. . . . Monday, April 20th 2009
. . . . St. George Library (5 Central Avenue, Staten Island 10301)
. . . . Info/Directions: 212-575-7660 or 718-638-4878

. . . . Max Pollak's RumbaTap Trio
. . . . Thursday, April, 30th 2009
. . . . Bronx Community College 2155 University Place, Bronx, NY 10453 (gym).
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-289-5100* (Prof. Suzan Moss)

. . . . “Last Mambo King”Orlando Marin and his Quintet
. . . . Saturday, May 30th 2009, 2:30-3:30pm
. . . . Bronx Library Center located at 310 Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458
. . . . Info/Directions: 212-576-0021

Blues & Jazz Heritage Project: preserves the work of blues and jazz artists by facilitating opportunities for these artists to perform in underserved venues throughout the city.

. . . . Senor Lucky Blues Band
. . . . Saturday, April 25th 2009 2:00-3:00pm
. . . . Langston Hughes Library 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens, 11368
. . . . Info/Directions: 718-651-1100

. . . . Tom Smith’s Broadway & Nightclub Songs of New York
. . . . Saturday, May 16th 2009 2:00-3:00pm
. . . . Van Nest Library located at 2147 Barnes Avenue Bronx, NY 10462
. . . . Info/Directions: 212-576-0021

. . . . Tom Smith’s Broadway & Nightclub Songs of New York
. . . . Saturday, May 30th 2009, 2:30-3:30pm
. . . . Morris Park Library located at Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462
. . . . Info/Directions: 212-576-0021


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2009 March | Brooklyn, New York


March-April 2009 presentations of Jazz and Blues Heritage Project
& Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance

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2009 February | Brooklyn, New York


Programming at Circuit Productions in February 2009

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2009 January | Brooklyn, New York


Programming at Circuit Productions in January 2009

// “Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance” – performances featuring Burdetsky Family Circus Duet with Dancing Dogs at Bronx Library Center
// “Blues and Jazz Heritage Series” - Two performances featuring pianist/vocalist Sarah McLawler and Broadway stage dancer, Teddy Williams

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2008 December | Brooklyn, New York


Programming at Circuit Productions in December 2008

// “Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance” – performances featuring Sonido Costeno at Bronx Library Center
// “Rhythm Journeys” - Charles Moore Dance Theatre at Flushing Queens Public Library

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2008 November | Brooklyn, New York


Upcoming Programming at Circuit Productions in November 2008

// “Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance” – performance featuring Irene Koloseus’ Feraba: African Rhythm Tap Dance Company
// “Rhythm Journeys” - Orlando Marin: The Last Mambo King- Music concert featuring the Orlando Marin Quintet

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Special Programming at Circuit Productions in November 2008

// “Witch Bungle” –performance featuring puppeteer Theresa Linnihan.
// “Learn to Dance” workshop featuring choreographer Teddy Williams.

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2008 September | Brooklyn, New York


Circuit Productions, Inc. presents Fall 2008 Presentations of Rhythm Journeys: Masters of World Music and Dance

// Fall dance/music performances of Rhythm Journeys will take place at Brooklyn and Bronx Public Libraries. Performances to feature Tony Terrell Caribbean Jazz Quartet; Orlando Marin -“The Last Mambo King” and his Quintet; and the Charles Moore Dance Theatre.

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2008 May | Brooklyn, New York


Circuit Productions, Inc. presents Spring Presentations of Rhythm Journeys: Masters of Jazz and World Music and World Beat: Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC

// June music performances of Rhythm Journeys will take place at Museum of the City of New York, The Fort Green Market Concerts and the Harlem Meer Performance Festival
// Free World Beat performances to feature Feraba- African drumming and tap dance; Burdetsky Family Circus duet with dancing dogs at Brooklyn venues.


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2008 January | Brooklyn, New York


Circuit Productions, Inc. presents Winter Programs of Rhythm Journeys:
Masters of Jazz and World music

// February music performances highlight the work of composers and ensembles during Winter performances of Rhythm Journeys: Masters of Jazz and World Music.
// Free concerts feature Vocalist/Hammond Organist, Sarah McLawler at Brooklyn Heights Library, February 23, 2008.


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Circuit Productions, Inc. presents Winter Programs of Rhythm Journeys:
Masters of Jazz and World music

Features information about:
// February music performances highlight the work of composers and ensembles during Winter performances of Rhythm Journeys: Masters of Jazz and World Music.
// Free concerts feature the Harlem Blues and Jazz Trio in Long Island, Sarah McLawler in Brooklyn
and Andy Algire in Mt. Vernon.


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2007 October | Brooklyn, New York


Circuit Productions, Inc. presents Fall Programs Featuring Three Composers
and Their Music Commissions with a Grant from the New York State Music Fund

Features information about:
// Three composers present their music during Fall performances of Rhythm Journeys:
Masters of Jazz and World music.

// Concerts continue to take place in NYC and NYS beginning November 2007.


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