By E. Joyce Glasgow
New York City will be brimming with an extraordinary amount of arts events, as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) annual Conference takes place, January 8th-12th, with satellite festivals surrounding it and then, following on its heels, the Chamber Music America (CMA) Conference, January 14th-16th.
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, annually held in January at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, is the largest of its kind and an opportunity for thousands of arts presenters to see performers in showcases and find just the right acts for their artistic seasons. There will be over 4,000 attendees, 400 exhibitors and 1,000 performances over the length of the conference. The 2010 theme is “Risk. Opportunity. Now.” Presenters and producers come from all over the world, representing various venues including theatres, non–profit arts presenting organizations, music clubs, festivals and universities. The acts showcased are a completely eclectic group and feature everything from dance to comedy, to cabaret to jazz, classical and world music, circus arts, novelty acts and theatre. Visit: www.artspresenters.org for complete details on APAP.
During and around the APAP Conference in New York there are several festivals associated with the conference, inexpensively available to the general public and special only to this time period:
The 2010 N.Y.C. Winter Jazzfest, is a two night affair, ambitiously showcasing fifty six performances by jazz artists in five venues, within walking distance of each other, on January 8th and 9th starting at 6:00PM each night. A two night pass is a reasonable $30 and one night is $25 and the pass allows audience members to go in and out of venues as they wish to catch approximately 45 minute sets of groups appearing simultaneously. This year’s highlights include: Ben Allison, The Claudia Quintet, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Elliott Sharp, Jenny Sheinman with Jason Moran, Nicholas Payton, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Carmen Consoli, Lionel Loueke, William Parker, Briggan Krauss, Joel Harrison, Sachal Vasandani, Gretchen Parlato, Bobby Previte, Matt Wilson and Vijay Iyer. The participating venues are: Le Poisson Rouge, Kenny’s Castaways, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End and Sullivan Hall. All venues are either on Bleecker St. or within a one-block walk. Visit: www.winterjazzfest.com for complete details.
GlobalFEST 2010 is on January 10th at Webster Hall, starting at 7:00PM. Twelve world music groups will be showcased throughout the evening on three stages, including: Alif Naaba (Burkina Faso), Cara Dillon (Ireland), Caravan Palace (France), Cedric Watson (U.S.A.), Frederico Aubele (Argentina/U.S.A.), Francois Ladrezo and Alka Omeka (Guadeloupe), La Cumbiamba eNe Ye (Columbia/U.S.A.), La Excelencia (U.S.A.), Meta and the Cornerstones (Senegal/U.S.A.), Namgar (Russia/Mongolia), Nguyen Le’s Saiyuki (Vietnam/Japan/India/France) and Nightlosers (Romania). Tickets are a reasonable $40 for the complete evening. Visit: www.globalfest-ny.org for complete details.
The Under the Radar Festival is a festival of internationally drawn theatre and performance art pieces that push the envelope for newness, experimentation and creativity. It is primarily held at The Public Theater, where, this year, ten different productions from the U.S.A., Ireland, U.K., Canada and Poland are playing from January 6th -17th. A couple of the shows that sound particularly intriguing are; “John Cassavetes’ Husbands”, a theater piece based on filmmaker, John Cassavetes’ 1970’s film “Husbands”, conceived of by Doris Miresco and “Silver Stars” by Brokentalkers from Dublin, Ireland. Other productions that are part of the festival are playing at different venues around New York City including the HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122 and La Mama, which is featuring an intriguing puppet production of “The Devil You Know”, by Ping Chong, based on “The Devil and Daniel Webster”. Tickets are very inexpensive at $15 each. Visit: www.undertheradarfestival.com for complete details.