This year, “2020 Live at the Gantries Online” will offer a series of virtual performances in a virtual space, instead of on the Long Island City waterfront. Show start at 7 p.m. each Tuesday, followed by live Q&A sessions with the artists, all streamed on KCA’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
The first of eight performances launched this week, with Nixtaband, a contemporary jazz ensemble made up of Queens College alumni and musicians based in New York City and Mexico, delivering jazz-folk fusion using Afro-Cuban, South American, Afro-American and Mexican rhythms.
On July 14, Kalunga, The Duo Sessions will perform a classical sound with a modern twist. Award-winning percussionist Javier Diaz and world-class oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz team up to orchestrate an exciting blend of Afro-Latin music and crossover chamber music. This show will be followed by a short master class on Batá percussion.
The remainder of the “2020 Live at the Gantries Online” roster consists of eclectic acts such as New York-based jug band The Salt Cracker Crazies, Brooklyn Raga Massive and The Chivalrous Crickets.
"So much of the extraordinary vibrancy that Queens is known for is represented in the wide variety of diverse musical acts participating in the Live at the Gantries series," said Queens College president-designate Frank Wu. "Now, as online performances, they provide us with a significant opportunity to share the rich cultural fabric of our borough with a worldwide audience."
A full lineup for “Live at the Gantries 2020” is available at kupferbergcenter.org