Wednesday, July 8, 2015

“The Roots that Keep Spreading: Afro-Latin Music and the Re-Conquista of The Americas”

On Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. Heshima y Ofrecimiento, a group of seven exceptionally talented musicians who combine jazz, Latin and soul styles, will perform a special program of original compositions and new arrangements of Afro-Latin jazz standards in the Music Room of Wistariahurst Museum. The concert is open to the public and tickets are $15 or $12 for Museum members.

Jazz, and other musical art forms usually attributed to the Americas, owe much of their conceptualization to the African diaspora – people with African heritage found throughout the world and for this one-time event, Heshima Moja and his group Ofrecimiento will perform a program of music that reflects the intertwining of Afro-Latin musical influences of Cuba and Puerto Rico with these types of music to create an experience that is totally unique. Moja describes it as “Luther Vandross meets Tito Puente and John Coltrane.”

The concert is part of an on-going effort by Wistariahurst Museum to present music that reflects the diversity and artistry of the community in the Pioneer Valley. Other up-coming concerts in the series include “Day is the Same as Night,” an evening of Yiddish music with Laurie Israel on Thursday, July 30, and “Lavender Blues,” a showcase of queer music before World War II written and performed by Sarah Kilborne, great- great- granddaughter of William Skinner and the author of American Phoenix, on Sunday, August 1. A full list of concerts and performances can be found at

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