BXIndie artist series


Two Lunchtime Holiday Concerts at the Hutch Metro Cafe

sponsored by Hutchinson Metro Center, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Dept of Small Business Services Avenue NYC, and the Verizon Foundation.


Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:15 & 1:15pm

Hutchinson Metro Cafe

1200 Waters Place, Bronx, NY 10461

Latin Jazz: Traditional Holiday Celebration with Willie Rodriguez and Andy Gonzalez



Thursday December 16, 2010, 12:15 & 1:15pm

Hutchinson Metro Cafe

1200 Waters Place, Bronx, NY 10461

Holiday Music with the Celia Cruz High School of Music


BXindie music:
alma micic

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:30pm

Train Park at Amalgamated Houses (on the corner of Orloff Ave and Gale Place)

Rain location: Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses, 74 Van Cortlandt Park South at Hillman Avenue (718-601-7399).

An evening of jazz for a hot summer's night. "Alma personifies what jazz singing is all about." - Ron Della Chiesa, WGBH Radio.

The Bronx Council on the Arts and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz proudly present a free concert by jazz vocalist Alma Micic on Thursday, August 26th, from 7:30-9:00pm, at Train Park at Amalgamated Houses on the corner of Orloff Avenue and Gale Place in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The concert is open to the public and all are welcome. Admission is free.

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BxIndie artist Alma Micic and group perform outdoors. Video length: 1:30 min.


willie rodriguez

and andy gonzalez

Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 12:15 and 1:15pm

Hutchinson Metro Cafe

1200 Waters Place, Bronx, NY 10461


Cool Latin Jazz with Maestro Willie Rodriguez and Andy Gonzalez

Latin Jazz pianist Willie Rodriguez has been a fixture in Latin and Latin/Jazz music since the 1970s. Among his many recordings he is on Machito's 1982 Grammy award-winning 1Salsa Big Band and on Celia Cruz' 2002 Grammy award-winning album. He has also recorded with Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Johnny Pacheco and Steve Turre.

Andy Gonzalez is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent Latin Jazz bassists.  He has held the bass chair with greats Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, McCoy Tyner, Don Grolnik and countless others. His new Latin jazz ensemble: Andy Gonzalez and Friends play a repertoire combining instrumental original Latin jazz, popular Puerto Rican and Afro Cuban compositions.

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robert silverman

Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 12:15 and 1:15pm

Hutchinson Metro Cafe

1200 Waters Place, Bronx, NY 10461

Jazz & Pop by Robert Silverman
, a pianist, trumpeter, and composer who has been a fixture in the New York Jazz scene since 1985. After a stint in Europe and assorted gigs with Albert King, Jimmy Heath, George Russell, Cecil McBee and the Ron Levy Bluesman band, Robert went on to form his own ensemble featuring original compositions, the blues, and standards. Mr. Silverman has been featured in New York on NBC TV, WKCR, WBAI, and WNYC Radio's Around New York. He is the recipient of two "Meet the Composer Grants".

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BXindie music:
8 Y Más

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 7:30pm with intermission

52 Park/Teatro Miranda
Kelly St between Ave. St. John and Leggett Ave.
(2, 5 train to Prospect Ave)

One of the hottest new bands to burst onto the Latin music scene. The band is the cooperative effort of internationally recognized Latin musicians/producers, Bobby Allende, Angel Fernandez, Ricky Gonzalez and Marc Quiñones. Although the band is new, its members are anything but new to the industry.


8 y Más is destined to take salsa back to its original flavor as they play, “La Musica de Ayer, Con El Sonido de Hoy,” yesterday’s music with today’s sound.
Part of First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley. Hosted by 52 People for Progress, Inc.

BxIndie group 8 y Más performs at 52 Park/Teatro Miranda. Video length: 47 seconds.

jacqueline flowers

Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:15 and 1:15pm

Hutchinson Metro Cafe

1200 Waters Place, Bronx, NY 10461


Contemporary Pop, Gospel, and R&B Music by vocalist Jacqueline Flowers. Jacqueline Flowers began singing at age 4, performing at age 6, playing the piano at 9. She was a member of Philadelphia’s Great Valley Senior High School Performing Ensemble when they recorded their only album. Jacqueline attended American University (AU) where she performed regularly as part of the AU Chorale. As a member of the Neltones she performed throughout DC and Maryland leading to a Tonight Show performance. Jacqueline moved to NYC in 2002 and continues performing with the NuyoRican School Original Poetry and Jazz Ensemble along with her own quartet and quintet.


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Melissa Primavera

and Brandon Mcreynolds

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 from 7:00-9:00pm

PerformanceSpace at the Riverdale Y

5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471, 718-548-8200, Directions

Award-winning soprano Melissa Primavera and tenor Brandon McReynolds perform operatic selections for opera lovers of all ages.
Both are both winners of 2009 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award for vocal performance.

Tickets are $10  for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be purchased at A $2.00 discount will be given to holders of BCA's Bronx Cultural Card.

Noted for her "glowing" and "sumptuous" voice, Soprano Melissa Primavera has become a favorite with audiences in the greater New York City area. Highlights of Melissa’s operatic roles include works by Puccini (Magda,) Verdi (Nannetta,) Offenbach (Antonia,) and Mozart (Despina, Susanna.).

One who "delivers considerable thrills" is how the New York Times describes young, American tenor Brandon McReynolds. He has most recently been seen on stage as a member of the Sarasota Opera Studio and il Conte d'Almaviva with Oklahoma University Opera. Upcoming engagements include il Duca di Mantua with Montana Lyric Opera and Alfredo with Volkstheater Rostock in Germany. He holds an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

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BxIndie Soprano Melissa Primavera performs at PerformanceSpace at the Riverdale Y. Video length: 1:17 min.


BxIndie tenor Brandon McReynolds performs at PerformanceSpace at the Riverdale Y. Video length: 1:30 min.


BxIndie Literary:
Camille Darby

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 6:45pm

Mott Haven Branch of the New York Public Library

321 East 140th St, Bronx, NY 10454


Staged reading by BRIO winner Camille Darby of her original one-act play Sweetest Taboo. This event is a feature of June 2's First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley.

Camille Darby was born in Jamaica, West Indies, but migrated to New York City with her family at the age of six. Her constant attempts at adjusting to American culture—she soon discovered—were best manifested through her writing. It was her first play Mother, May I?, which was written in her high school’s Residency Arts Program, that drew the attention of acclaimed playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. With Wasserstein’s guidance and encouragement, Camille continued to study theatre, history, literature and film at Sarah Lawrence College where she received her B.A. in Liberal Arts in 2005. During the same year, she also received Honorable Mention at the College Language Association Creative Writing Contest for her ten-minute play Where Your Gun At? — a social commentary examining the women of the Black Panther Movement of the 1960s. Camille holds an M.F.A in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. During that time, she had a series of readings at The Public Theatre which include Easy Conversation and Sweetest Taboo. In 2008, Camille received the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) playwriting prize from the Bronx Council on the Arts for her full-length play Lords Resistance.

BxIndie Music:
Mary courtney

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 2:30pm

On Stage @ Woodlawn Chapel

Concert Admission: $10 Adult, $5 Senior & Students, Children under six free.
Reservations recommended.

Irish folk singer/songwriter Mary Courtney performs her lyrical and haunting traditional Irish music in this evocative venue. Mary is a founder of the all female traditional band, Morning Star. Before the performance, walk the Irish Eyes Are Smiling Tour. Visit the resting places of some of New York’s most prominent Irishmen and women including George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert and Chauncey Olcott. (Tour Admission: $10 per Person, $5 for Seniors & Students. Meet at the Jerome Avenue Entrance at 1:00pm. 25% discount available for attending both the tour and concert.)

Directions: The Jerome Avenue Gate of The Woodlawn Cemetery is the last stop on the IRT #4 Train. The cemetery is also accessible from the Metro North Railroad Harlem Line (Woodlawn Station). For those traveling by car, Woodlawn can be reached from the E. 233rd street exit off the Major Deegan (#13) and the Bronx River Parkway (#10).

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BxIndie artist Mary Courtney performs On Stage @ Woodlawn Chapel. Video length: 1:30 min.

BxIndie Music:
Jen Shyu

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:30pm

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Broadway between West 62nd St & 63rd St

The Bronx Council on the Arts and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts present Asian-classical jazz fusion with BxIndie musician Jen Shyu. Ms. Shyu, a vocalist, composer, dancer, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader, will perform at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. All are invited. Admission is free

Internationally-known lead vocalist in Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, Jen Shyu will present “Jade Tongue”, original music for voice, piano, dance, erhu, and moon guitar. She sings in various “tongues” including Taiwanese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Mandarin, featuring her own arrangements of Taiwanese folk music on piano and the two-stringed moon guitar. Jen’s music is set to poetry by Brazilian poet Patrícia Magalhães and Tang Dynasty poets Li Bai and Mengjiao with text by Cuban slave Esteban Montejo. Her haunting and powerful music is influenced by jazz, classical music, her research in Cuba, Brazil, and China, and indigenous music from Taiwan and other parts of the world. Born in Illinois from Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, Bronx-based Jen Shyu has established herself as a pioneer and original voice in the improvisational, experimental jazz, and creative music worlds. Her work has been influenced over the years by her musical collaborations with Asian improv artists, poets, duo artists, and additional New York City artists on the burgeoning improvisational scene. Among her achievements, Jen is a 2008-2009 MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, an awardee of fellowships and commissions from the Asian Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation, Roulette Space, the Jazz Gallery, and the Bronx Council on the Arts -

Ms. Shyu is a two-time winner of the Brio award in 2009 for instrumental performance and in 2007 for music composition. During her 2009 tour in Taiwan, the mayor of Hengchun named her the first “Ambassador of Hengchun Folk Song.” Tracts from Jen’s albums, “For Now” and “Jade Tongue”, can be downloaded from

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BxIndie artist Jen Shyu performs her unique Asian Jazz fusion at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Video length: 1:30 min.

bxindie music:

prima divas

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 7:00pm

Hostos Repertory Theater at Hostos Community College

450 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10451

Teana “Alkebulan” Rodriguez
, 2009 BRIO winner for vocal performance, began to trace her roots back to her African ancestors, drawing on their legacy as she embarked on her mission to not only honor their memory, but to break the stereotypes in popular music, thus giving birth to a style she has dubbed "Rebel Soul," a unique blend of R&B, Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Dance & Reggae. She has been winning the hearts and souls of audiences wherever she performs with her powerful vocals and thought provoking messages.


BxIndie artist Melissa Diaz is a singer, songwriter, percussionist and member of Puerto Rican roots group "Yerbabuena", as well as Dominican "Musica Tipica" group "Kombacarei". Sleeping Phoenix, Melissa’s new solo project, is a fusion of Afro-Caribbean, Alternative rock and Latin pop. Sleeping Phoenix is a search to discover identity through the blending of major cultural influences and an attempt to give voice to the subculture of first generation Americans from different ethnic backgrounds who belong neither "here nor there" culturally.

BxIndie artists Teana “Alkebulan” Rodriguez and Melissa Diaz perform at Hostos Repertory Theater at Hostos Community College.

BxIndie music:
Antonio polanco

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 8:00pm

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

450 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10451


BxIndie musician and BRIO winner Antonio Polanco is a Bronx-born Dominican who bills himself as a DJ, a music composer, and a music producer who now spends much of his time in the recording studio.

BxIndie literary:
Desi Moreno-Penson

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bruckner Bar & Grill

1 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY, 10454

Desi Moreno-Penson is a New York City-based playwright. Her work has been developed and/or produced at such venues as Urban Stages, New Georges (affiliated artist), The Cherry Lane, Perishable Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Intar, Repertorio Espanol, The Royal Court Theatre in London, among others. She is a finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, and recipient the 2003 Wilson Lehr Award, the 2002 Louis Delgado Jr. Award for Playwriting, and a three-time recipient of the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Fellowship for both playwriting and live performance.

Desi’s short plays include Lazarus Disposed, Spirit Sex, and A Latina Prepares. Her full length plays include Screwing Rachel, 3 to a Session: A Monster’s Tale, Devil Land, and Ghost Light. Her play, Devil Land premiered at the 2007 Summer Play Festival in New York produced by Arielle Tepper Madover. It will be published by Broadway Play Publishing. Her play, Ghost Light was recently produced for a limited engagement at 59E59 Theatre this past October. Her short play, Spirit Sex was produced as part of the 2009 Going to the River Festival at Ensemble Studio Theatre this past September, and will be included in the next short plays anthology published by Smith and Krause, The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2010.

Desi is a member of The Dramatists Guild and holds a Masters Degree in Dramaturgy and Theatre Criticism from Brooklyn College where she received the prestigious Samuel Levenson Memorial Scholarship for academic and creative achievement. She is on the staff of teaching artists for Young Playwrights, Inc. and is currently working on a commission from Enrichment Works to write a one-man show based on the life of baseball player, Roberto Clemente. Desi is represented by Bruce Ostler at Bret Adams, Ltd.

BxIndie performer, playwright Desi Moreno-Penson, performs one of her pieces at the Bruckner Bar and Grill. Excerpt from: A Latina Prepares about a Latina actress who is fed up with her stereotypical ethnic roles and takes revenge upon her being a damn good actress! Video length: 1:30 min.

BxIndie Music:

Muhamadou Salieu Suso

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 8:30pm

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Broadway between West 62nd St & 63rd St

Admission: free

Muhamadou Salieu Suso
was born into a family of traditional Gambian musicians, historians, and storytellers that extends nearly one thousand years. From the age of eight, he was trained to play the 21-stringed kora (West African harp) by his father, renowned kora player Alhaji Musa Makang Suso. Muhamadou is a descendant of JaliMady Wulayn Suso who is the actual inventor of the kora instrument. A master musician and composer, Muhamadou also has an established reputation as a Griot or djeli — poet or storyteller. An official MUNY artist since 2007, he is a leader in the United States' African music scene. He has performed throughout Africa and Europe with various groups and is the leader of the Jaliya Kafo! Extended Family Music Ensemble. His work has been recorded solo, in variety of compilations as well as ensemble groups. In 2004, he and Kevin Nathaniel received the Parent’s Choice Award for the album “African Dreams”. Suso, on Gambian kora, was featured on the popular "Travel Series" (Six Degrees Records) "African Travels," along with NYC collective of DJs and musicians known as Organic Grooves (O.G.). Mr. Suso won a BRIO award (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award in 2007 for instrumental music from the Bronx Council on the Arts. For more information on Mr. Suso, visit

BxIndie artist Muhamadou Salieu Suso performs at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Video length: 1:30 min.

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BxIndie is a NYC Cultural Innovation Fund project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.




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