BXIndie artist series



bxindie music:
maxim pakhomov and

teresa kubiak

Thursday, November 19, 2010 at 4:00pm

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Broadway between West 62nd St & 63rd St

Admission: free

Maxim Pakhomov completed his music studies at the Moscow State Conservatory and has appeared throughout Russia with various orchestras. He has toured England, Scotland, Austria and Estonia in both solo and chamber music concerts. His American credits include performances at Lincoln Center’ Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall where he premiered his own arrangement of Stravinsky’s Petrushka for piano duo. Currently, he maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and is a founding member of the Bronx Chamber Players. Mr. Pakhomov has performed with the Westchester Chorale and is the principal pianist of the Bronx Opera Company. His solo performances include piano concertos by Rachmaninoff, Tschaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, Brahms and Beethoven with the Orchestra of the Bronx, Beethoven’s Concerto No.4 with the Orchestra of the Barge Music Festival, The Triple Concerto with the Bronx Symphony, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Staten Island Philharmonic, Bach’s D Minor Concerto with the Bach Festival Small Orchestra of the Lautreamont Concert Series, and The Beethoven Choral Fantasy with One World Symphony. Mr. Pakhomov is a two-time winner of the BCA’s BRIO Award for instrumental performance.

Teresa Kubiak is a prominent cellist who has performed with major ensembles at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and throughout the metropolitan area. Ms. Kubiak has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Bronx Opera Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony, and Connecticut Grand Opera. She regularly performs solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States and abroad. She has been a soloist with the Orchestra of the Bronx and serving as principal cellist. She was also a recent winner of BCA’s BRIO award for music composition.

BxIndie artists Maxim Pakhomov and Teresa Kubiak perform at Lincoln Center’s renovated David Rubenstein Atrium.

BxIndie Dance:

Christal Brown and Alethea Pace

Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 8:00pm
Riverdale Y
5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY

Christal Brown, a two-time BRIO winner for choreography, is the founder and artistic director of INSPIRIT, a dance company, which creates contemporary works that are woven with themes of spiritual exuberance and ancestral strength from her African heritage. The dances range from postmodern forms to traditional West African, from ballet to yoga. INSPIRIT has shown work at Aaron Davis Hall, St. Marks Church, Joyce Soho, The Lincoln Theater of Washington, DC, and other venues across the country.

Alethea Pace, a two-time BRIO winner for dance, was trained in her native Bronx. She was a member of the Arthur Aviles Typical Theater for eight years where she was committed to creating dance works for her community. Alethea has also performed with Karl Anderson, Doug Elkins, Erick Montes, Sipa Fredrick and Marta Renzi. She will be performing with the Physual Dance Company choreographed by Richard Rivera.

BxIndie literary:

Urayoán Noel, Ada Limón, and Silvia Morales

Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 1:00pm

NYPL Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase presents Bronx poets Urayoán Noel, Ada Limón, and Silvia Morales reading from their original works. An open mic will follow the readings but all poets must sign up in advance. Acentos poet Fish Vargas will host the event.

Ada Limón
has a Masters of Fine Arts from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, she has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and New York Foundation for the Arts, and won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry. Her first book, lucky wreck, was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her second book, this big fake world, was the winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize.

Silvia Morales is a BX Indie artist and a 2008 winner of the Bronx Writers’ Center’s Literary Fellowship and Residency Program. She grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of an artist who taught her to love the arts. She has long been a supporter and defender of arts programs in New York City public schools, having spent over ten years teaching high school English and Spanish. Teaching allowed her to encourage an appreciation of art and literature in countless students, an ap-preciation which she has also passed on to her two daughters. She currently teaches composition as an instructor in the City University of New York.

Urayoán Noel
received his B.A., in English from Universidad de Puerto Rico (1998), his M.A. in Spanish, Stanford University, CA, and his PhD in Spanish from New York University (2008). He is the author of Kool Logic / La lógica kool (Bilingual Press, a 2006 Books of the Year Selection by El Nuevo Día) and Boringkén (Ediciones Callejón/La Tertulia, 2008). Other works include the artist’s book las flores del mall (2000) and various text-sound collaborations with composer Monxo Lopez, some of which are featured on the DVD Kool Logic Sessions (Bilingual Press) and on the CD included with Boringkén.


bachata on my mind

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 7:00pm

Hostos Repertory Theater

450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Admission free - ticket must be obtained at box office

Bachata On My Mind features the newest voices on the New York Bachata scene. Part 1, Amares, stars José Vargas & Ninfa Molina and Part 2, Rumores, stars André Veloz.

Bxindie music:

Curtis brothers quartet

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 7:30pm
Train Park at Amalgamated Houses (on the corner of Orloff Ave and Gale Place)

Enjoy Latin jazz fusion with the Curtis Brothers Quartet. Performing regularly in the New York and East Coast jazz scene, the Curtis Brothers are on a mission to create music that not only moves your soul but awakens the sense of awareness to what surrounds us politically and socially. They are on a mission to entertain and inspire listeners to think outside the box, not only about Latin jazz but about the change that is everywhere. Their social awareness and desire to create new music only makes a listener that much more engaged and the more one listens, the more they discover. Check out the Panamanian Murga or Hilton's Rumba, which has been on Puerto Rico's top 20 list. They are undeniably on their way to the top! Learn more about the Curtis Brothers and their music by visiting their website at

Curtis Brothers at Amalgamated Train Park.

bx indie music:

La Excelencia

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

52 Park/Teatro Miranda

Kelly Street between Avenue St. John and Leggett Avenue

Enjoy the sounds of this international eleven-piece salsa ensemble as they perform their unique mix of timbale, congas, vocals and provocative lyrics and arrangements from their latest CD Mi Tumbao Social. The orchestra was created with the intention to bring a new outlook to salsa music by being hip, young, writing about social issues, and breaking the mold, yet not losing the true roots of salsa. The hard life of the barrio is reflected in La Excelencia’s music through their hardcore salsa sounds known as “salsa dura”. The music of La Excelencia has been referred to as fresh, original, danceable, contagious, and bringing social awareness to all.

This concert is sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts and Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. Hosted by 52 People for Progress, Inc.

Press Release

bx indie literary:

joe flood

August 15, 2009, 6:00pm

Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY
Open to the public and admission is free. Wheelchair accessible.

Joe Flood will read excerpts from his upcoming book The Fires (Riverhead Books, 2010) for which he won his BRIO award for non-fiction. The RAND Corporation had an alluring proposal for a city on the brink of economic collapse: Using their computer models—which had been developed for and successfully implemented in military operations— New York City could save millions of dollars by streamlining public services. The Fires tells the story of how the good intentions of an ambitious, working class fire chief, a charismatic mayor and his technocratic successor, and the RAND Corporation went so disastrously wrong—and also reveals how RAND’s formulas were inextricably woven into the fabric of the late 20th and 21st century city. At a time when our country faces an economic climate not seen since the 1970s, and looks for new solutions, new heroes, and new cityscapes, The Fires could not be a more salient book.

Joe Flood is a journalist who has spent the last seven years researching the facts and implications of the epidemic of fires that swept through New York City in the 1970s. A Massachusetts native, Joe first learned about New York’s 1970s bankruptcy and fire epidemic while reporting a story for Doubletake magazine. After graduating from Harvard College in 2004, he worked as a reporter for the New York Sun and as a high school English teacher at the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In 2005 he moved to New York City and later to the Mott Haven section of the Bronx to research and write The Fires, which will be published by Riverhead Books in the spring of 2010. He is happy to report that his frequent walks to Yankee Stadium in a Red Sox jersey have yielded nothing worse than a few good-natured jeers.

Press Release


bx indie music:

ray viera

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm

52 Park/Teatro Miranda

Kelly Street between Avenue St. John and Leggett Avenue

Bronx, NY

Ray Viera
was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Since childhood he has listened to the recordings of the great "Soneros", such as Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, Ishmael Miranda, Chamaco Ramirez and Marvin Santiago. Collectively, these artists have inspired Ray to pursue his goals, combining their musical influences into his own vocal style and sensibility. Now he presents his latest endeavor, a refreshing and swinging production titled “TROMBAO” which he produced and composed nine of the ten songs. “TROMBAO” made it to the second round of the Grammy nomination process in 2008. Join us for the unique blend of musica by one of the new generation “Soneros” who blends the traditional style of Salsa with the flexibility of a crooner and a progressive, modern outlook. This concert is sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts and Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. Hosted by 52 People for Progress, Inc.

Press Release


bx indie music:

velvet ross

June 7, 2009, 3:00pm
Christ Church Riverdale

5030 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY

Admission free. All are welcome.

Velvet Ross
is an accomplished singer, actress, award-winning playwright and activist. She has toured overseas to Japan, Spain, Argentina and Chile. She has also performed in various well-known venues around New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BB Kings, Birdland, CBGB Gallery, and Sony Sound Stage. She is an Amateur Night at the Apollo winner and winner of the Miss Black World Pageant New York 2004. Velvet Ross is the Host, Executive Producer and Creator of the VRoss Report, a show that brings arts and politics together in a political format. She lives in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Photo courtesy the artist.

Press Release

bx indie music:

Norka Nadal - Bambula
Obanilu Allende y Pura Plena
and Matthew Gonzalez y su Cumbalaya

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Rincon Criollo

Brook Avenue and East 158th Street, Bronx, NY

Featured on Viva Cultura Trolley.


bx indie music:

steven lubin

May 17, 2009, 3:00pm
Christ Church Riverdale

5030 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY

Admission free. All are welcome.

Pianist Steven Lubin has performed as concerto soloist or recitalist across the U.S. and abroad and he has appeared as soloist in many of the world’s great concert halls and in major international festivals. He has performed with the National Symphony, the Odessa Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the Academy of Ancient Music of London, the Wiener Akademie, Il Fondamento, and many others. He has recorded twenty CDs, mostly for major labels, and has received critical approbation worldwide for his artistry, musical originality and technical excellence. Mr. Lubin was chosen by Decca to record the five piano concertos of Beethoven with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music -- a recording cited as definitive by many critics internationally. He was named as one of the most distinguished recordings of the year by Stereo Review, The New York Times, Gramophone, Fanfare, and The Penguin Guide. Mr. Lubin has also released a series of highly acclaimed recordings for Arabesque, Harmonia Mundi USA and Classical Soundings. He resides in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Photo courtesy the artist.

bx indie music:

bronx underground

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Owen Dolen Recreational Center

Westchester Square, Bronx, NY

BxIndie artist, Drew Torres, performing at the Owen Dolen Recreational Center at the Fair @The Square.

bx indie music:

toru dodo

April 26, 2009, 3:00pm
Christ Church Riverdale

5030 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY

Admission free. All are welcome.

Pianist, composer, arranger, and author Toru Dodo was born in Tokyo and now lives in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He started playing classical piano at age four. Dodo was an Economics major at the Meiji University in Tokyo when he discovered Jazz music and began performing in the Tokyo area. After graduating in the summer of 1995, Toru went to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music where he graduated summa cum laude. Toru moved to the Bronx in 1998, as his musical career continued to move forward. He has toured across the U.S. and abroad with his group and as a sideman with a variety of talented musicians. In 2007 he was cited as "One of the most exciting new talents in jazz" by James Rosen of The Inside Connection. One year later he was recognized by the International Association for Jazz Education for his outstanding service to the field. He was awarded BCA’s BRIO that same year. Toru‘s book, Excellent Jazz Solo Piano, was published in 2008 (Rittor Music,Japan); he has an upcoming CD, Do You Like Cappuccino?; and has been hosting Sunday Jam Session at the Cleopatra's Needle, a NYC jazz club, since 2002. Photo courtesy the artist.


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BxIndie events are designed to encourage artists and arts collectives to explore new performance sites, to break new ground in various disciplines and to get closer to their audience, thus increasing community participation and fostering an environment for the arts to thrive.

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


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