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Kavita Shah presents 'Folk Songs of Naborea' at NYC's Rubin Museum

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Tomorrow evening - October 26th at NYC's Rubin Museum in New York, Kavita Shah presents a special performance of "Folk Songs of Naboréa" This represents Sha's most ambitious work to date, and was named by NPR as one of the Top 10 Jazz Performances of 2017. First premiered in November 2017 at NYC's Park Avenue Armory, "Folk Songs of Naboréa, is an interdisciplinary song-cycle for seven voices by the composer/ethnographer which imagines the folk music of a futuristic, post-nuclear society in which humans have abandoned technology and national and racial identities have eroded. Tracing the agro-religious, celebratory, and commemorative rituals of Naboréa, this piece incorporates elements of jazz improvisation, extended vocal techniques, "world music," movement, and performance art. Embedded in the folk songs of Naboréa are remnants of the past-some distinguishable, some faint-and with them, the memory of collective loss and the promise of future regeneration. This also features a collaboration with visual artist Nyugen Smith on a piece.   Personnel include:

Eleni Arapoglou (voice)
Tomas Cruz (voice)
Michael Mayo (voice)
Sofia Ribeiro (voice)
Sara Serpa (voice)
Kavita Shah (voice)
Yacouba Sissoko (kora)
Nyugen Smith (visual artist)

Kavita Shah is a vocalist, composer, and lifelong New Yorker who makes work in deep engagement with the jazz idiom while addressing and advancing its global sensibilities. Hailed by NPR for possessing an "amazing dexterity for musical languages," Kavita incorporates ethnographic work on Latin American, West African, and South Asian traditions into her music. Her 2014 debut album "Visions," co-produced by Lionel Loueke, was released to great critical acclaim. In 2018, Kavita released "Interplay," an album of standards and originals in duet with bass virtuoso François Moutin, which was nominated for a Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy Award) for Jazz Album of the Year. Kavita regularly performs her music at major concert halls, festivals, and clubs on six continents. She holds an A.B. in Latin American Studies from Harvard and an M.M. in Jazz Voice from Manhattan School of Music.