About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:6:15 PM
Show Time:7:00 PM
Lil Buck @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
A jookin’ Jam Session-
with special guests
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Marcus Printup, trumpet
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipe
John Hadfield, percussion
Featuring a world premiere for solo cello by Philip Glass, composed for Yo-Yo Ma and Lil Buck, especially for this engagement.
“It is an honor to present Lil Buck in his first New York one-man show — an exclusive chance to see the virtuoso jookin’ sensation up close at (Le) Poisson Rouge, where he is joined by a stellar musical cast including Yo-Yo Ma, who first performed with the dancer in the original “Swan” video that went viral online. The one-hour jam session will feature that “Swan” duet come to life onstage, and a world premiere composed by Philip Glass for Ma and Lil Buck, in addition to new music from Brooklyn Rider, and appearances by Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato, jazz trumpeter Marcus Printup, and percussionist John Hadfield..” – Damian Woetzel, Director and Producer
Tickets range from $20-$200.
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. Seating at Premium tables is assigned by table, and general admission table seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is no food or drink minimum for these performances.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds or credits.
Main Photo credit: Erin Baiano
There will also be a late performance, doors open at 9:15pm and show begins at 10pm. ($20-$125)
Lil Buck (Charles Riley) is a leader of a style of dance known as jookin’, which originated in Memphis, Tennessee. He gained mass acclaim for his YouTube collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in “the Swan,” which went viral online in early 2011. Lil Buck was the artist in residence at the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival, and performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the United States and in China at the U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture, and he appeared at the 2011 Fall for Dance Festival in New York City. Lil Buck was featured in the music video for the song “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae, and appeared with Madonna in her 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show and on her 2012 MDNA Tour. Lil Buck will be appearing on The Colbert Report on February 21, 2013.
b&w live shot photo credit: Bruce Weber
Yo-Yo Ma’s multifaceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.
Mr. Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. Mr. Ma is one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field.
The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. The musicians play in venues as varied as Joe’s Pub and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Todai-ji Temple in Japan, the Library of Congress, San Francisco Jazz and the South By Southwest Festival. Nicholas Cords, viola Jonathan Gandelsman, violin Eric Jacobsen, cello Colin Jacobsen, violin
Internationally acclaimed as a gaita (Galician bagpipe) master and a classical pianist, Ms. Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to both Galician popular and classical music. She has collaborated with world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists (including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains and the Royal Pipe Band) and has given more than 500 concerts with her own band. Ms. Pato is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
While attending the University of North Florida on a music scholarship, Marcus Printup won the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 1991, Mr. Printup’s life changed drastically when he met his mentor to this day, the great pianist Marcus Roberts. Mr. Roberts introduced him to Wynton Marsalis, which led to his induction into the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993. Mr. Printup has performed and/or recorded with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts among many others
Percussionist John Hadfield’s dedication to bending genres has taken him from the jungles of Indonesia to concert halls and clubs across the world. He has released two records of his own compositions, and is currently on the Jazz faculty of New York University, where he teaches drum set and the World Percussion Ensemble. He has performed with a broad range of ensembles and artists including Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, and many others, and he has collaborated on more than 60 recordings as a guest artist.
Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in a neighborhood called Orange Mound. Growing up the only dancer in the area, Myles described his friends and family as his greatest inspiration and motivation during this time. In 2009, Myles moved to Los Angeles, CA with his cousin and close friend Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, and since then has become one of the premier interpreters of the style of dance known as memphis jookin’, often in partnership with Riley. Since 2009, Myles has appeared as a featured dancer in the 2011 film Footloose; starred in several commercials including a Diet Pepsi segment alongside Sofia Vergara, and a spot for Adidas Originals; appeared in a TED Talk; and headlined evenings at the Vail International Dance Festival, where he also worked with children from the Celebrate the Beat program, the Colorado affiliate of the National Dance Institute which offers hundreds of students in the Vail Valley intensive music and dance classes in a week-long summer residency.
Ron Myles performs at the 2012 Vail International Dance Festival. Photo by Erin Baiano.
Damian Woetzel has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership since retiring from a 20-year career as Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Woetzel currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival and as the Founding Director of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program. Since June 2011, Woetzel has also been the Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, where he creates programs aiming to further the value of the arts in society. Outside these roles, Woetzel is active as a director and producer. Among his recent projects, he directed the first performance of the White House Dance Series, which took place in the East Room of the White House and was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama; produced culminating year-end performances for the Silk Road Connect program in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, with whom he works on education projects nationally; and co-produced the tribute to ballerina Natalia Makarova for the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December 2012.
B&W photo credit: Bruce Weber