Arturo O’Farrill to Premiere ‘The Offense of the Drum’

New suite is in response to NYC ban on drumming in the parks

Arturo O'Farrill with his Latin Jazz Orchestra at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
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Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will premiere a new suite, “The Offense of the Drum,” on June 19, 21, and 22 Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem. There will be two sets, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Complementing the program will be an exhibition of artwork by Tony Peralta, presented by El Museo del Barrio, located in East Harlem. Also, Red Rooster chef-owner Marcus Samuelsson’s will offer an Afro-Cuban menu with signature cocktails. This event pays homage to the impact of Latino culture on Harlem. Admission is: $25 seated and $10 standing. Ginny’s Supper Club is on the lower level of the Red Rooster in Harlem located at 310 Lenox Avenue. For reservations and more information please call 212/421-3821 or visit Red Rooster.

According to a press release, “The Offense of the Drum” is “inspired by the attempt to silence drumming circles in New York City parks. A multi-movement work, it features the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with an expanded master percussion section that includes a Taiko drummer, African percussionist, tabla player, and jazz drummer, showcasing the various cultures and percussive traditions. The work examines the relationship between the slave trade and the drum in the new world, exploring the difference between those cultures that allowed the slaves to keep their drums and those that did not, and the resulting impact on their new world hybrid culture. The work underscores the significance of the drum in Afro Latin Jazz and pays tribute to the drum’s traditional role as a vehicle for political resistance, a transmitter of communication and celebration, and a force that draws and binds community together.”