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Con Brio + Duniya Dance & Drum Company + Black Orpheus

Sat, May 14, 2016
12:00pm – 5:30pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718


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Duniya Dance & Drum Company

Poster for A.C.T. Stage Coach's "Black Orpheus"
A.C.T. Stage Coach

New school soul meets old world grooves. Today’s program features two of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Bay Area in the past decade and a fantastic theater performance. Propelled by the snake-hipped young vocal phenom Ziek McCarter, Con Brio extends the dance-inducing funk legacy of Sly & the Family Stone and R&B trailblazers like D’Angelo and Prince with a combustible mix of pulsating rhythms, scorching guitar, punchy horns, and the churn of a Hammond organ. Founded in 2007 by esteemed cultural activists Joti Singh and Bongo Sidibe, Duniya Dance & Drum Company combines two vastly sophisticated musical cultures with a singular synthesis of Guinea’s West African polyrhythms and Punjab’s North Indian grooves. In Black Orpheus: Una Historia de Amor guitar-toting poet Orpheus ventures into the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his beloved Eurydice, stolen by Death. Set in a mythical barrio during Carnival, A.C.T.’s Stage Coach production layers Afro-Latino rhythms to create a classic love story with a Carnival heartbeat.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival celebrates the new SFMOMA!

Duniya Dance & Drum Company, Noon
Con Brio, 2pm
Black Orpheus: Una Historia de Amor, 4pm

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