February 24 — Americas Society
This rare solo recital by the exceptional young Cuban pianist Willanny Darias highlights works by a variety of famed international composers including Albeniz, Busoni, Debussy, Ginastera, Leon, and Schumann, displaying the outstanding wide range of this talented young performer. More info at as-coa.org/events/concert-cuban-pianist-willanny-darias.
March 3-8 — Malpaso Dance Company
Malpaso Dance Company, the young Cuban group that made its acclaimed U.S. debut last spring, returns to The Joyce Theater for an equally exciting engagement. The program includes the New York premiere of a new work by artistic director Osnel Delgado set to original music by GRAMMY award winner Arturo O’Farrill, performed live by his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Also on the program is a new work by Trey McIntyre. More info at joyce.org/performance/malpaso-dance-company-2/.
March 4 — BAM Master Class with Malpaso
In conjunction with Malpaso’s performace at the Joyce, BAM, with Mark Morris Dance Group, offers a master class for experienced and professional dancers with Malpaso’s artistic director Osnel Delgado on March 4 at Mark Morris Dance Center. Delgado will also lead a master class for students in BAM’s Dancing Into the Future after-school program on March 5. More information at BAM.org/CubanCulture
March 20-31 — BAMcinematek
Golden 60s, presented in partnership with Havana Film Festival New York, showcases selected works produced by Cuban filmmakers in the wake of the Cuban revolution of 1959. During this period, with the help of the state-sponsored Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) filmmakers unleashed a stream of formally radical works crossing New Wave-inspired stylistic experimentation with politically charged subject matter that reflected the country’s massive social upheaval. More information at BAM.org/film/2015/cuba-golden-60s
March 27 — Bronx Museum of the Arts
Havana Film Festival New York’s annual free kick-off event features a screening of Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen, followed by a special music performance by Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCE and spinning by DJ ASHO. More information at bronxmuseum.org/events/first-fridays-in-collaboration-with-havana-film-festival
March 27-28 — BAMcafe
Live presents two evenings with Havana-based rapper and poet Telmary, one of the shining stars of the Cuban underground music movement, who has been able to use the genre as a means of expressing her ideas and communicating with young people in the island. For more information on all CCFNY at BAM, BAM.org/music/2015/telmary.
April 9-17 — Havana Film Festival New York
AFLFC’s 16th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) showcases an exciting mix of premieres, audience hits, and award-winning films from Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos working in the U.S.; as well as Q&As and panels with guest and local filmmakers, and receptions. Citywide venues include Americas Society, Directors Guild Theater, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU and School of Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan; and Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. HFFNY is thrilled to team up with BAM to bring Cuban archival films to Brooklyn audiences. For full HFFNY program information visit hffny.com.
April 27-May 30 — The National Arts Club
This exceptional exhibition, the first New York solo show by Cuban artist Carlos Quintana, is centered on four major colorful oil paintings and also includes watercolors and drawings. More information will be available at nationalartsclub.org
April 29 — ArtOnCuba
ArtOnCuba magazine, a source of information on Cuban visual arts production, launches in New York at The National Arts Club. A glossy publication featuring Cuban art exhibitions worldwide, it also includes profiles of art collectors, curators and institutions involved in Cuban art. More information at oncubamagazine.com/art-oncuba-en
May 1-2 — ALJA’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance presents the North American premiere of GRAMMY award winner Arturo O’Farrill’s latest album, Cuba: The Conversation Continued. Led by O’Farrill, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performs his groundbreaking collaboration with today’s top Cuba-based composers and notable American artists that picked up the legacy of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo’s groundbreaking work in the 1940s, alongside special guests. afrolatinjazz.org Buy tickets here!
End of May through June — Jack Shainman Gallery
A solo exhibition of Cuban conceptual artist Yoan Capote at its two gallery spaces in Chelsea will open at the end of May and run through June. Capote uses sculpture, painting, installation, photography and video to create analogies between the visual poetry of objects and the world of the mind. For show details visit jackshainman.com.