Ginny’s Supper Club at the famed Red Rooster in Harlem is pleased to present the world premiere of Grammy award winners Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s brand new suite, The Offense of the Drum, on June 19, 21, and 22 with two sets at 8pm and 10:30 pm. Complementing the program will be a special exhibition of artwork by Tony Peralta, presented by El Museo del Barrio, located in East Harlem. Adding to the evening’s excitement will be Red Rooster chef-owner extraordinaire Marcus Samuelsson’s unique Afro-Cuban menu complete with signature cocktails. This multi-sensory celebration pays homage to the profound impact of Latino culture on Harlem and brings together the best of East and West Harlem culture and cuisine.
Arturo O’Farrill will be premiering his new suite entitled, “The Offense of the Drum,” 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. The work resonates loudly in a time when the drum beats continue to carry the message of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
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.