On Friday, January 20, from 7:30 till 9 p.m., a free performance of music and spoken word, titled Heart of Haiti, will be held at the Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Manhattan. The event is presented in conjunction with the Historical Society’s current exhibit Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.
Tiga Jean-Baptiste, who’ll be performing with his band Tchaka, is a multitalented Haitian musician continuing his family legacy while embracing the music of other lands. His specialties include Haitian drumming, traditional Haitian bamboo and tin wind instruments, the shona mbira from Zimbabwe, and the Australian didgeridoo.
Also on the program are spoken-word performances by Millery Polyné, an assistant professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a 2003 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, and Gina Athena Ulysse, an associate professor at Wesleyan University who weaves history and personal narrative with Vodou chants to dramatize and address issues of social injustice.
The program, which is part of the New-York Historical Society’s Friday Free Performance Series, is presented in collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange. Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. For more information, go to www.nyhistory.org/programs/heart-of-haiti.