Celebrating its 20th anniversary, in collaboration with Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute, Casa Limón launched CASA LIMÓN NY WEEK, a revolutionary initiative that with the help of other institutions intends to renew the current international music scene with innovative, high-quality projects.
During the span of a week, a diverse pool of over thirty well established and new talents, including Berklee alumni and students presented new artistic concepts in different locations in New York City. Theaters, underground music halls and prestigious classical music venues were the hosts for the first edition of this week.
Casa Limón is a record label and production company owned and directed by producer and composer Javier Limón. Casa Limón’s development of special projects has become a hallmark of unquestionable quality.
Artists such as Paco de Lucía, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Caetano Veloso, Tom Harrell, Alicia Keys, Enrique and Estrella Morente, José Mercé, Bebo Valdés, Buika, Diego El Cigala, Mariza, and Anoushka Shankar are some of the artists that have recorded with the label.
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10/14 FLAMENCO LEGENDS / THE PACO DE LUCIA PROJECT
The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last 10 years of his career. A longtime collaborator and producer of Paco de Lucía, Javier Limón brings the secrets of flamenco to the highest level to create an experience that honors the legacy of Paco de Lucía, while paving a new path into the future of flamenco. This concert is presented by the World Music Institute.
This concert was presented by the Word Music Institute at Symphony Space NYC.
10/15 BEING AN INDIAN WOMAN BY SHILPA ANANTH Berklee alumni and Indian singer-songwriter, Shilpa Ananth has a distinctive sound that blends South Indian folk melodies with Jazz, Soul, and RnB, while combining four languages - Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, and English, fusing genres from the East and West.
In this project performed at Rockwood Music Hall, Shilpa reinvented old Indian poetry, folk tales, and mythical stories, having the fight for women’s rights in India, and what it means to be a feminist as her main motive.
10/16 NELLA, THE NEW VOICE FROM VENEZUELA
Marianella Rojas ‘Nella’, grew up listening to soul, pop, R&B and flamenco in her native Venezuela. Her music, which she describes as ‘world music’, mixes rhythms from Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and other South American countries with pop, jazz and African elements. Nella recently graduated from Berklee College of Music and in this concert at Rockwood Music Hall, she presented her new single ‘Me llaman Nella’.
10/17 THE REFUGE OF SOUND / SONGS FROM IRAQ BY LAYTH SIDIQ
Nearly 4,000 migrants and refugees perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. The crisis has continued to deepen in 2016 and 2017. In an effort to raise awareness of the Mediterraean crisis, the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute in collaboration with NGO Doctors Without Borders launched in 2016 a music-focused, multidisciplinary project of 4 Cd Books under the leadership of Javier Limón, MMI's artistic director, titled Refuge of Sound.
Berklee alumni Layth Sidiq is a leading Middle-Eastern violinist on the world music stage. Born in Iraq and raised in Amman/Jordan, Layth has toured the world and performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. As a continuation of the Refuge of Sound project , in an effort to raise awareness of the deepening refugee crisis, Layth performed a concert at the Instituto Cervantes where he interpreted a selection of music from these albums as well as music from his upcoming record, Baghdadi Tales, which showcases songs of hope, love, separation and every day life that have lived and will continue to live with the Iraqi people.
10/17 CASA LIMÓN / IMG GALA FEATURING OQ, TONINA & LAYTH SIDIQ
Casa Limón / IMG Gala presented the new record label IMG RECORDS, a joint venture between Casa Limón and IMG Artists. In collaboration with the Consulate General of Spain in New York, the Gala will showcased different artists that performed during the Casa Limón NY Week, such as the The Paco de Lucía’s Project, Tonina, Nella, Desmond Scaife Jr. and Layth Sidiq.
10/18 BERKLEE MEETS LORCA WITH EMILIO ARAGÓN
Federico García Lorca is the most important Spanish poet of the 20th century. Having great influence around the world, his work has had significant relevance in the American culture. For the first time, students from the prestigious Berklee College of Music set some of his poems to music, and performed a selection in this concert at the Instituto Cervantes. In addition, artists Emilio Aragón and Alba Molina interpreted new and unpublished songs composed to some of Lorca's writings.
10/19 NELLA & TONINA SHOWCASE
Berklee alumni Nella Rojas and Tonina Saputo performed a private showcase for The Orchard headquarters in NYC.
10/19 A TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BY DESMOND SCAIFE JR.
A new generation of African Americans pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries. In this tribute, Berklee alumni Desmond Scaife Jr. alongside Tonina presented new compositions inspired by the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Movement, and other African American riots that helped to inspire and change the world.
10/20 FLAMENCO HERITAGE FEATURING KIKI MORENTE & JUAN HABICHUELA & ALBA MOLINA
With the collaboration of Universal Music Spain, in FLAMENCO HERITAGE we heard three heirs of the most important flamenco families. Kiki Morente and Alba Molina on voice accompanied by Juan ‘Habichuela’ on guitar gathered in this special evening where they presented their new albums and reminded us that flamenco legacy is in the best hands.