See them Up-Close and Personal thanks to the New York Presenters Consortium
A staple of the downtown new music scene since 2015, the Uncharted Concert Series at Greenwich House Music School (GHMS) has emerged as one of New York’s most exciting and unpredictable live concert series, and it’s right here in Greenwich Village. This year is different though. What’s the same is a commitment to supporting New York City-based artists premiering new projects or meeting new collaborators on stage. What’s different: for the first time in the five-year history of Uncharted, Greenwich House Music School is joining forces with fellow non-profit arts organizations Joe’s Pub and The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in the curation of its 2019 season, under the auspices of the newly created New York Presenters Consortium. The NYPC is a network of presenting organizations designed to leverage the collective resources of New York’s most innovative arts presenters in creative and financial support of performers developing new and existing work. All three organizations that make up The New York Presenters Consortium are proud to announce a solo performance by all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache founding member Mireya Ramos on April 18 and new work from singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson on May 2, both exclusively to be heard first as part of this season of Uncharted.
“We’re excited to be collaborating with two of New York’s most prominent arts presenters for Uncharted,” says Rachel Black, Director of GHMS. “Following their one-time-only concerts at Greenwich House, Mireya and Celisse will have the opportunity to continue developing their work for future performances at both partner venues.
Series curator Jennie Wasserman (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, SFJAZZ, Jazz at Lincoln Center) says, “This partnership is intended to provide a mechanism for musicians to develop evergreen programs that can potentially function as a source for longer-term financial stability. By providing this kind of curatorial support for artists, we’re aiming to sustain not only individuals’ creative output, but also to improve the health of the entire cultural ecosystem.” Sponsored artists are provided with free rehearsal space at Greenwich House Music School to workshop their productions, as well as marketing and promotional services to promote their concert.
Along with Ramos and Henderson, the 2019 Uncharted season promises a continuation of the series’ signature high-quality and genre-eclectic programming. Featured artists include Afrocentric soul collective Lady Moon and the Eclipse on April 4, global percussion wizard Scott Kettner with his band Nation Beat on April 11, and the Russian-born jazz composer, pianist and vocalist Alina Engibaryan on April 25.
Additionally, this year’s Uncharted will include a benefit concert on Monday, May 6 to support Greenwich House Music School’s role as a true community resource and center of music, featuring the beloved, recently-revived improv musical theater troupe Freestyle Love Supreme, fresh off a wildly successful, New York Times Critic’s Pick run at Greenwich House Theater. Freestyle Love Supreme will be joined by a special guest, Hamilton star James Monroe Iglehart.
All Uncharted shows will take place on Thursdays from April 4 to May 2 with performances beginning at 8pm. Non-benefit shows are $15 for advance tickets. Complimentary beer and wine will be served at all shows. Uncharted takes place at Greenwich House Music School’s intimate, 100-seat Renee Weiler Concert Hall. For info call 212-242-4770.