Friday Nights @JAC is an incubator series for creative individuals and emerging artists who need a stage to perform to new audiences. Artists of all disciplines are welcome to submit proposals of works-in-progress to be refined at Jamaica Arts Center (JAC), located at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY, and performed in front of a live audience.
J La Sol is a poet and emcee hailing from Queens, NY. Generally known as a quiet child, Sol found his voice through the power of poetry, which ultimately evolved into the art of music. Since then, he has used his talents to inspire and share his story with people all across NY and different parts of the country. Sol believes his voice is meant for more than just stages, and he proves that by performing in subways, museums, schools, and much more.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Bria Monét creates for the healing properties of song. A Queens native, Bria Monét began her formal music education as a child learning keyboard at JCAL, making her a proud alumna. She went on to the LaGuardia HS and found her love for electric guitar. This became a powerful vessel for her creative expression and storytelling, allowing her to weave warm soundscapes with rich harmony, anchored in faith and hope.
A performer, educator, advocator, entrepreneur, and founder and president of Keiko Studios, Ashley Keiko is an up-and-coming multi-talent who has studied classical piano for fifteen years and the alto saxophone for twelve years. Ashley received her BA in Jazz Performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and her Master's in Music and Music Education from The Teachers College, Columbia University.
Keith Jordan was born in Brooklyn and raised in Jamaica, Queens. He earned his BA in Music Education from Queens College, where he studied with Bobby Broom, Rodney Jones and Ron Jackson. After graduating, Keith continued to play music in the tri-state area and started writing and producing music. He has produced music, including the playful 3/4 feel of “I Do” for Il Collettivo, an irresistible swing “Monk and Dem,” for JCK, and he is currently working with the group "Yadig!"
Friday, May 1, 2020, 8:00 PM POSTPONED @ Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave
Ajna Dance is a New York City-based dance company created by dancer and choreographer Minila Shah to share authentic Indian dance with a global and diverse audience. The company specializes in both contemporary and classical Indian dance forms. Catherine Chen is a poet and performer who is queer, brown, disabled, and femme. Catherine performs as a cast member of The Poetry Brothel, a literary cabaret production by The Poetry Society of New York.
Featuring Ajna Dance and Catherine Chen
FRIDAYS, April 3, 2020, 8:00 PM - POSTPONED
Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Fernando is constantly searching for outlets to expand his artistry and connect with new audiences. “Electronically Augmented Piano” (EAP) is a term he uses to expand the acoustic piano as a live, real-time signal source for effects. This technique showcases the acoustic piano in all of its current glory but also allows for the instrument to grow by utilizing electronic methods not traditionally associated with piano music.
THE ELECTRONICALLY AUGMENTED PIANO: GROWING ROOTS Featuring James Fernando
FRIDAYS, March 6, 2020, 8:00 PM @Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
The Erato Series is a collection of compositions for improvising chamber ensemble that deal with frenetic musical movement, improvisation, and musical permeability, drawing on compositional techniques developed by György Ligeti and John Zorn. Aaron is a composer, drummer, and percussionist whose work appears in many contexts including improvisational music, jazz, new music, noise, and song.
THE ERATO SERIES FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Featuring Aaron Edgcomb
Friday, February 7, 2020, 8:00 PM @ Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue)
Mignolo Dance is a contemporary dance company based in New York and New Jersey founded by twin sisters, Charly and Eriel Santagado in 2017. Performing as if conjoined twins, the Santagados explore physical maximality and its limitation. Their inspiration exists in the possibility of movement to de-sentimentalize the concept of “abnormality” and allow physicality to speak for itself.