This month, we have an exciting lineup of classes, programs and discussions scheduled for JCAL Online. Check out a few of our highlighted events below!
Thursday Night Jazz with Thana Alexa
June 11th 2020 8pm
Our flagship programs have continued on our Youtube as premier Jazz musicians have shined on the virtual stage. This week, we are excited to present another award winning talent. Thana Alexa is a jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and producer who is known for using her voice as both a lyrical and experimental instrument.
Alexa is the 2016 and 2017 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Female Vocalist, runner up in the 2014 Made in NY Jazz Competition, winner of the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition and nominee in the category of Best Jazz Composition for the 2011 PORIN Awards - the Croatian Music Academy’s honor equivalent to the Grammy Awards in America.
Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean: A Focus on the Taíno
Monday, June 22, 2020, 7:00 PM
In this online presentation, internationally renowned advocate, artist, and educator, Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Guainía Taíno) will provide viewers with an introductory look at the history, culture, and contemporary issues of the Taíno People. This lecture presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. The event will be featured on JCAL's Youtube.
Puerto Rico Update with Prolibertad
Thur. June 25, 2020, 7:00 PM
Puerto Rico has endured a 2017 hurricane, a number of earthquakes in 2019, and the current threat of COVID-19. In this online program, activist and journalist Ben Ramos, Prolibertad, will provide an update on how this Caribbean island is coping with these crises. The report back will be followed by a Q & A session and cultural presentations from Boricua poets Nancy Mercado, Angel Martinez, and Rafael Landrón.
Sounds Of Siberia
Monday, June 29, 2020 7:00 - 8:30 PM
In this online concert film presentation, viewers will be taken on a journey to the expanse of Siberia by Yuliyana Krivoshapkina and Nachyn Choreve, virtuosos whose music evokes the power of nature and the deep connections between humanity and the universe. Nachyn is a master of different styles of throat singing while Yuliyana’s artistry on the khomus (jaw harp) harnesses the sounds of birds, reindeer, and winds of the seemingly endless tundra of Yakutia. These musical styles combined “evoke the grandeur and impermanence of the natural world.” The concert, Sounds of Siberia, 2020, 64 minutes, was organized by Pure Nature Music and recorded by Tim Solovyev and Zhargal Solovyev. The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Vera Solovyeva, an indigenous (Sakha) person from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russian Federation.