First Fridays! in Collaboration with Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts
Friday, November 7, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Manuel Valera’s Cuban Express with Sofia Rei


Manuel Valera, Grammy-nominated composer and jazz pianist known for his distinctive Havana sound, is joined by the charismatic Argentinian singer-songwriter Sofía Rei. The program includes Martí en Nueva York, an eight-part song cycle composed by Valera and based on the poems of Cuban writer José Martí. Produced in collaboration with Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts.

Free admission and bar (donations suggested)
Location: Lower Gallery



Traditional African chant, the batá drum, acoustic guitar, and free-wheeling jazz piano improvisations bring Martí's poems—which were written in late-19th century New York—to life in a colorful exploration of the Afro-Cuban tradition.
Manuel Valera, Piano
Sofía Rei, Vocals
Yosvany Terry, Saxophone
Tom Guarna, Guitar
Ludwig Afonso, Drums
Mauricio Herrera, Percussion

Public Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts are made possible by Mertz Gilmore Foundation;  The New York Community Trust; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and The David Rockefeller Fund. Beer has been provided by Bronx Brewery. 







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