New York Sketches is a 60-minute guided tour of New York City through the eyes and ears of choreographer, Hilary Brown and composer, Lamy Istrefi Jr.. Joined by their collaborators, dance artist, Magda Kaczmarska, poet/vocalist, Rie Yamaguchi-Borden and the Musical Minds Orchestra, they take the audience across a map of the 5 boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, to evoke the time, space and sound of a city like no other. A homage to the eclecticism of these communities, the performance navigates the intersection of movements and instruments onstage to share stories of the past, personal and spiritual.
“If anyone wishes to hear stories, let them come here and roll in a little tobacco or a bead, and I will tell them a story.”
So the people came.
And that is the beginning of the stories which we do not know are true or not.
- Lenape Creation Story
Concept and Direction by: Hilary Brown | HB² PROJECTS and Lamy Istrefi Jr.
Choreography by: Hilary Brown | HB² PROJECTS in collaboration with Magda Kaczmarska
Music composed by: Lamy Istrefi Jr.
Poetry by: Rie Yamaguchi-Borden
Performance by: Hilary Brown, Magda Kaczmarska and the Musical Minds Orchestra (MMO): Rie Yamaguchi-Borden (vocals), Michael Irwin (trumpet), Stacy Dillard (saxophone), Corey Wilcox (trombone), On Ka'a Davis (guitar), James Hurt (keyboards), Sean Conly (contrabass) and Lamy Istrefi Jr. (conducting, drums + percussion)
New York Sketches was created with the support of the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency, administered by Exploring the Metropolis.
Exploring the Metropolis is grateful to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for their support of the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL). This Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.