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Theatre: City of Dreams: By David Gonzalez
NEW YORK • La MaMa E.T.C. (Annex Theater) • Ongoing
|City of Dreams is the world premiere of a multi-media work written and performed by David Gonzalez. The show incorporates poetry, monologues, and music, featuring five New York Latin jazz musicians including Bobby Sanabria and John DiMartino, with live video mix by Casey Meade. The piece is a theatrical adaptation of what was originally Gonzalez's debut album with Sanabria, combining spoken word and Latin Jazz in an exploration of New York City and what it really means to be a Latin man in New York. |
Born to a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother, he was raised in the Bronx and attended public schools. He discovered theater in high school and went on to earn undergrad and doctorate degrees in Music Therapy at New York University.
His poetry has been featured on Bill Moyers' PBS documentary Fooling with Words, NPR's All Things Considered and PRI's Studio 360.
Gonzalez has performed as a spoken word artist at renowned performing arts centers including Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and The Royal National Theater of London. In 1998, he received the Helen Hayes Performing Artist of the Year Award. His work has been published in several literary journals and books including Give Me a World Of Art, published by Columbia University Press. He lives with his wife, jazz vocalist Lisa Sokolov, and their two children in Chestnut Ridge, NY.
"City of Dreams" brings Gonzalez together with The Poetic License Band, led by Grammy-nominated master drummer Bobby Sanabria. Sanabria has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaría, Larry Harlow, and the godfather of Afro-Cuban jazz Mario Bauzá. Sanabria's critically acclaimed album with The Afro-Cuban Dream Big Band, "Live & In Clave!!!," was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 and won a Jazz Journalists Association Award in 2001 for the Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Album of the Year.
The Poetic License Band lays down a feast of grooves, from Afro-Cuban and sacred Yoruba chants to modern jazz and mambo-flavored house. The band also features Daniel Kelly on keyboards and electronics, Carlos Henriquez on bass, Mac Gollehon on trumpet and John DiMartino on piano. Gonzalez rounds out the sound on jazz guitar.
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