En avant, la musique!
Hosted by Anthony Roth Costanzo
Performances by Anthony Roth Costanzo, Paul Beaubrun, Pauline Jean, Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the New York Philharmonic
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
In Person & Livestreamed
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo hosts an evening of song and conversation at FIAF as part of Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within, his series of concerts and events with the Philharmonic this season.
The evening will feature performances by Anthony Roth Costanzo and special guests including Roots/Blues artist Paul Beaubrun, Haitian-American songstress Pauline Jean, multi-cultural shape-shifting singer/composer/producer Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the New York Philharmonic. Costanzo will be accompanied by composer-pianist Daniel Schlosberg.
From the poetic work of Berlioz to the rhythm of Blues and Jazz, the program showcases the rich and longstanding exchange between musical traditions and languages like French and Creole.
Performance: 60 minutes
Followed by a Q&A with the artists
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway.
He is a GRAMMY nominee, a recipient of the 2020 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera, a winner of the 2020 Opera News Award, and Musical America’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year. Costanzo has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Dallas Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, and Finnish National Opera. In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, NDR at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others.
A unique and transfixing sound he calls ‘Roots/Blues’, Paul Beaubrun weaves his impeccable guitar skills, rich vocals, musical ingenuity, and cultural history together; all while performing a smooth melange of both English, French and Creole (the native tongue of his Haitian roots).
Paul Beaubrun has played alongside some of the world’s best artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Arcade Fire, Jackson Browne and Bob Weir. Worldwide performances include venues such as The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Massey Hall in Toronto, The Ryman Theatre in Nashville, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival Internationale Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal, Le Trianon in Paris, The Paleo Festival in Switzerland, No Siesta Fiesta in Norway. His most recent album, “Ayibobo”, released in May of 2018 on Ropeadope Records, sees Paul’s further evolution of sound into Rock/Roots/Blues music.
Haitian-American performing artist, Pauline Jean, is a captivating songstress whose distinctive voice and rousing melodies have caught the attention of audiences both young and old.
Pauline brings a refreshing sound to today’s music; creating an erudite blend of worldly jazz that draws from her Creole roots and integrates modern and traditional inflections. She has received considerable press globally from leading media publications such as DownBeat, Jazzwise, All About Jazz, World Music Report, Jazz Times, and many more. Pauline has performed at many prominent jazz venues and festivals around the world including the Pori Jazz Festival, Nõmme Jazz Festival, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Annecy Classical Festival, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center-Shanghai. She has presented concert throughout the United States, Russia, Israel, China, Europe and the Caribbean with her band. She has also collaborated with esteemed literary artist, Edwidge Danticat, and distinguished performers Denis Matsuev, Emeline Michel, Godwin Louis, and Wyclef Jean, among others. Pauline is featured on Grammy-winning artist Dan Zanes’ tribute album to blues icon Lead Belly on Smithsonian Folkways. On August 6, 2020, Pauline debuted her brand new single, Ain’t I A Woman (Singing Truth). She pays tribute to Sojourner Truth, a powerful force in the fight for justice and equality for both African Americans and all women in the United States.
Award-winning French-Moroccan singer/composer/producer Malika Zarra is a multi-cultural shape-shifter who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions.
With her beautiful sinuous mezzo-soprano voice, she demonstrates a rare ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French, and English. She has performed all around the world, including at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and has collaborated with international artists such as John Zorn, the Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and many others.