Saurday, September 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Pregones/PRTT is a proud partner in IRÉ Records release of the original cast recording album of We Have Iré, by poet / performance artist / playwright Paul S. Flores with original music by Grammy-winning alto saxophonist / percussionist /
composer Yosvany Terry. The CD release livestream is this Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:30pm Eastern and you can join the party on Facebook Live! Watch the 28-min behind-the-scenes “Making of” video by filmmaker Amílcar Navarro, and meet the artists and producers of this essential new record! Directed by Rosalba Rolón, We Have Iré is a multimedia theater work that portrays real-life stories of Cuban emigré artists, including:
- DJ LEYDIS, aka “Nené,” from Camagüey, who took to the sea in an overcrowded motorboat to pursue her dream of being a Hip-Hop DJ.
- PAUL S. FLORES, aka “Christian,” a Cuban American spoken word poet from San Francisco travelling to Cuba looking to connect with his grandmother’s roots.
- YOSVANY TERRY, aka “Jony,” born into a famous Cuban musical family in the province of Camagüey, who dreams of playing jazz in the New York City scene.
- RAMÓN RAMOS ALAYO, aka “Monchi,” a rambunctious rascal from the countryside of Santiago de Cuba sent to learn modern dance and ballet in Havana.
The new record was made at the Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens, NY, and features first-call New York musicians as part of Mr. Terry’s quartet: JAVI SANTIAGO (piano), MATT BREWER (bass), and MARK WHITFIELD, JR.(drums/percussion), with a special-guest turn by legendary Cuban diva XIOMARA LAUGART. Additional recording was done in June at Patio de Ochún Studio in Alameda, CA.
We Have Iré is co-commissioned and sponsored by the National Performance Network, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Pregones/PRTT in New York, GALA Theatre in Washington-DC, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San José, MECA-Houston, Miami Light Project, Creative Capital, Creative Work Fund, the MAP Fund, and Center for Cultural Innovation. National livestream partners are also joined by The Sol Project. Learn more about the theater production, cast recording, and credits at wehaveire.com.
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