What does an Israeli Concert Pianist have in
common with a well-known Afro-beat Musician?
Duke Amayo, Band Leader of the Afro-beat ensemble, Antibalas
and Elisha Abas, Concert Pianist, are both self-driven
artists who have created their own special music movement
in two different music genres. Abas’ movement is a push
to bring new audiences – primarily youth back to classical
music concert halls. Duke Amayo is revitalizing and combining
traditional Yoruba folkloric music with modern jazz and
funk. Both artists agree that “music belongs to all people
and is created from the purity of heart”, which forms the
basis of this artist showcase at Afro-Spot. Duke Amayo,
founder of Afro-Spot, a performance and music education
space in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, will showcase Elisha Abas
on Saturday, May 31st at 8:00 PM, to help Abas to play for
a new audience.
Duke Amayo will welcome guests to the Afro-spot where Abas will play the following works:
Chopin’s Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26 No 1; Polonaise Op. 44 in F-minor, two Mazurkas and one Waltz, Nocturne in C-sharp
minor, Op. Post, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Arabesque Op. 18, Liszt’s Les Funerailles, and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G-minor.
Duke Amayo and his FU-ARKIST-RA, will perform a later dance set of original Afrobeat music,from his
upcoming FU-album. The evening willl offer a dinner of traditional Nigerian Flare consisting of Gomete
Goat, rice and Goat cheese and salad, accompanied by Wines, courtesy of Olivino Wines.
EARLY SHOW: 8 pm. $40 (includes dinner, wine and music)
LATER SHOW: 10pm $10 (dance only)
Private show // space is very limited // by RSVP only
WE KINDLY ASK PEOPLE TO RESERVE TICKETS NO LATER THAN MAY 28TH
BY EMAILING firstname.lastname@example.org
Afro-Spot is located at 433 Waverly Avenue Between Green and Gates in Brooklyn, New York 11238.
About Abas and His Movement // http://www.elishaabas.com
Elisha Abas, is a unique artist of communicative and poetic potency, his recitals touch the hearts of
the audience. The romantic repertoire which he stages match the level of transforming power of the
greatest old-time masters, such as Alfred Cortot, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Vladimir Horowitz.
Elisha Abas has been described as “one of a kind”, who has the “rare quality as a musician to sing
his musical phrases in time, yet as free as can be”. His peers consider him “a poet who uses piano
keys instead of words”...”the type of musician that only comes around once in a generation”. He
projects a rare combination of intellect, elegance and pedigree. As a mentee of Artur Rubinstein
and a student of the Alfred Cortot School, he has an authentic spirit and electrifying rhythm that
makes you cry. Abas’ playing is strongly reminiscent of his great great grandfather legendary
Russian Composer Alexander Scriabin. In Scriabin’s day and age,” Abas explains, “the great
performers were often personally known to their audiences and typically commissioned and paid
to perform by friends and princes alike. They were not watched mostly by relative strangers and
ticketed through the Internet. This historic participation of audiences in the lives of great performers
stimulated composers and soloists to stretch their imagination on the frame of the classical music.
The results were performances that surprised, pleased and taught the listeners that classical music
was disciplined, but also expressive and understandable. This relationship doesn’t seem to exist
much anymore, and hasn’t since the ‘80s. I think that classical music is losing its spark, thus audiences
are predominantly older and not being replaced by younger ones” proclaims Abas.
Abas is an independent classical musician. He has a team of dedicated patrons to help him develop
new audiences throughout the world. After every performance the audience is invited to a
private party with dancing and beverages that is sponsored by a growing number of valued patrons
(e.g. Chopin Vodka).
About The Afro-Spot Temple
The mission of Afro-spot is to provide an intimate place for performance, musical study and active
audience participation in the works and teachings of African folkloric music, such as Fela Anikulapo
Kuti, Sun Ra, and Ali Faka Ture, visual arts, dance and other forms of artist expression. Duke
Amayo acknowledges the folkloric roots of western classical music and is thus a reason for inviting
classical musicians to his temple. The Afro-Spot will also highlight works and teachings of artists in
the Afro-latin, Afro-asian, and Afro-american musical creation. Since its inception in 1998, Afro-
Spot hosted and produced a wide-ranging series of performances including Afro-beat, Soul, Jazz,
and Reggae genres. The temple has also served as a cultural center providing unique alternative
musical, physical and philosophy education needs of the Williamsburg Community.