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


BY EMAILING amayo6@gmail.com

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.

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