Must-See Free Events at Lincoln Center in January
January 3 at 7:30 pm
Hailed by the New York Times as "an auteur" and by JazzTimes as a "daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” Trinidad-born trumpet player, percussionist, and composer Etienne Charles has earned a reputation for blending the myriad rhythms and sounds of the Caribbean and American South (especially New Orleans jazz) into his signature style of Creole soul. A Juilliard grad and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, Charles is a member of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing Collective. His forthcoming album, Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1, is an excursion into the varied acoustic sounds, grooves, chants, and rituals of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. For this special evening, Charles will premiere a work commissioned by Lincoln Center and inspired by the diverse immigrant experiences of the Americas.
January 10 at 7:30 pm
Join Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber in an avant-celebration of two decades of “never playing anything the same way once.” As always, the collective pays tribute to its sonic sensei, the Maestro Lawrence Butch Morris (1947–2013), for showing its members THE WAY of Conducted Improvisation.
January 15 at 7:30 pm
Composer Julia Wolfe, Forward archivist Chana Pollack, and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition founder Ruth Sergel discuss the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, its impact, and the importance of memorializing it.
January 16 at 1:00 pm
January 17 at 7:30 pm
Lyrical melodies performed on traditional Korean folk instruments are amplified with guitar, electronics, and improvisation into a fierce quake of sound when this four-piece band hits the stage. Join Black String tonight for “an engaging exploration of what can be achieved by bringing ancient and modern into creative fusion” (Jazzwise).
January 23 at 6:00 pm
Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.
January 24 at 7:30 pm
This night is all about authentic Cuban charanga, with one of New York’s premier Latin dance bands that will keep the dance floor packed all night. Originally founded as Sublime in 1975, the New York–based orchestra was reborn in 2000 as SonSublime thanks to the efforts of bandleader, vocalist, and guiro player Jesse Herrero. Since then, the band has released three albums and lit up dance floors around the world.
January 25 through February 1
Conductor Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble in: Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning
January 31 at 7:30 pm
A longtime fixture in both the indie rock and world music scenes, Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and activist Ani Cordero creates timely—and timeless—anthems, transforming messages of love, hope, and protest into memorable melodies with an irresistible pulse. For her first show of the new year, she’ll be joined by Erich Hubner on guitar and bass, Eileen Willis on accordion and bass, David Cornejo on drums, and Victoria Berdy on percussion, with special guest JOATA on vocals and guitar.