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Common Ground features artists seemingly different in discipline, practices, or cultural identity who explore global connections, celebrating distinctions that make cultures unique. The new series Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashups is curated by trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics), bringing together two global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A. Sita Chay is a violinist, composer, and producer who won a 2017 Latin Grammy Award for Best Mariachi Album as violinist with the world-renowned Flor de Toloache. Ara Dinkjian is an Armenian born in America whose earliest musical experience was accompanying his father Onnik Dinkjian, an Armenian folk and liturgical singer. Ara learned several Western and Eastern instruments (piano, guitar, dumbeg, clarinet) and in 1980 graduated from the Hartt College of Music. This concert is accompanied by percussionist, Satoshi Takeishi. Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger, is a native of Mito, Japan, and studied music at Berklee College of Music.
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The mission of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) is to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, they support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts.
Flushing Town Hall provides exciting opportunities for kids and families to encounter the arts together. Their performance series showcases talented professionals from a variety of performing arts and cultures whose shows have proven to be entertaining for audience members young and old. Their interactive arts compliment these presentations by giving kids and families a fun opportunity to do a hands-on exploration of the show's art forms taught by the performers or Flushing Town Hall teaching artists.
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