January 12, 2017
Tickets & Information: (212) 279-4200
Aleba Gartner, 212/206-1450
“Javier Limón is currently one of the most sought-after
musicians of Spain.” — El País


launches its new Origins series with

Javier Limón in
Flamenco Orígenes

The esteemed 10-time Latin Grammy winner, composer, guitarist and producer
traces the origins of Flamenco music

With singers from Lebanon, Spain, Israel, India 

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street

Tickets: $25 / $35

Co-presented with Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

From WMI Artistic Director Par Neiburger:

“Presenting Flamenco in New York City has long been a part of World Music Institute's history as an organization. We are therefore very excited to present this special concert which traces the roots and origins of this incredible art form. Javier Limón is one of Spain's foremost Flamemco musicians and producers, and an esteemed member of World Music Institute's Honorary Board. This event will very uniquely delve into the pillars of Flamenco music for an evening that will not only be of high caliber musically, but equally edifying.”
Javier Limón
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Javier Limón
Flamenco Orígenes

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

World Music Institute presents the acclaimed Spanish composer, guitarist and internationally recognized producer JAVIER LIMÓN in Flamenco Orígenes, a journey back in time that explores the origins of Flamenco music.

The roots of Flamenco go back to Sephardic music, Arabic music (an essential part of the history of the Iberian Peninsula and undisputed pillar of the melodic and rhythmic legacy of the Andalusian music), and Gypsy music, with its origins in Northern India. Limón's Flamenco Orígenes will feature four extraordinary singers representing these musical traditions that exemplify the origins of Flamenco: Christiane Karam (Beirut, Lebanon), Genara Cortés (Malaga, Spain), Tali Rubinstein (Israel) and Shilpa Ananth (Kerala, India).
Ten-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón is known for his collaborations with Paco de Lucía, Bebo and Chucho Valdés, Anoushka Shankar, Wynton Marsalis, Buika, and Avishai Cohen among others. Through his long and esteemed career he has established himself as an indispensable figure in the genre of Flamenco and beyond. He is currently the artistic director of the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute and Berklee Latino, and is an honorary board member of World Music Institute.

A Q&A with Javier Limón will follow the performance.

World Music Institute's Origins series showcases artists who represent folkloric music from their respective cultures, preserving important cultural legacies. 



Saturday, March 18, 2017
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

The world's most famous and charismatic player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia 

Additional concerts in WMI's Origins Series
will be announced later this month.


“A decidedly edgier, more forward-looking new direction."
Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as the leading presenter of world music and dance within the United States.

WMI is committed to presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world with the goal of inspiring wonder for world cultures through music and dance. WMI aims to enrich the lives of people living in New York by promoting awareness of other cultures and their traditions. WMI collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the world’s cultural traditions and presents at venues throughout the city.

Under new leadership since 2015, its 30th anniversary season, World Music Institute has introduced an ambitious expansion of concert offerings that include contemporary, experimental and avant-garde presentations, as well as the traditional music that WMI has long been known and admired for. In addition, the institution is thrilled to have launched new partnerships with BAM, 92nd Street Y, SummerStage, Merkin Concert Hall, National Sawdust, Storm King Art Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Littlefield and Drom—while continuing partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Town Hall, Symphony Space, French Institute Alliance Française, and Apollo Theater (the annual Africa Now festival).

WMI has presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents. Through powerful programming, WMI is creating a movement that promotes awareness and engagement of other cultures, helping to encourage deeper understanding of communities around the globe. 
“A widely copied and influential force in New York cultural circles.”
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