MCLA Presents! 2015 - 2016 Season
At A Glance:
Featuring contemporary dance, improvisational theater and music from around the globe, MCLA Presents! is back with a fresh lineup of genre-defying innovators.
This season reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of contemporary performance with projects that bring together multiple disciplines and genres, from Williamsbug Salsa Orchestra’s arrangements of indie-rock tunes, to Tunisian born vocalist and songwriter Emel Mathlouthie’s melding of rock, trip-hop and electronica, all interlaced with classical Arabic tradition.
From salsa, to dance, to singer-songwriters, to improvisational theater, the 15-16 MCLA Presents! season brings together a diverse roster of Artists all of whom incorporate a mutli-genre or interdisciplinary aspect to their work.
In addition to performances by Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and Emel Mathlouthi, this season will feature performances by Bridgman | Packer Dance, Jazz pianist Josh Nelson’s The Discovery Project, alternative pop singer DEQN Sue, Vermont singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and Bojana Novakovic’s Blind Date Project.
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra | September 12, 2015 | 3PM | MCLA Quad | Co-sponsored by ALANA
Bridgman | Packer Dance, TRUCK | September 24, 2015 | 7PM | Downtown | Co-sponsored by DownStreet Art
The Discovery Project | October 16, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
DEQN Sue, Margaret A Hart '35 Scholarship Concert | November 6, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Anais Mitchel | December 4, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Blind Date Project | February 6 & 7, 2016| 7PM & 9PM | The Purple Pub | Co-sponsored by Williams College
Emel Mathlouthi | March 25, 2016 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Coming Up Next:
co-sponsored by ALANA
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
September 12, 2015 | 3pm | MCLA Quad
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a stunning 11-piece band salsa band which forgoes the standard repertoire of vintage salsa covers and sound-alike originals, instead playing dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes they love.
The ever-evolving set list includes salsa dura arrangements by Archade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peter Bjorn & John and others.
Why we ♥ Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra:
WSO brings a fresh perspecive to the Salsa Dura genre. Creating high energy music that makes you want to get up and dance. Fans of traditional Salsa will enjoy their approach. Fans of indie rock will find songs they recognize reinturpreted through the lens of Salsa.
What is Salsa Dura?
Salsa dura, also known as salsa brava or salsa gorda, is a style of salsa music developed in the 1970s with an emphasis on the instrumental part of the music (piano, bass, horns and percussion) over the lead vocals.