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Grammy-nominated musician Jose Elias will perform Everglades Songbook Suite, a free concert in Everglades National Park over Earth Day weekend!

Live performance of an original work to commemorate the park’s 75th anniversary

Miami, April 11, 2022 – Community Arts and Culture (CAC) and Living Arts in Miami (AML) are proud to present Jose Elias’ Everglades Songbook Suite (ESS)a dynamic live concert featuring new musical compositions and soundscapes that celebrate the sights and sounds of the Florida Everglades at 4 p.m. sunday april 24to Long Pine Key Amphitheater in Everglades National Park. Presented in honor of Earth Day and the park’s 75th anniversary, the concert is free and open to the public. Entry to the park required.

Everglades Songbook Suite is presented as part of LAM’s EcoCulture series of performances for the planet, and as a culmination of the annual meeting of CAC Afro Roots Festival. The event is produced with the support of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and filmed for his “Arts Across America” docuseries.

“We are thrilled to be a part of bringing music to this glorious setting as part of our EcoCultura series, celebrating Earth Day in our beloved Everglades National Park,” said Catherine Garcia, Executive Director of LAM. “Through projects like these, artists can inspire us all to listen, connect, and take care of our planet.”

The immensely resplendent Everglades have inspired countless literary and artistic works, including this new musical composition created by Grammy-nominated musician, composer and producer Jose Elias. A 2016 Everglades Artist in Residence (AIRY) comrade, Elias wrote the music for HSE after spending a lot of time in Everglades National Park. The project, which presents itself as the creative and artistic statement of his experiences, materialized for the first time on June 21, 2021 in the form of a short film shot in the Everglades, co-produced with LAM and AIRIE for the Day music world. Now he returns with his first-ever live performance at Everglades National Park.

“I am very happy to have the opportunity to interpret the SSE in the environment that inspired the piece in the first place,” said Elias, who is also the founder and executive director of the nonprofit CAC based at Miami. “Making it coincide with the 75th anniversary of the national park is a personal and professional honor.”

The project features a rotating cast of musicians playing a variety of global instruments, including Cuban veryVenezuelan fourpercussion and woodwind, native flutes and Africa Kora. Featured musicians alongside Elias (Cuba) will include: Morikeba Kouyate (Senegal), Aboubacar Camara (Guinea), Carlos Ochoa (Peru), Damien J. Sanchez (Cuba), Gino Coca Mir (Porto Rico), Kenneth Metzger (Porto Rico), Samuel Tommie (Seminole Tribe), Aboubacar Soumah (Guinea), and Rajesh Bhandari (India).

“The park is pleased to partner with projects like this that help others see and understand the Everglades in new and unique ways,” said Pedro Ramos, Superintendent of the Everglades and dry turtles National parks. “We are thrilled to have the Everglades Songbook performance as part of the seminar series celebrating Everglades National Park’s 75th anniversary.”

WHAT: MDC’s Live Arts Miami Presents Everglades Songbook Suite

WHEN: Sunday, April 24, 4 p.m.

OR: Everglades National Park, Long Pine Key Amphitheater

40001 State Highway 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

Parking is located at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, you can take the trolley to Long Pine

Amphitheater of the Keys. The trolley will run to and from both locations from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets: This event is free with limited capacity. RSVP strongly encouraged to bit.ly/ESSENP2022. Please note that park entrance fees to apply. For more information, please visit AfroRootsFest.com.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS AND CULTURE

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based nonprofit organization that promotes appreciation and understanding of a wide assortment of arts and cultures through workshops , lectures and artistic performances in local communities for people of all ages and social backgrounds. The winner Afro Roots Festival is a multi-county, multi-event concert series organized by CAC. This year the festival added new stops in Gainesville and Hollywood, gained new partners and added a series of music and dance workshops. More information and the full program are available at AfroRootsFest.com and through CommunityArtsandCulture.org.

ABOUT LIVING ARTS MIAMI
Live Arts Miami is one of the oldest and boldest performing arts series in the city: an action-driven platform for powerful performances, impactful community programs and learning experiences that spark dialogue, raise awareness of pressing issues, and open the minds and hearts of all who participate. . His EcoCulture initiative, a performance series for the planet, features artists fighting climate change through dynamic dance, theater and music events. Established in 1990, Live Arts Miami is proud to be part of Miami Dade College’s renowned Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, please visit www.liveartsmiami.org and follow @liveartsmiami on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
Everglades National Park protects the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Established in 1947 as the first national park created for its biodiversity, the park’s 1.5 million acres are home to critically endangered and critically endangered species, including the Florida panther, American crocodile, and West Indian manatee. The Everglades are also the primary source of drinking water for South Florida residents. Learn more at nps.gov/ever and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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