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Featured Performers | BATALA


BATALA/Featured Performers

I am SO EXCITED! About this Solstice service in general, all of the wonderful performers AND, that Batala is going to be part of it all! I first heard Batala at an outdoor event on the pier in the city—I think it was Christopher Street in the village? I didn’t know who they were but when one of our community members suggested them I looked at video on YouTube and said, “That’s the drum corps I heard! I love them!” One of their members has been coming to our services for a while now and we’ve talked about connecting. For those who don’t know, Batala is a fantastic Brazilian drum corps made up of mostly women and they’re fierce and wonderful. We’ve been wanting to get them to be part of The Secret City for some time now and I am so happy that it’s going to happen for our Solstice celebration. Join us for the explosive, joyful rhythms of Batala—Sunday, December 18th at 6:30 pm at Judson Memorial Church.

Here’s their bio:

Batalá New York is a chapter of the global arts project known as Batalá Mundo, made up of over 30 mostly co-ed bands around the world. Led by Musical Directors Laura Torell and Deinya Phenix, the ladies of Batalá New York play music written by the project’s Maestro Giba Gonçalves and heard in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Batalá has maintained a presence in New York since 2012; the current band was formed in September of 2016 of 49 players who chose to continue the Batalá Mundo tradition locally, restructuring as a non-profit to better serve and access the community. Many of our drummers have traveled internationally to perform in carnaval in Salvador and have played for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour, at the Mayoral Reception for the US Women’s National Team, on Saturday Night Live performing with Disclosure and Lorde and as extras in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. More information can be found at our website We can be found on Facebook under and on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat as @batalanewyork


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Chris Wells

CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.

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