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Aruán Ortiz at Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn

Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc.

May 2016

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Continuum Culture & Arts presents

Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn

featuring the


Wednesday, May 22, 7pm



ARUÁN ORTIZ                     piano

BRAD JONES                      bass

GERALD CLEAVER             drums


+ SOUP! 



“With soup this good you don’t even need the music to be this good!”



Pianist, violist, and composer Aruán Ortiz– born in Santiago de Cuba, and resident of Brooklyn – has been an active figure in the progressive jazz and avant-garde scene in the US for more than 15 years. Named “one of the most creative and original composers in the world” (Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge), he has written music for jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups, and feature films, incorporating influences from contemporary classical music, Cuban Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation. Aruán consistently strives to break stylistic musical boundaries.


Since his arrival in the United States, Aruán has played, toured, or recorded with jazz luminaries such as Wadada Leo Smith, Don Byron, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Nicole Mitchell, Cameron Brown, Michael Formanek, William Parker, Adam Rudolph, Andrew Cyrille, Henry Grimes, Marshall Allen, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Graham Haynes, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Nasheet Waits. He has also collaborated with choreographers José Mateo, Danis Mora, and Milena Zullo; filmmakers Ben Chace, Mariona Lloreta, and Mónica Rovira; poets Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets; writer/poet/filmmaker Mtume Gant; DJ Logic and Val Jeanty Inc.; and renowned German writers Angelika Hentschel and Anna Breitenbach. 



Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn is a series of about a dozen free or nearly free concerts that occasionally involve film, dance, and visual art happening in neighborhoods scattered around Brooklyn throughout 2019. Other events include solo drum performances by Pheeroan AkLaff, Jim Black, Hamid Drake, Andrew Drury, Sameer Gupta, Gerry Hemingway, and Warren Smith; Jay Rodriguez; Royal Hartigan (film, West African dance, music); Bonita Oliver’s “Ascension” (film, performance), Rose Tang and Tibetan musicians, the Dance Clarinets big band led by J. D. Parran playing the music of Machito; and a LGBTQ+ Multi-Media “Anti-Prom” by and for Teenage musicians and visual artists on the week of NYC’s high school graduations. Complete info at




door opens, soup on 6:30

music starts 7:00

292 Lefferts Ave. Brooklyn, NY

2/5 to Sterling St. (1 minute walk)

B/Q to Prospect Park (10+ walk)

BYOB (feel free to bring food or drink to share)

suggested donation $20





Soup & Sound is a program of Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc. a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization


Soup & Sound Around Brooklynis made possible by public funds from the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, both administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).




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