How it’s New York: Artists Without Walls (AWOW) produces multicultural showcases in and around New York City
How It’s Irish: Founded by two Irish-Americans who are proud of their heritage, but who also believe that art comes alive when all cultures interact .
A special and unique collaboration has begun between the Irish Folk singer Mary McPartlan (who is in New York on a Fulbright Scholarship) and Jazz pianist Bertha Hope, one of the great exponents of the jazz idiom. Mary and Bertha, who both embrace AWoW’s multicultural approach to the arts, met when they each performed at an AWoW Showcase earlier in the year. The two women quickly hit it off and embarked on a new collaborative effort, which combines Mary’s Irish folk style and Bertha’s jazz piano.
Mary McPartlan has a high profile in Ireland as a tradional and contemporary folk singer with extensive rave reviews for two recent award winning albums The Holland Handkerchief and Petticoat Loose. Mary recently recorded a song with a poem from the now President of Ireland Michael D Higgins dedicated to the Chilean poet Victor Yara. Mary McPartlan Website
Bertha Hope has led an all american women’s ensemble JASSBERRY JAM for 15 years and is prominent on the jazz scene in the tri-state area. Bertha Hope Website
The collaboration and the making of this exciting piece of art will take place at ZirZamin, 90 West Houston, Friday, May 24 2013, 8pm. The doors will open at 7.30pm promptly and early arrival is clearly recommended.