Roseanne Cash, Dianne Reeves, and Asphalt Orceshtra will be among the headliners in a series of free concerts on New Haven Green as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas which runs June 16 to 30.Kicking off the free concerts on the Green on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. will be
Angélique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, and Lizz Wright performing "Sing the Truth!": "songs honoring the music and spirit of great women in jazz, folk, R&B, gospel, and the blues. "
Kidjo, Reeves, and Wright -- three of today’s most acclaimed female vocalists -- "perform music by a
range of women who influenced and were influenced by them, from Billie Holiday to Lauryn Hill, as well as a selection of their own original songs."
Kidjo received six Grammy Award nominations, winning in 2007. Her music blends the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk, and jazz, as well as influences fom Europe and Latin America.
Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. She was awarded the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy Award four times—three of them for consecutive recordings, a Grammy first in any vocal category.
"Wright received non-stop critical acclaim since her 2003 debut, Salt, and
continues her genry-defying musical journey that combines jazz, gospel, and a host of
The next free concert woill be Asphalt Orchestra on Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m
Asphalt Orchestra is described: "a one-of-a-kind street marching band that brings ambitious music
to the masses in an exciting, take-over-the-crowd performance. An off-shoot of Festival
favorite Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra will fill the New Haven Green with
newly commissioned music for marching band from the like of Frank Zappa and Björk,
all staged in a tightly choreographed performance created by Susan Marshall (whose
own dance company was featured in last year’s Festival). "