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Bobby Sanabria to Headline “Bringing it all Back Home to Washington Square” with Special Guest Janis Siegel

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Music Education faculty member Bobby Sanabria will be bringing his multi-Grammy-nominated Multiverse Big Band featuring students from the NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions to Washington Square Park on September 25 for an exciting free concert from 4-7pm. 

Sanabria, an eight-time Grammy nominee as a leader, will headline “Bringing it all Back Home to Washington Square,” and Vocal Performance program faculty member and ten-time Grammy-winner Janis Siegel will be a special guest.

Janis Siegel posing in front of a window on a high floor of a building, with other buildings visible through the window

“Bobby and the Multiverse are a powerful force for good and I am proud and happy to raise my voice with them,” said Siegel in the event's press release.

Professor Sanabria added, "Our concert will celebrate the Village’s legacy of culture and creativity, especially its rich history with the Puerto Rican community, which started with tobacco workers settling there in the early 20th century and continued with the Salsa Meets Jazz series at the Village Gate, the New Rican Village, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Adela's restaurant. Janis and I have been talking about doing something together for a long time, so it's finally happening in a big way. I'll also be featuring two of my former talented NYU student musicians as guests who both represent the future of the music – alto saxophonist Jade Elliott and tenor saxophonist David Hovanisyan. And if that weren't enough, NYU music students will be performing around the surrounding areas of the park before the concert. It will be an exciting afternoon of big band Latin jazz and salsa, so we hope the entire NYU community comes out in full force. And the best part? It's free!"

The Multiverse Big Band performing on stage in front of a screen showing a B&W film of young boys in the street playing in the water from a fire hydrant

The concert is part of The 2021 Village Trip arts festival which aims to bolster the iconic downtown neighborhood as it emerges from the Covid pandemic. The festival will run September 18-26.

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