CreativeWorks at GARNER, a joint project of the Arts Council of Rockland and GARNER Arts Center, launches its first program on Friday, May 9th with a special appearance by Mayra Casales and CocoMama. This event is the first at CreativeWorks at GARNER, the new alternative, multidisciplinary performance series located in the GARNER Historic District at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center.
CreativeWorks at GARNER in the Dye Works
55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY 10923
Tickets are $17.00 in advance or $22.00 at the door.
CocoMama is an internationally-based all women band led by Mayra Casales. Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Casales’s earliest influences began with the Afro-Cuban musical culture of her childhood. In Miami, Mayra studied with Carlos “Potato” Valdez. Before long she was performing with some of the biggest names in Latin and Cuban music including Celia Cruz, Machito, Joe Cuba, and Miguelito Valdez.
In 1978, Mayra moved to New York City where she played with Phyllis Hyman, Carmen Lundy, and Jon Lucien, as well as such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Barretto.
Her latest album is Mayra Casales Woman on Fire/Mujer Ardiente.