Tonight’s Musical Performance: Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes
Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes, vocals and flute; Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes, piano; Gabe Schnider, guitar; Joshua Crumbly, bass; Mark Whitfield Jr., drums
By the age of nine, the flutist and vocalist Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes was performing with bands and recording her first CD. Now 20, she brings a stellar group of young artists to MoMA Nights to play original works that showcase her sensibilities as bandleader and composer. One goal is to provide “a window into my musical journey from the Bay Area to Cuba and to New York City, incorporating influences from hip-hop and R&B to Latin music and jazz.” She has performed in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the White House, the SF Jazz Center, and the Blue Note. Among the artists with whom she has recorded and performed are Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Vijay Iyer. The Guardian recently called her “the most exciting jazz flutist to have emerged in years.”
Every Thursday in July and August, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Live music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2018 celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in collaboration with PopRally, the series hosts a variety of sounds that explore the City’s expansive musical landscape. Each evening, unique sonic flavors fill the Sculpture Garden with a range of blended genres such as dream punk, Afrofuturist soul, funk fusion, hip-hop, experimental, and lo-fi baroque pop.
This performance was organized in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center.