Don't let anyone tell you "world music" is the Next Big Thing. It's several, and World Music Institute has them all covered, catering to the multiplying tastes of the mixing-bowl metropolis. The institute is tucked away in a combination cubbyhole and treasure-house of international recordings and books for sale, but for this connections-conscious org all New York's a stage. In kindred concert venues citywide, from Symphony Space to Washington Square Church, WMI brings some Manhattanites a touch of the unfamiliar and others a taste of home.
Honduran singer Aurelio Martinez has fronted tribute concerts for Andy Palacio, an artist in the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna musical tradition who was on the verge of international stardom at the time of his death in 2008. Martinez has also been... More »