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Emeline Michel: Valentine

Americas Society

February 13, 2017


Emeline Michel (Image: Eléonore Coyette)

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Admission: FREE for AS and YPA members, and Hunter College students; $20 for non-members. (No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online.) $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door for students and seniors with ID.

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, reigning “Queen of Haitian Song” Emeline Michel—a captivating performer, versatile vocalist, and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation—has her Americas Society debut. Michel's most recent album, Quintessence, captures the reverence and gratitude for the present moment, showcasing her virtuoso vocals in Creole, French, and English with vibrant instrumental backing.

Emeline Michel, "Timoun" (dir. Abdias Laguerre, Cheval de Feu Production).


Emeline Michel, vocals
Dominic James, guitar
Calvin Jones, bass
Yayoi Ikawa, piano
Carol Hodge, drums


About the artist

Hailed by The New York Times as a “diplomat of music” and “the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze,” Michel began singing with the gospel choir in the church of Gonaïves, Haiti. After studying at the Detroit Jazz Center she returned to Haiti, where her career blossomed. Now based in New York City, she runs her own production company, Production Cheval de Feu, and is a cherished voice for social issues surrounding women and children worldwide. On Quintessence, Michel captures the reverence and gratitude for the present moment, showcasing her virtuoso vocals in Creole, French, and English, with finger-picked guitars, soulful backing vocals, a children's choir, Haitian percussion, lush strings, playful trumpet, and accordion lines.

About Composers Now Festival

The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Find out more on the festival website.

Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York.