Belongó: Worldwinds

Saturday, September 28, 20248:00 pm
Tickets coming soondoors 7pm

Worldwinds is a collaborative performance bringing together GRAMMY award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble with two dynamic dance companies (TBA). Over the past several years, O’Farrill has forged artistic collaborations with noted choreographers through Belongó’s Worldwinds residencies, which challenge the boundaries of style and medium. The evening’s program features newly choreographed classics and originals from the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire, as well as new pieces inspired by the movement and steps of its guest companies.


Belongó (formerly the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance) is a New York based cultural organization dedicated to performing, educating about, and preserving the music of all of the Americas, emanating from African and indigenous roots, through the entry point of jazz. Belongó embraces its mission with a commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion, and the equality of all cultures worldwide. Belongó’s mission is reflected by its core values of cultural inclusiveness, ground-breaking creativity, social consciousness, excellence, and responsible stewardship, and purposeful engagement. Founded by pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O’Farrill in 2007, Belongó’s programs span the five New York City boroughs and beyond. New York performance season, presents intergenerational community events, provides year-round free music instruments and instruction to youth, and maintains a comprehensive archive of Latin jazz compositions.

GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O’Farrill—leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (New York Times)—was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O’Farrill, Arturo played piano in Carla Bley’s Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 2002, he established the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) to bring the vital musical traditions of Afro Latin jazz to a wider general audience, and to greatly expand the contemporary Latin jazz big band repertoire through commissions to artists across a wide stylistic and geographic range. In March 2021, O’Farrill and the ALJO won their 7th GRAMMY for Four Questions, with Cornel West as guest orator. In September 2018, O’Farrill released his album, Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for the United States, Mexico, and Beyond, which was also released as a documentary for HBO MAX. In 2019, O’Farrill was appointed Professor at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the Global Jazz Studies department and is currently the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. O’Farrill’s debut recording with Blue Note Records …dreaming in lions… was nominated for a 2022 GRAMMY Award in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category, and his album, Virtual Birdland (ZOHO), was nominated for “Best Latin Jazz Album.” In 2023, O’Farrill won a GRAMMY Award for Fandango at the Wall in New York in the “Best Latin Jazz Album” category.

Belongó: Worldwinds

Saturday, September 28, 20248:00 pm
Tickets coming soondoors 7pm

Worldwinds is a collaborative performance bringing together GRAMMY award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble with two dynamic dance companies (TBA). Over the past several years, O’Farrill has forged artistic collaborations with noted choreographers through Belongó’s Worldwinds residencies, which challenge the boundaries of style and medium. The evening’s program features newly choreographed classics and originals from the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire, as well as new pieces inspired by the movement and steps of its guest companies.


Belongó (formerly the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance) is a New York based cultural organization dedicated to performing, educating about, and preserving the music of all of the Americas, emanating from African and indigenous roots, through the entry point of jazz. Belongó embraces its mission with a commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion, and the equality of all cultures worldwide. Belongó’s mission is reflected by its core values of cultural inclusiveness, ground-breaking creativity, social consciousness, excellence, and responsible stewardship, and purposeful engagement. Founded by pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O’Farrill in 2007, Belongó’s programs span the five New York City boroughs and beyond. New York performance season, presents intergenerational community events, provides year-round free music instruments and instruction to youth, and maintains a comprehensive archive of Latin jazz compositions.

GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O’Farrill—leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (New York Times)—was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O’Farrill, Arturo played piano in Carla Bley’s Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 2002, he established the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) to bring the vital musical traditions of Afro Latin jazz to a wider general audience, and to greatly expand the contemporary Latin jazz big band repertoire through commissions to artists across a wide stylistic and geographic range. In March 2021, O’Farrill and the ALJO won their 7th GRAMMY for Four Questions, with Cornel West as guest orator. In September 2018, O’Farrill released his album, Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for the United States, Mexico, and Beyond, which was also released as a documentary for HBO MAX. In 2019, O’Farrill was appointed Professor at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the Global Jazz Studies department and is currently the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. O’Farrill’s debut recording with Blue Note Records …dreaming in lions… was nominated for a 2022 GRAMMY Award in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category, and his album, Virtual Birdland (ZOHO), was nominated for “Best Latin Jazz Album.” In 2023, O’Farrill won a GRAMMY Award for Fandango at the Wall in New York in the “Best Latin Jazz Album” category.