Midsummer Nights: Stoop Concerts! Kids Edition

Midsummer Nights: Stoop Concerts! Kids Edition


Thursday, August 19, 2021 – 4:30-6:00PM

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is excited to extend our Midsummer Nights: Stoop Concert series to be a part of NYC Homecoming Week.

BKCM welcomes Melvis Santa, Grammy award winner, singer/songwriter who will be leading a stoop performance around the central element of Community. It will include a diverse repertory of traditional, classical, and original music written or dedicated to children. With percussion, piano, voice and of course audience interaction. Accompanying her will be Dylan Blanchard and Sebastian Lopez on percussion and chorus.



Melvis Santa

Grammy Nominee Melvis Santa is known for her multidisciplinary artistry. Vocalist, composer, actress, and educator born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Melvis made a splash at 14 when she founded the all-female collective Sexto Sentido, a project that jazz great Chucho Valdés deemed as “the best Cuban vocal quartet of the past 30 years.” In 2010 Melvis spread wings and became one of the lead vocalists of seminal Cuban Timba-Funk fusion band Interactivo, led by Roberto Carcassés. Later she went solo and formed her own group. Her debut album as a bandleader, Santa Habana obtained a Cubadisco nomination. Currently based in New York, Melvis continues to make a mark as an educator and performer. Her vision as a bandleader has developed into various music projects: Ashedí, Ellas-Son, and La Rumba de Santa, featuring original compositions and preserving traditional Afro Cuban styles, including Rumba. Likewise, Melvis has taught dance, percussion and voice in workshops, artist residencies, and masterclasses across the globe and all over the US to children, youth and adults alike. Some of the institutions are NYU, Yale University, UArts of Philadelphia, Chicago Jazz Phillarmonic, among others. As a performer, Melvis features as a house artist of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Collaborations along her career includes the who’s who of the Latin and Jazz communities, such as Buena Vista Social Club, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Team Cuba de La Rumba, Román Díaz, Pedrito Martínez, Manley “Los Chinitos” Lopez, Xiomara Laugart, Arturo O’Farrill, Bobby Sanabria, Osmany Paredes, David Virelles, Ravi Coltrane, Christian McBride, Andy Bey, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and many others.