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Queens Council on the Arts' Artist Commissioning Program and Viva la Comida Festival present the World Premiere of Salsa Masala: A Jackson Heights Block Party, a new work completed by ACP Awardee in Music Composition Neil Padukone.

Saturday, September 15, 12pm - 7pm

Viva La Comida Festival
Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street
Jackson Heights, Queens

Free • Registration Required


Neil's project employs intersectional approach to music: “Walk down Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens, and you hear Bhangra and Bollywood on one side, Cumbia and Bachata on the other,” says Neil. “What would happen, I wondered, if we all brought our instruments out and had one big block party?” 

His project, Salsa Masala: A Jackson Heights Block Party provides the soundtrack for this fusion. Inspired by the music of Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and Black music of the US, Salsa Masala creates “that special mix”—the Spanish and Hindi translations of the work’s title.

His project speaks to the role places like Queens play in an increasingly diverse America: creating connections across communities that demonstrate that “we all feel similar emotions and rhythms, even if they're in different languages."