Fri, September 28th

NYGF: Original Quartet by Javier Limon “Romany Songs”

gypsy singer-songwriter world music TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 7:45PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20

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NY Gypsy Festival presents OQ

More than 1,000 years ago, the most important and influential cultures of the West; the Greco-Roman, Arab, Jewish Sephardic and the culture of the gypsies of India gathered in a land called Andalusia.   There they created one of the most important musical movements of our era, flamenco.  However, Andalusia was not only the birthplace of flamenco but also of Pablo Picasso and the great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca and the influences of flamenco and the culture of Andalusia are seen throughout their work.

In this show Original Quartet explores the roots of this music, their differences and commonalities.  OQ is made up of 4 new stars of world music and representing these four cultures, Spanish guitarist, composer and multi-Grammy winner Javier Limon, Iraqi violinist and singer Layth Sidiq, Israeli recorder player and singer Tali Rubinstein and Indian vocalist Shilpa Anath.  The repertoire includes old poems and songs from Iraq, Sephardi compositions and Indian traditional pieces, as well as modern compositions created specifically for this project.


Tonina Saputo is a singer/songwriter, bassist, music journalist and poet from St. Louis, Missouri who performs her original music along with her arrangements of covers in both Spanish and English.

Tonina comes from a a family of music lovers that exposed her to many music styles, from funk, soul, and jazz to classical music. She was born in San Diego, California but raised in St. Louis, Missouri from black and Sicilian backgrounds. All these components have given her an unparalleled musical scope playing many different genres yet making each her own. Her sense of rhythm, melody, and her extraordinary voice and song interpretation, make her performances a thrilling experience for all listeners.

Saputo began her musical journey when she was nine years old and was trained classically for 11 years, studying with multiple bassists from the St. Louis Symphony and attending various master classes with Grammy Award-winning bassist, John Clayton. She grew up participating in multiple music programs in the St. Louis area, eventually leading the bass sections of both the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and The Missouri All State Orchestra. Toni performed at Carnegie Hall in 2009 and Lincoln Center in 2012 as a member of her high school Symphonic Orchestra. At the age of 17, she was admitted to Berklee College of Music and went on to study bass performance, songwriting, and Africana Studies. In 2014, she was accepted to study bass performance at the Berklee Valencia campus in Spain, where she met and signed with Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter, Javier Limon.

In October of 2016, Toni travelled to Spain to perform at the National Auditorium of Madrid. She also performed her first showcase on March 30th, 2017 at the Ellas Crean music festival in Madrid. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in May of 2017. Toni performs solo and with her quartet at local venues in St. Louis.


A Berklee College of Music graduate -where she shone as a soloist in her own right-, her music is a meeting place for her country’s folklore roots, the influence of her contemporaries, and the music of the Andalusian region.  Above all, she is a handful of songs that she sings with her bare soul. 

She is currently introducing her project -comprised of music and production by Javier Limón- that has already been signed by IMG/Casa Limón Records.  Her album will be published on 2018 and will be distributed worldwide through The Orchard. 

More recently, Nella was asked to join the stellar cast of Oscar Award winner Asghar Farhadi’s new movie which includes Javier BardemRicardo Darín and Penélople Cruz.  In the movie, she sings songs written by Limón exclusively for the screenplay. 

During her 2018 tour, she will present a repertoire that will include the songs featured in Farhadi’s movie, as well as Venezuelan folk songs and some of her own compositions.  She will be seen with her trio in stages across the US, Latin America and Europe. 

During her first month in NYC Nella had her first concert as part of Casa Limón's New York Week resulting in a sold out show accompanied by members of the Paco de Lucia Project, featuring Piraña, Antonio Sánchez, and Antonio Serrano. 

As a soloist, Nella has performed with artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer Lopez, Carlos Vives, Luis Enrique, Susana Baca, Los Amigos Invisibles, Monsieur Periné, Caramelos de Cianuro and Guaco.