Ayodele Casel- The New Yorker
Ayodele Casel, a down-to-earth storyteller whose relaxed poise can belie the exceptional quickness and needlepoint intricacy of her footwork. For her début as a Joyce headliner, Sept. 24-29, this excellent musician is bringing along another: the pianist-composer Arturo O’Farrill. His deep, broad knowledge of Afro-Latin jazz is a given, but Casel, who was born in the Bronx and spent some of her childhood in her parents’ homeland of Puerto Rico, understands it, too. Playing together, she and O’Farrill communicate at advanced levels without showing off, following each other’s swerves, from groove to groove, as in a game between friends. A few other musicians and musician-dancers join them in the fun.