Beat Music Series

The next Beat Music Series is on Tuesday, November 14, 8PM-1oPM. Admission is free. Tips are encouraged!

Melissa Czarnik
Rodrigo Aranjuelo

The Beat Music Series is a monthly poetry and live music event held at Silvana every second Tuesday of the month, 8PM-10PM. The two-hour set promises to feature an eclectic mix of hip hop, jazz, soul, poetry, folk, and spoken word artists. The event is hosted by composer/producer Eric Joseph Meyer and poet/emcee Melissa Czarnik. The Beat Music Series is presented by Hyperdrive Motivator Productions, an engaged media company whose mission is to promote diversity, equality and empowerment through music and film.

musical training spans from Broadway to Opera to Jazz studying with legends like Junior Mance and Chico Hamilton. She released her debut album titled Jessi Colasante, a collection of songs that highlight her incredible vocal range and musical diversity fusing elements of Latin beats to funky soul to slow jazz to Afro-Cuban downtempo and everything in between. JESÁNTE  has toured  performing with a 10-piece ensemble in the United States, Europe and South America. She also frequently collaborates with various DJ’s from New York and abroad. In addition JESÁNTE is the lead singer of San Simón headed by Evan Ubiera.

 MELISSA CZARNIK (Zar-nik) defies category with her genre blending approach to hip hop and spoken word. Her soulful and melodic flow captivates listeners with intricate lyricism and heartfelt storytelling. She performs with a live band made up of Eric Joseph Meyer (keys), Ryan Ramirez (drums), Sam Neufeld (trumpet), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass) and Ali Carter (backing vocals).

RODRIGO ARANJUELO is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and composer who creates a new folk experience by fusing the old folk tradition of Argentina and America with a contemporary unique sound. Raised in a family of musicians, he started playing guitar at 7 years old. He began performing professionally at the age of 14 with “Bongo” Farias Gomez, one the biggest referents of the Argentinian folklore.

In 2010, Rodrigo with a collaboration of Leo Mut released “Buenos Consejos”, A double album of versions of The Beatles songs with important guests. This álbum was the first glance of his musical identity, showing a fusion of genres with impeccable taste.

Rodrigo recently released his first solo album “Lost & Found“, composed, recorded and mixed in his studio in Argentina. This album is a journey that combines the deep storytelling of folk music, the drama of film scoring and of course, the emotion of Argentinian folklore.


To be considered as a future performer, please submit your band name, genre of music, short bio, and links to your music, YouTube and website to with “Beat Music Series” in the subject line.


Already veteran bookers of world-class musical acts from their experience at Shrine
World Music Venue, Silvana’s music schedule is filled with musical talent 
from New York City and all over the globe. On any given night you can enjoy the soothing music of a jazz quartet, a master conguera from Cuba, a reggae band and then, if you’re lucky an impromptu jam session. After, dance the night away with our DJs who spin everything from funk to hip-hop to house to reggae to African music.

Silvana, 300 West 116th Street (SW Corner of Fredrick Douglass BLVD./8th Ave). Off the C,B at 116th and Fredrick Douglass or 2,3 Trains at 116th and Malcolm X Blvd.