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Singer & Actor, Goussy Celestin

Goussy Célestin, a New Yorker with Haitian roots has received favorable reviews in The NEW YORK TIMES and styled as a “Renaissance woman” for her work as a pianist, composer, vocalist and dancer.

She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Del Terzo Studio at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, SOB's, the Knitting Factory, NJPAC, Tilles Center, Newark Symphony Space, Joe's Pub, as well as various jazz clubs in NYC.  A highlight of Goussy's jazz career is a duo piano performance with renowned jazz pianist John Hicks. Her musical travels include Cuba, England, Wales, Japan, Haiti, as well as several parts of the US. 

Gousy’s personal mission is to stir up all her musical influences into a moving experience, incorporating Jazz elements and dance influences.  Her artistic mission is to highlight the influence, connection and beauty of Haitian culture in the Americas.  She has studied and performed music and dance for several years with such esteemed names as Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, C. Scoby Stroman, Max Roach, Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, and Sheila Jordan as a jazz pianist-vocalist, while studying with Pat Hall, Jean Leon Destiné, and Camille Yarbrough, as a dancer.  She is a member of ASE Dance Theater Collective, a neo-folklore ensemble dedicated to the traditional and contemporary arts of the African Diaspora filtered through Haitian music and dance. She is also a member of ¡Retumba!, an all-female multi-ethnic music-dance ensemble dedicated to the traditions of the Caribbean and Latin-America. While in Cuba, Goussy had the honor of performing with members of the Buena Vista Social Club, as well as performing with members of Grupo AfroCuba de Matanzas, Yoruba Andabo and Clave Y Guaguanco. 

In addition to wearing the many hats of a performing artist, Goussy teaches music and dance in various programs in New York City. 

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