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MEXICO ATEMPORAL @ CAL ARTS LATIN FEST
Christopher Garcia Pablo Lenero Archer
instruments of Mesoamerica piano forte
and indigenous Mexico extended techniques
will be performing
CAL ARTS LATIN FEST
which takes place
3/4/MO thru 3/8/FR
"México Atemporal is a series of musical compositions and improvisations that surge from an ongoing exploration of the symbiosis between indigenous instruments of Mexico and Mesoamerica, the pianoforte, and the electronic manipulation of sound in real time.
This exploration is guided and based in the study of Mesoamerican codices,
the Mexica dance tradition,
and the study of classical and jazz pianist and composers such as Cage, Debussy, Armengol and Bill Evans.
This unique collaboration between Christopher Garcia and Pablo Leñero seeks to intertwine the resonances of the past and present of Mexico.
Christopher Garcia is a performer, composer and improviser who continues to garner popular and critical acclaim in 29 countries on 5 continents for his original compositions for indigenous breath and percussion instruments of Mesoamerica/Mexico and India alongside either classical guitar, marimba, pedal harp, piano, violin, woodwind quintet and/or mixed chamber ensemble. Garcia is frequently invited as a guest soloist to perform with chamber and symphonic orchestras throughout Europe and the Americas on instruments not usually associated with “western classical music”, including North Indian tabla, South Indian kanjira and ghatam, and Tlapan huehuetl, teponaztli, huilacapiztli, atecocolli and more.
Pablo Leñero Archer is a Mexican composer, pianist and conductor based in L.A. Through his studies of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Cage, Armengol, Debussy and Bill Evans, Leñero explores the integration of the classical realm with the folkloric and indigenous traditions of Mexico and the Americas. In his music, Leñero experiments with alternative media and materials as part of the process of music creation, such as the use of paintings and colors as scores, as well as using the physical space as a mean of musical expression"
ARTE Y CULTURA EN MEXICO CITY MAGAZINE
"While he has devoted much of his life to learning indigenous music Garcia also revels in playing the new and unexpected….Garcia's musical vocabulary not only spans centuries and cultures it's also spontaneous."
GERMANYS INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER
"often beyond categorization or even simple description…..open to a wide variety of idioms, making every sound count and utilizing space quite effectively. The blend between their instruments makes it sound as if they are of one mind, yet their melodic world/folk music is open to spontaneity. There is much to discover."
ALL MUSIC REVIEW
“unusual instrumentation does not necessarily mean compelling music, and while some groups "throw instruments together" for the sake of trying to be different, the music these two create is organic, while at the same time being virtuosic, and compelling on many different levels….”
?"Percussionist Chris Garcia nearly stole the show, beating on the cajon with a bare ankle, slapping cymbals with his hands, sending chipped bits of his mallets flying into the air, and even using his body as a percussion instrument."
SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
Presenter / Producer: CAL ARTS
Music > International
Event Phone: 661-255-1050
California Institute of the ARTs
24700 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia CA 91355
Santa Clarita / Lancaster / Palmdale
Performance Dates: 3/4/2019
MONDAY, MARCH 4TH
CARNAVAL OPENING PARADE
12:00pm – 1:00pm. School-wide
Guest artist and alum Kirk Brundage leads the CalArts Brazilian Drumming Ensemble in a parade to celebrate the spectacular opening of the 2019 LatinFest featuring fashion designs from Floración Fashion Show and costumes made by Peruvian CalArts student Maria Laura Sandoval. Everyone is welcome to join!
LATIN AMERICAN STRINGED INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP
2:00pm – 4:00pm.
Guest artist Jose Roberto Hernandez leads a workshop in Latin American stringed instruments including charango, tres, and guitar.
Hernandez Is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, arranger, producer, musical educator, and ethnomusicologist. In the San Francisco Bay Area, where he resides, he is one of the most respected exponents of folkloric music. Born in the city of Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico, his musical career begins in Tabasco and continues in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico City, and the United States. Surrounded by master folklorists, he roots his career in traditional music, and discovers that this is his greatest passion. This transforms him into a collector and performer of native and traditional instruments, and, always thirsting to discover and learn about other cultures, he becomes an investigator of customs and traditions in dance and music. His devotion, creativity, and professionalism in the genre of traditional music have earned him the recognition of great musicians from Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Argentina. He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music and has earned much respect as a musician, singer, composer, and producer.
SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAS CONCERT
8:00pm – 10:00pm. Wild Beast Concert Hall.
This celebration of pan-American folkloric musics spans countries, cultures, and time itself. With music both traditional and experimental, instruments modern and ancient, and sounds familiar and abstract, this concert will re-invent how you think about music of Latin America.
Featuring guest artists
Jose Roberto Hernandez,
as well as CalArts students
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