Please join us at a performance of Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance on March 31, 2022, 7 pm, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. A genre-bending theatrical production and live musical performance, Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance is a bilingual cross-border opera about the life and death of the Mexican Revolutionary icon Pancho Villa. The opera is an insightful examination of the Mexican-American and Latinx impact on the culture and politics of our nation, contributing to the current and timely conversation about borders, migration and national belonging. With musical and visual performances by visionary composer Graham Reynolds, and featuring Beto Martinez, Paul Sanchez, and Liz Cass., the opera has been performed to rave reviews across the United States and Canada. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see it live. The event is free but ticketed, pick up your tickets today BCT box office. See you there!
This week, the Latin American Music Center is featuring an incredible Spring Festival with a fascinating collection of musics and ensembles. Click the link for more info about the events. The festival kicks off on Wednesday with a performance by Sergio Ospina's Latin jazz trio at The Blockhouse Bar. Other highlights include an afro-peruvian dance workshop, IU’s mariachi band, Jacobs’ Brazilian, Latin American, and Latin jazz ensembles, and a rather unique event about Colombian bullerengue music.
Award-winning playwright and librettist Migdalia Cruz will lead a workshop focusing on creating new works for the theatre and features a keynote presentation with Migdalia Cruz and one of her collaborators, scenic designer Professor Regina García.
Award-winning playwright and librettist Migdalia Cruz will lead a playwriting workshop, following the tradition of environmental pedagogy created by her teacher and mentor María Irene Fornés. The playwriting workshop culminates with dramatic readings of short works created in the workshop that will be directed by guest artist Cándido Tirado.
Join Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste at the 2022 Festival de otoño at Switchyard Park!
A concert in honor of Carmen Helena Téllez
Listen to the string music of Rocío Sanz Quirós.
On the 80th anniversary of the School of Musical Arts University of Costa Rica, the Historical Musical Archives at the University of Costa Rica and the Latin American Music Center (IU Jacobs School of Music) come together to share and promote the legacy of composers from Latin America. The collaboration continues after the LAMC’s “String Music of Rocío Sanz Quirós” event from Thursday, October 06.
Please join the Latin Grammy-nominated Duo Pilger/Fialkow for an evening of music by some of Brazil's most noted composers, past and present, including the U.S. premiere of Sonata para violoncelo e piano: "Figuras de 22" by Marcos Lucas (b. 1964). This event is free and open to the public.
Frequently hailed as Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s masterpiece, Ainadamar stands out as one of the few twenty-first-century operas to enjoy continuous and numerous performances worldwide since its premiere in 2003. Part of the work's success owes to the novelty of this work, which fuses operatic, flamenco, and Latin American musical traditions. In this talk, musicologist Christine Wisch explores how Golijov brings these different musical worlds together to create a powerful score whose stylistic fusion mirrors the blurring of onstage boundaries and also reflects his own hallmark eclecticism as a composer. Presented by the Latin American Music Center, co-sponsored by Latino Studies & IU Opera Theater.
Sounding Latinidades | Exploring Ainadamar: Flamenco Music and Culture with Alfonso Cid. Opera Round Table – Featuring “Ainadamar” Guest Production Staff. Presented by the Latin American Music Center & IU Jacobs Opera Theater.
Archives of Traditional Music & Latin American Music Center Lecture Series | "No pinicado da viola" A presentation on viola caipira music from brazil – Caio de Souza (Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology)
Talkback with composer Osvaldo Golijov following the premiere of Ainadamar
Salón Latino Chamber Music Series | Olga Perez Flora (mezzo-soprano) and James Flora (tenor)
Exploring Mexican culture through music and dance. Come see the IU Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste and Ballet Folklórico perform together! This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting Artists | Latin Jazz Ensemble with Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian SextetWayne Wallace, Director; Joe Galvin, Rhythm Section Coach
Salón Latino Chamber Music Series | Cléa Galhano (recorder) & René Izquierdo (guitar)
Featuring Adriana Nicole Torres Díaz (soprano) with invited guests Sofia Bolivar (percussion), Alexis DePaolo (cello) Jonathan Elmore (tenor), Arienne Fort Cannock (mezzo-soprano), Mireia Frutos Fernández (piano), Caio Guimarães Ferreira Lopes (conductor), Cameron Henry (percussion), Esteban Hernández Parra (viola), Angela Leeper (contrabass), Erica Lovato (oboe), Wayner Ramón Ortega (trumpet), Quincy Tilles (violin), Austin Tse (percussion), and Pablo Ventero Fernández (violin).
Come enjoy performances by the Ballet Folklorico de IU, the IU Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, and various other people and groups. The entire event runs from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. We hope to see you there!
Brazilian Folkloric Percussion & Steelpan EnsembleJoseph Gramley, Director; Joe Galvin, Director
Latin Jazz Ensemble Wayne Wallace, Director; Joe Galvin, Rhythm Section Coach
Latin American Ensemble | End-of-Semester ConcertJoe Galvin, Director
This performance, proposed by artist Anita Ekman with Brazilian guitarist Patrick Angello, explores the connections between the United States and Brazil in the history of the African Diaspora through the music that emerged around the largest slave port in the world: Valongo Wharf in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
We regret to inform you that this event has been canceled. *** Why do we still mourn today a poet who died in 1936? What does it mean to construct Federico García Lorca through an act of memory, one undertaken by an imagined, mourning Margarita Xirgu? This talk aims to provide another frame for experiencing Ainadamar, positioning the opera within a history or genealogy of cultural interventions that have memorialized García Lorca and his death, beginning weeks after his murder and continuing until today.
Grab a coffee and join us as we meet up with JavierLeón, director of the Latin American Music Center - LAMC at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Cristina Amescua, researcher from the Center Regional and Multidisciplinary Studies at UNAM. We will be chatting about how intangible cultural heritage initiatives are unfolding in Mexico and compare and contrast it with the work happening in Perú in the same field.-----------Toma un café y únete a nosotros para reunirnos con Javier León, director del Centro de Música Latinoamericana de la Escuela de Música IU Jacobs, y Cristina Amescua, investigadora del Centro de Estudios Regionales y Multidisciplinarios de la UNAM. Charlaremos sobre cómo se están desarrollando las iniciativas de patrimonio cultural inmaterial en México y lo comparamos y contrastamos con el trabajo que se realiza en Perú en el mismo campo.
In Afrolatinx religious practices such as Cuban Espiritismo, Puerto Rican Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé, the dead tell stories. Communicating with and through mediums’ bodies, they give advice, make requests, and propose future rituals, creating a living archive that is coproduced by the dead. Solimar Otero's Archives of Conjure (Columbia University Press 2020), explores how Afrolatinx spirits guide collaborative spiritual-scholarly activist work through rituals and the creation of material culture. By examining spirit mediumship through a Caribbean cross-cultural poetics, she shows how divinities and ancestors serve as active agents in shaping the experiences of gender, sexuality, and race.
This paper engages the aesthetic modes of racial discourse in the Hispanophone Caribbean in order to understand the economy of desire which reproduces ethnonational representation in Puerto Rico. In doing so, this paper performs a double move that follows the significance of the aesthetic as an imposition of ethnonationalism on one end, and illuminates its interpellation of desire on the other. As such, this paper creates a push and pull effect that encapsulates a frame of reference for multiple histories and geographies that both reproduce and refuse ethnonationalism in general in Puerto Rico.
Reyita: The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the Twentieth Century written by Maria de Los Reyes Castillo Bueno, discusses the story of her grandmother, parents and her experience of slavery, prejudice, gender biases colorism and racism during the Cuban Independence War and the abolition of Slavery in 1898. This presentation will include a reading from the biographical novel “Reyita” followed by a Dance Performance dedicated to the embodiment of Reyita’s story.
In 2000, the newly formed music and theater collective Grupo Teatro del Milenio produced a short experimental play Karibú. Written collectively by the founding members of the group, the play critiqued the role that black performers have historically had in Peruvian society, simultaneously beloved and marginalized by the largely non-black audiences that claim their music as an expression of cultural diversity. In celebration of Teatro del Milenio’s 20th anniversary, this presentation will feature a virtual screening of a revival production of Karibú that took place in Atlanta in 2007 and will be accompanied by an introduction and post-screening discussion hosted by Javier León, who has worked with various members of the groups for more than fifteen years.
This Salón Latino celebrates the music of Afro-Latin American composers and showcases a sampling of their rarely performed chamber works, including new arrangements. This concert is just one of many events offered to the IU community through the Afrolatin Coalition in the Arts Series, a month-long interdisciplinary initiative coordinated and sponsored by Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC), Latino Studies Department (LATS), Graduate Mentoring Center (GMC), and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). Tonight’s concert turns the focus of this series to the world of art music and offers a diverse sampling of pieces written by four composers who address Afrolatin culture in their works. Register for the concert here. Download the program supplement (program notes & performer bios) here.
Ethnomusicologists and filmmakers Cassio Nobre and Xavier Vatin, along with director Gabriela Barreto, will join IUB faculty members Maria Hamilton Abegunde and Solimar Otero in conversation about this new documentary examining the impact of linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner's work with Candomblé communities in Bahia, Brazil. Those registered for this event will receive a link to screen the film from November 13-21.
Music by José Pablo Moncayo, Juan Orrego-Salas, and Astor Piazzolla performed by Edward Gazouleas (viola) and Aram Arakelyan (piano).
The IU Latin American Ensemble's La Orquesta Escuela Vieja is thrilled to be back after a brief hiatus to perform our spring concert for you via live stream. Join us virtually for an evening of classic Cuban dance music: Danzon, Charanga, Chachacha, and Salsa. Clear some space in your living room, grab your dancing shoes, and turn up the volume!
The first of two BLEMF programs featuring music from the IU Lilly Library Guatemalan Manuscripts, curated by Paul Borg. Join us for an evening of choral music directed by Dr. Carolann Buff, featuring a mass ordinary and several motets from the manuscripts. Thursday, May 13 |8pm YouTube Premiere
The second concert of BLEMF's Lilly Library Guatemalan Manuscript Project will be presented by Forgotten Clefs Renaissance Wind Band. Join us for an evening of wind band music recorded at the Monroe County History Center with a pre-concert lecture by Paul Borg (Indiana University). Friday, May 13 | 8 PMYouTube Premiere (Link Available Soon!)
In partnership with the IU Latin American Music Center, BLEMF is excited to present Tembembe Ensamble Continuo as the final concert of BLEMF21. Their program, Laberinto en la guitarra will feature music for guitar from Spain and New Spain, alongside traditional music from Mexico. Saturday, May 15 | 7:30 PM Conversation, 8 PM ConcertYouTube Premiere (LINK) 7:30pm Conversation with Eloy Cruz (Tembembe Ensamble Continuo) and Javier León (IU Latin American Music Center) | 8pm Concert Premiere - Laberinto en la Guitarra
The LAMC invites you to a performance of the profound and celebrated cantata Santa Maria de Iquique, a work acclaimed by historians and musicologists alike as a masterpiece and exemplar of nueva canción, a musical movement whose themes of social justice, human rights, and freedoms still resonate loudly in today’s world. This concert, which will conclude with a performance of two other well-loved nueva canción pieces, is free and open to the public
The Office of Inclusion, Equity, Diversity & Justice at the Jacobs School of Music and the Office of the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at the Eskenazi School are proud to present their inaugural Latinx Artist Showcase to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month. We are planning a fun-filled celebration of Latinx culture and heritage through music dance, poetry, and art. IU artists, musicians, poets and dancers interested in participating can sign up using the form here.
Wayne Wallace, Director; Joe Galvin, Rhythm Section Coach
The Latin American Music Center cordially invites you to a performance by the Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 8pm in Auer Hall (Jacobs School of Music). This event is part of the Salón Latino Chamber Music Series and is free and open to the public. Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste was created in 2018 as a joint initiative between Latin American Music Center at the Jacobs School of Music, the La Casa/Latino Cultural Center and the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. The group is a volunteer ensemble committed to the cultivation and promotion of Mexican-American, Mexican and Latin American music and culture, both within IU and the larger Southern Indiana region. Its members include IU undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the larger Bloomington community. Over the years, the mariachi has counted with the participation of musicians originally from the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela.
End of semester concert by the Latin American Ensemble. The concert will feature folkloric and popular dance music from Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean. Dancing encouraged. Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
The Jacobs Diversity & Equity Committee would like to invite you to a concert celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King with readings and performances by Jacobs faculty and students. Featuring a performance from Santa María de Iquique (1969) by Chilean composer Luis Advis.
Ana R. Alonso-Minutti is associate professor of music, a faculty affiliate of the Latin American and Iberian Institute, and a research associate of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute at the University of New Mexico. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in music from the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in musicology from the University of California, Davis. Alonso-Minutti’s scholarship focuses on experimental and avant-garde expressions, music traditions from Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border, and music history pedagogy. Among her research areas are Latina/Chicana feminist and queer theories, critical race studies, and decolonial methodologies.
A lecture recital with visiting artists Tuyen Tonnu, piano and Marie Labonville, musicologist. Featuing Paul Borg, piano.
Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists and composers of his generation, he has developed a unique voice as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix of jazz and his many musical influences.