"Here Now" An artists journey from Zimbabwe to America
- Performing & Visual Arts
- La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
PAZ: Fandango Urbano
Show at 7pm, Fandango at 9pm
$20 Adv, $25 Door
PAZ: Fandango Urbano will create new community sones jarochos (music and dance!). The new sones will: be based on the Bay Area experience, both historical and contemporary; have universal themes; be created with community input and in such a way that invites others to continue to add to them over time.
PAZ: Fandango Urbano is putting these sones together in three stages:
1. In workshops and convivios (June 3-19), we’ll collect material for these new sones. In a convivio with los jornaleros, for example, soneros arrive at places where large groups of day workers, mostly Latino immigrants, gather in hopes to get work for the day. The wait is grueling and can prove to be fruitless. In the convivio, we hang out sharing food, music, singing, dancing and listen to each other’s stories and experiences. Some of these convivios have already been taking place and varios soneros have participated in them.
2. In Creative Labs, local son jarocho artists will work closely with international artists to create new sones in the son jarocho tradition. Local son jarocho artists include Artemio Posadas, Kamakshi (lead singer of the band FUGA!) and María de la Rosa. International artists include Rubí Oseguera Rueda, Patricio Hidalgo Belli, and Liche Oseguera Rueda who are all confirmed to the Project.
3. Fandango? POR SUPUESTO! The project will culminate in a concert and a fandango where the new sones will be debuted. Saturday, June 21 at La Peña is slated for these events.
About the participating artists (Pictured from top to bottom):
Lead artist: Maria de la Rosa
Maria de la Rosa has a long and productive working relationship with La Peña while developing the first phase of the PAZ project in 2011. She completed two traditional son projects with La Peña including an evening concert highlighting the poetry of son, including son jarocho with master musicians. She has worked as a Mexican traditional folk artist for over twenty-five years and has received numerous awards for her work as a choreographer and performer. María, as a musician, now maintains a music ensemble that, in three short years, has performed at such venues as La Peña, the Mexican Heritage Plaza, Yerba Buena Gardens and the De Young Museum for the closing of the Olmec Exhibit and under the auspices of the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco. She is an arts and education specialist at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and a consultant to the San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival.
RUBÍ OSEGUERA RUEDA
Rubí studied Social Anthropology at the Universidad Veracruzana. Since 2009 she has been dedicated to the creation and production of stage productions, especially with the subject of music and dance traditional peoples of Mexico. Her works have been presented in various parts of the Mexican Republic in collaboration with institutions and artists is varied areas. She is the director of the project and dancers of Cantadoras Fandango Jarocho which aims to present and link musicians and popular artists.
FELIX JOSÉ “LICHE” OSEGUERA RUEDA
Felix “Liche” Oseguera is a luthier and master musician with years of experience in new music composition. He is one of the founding members of Chuchumbe, one of the most recognized and well regarded son jarocho ensembles. One of his recent compositions was featured on the Grammy nominated album “Electro-Jarocho” by Sistema Bomb.
PATRICIO HIDALGO BELLI
With his BA from the Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico y Agropecuario (Veracruz, Mexico),Patricio Hidalgo Belli is a renowned composer, performer, teacher and scholar. He specializes in son jarocho and the traditional zapateado of the fandango dance, in addition to the history and craftsmanship of the son jarocho instruments. Mr. Hidalgo is an accomplished musician who has toured throughout Mexico, the United States, Europe, and Latin America and has appeared in Canada, China, Morocco, Cuba, Israel and Singapore.
Artemio Posadas received his BA in Humanities from the University of San Luis Potosi in his native city. He is a master Mexican Folklorist who has mastered a wide variety of traditional instruments. He specializes in Huastecan and Jarocho music and dance; as a scholar he researches regional cultural traditions for an organization he founded, Instituto Tamunal. Since 1973, Artemio has performed extensively at folkloric festivals and events throughout the US and Canada. He has been internationally recognized for his instrumental role in the development of regional Mexican music and dance in California.
Special thanks to our Indiegogo funders for their help in making this project happen!
PAZ: Fandango Urbano has been commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center with support from National Performance Network.