CLACS in co-sponsorship with NYU Tisch – Moving Image and Archive Preservation, the Center for Traditonal Music and Dance, and Los Herederos present an evening featuring a screening of Mountain Music of Peru: Documentation and its Role in Learning the Past, followed by a discussion with filmmaker John Cohen, and an intergenerational music performance by Inkarayku.
This program explores the role documentation for public consumption can have on the perpetuation and evolution of musical practice within communities. The 1984 documentary film, Mountain Music of Peru, directed and produced by acclaimed musician, photographer, and filmmaker John Cohen, was the first widely accessible piece of documentation dealing with Andean traditional music available in the United States. For second generation Peruvian Americans growing up in pre-internet NYC it represented a unique opportunity to listen, learn and connect with music as practiced in the homeland beyond what they were able to learn from NYC-based musicians of their parents generation. Following a screening of the film, the program includes a Q&A discussion with the filmmaker and select NYC-based Andean musicians for whom the work had a significant impact. Discussion topics will include the politics embedded in creating and disseminating a canonical work from an outside perspective, musical memory projects in the diaspora, and transmission of tradition via audio-visual documentation. The program culminates in a reception with live music.
About the Film:
Mountain Music of Peru – John Cohen
This classic 1984 documentary portrait of traditional Andean music was the first of its kind to be released in the U.S. The musical thread that runs through the Andes extends back past the ancient culture of the Incas, and it is strong enough to have successfully resisted both the Spanish conquest and the forces of modern Western culture. This musical journey travels from small towns and remote mountain villages to the capital city of Lima, showing how Peru's popular music connects even the most isolated people.
John Cohen's body of work has been recognized in a wide range of fields: his photographs are in major museum collections and publications, his award winning films have been shown on PBS and BBC and at festivals worldwide. The sound recordings of the New Lost City Ramblers have received several Grammy nominations, and, along with his field recordings, have influenced many musicians - including Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Ry Cooder - and shaped the old time fiddle music revival.
John Cohen's work invites interpretation. Although it has the appearance of a "documentary style" it reflects his own viewpoint as a visual artist. That his body of work is called cross-disciplinary, and he has been labeled a "Renaissance man," doesn't detract from the perception of his art as something which emanates directly from his own personal vision.
About the Performers:
INKARAYKU is a Quechua word that means “because of the Incas.” Led by founder Andres Jimenez, the group seeks to link the past, present and future of Andean arts, through the performance of indigenous music forms that have evolved into the contemporary mestizo music heard today. Inkarayku’s sound blends the organic power of Quechua folk songs with the energy and edge unique to our City that never sleeps. The band’s diverse line-up brings together a river of musical and artistic experience resulting in Andean folk music that transcends cultural boundaries and seamlessly shares the stage with other folk traditions of the Americas.
This event is free and open to the public.