Join us the first week of April for Colombia a dos Costas:
On Monday, April 3, 2023, at 6:30pm, join the Spring 2023 CLACS Colloquium for an event centered on Black music from the Colombian Pacific coast. This colloquium session will begin with a presentation by Michael Birenbaum Quintero (Boston University) followed by a performance by the A Son de Qué collective which features the participation of vocalist and percussionist Manuel Francisco Viveros, Mauricio Nieto Lugo on the marimba, and Andrés Sánchez. This will be an immersive session on the rhythms of the Colombian South Pacific to explore the sonic, rhythmic and social movement of Afro-Colombian communities. Please note that this event will take place in the Silver Center, Room 220 (32 Waverly Place). This event is open to the public with RSVP.
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To close the week, join us on Friday, April 7, 2023 at 3:00pm for a special edition of Fridays on the Patio - Una Tarde de Chuana: La Música de Gaita de Colombia. This afternoon of gaita and millo from the Caribbean region of Colombia features NYC-based migrant artists. Learn more here.
About the Presenters
Michael Birenbaum Quintero (Boston University) studies Black cultural politics in Latin America. His work in Colombia examines the place of music in both the Afro-Colombian social movement and the cultural policy of the state under neoliberal multiculturalism; historical constructions of Blackness through music; sounded cosmology; vernacular Black music circulation and technology; violence and trauma; the affective politics of loudness and the genealogy of the Afro-Colombian intellectual tradition. Beyond the academy, Prof. Birenbaum Quintero has directed a grassroots Afro-Colombian community music archive with the grassroots research collective ASINCh in Quibdó (Chocó); designed cultural policy initiatives with the Colombian Ministry of Culture; taught Afro-Colombian youth leaders through the Manos Visibles foundation; performed traditional music and organized tours with Colombian musicians such as Grupo Naidy, Diego Obregón, Los Balanta, and maestro Gualajo.
Manuel Francisco Viveros is a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at N.Y.U. He has an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Government from ICESI. He is an actor and director with roles in theatre, T.V., and film in Colombia. His academic and artistic work focuses on Black Performance and Black Theatre, focusing on commonalities between the U.S. and Latin American Black Movements. He is currently working on a project that approaches the relationship between the ideas of Zora Neale Hurston, and Delia and Manuel Zapata Olivella.
Mauricio Nieto Lugo is the musical director and plays the marimba in the collective A son de qué. He is a lecturer and workshop leader who has presented on topics related to didactics and musical teaching-learning processes in Colombia, Mexico, the US, and Brazil. He has taught classes and workshops in several universities and music academies in Colombia, developing musical teaching methodologies for people with or without previous musical knowledge. He published the book "La Bateria, un instrumento fácil de aprender" (Drums, an easy to learn instrument), and developed the method "Maurimedia Musical" for teaching and choral practice. His method "Maurimba Digital" for teaching and performing music from the Colombian Pacific through multimedia aids, is designed for university and school environments. He is also currently the general director of SEIS ON, a musical-acting group that creates musical performances using objects and the body.
About the Colloquium
Organized by faculty members Sybil Cooksey and Yunior Terry, the colloquium "Música de Vaivén: The Habanera Diaspora" pairs a graduate seminar with a public event series. Learn more.
The Spring 2023 colloquium is organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and the Department of Music.
Additional sessions are made possible with support from the Center for Faculty Advancement, Gallatin Amplified Voices Series, Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora, La Maison Française, and Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York.