Join us on Monday, February 13, 2023, from 6:00-8:00pm for a panel conversation entitled "Boleros Reimagined" as part of the Spring 2023 CLACS Colloquium. The conversation features Mireya Ramos of the award-winning mariachi group Flor de Toloache, music and culture writer Isabelia Herrera, and NYU professor Licia Fiol-Matta. This event is open to the public with RSVP.
This event centers Herrera’s 2022 article for NPR Music as a point of departure: “boleros can be insurgent: potent refusals to genuflect to the quotidian cruelties and deceptions of the patriarchy.”
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About the Speakers
Mireya Ramos is a Latin Grammy winning, multiple Latin Grammy nominated and Grammy nominated vocalist, violinist, guitarron player, composer, producer, arranger and founder of Flor de Toloache - NY's only all women mariachi. Mireya embodies all of her musical influecnes whether classical, mariachi, salsa, merengue or hip-hop, always creating a unique and refreshing sound. Her versatility, natural improvisational skills and beautiful tone has made her one of the top Latin artists in New York City. She is currently promoting her debut solo album self titled "Mireya" which includes collaborations with Flor de Toloache, Gaby Moreno, Haydée Milanés, Camilo Lara, Adrian Quesada, Velcro and the legendary Mike Garson.
Born and raised in Chicago to Dominican parents, Isabelia Herrera is a music and culture writer based in Brooklyn. She has been described as one of the leading voices in a new generation of Latine music critics by Dr. Josh Kun, a MacArthur Fellow and Professor and Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication at the USC-Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Her criticism has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, GQ, Pitchfork, Slate, Remezcla, and more. In 2017, she was named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media list. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Ethnic Studies from Barnard College and a master’s degree from NYU in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Most recently, she was an Arts Critic Fellow at The New York Times, and is currently a Contributing Editor at Pitchfork.
Licia Fiol-Matta grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. Prior to joining NYU, she taught at Barnard College and the City University of New York. Fiol-Matta writes on Latin American and Latinx literary and cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, and music. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (Minnesota; translation Editorial Palinodia forthcoming) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music(Duke; translation Editorial Callejón, forthcoming). For The Great Woman Singer, Fiol-Matta received the 2020 Modern Languages Association US Latina and Latino and Chicano and Chicana Literary and Cultural Studies Prize; the 2018 Frank Bonilla Book Award from the Puerto Rican Studies Association; and an Honorable Mention, 2018 Woody Guthrie Award of the International Association for Popular Music Studies-US.
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 Gallatin Amplified Voices Series, Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora and La Maison Française.