Wednesday, September 1, 2010

TEDxSeattle - Fandango Without Borders

I had the delight in April of being part of a group who presented a TEDx Seattle talk on the Seattle Fandango Project and the transnational movement it is a part of with the phenomenal Martha Gonzalez, singer, song writer, and percussionist of E. LA Band, Quetzal and doc student in Women's Studies at UW; Francisco Orozco, doctoral student in Ethnomusicology at UW and co-curator of American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music at the EMP; and Kristina Clark, bailadora (dancer) and community member of SFP. We were accompanied by Quetzal Flores of Quetzal; Laura Rebelloso, master of all aspects of the tradition of Son de Jarocho; and the lovely bailadora, Iris Viviros.

I was too green and shy to dance this tradition in a performance at that point, but it was awesome to be a part of. We also presented at the EMP Pop Music Conference in April and are preparing for an event we are facilitating at Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life at UW later this month.

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