*NOTE: We regret to report that the lecture by Professor Antonio García de León, which was rescheduled for February 25th, has been cancelled. Instead, please check out Cesar Castro’s lecture and seminar on the same date!
February 25, 2011
Musician and scholar Cesar Castro, member of the famed group Mono Blanco, presents a lecture and leads a seminar discussion as part of the Performing Ethnomusicology Series.
Lecture (12:30-1:20 pm, Brechemin Auditorium):
“The Living Art of Son Jarocho”
Seminar (2:30 to 4:30 pm, Music Room 27):
“Community Arts Activism”
A native of Veracruz, Mexico, Cesar Castro is a luthier and an adept musician in the tradition of son jarocho.As the youngest member of the famed group Mono Blanco, Castro has been an active participant in the nuevo movimiento jaranero, a movement to restore the practice of the participatory communal performance called fandango. Since 2005 he has lived in Los Angeles, where he continues to perform and teach about the music, poetry, and dance of the fandango. His radio show, Jarochelo, has become an important voice for the growing community of fandango practitioners on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Members of the Seattle Fandango Project will accompany him in this performance, which integrates dance and music with spoken reflections on the community practice of the fandango and the art of son jarocho.