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Gabriela Lena Frank: Música Mestiza

Saturday, October 18, 2014
12:00 AM
Stamps Auditorium

Performed by the Two Worlds Ensemble:

Andrew Jennings and Christina McGann, violins

Charlton Lee, viola

Katri Ervamaa, cello

Lenin Vizuete and Danilo Vizuete, zampoña and toyos panpipes

Franklin Paéz, flautas de pan


Música Mestiza” is inspired by the utopian idea of mestizaje as envisioned by Peruvian folklorist and author José María Arguedas (1911-1969) whereby cultures can co-exist without one subjugating another.  To that end, this project will create a laboratory that brings together two ensembles that are each the quintessential representation of their musical culture: The string quartet, long venerated in the western classical canon, and the panpipe/guitar/charango ensemble, the embodiment of the Andean highland sound of indigenous Latin America. 

Within this laboratory, composer Gabriela Lena Frank will drive the experimentation to develop and collaborate with the Internationally acclaimed performers to create a new repertoire that is virtuosic and idiomatically written as well as forward-looking while retaining roots in traditions centuries old.

Sponsored by the University of Michigan:
Center for World Performance Studies
Residential College
Office of Research
Office of the Provost - King Chavez Parks Visiting Professorship
School of Music, Theater and Dance Composition Department
School of Music Theater and Dance String Department
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Rackham Graduate School
International Institute
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies