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Staff PickKoret Discover Jazz Series: The Sounds of Resistance

August 9 - September 13

| $20/class
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SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF) and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) are pleased to continue our collaboration in this six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical examples (in weeks one and six), in addition to selections from Santos’ legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

The Sounds of Resistance
Music and dance remain foundation tools in the identity and documentation of the Afro/Latino/Indigenous peoples of the colonized Americas. As such, the arts become weapons of mass construction, giving hope, courage, clarity and love to countless distressed communities. Many musicians have forsaken the stardom attached to music in the Western world in order to preserve musical traditions that must evolve, but must not perish. This series will uncover Latin America’s long history of the musicians who have defined their art through progressive movements of social change.

Week 1. Colombia/Venezuela
Gaita, Cumbia, Vallenato, Joropo, Fulia, Tambor Redondo and Calypso are some of the traditional forms of expression used in this region that we will examine. This opening session will include a one-hour live musical presentation by Jackie Rago and her group. Jackie has been the leading force in representing the traditions from Venezuela here in the Bay Area since 1984.

Week 2. Cuba
Palo, Rumba, Son, Trova, Conga, Danzon, Punto Guajiro and Timba are some of the styles that we will explore through the work of artists such as Afrocuba de Matanzas, Arsenio Rodriguez, Cachao, Los Muñequitos, Ignacio Piñeiro, Silvio Rodriguez, Marvin Diz, and Juan Formell.Week 2. Cuba
Palo, Rumba, Son, Trova, Conga, Danzon, Punto Guajiro and Timba are some of the styles that we will explore through the work of artists such as Afrocuba de Matanzas, Arsenio Rodriguez, Cachao, Los Muñequitos, Ignacio Piñeiro, Silvio Rodriguez, Marvin Diz, and Juan Formell.

Week 3. Salsa
The Puerto Rican community of New York City birthed the Salsa phenomenon based in Cuban forms, rhythms and instrumentation in combination with several pan-Caribbean elements. The city’s socio-political environment had everything to do with the emergence of the musical style. We’ll be taking a close look at Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano and Larry Harlow.

Week 4. Brazil
Brazil is a world of brilliant music unto itself. Historically, urban, Afro-Euro influenced Brazilian music has confronted the same challenges of racism and classism as other related music/dance forms in the Americas. Some of the artists that we will listen to and discuss are Clara Nunes, Mestre Acordeon, Ile Aiyé, Hermeto Pascoal, Gal Costa, Dori Caymi, Baden Powell, Maria Bethania, Jovino Santos Neto, Ricardo Peixoto and Claudia Villela.

Week 5. Puerto Rico
As Cuba’s sister island, Puerto Rico shares the same colonial history of resistance, forging a symbiotic relationship with Cuba celebrated by poets, dancers, musicians and statesmen.The Afro-Puerto Rican styles known as Bomba and Plena have always been on the front line of the movement against slavery and oppression. Jibaro musicians, originally from rural areas, have also expressed their views of independence with much musical creativity.

Week 6. Jazz Latino & Spoken Word
Jazz Latino has also made a mark in representing issues of identity and non-conformity both with and without lyrics. We will review examples by Omar Sosa, David Sanchez, Miguel Zenón, John Benitez, Afro Mantra, Mezcla, Maria Márquez, and Los Terry. In this final installment of the series, The John Santos Quartet (Saul Sierra, Marco Diaz, David Flores) will perform a one-hour set live with spoken wordsmith extraordinaire, Rico Pabon. The Pabón/Santos collaboration has been evolving for over ten years and is known for the activist content of their themes.

Details

Start:
August 9, 2017
End:
September 13, 2017
Cost:
$20/class
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Venue

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Phone:
415.358.7200
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
Website:
http://moadsf.org

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