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Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera


Mexican-born songstress Magos Herrera and the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider join forces to reinterpret classics from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Spain, celebrating such luminaries as Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca, and Rubén Darío.

Tickets $27

Before the concert: Join us for the CPA Block Party!

September 28, 2018
Memorial Hall
6:30 PM
No tickets necessary

What better way to launch a season devoted to community that to throw a block party? Join us outside Memorial Hall for food from your favorite local food trucks, music, games, fun activities by Kidzu, and a voter registration drive, just before Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider perform inside. We’re also partnering with local animal welfare organization Paws4Ever: bring along a small pet-friendly product and get some sweet CPA swag as our thanks!

Performance Notes Live

September 28, 2018
Gerrard Hall
7 PM
Free and Open to the Public

In this pre-performance discussion, doctoral candidate Geovani Ramírez & Professor Adam Versenyi present brief lectures exploring the power of translation, collaboration, migration, and art’s ability to transcend borders.

Ambassadors of Culture
In her historically informed literary analysis of nineteenth-century Latinx and Anglo-American literary productions, Kirsten Silva Gruesz shows us that nineteenth century literary subjects from the Americas functioned as ambassadors for their cultures through their actual travels and through the circulation of their literary works throughout the Americas. This talk examines what Gruez means by Ambassadors of Culture, ultimately exposing how porous the borders actually were between American nations and literatures in the nineteenth century. Finally, I position Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider as part of this literary and oral tradition as they are interested in using music to foster love for humanity and transcend the historical realities of “borders” and “walls.”

Renga: Octavio Paz and The Collective Poem
In 1969 Octavio Paz and three other poets—one French, one Italian, and one British—created a Japanese Renga style poem. Each of the four poets wrote a stanza of a sonnet that was followed by a stanza written by another poet in a different language. Because each of the poets was fluent in the language of the others, the finished poem was not only collectively created, but created through translation. Where Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider connect Dreamers to discussions about borders, walls, and migration and, through their performance, highlight music’s power to transcend barriers, what Paz and the poets were doing was looking to multilingual poetry to transcend the political issues of their day.