The project is rooted in our love for exploring the connections and parallels between Puerto Rican and Dominican "folk" music genres such as música jíbara, bomba, bachata, boleros, palos, salves and gagá. It is also rooted in our desire to question and re-imagine those musical traditions. And it is also rooted in our commitment to strengthening Puerto Rican / Dominican solidarities in particular and Caribbean solidarities in general.
Our events were a huge success. Some of my favorite moments captured in photos:
|Talk at Casa de Cultura Ruth Hernández (Rio Piedras) focused on Afro-Dominican folk genres, led by our band's Dominican contingent: Yasser Tejeda and Jonathan Troncoso. Photo by Carlos González.|
|Concert at La Respuesta (Santurce). Photo by Yannis Ruel.|
|More images from the concert at La Respuesta. Photos by Barbara Abadía-Rexach.|
|Dominican palos percussion workshop at the Centro de Fomento y Desarrollo de Arte Capoeira (Santurce). Photo by Luis Omar Pérez.|
|Talk at Museo Fuerte Conde de Mirasol (Vieques).|
We owe a great part of our events' success to our local collaborators Proyecto Unión, Comuna Caribe, Centro de la Mujer Dominicana, Movimiento de Integración Dominicana y Caribeña, Casa de Cultura Ruth Hernández Torres, Centro de Fomento y Desarrollo de Arte Capoeira, Museo Fuerte Conde de Mirasol and La Respuesta. And to the financial support of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Ford Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.
We are pleased by the media coverage we received, particularly the articles published by Fundación Nacional Para la Cultura Popular and Diálogo, and the radio opportunities in Radio Vieques' "Tributo" and Radio Universidad's "Voz y Cultura".
On a personal note, I am particularly grateful to the editors of 80 Grados who invited me to write a manifesto of sorts that would contextualize the music and the educational events that we presented in Puerto Rico. The result is two articles that I am very happy about: "De un pájaro las dos patas: Borinquen y Quisqueya en el Caribe nuyorquino musical" and "De un pájaro las dos patas 2: las décimas del amargue y otras canciones de amor". If you are so inspired, read, comment, and enjoy.
Now we're off to record these "Décimas del Amargue & Other Songs of Love." Stay tuned!