October 15, 2014—A performance of Chilean Andean music by Phusiri Marka will serve as the capstone event to a month of festivities at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The general public is invited to any or all of the school’s three scheduled events, and to visit the UO’s music building to see (and contribute to) a Day of the Dead altar honoring departed musicians. Detailed information is available online.
Wednesday, Oct. 15-Monday, Nov. 3
Installation: Day of the Dead Altar
South hallway, Frohnmayer Music Building
In keeping with various Latin American traditions for remembering and celebrating the lives of those we continue to respect, honor, and love, a small altar will be set up in the hallway across from room 126 in the Frohnmayer Music Building. Those interested are encouraged to place photographs of deceased and dear musicians that they want to celebrate during the Dia de los Muertos holiday season. Offerings of flowers and pan de muertos will join the photographs.
Thursday, October 16
Mare Advertencia Lirika, Zapotec Hip Hop Artist
4 p.m., Beall Concert Hall
Mare, a Zapotec rapper from Oaxaca and founder of Advertencia Lirika, uses her rap as a tool to develop consciousness and to build networks within social movements in Oaxaca and elsewhere. Always looking to expose the gender inequality that exists in society, she has worked with a wide range of groups and organizations within Mexico and throughout the world. Performance sponsored by the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies in conjunction with the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, the UO School of Music and Dance, and other units.
Friday, October 17
Public Lecture: Juan Eduardo Wolf
"When the Devil Dances Differently: Borderlands, Migration and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Arica, Chile"
3:15 p.m., Room 103, Collier House
A talk by Juan Eduardo Wolf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon. Wolf will discuss the ritual dance genre known as the Diablada (the Devil's dance). In 2001 UNESCO declared this expression to be part of Bolivia's Intangible Cultural Heritage, but for many years the Diablada has also been performed in Chile and Peru. Accusations of cultural theft tend to ignore historical processes of migration and local aesthetics of performance that could complicate the idea that these might even be the same expression. Using examples of diablada performance in Arica, Wolf considers how the case of diablada questions key aspects of Intangible Heritage.
Friday, October 24
Roots Music from the Chilean Andes with Phusiri Marka
7:30 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$12 general admission, $8 students and seniors
Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. The UO's World Music Series is pleased to present the Phusiri Marka ensemble, performing traditional panpipe, tarka, and orquesta music from the Chilean Andes. The ensemble, whose name translates as "Town of Wind Players," was formed in 1976. Since that time, Phusiri Marka has worked independently and continuously to nurture and preserve the traditional musical expressions of the Aymara people of Chile. The ensemble has performed around the world, including at the Third World Folklore Festival in Hungary in 2004.