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MUSIC FROM THE AMERICAS CONCERT SERIES Presents

VERSUS 8 Percussion Ensemble

Percussion music in the Americas is one of the most exotic, visually attractive, and antique forms of expression since pre-hispanic times. Preserving, promoting and creating music for the percussion family of instruments is at the core of Versus 8’s mission through international collaboration with composers, performers, students, and cultural centers that contribute with their resources to the cycle of music, namely: creation, performance, and listening..

Versus 8 Percussion Ensemble offers a fresh perspective on modern and traditional percussion music. In its 16th anniversary Versus 8 has performed in numerous stages around Mexico and internationally in countries such as Paraguay, Cuba, and Luxembourg, USA and Spain.

Travesías is the title of Versus 8’s latest show, which is well-balanced in terms of form, style, and aesthetics of contemporary percussion music, including some of the most symbolic sounds of the beautiful traditional Mexican marimba.

 

PHOBIA I – BUATUCATTA (2015)   Hugo Morales (1979)

THE EXERTING FORCES OF THEIA AND GAIA (2018)            José-Luis Hurtado (Mexico, 1975)

DANZA ISORRÍTMICA (1996)                           Mario Lavista (Mexico, 1943)

RHYTHMIC STRUCTURE OF THE WIND IV (2007)    Raúl Tudón (Mexico, 1965)

SON BULERÍAS (2002)                                  Miguel Cruz (Mexico, 1976)

 

 

VERSUS 8

Carlos Barrón Valadez Andrés Gómez Jaimes Enrique Eldon Sterling García

Pedro Salvador Velasco artistic director

Heterophony: Texture, Technique, and Social Commentary

This lecture is in two parts: the first draws from my research on the 1960s jazz avant-garde and musicians’ interests in heterophonic musical textures. For the second part, I perform original music that utilizes heterophony and “noise” in a solo electronic and improvised format.

The Gay West: From Drug Store Cowboys to Rodeo Queens

The masculine ideal represented by the American cowboy is variously interpreted by spectators, dancers, musicians, and contestants at gay rodeos and country western dances across the U.S. Examining embodied gender practices within these communities, this talk articulates the sonic, social, and geographical spaces of the gay American West.

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