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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

Cuncordu Sas Bator Colonnas perform at Outpost

Sas Bator Colonnas is a multipart singing group from the Scano di Montiferro, a mountainous region in central Sardinia, Italy. Antioco Milia, Antonio Carboni, Stefano Desogos and Francesco Fodde started singing together in 2002, carrying on the vernacularmultipart singing practice, one of the most representative cultural forms of their village and their island, which is performed by four male singers and called cuncordu.

Different Rivers: Sardinian Hill Country and the DIY Ethos of River of Gennargentu

In the summer of 2014, the Bluesman “River of Gennargentu” released, on his SoundCloud page, three songs of hill country blues, sung in English and played with a technique like those of historical Delta blues artists, recorded in low-quality sound. Within a few months, the web page collected dozens of comments from users who were amazed by this new “discovery” and demanded the real artist’s origin, as-yet-not-specified.

Decolonizing Strategies in Ethnomusicology, Teaching, and Performance

Perspectives from the US Southwest and Latin America featuring performances by J.D. Robb Trust. This symposium consists of an initial roundtable centered on decolonizing strategies in ethnomusicology followed by two shorter sessions: the first focusing on decolonizing pedagogies and the second on performance and activism.

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