Latin American Music Center Presents Spring Festival April 13-18

The Latin American Music Center is hosting a five-day spring music festival beginning April 13. The festival will feature student groups, ensembles from the Jacobs School of Music, and guest artists and educators. All events except the Sergio Ospina Trio event are free.

“What’s cool about tying all of this together in one big festival is showing how many of these things are connected and how many opportunities and offerings there are on campus that are related to Latin music,” Javier León, director of the Latin American Music Center, said.

The first event will feature the Sergio Ospina Trio on April 13th at 7pm and 8:30pm at the Blockhouse Bar. A nominal fee of $10 applies. The Latin jazz trio includes IU musicology professor Sergio Ospina-Romero.

On April 14, guest artist Nadia Calmet will lead an Afro-Peruvian dance workshop from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm in Room 151 of the School of Public Health. León said Calmet, a friend from previous research, plans to be in the area and asked if there was any interest in a workshop. León said he hopes this event can lead to a longer term collaboration in the future if there is interest in what Calmet is doing.

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Two different music groups perform on April 15th. Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, an IU mariachi group that is part of LAMC, Department of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Center La Casa Latino, will perform at 5:15 p.m. at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies South Lawn.

Later in the evening at 8 p.m. there will be a performance by the Latin American ensemble in the Auer Saal. The Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble and Steelpan Ensemble are led by Joe Galvin, Guest Instructor of Music.

On April 16, the night begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room MC066 of the Musical Arts Center with a film preview, talk and participatory concert event. The event is a collaboration with the Colombian Association of IU and will preview Nowhere to Fall, a documentary about three Colombian women, their lives and an ancestral Colombian musical tradition called bullerengue. After the preview, the audience can interact with drummers and one of the singers from the film to do their own bulling.

At 8 p.m., IU music professor Joe Gramley will lead the Brazilian ensemble. This event will be held in MAC’s room MC070.

The festival will continue on April 18th. There will be a second performance by the Latin Ensemble at 7:00 p.m. in the MAC Lobby, this time with La Orquesta Escuela Vieja and the Banda Panamericana as guests.

The festival will close with a Latin jazz ensemble conducted by Wayne Wallace with percussion coaching by Joe Galvin. The event will take place at 8pm on MAC and will also be streamed online on IUMusicLive!

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