Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Prelude to a Memory

A free evening of live Victorian-era music with a Mexican twist

7:00-9:00 PM

Reception to follow in the museum

Please register for this free event here

Image from the Archives of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

As part of our focus on interpreting the Wagner in new, creative ways, we are excited to present this unique musical performance organized by artists Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez featuring musicians from Jarana Beat.


Jarana Beat

Part concert, part film set, the evening’s performance will be featured in Nevarez and Tevere’s upcoming film, Memory of a Time Twice Lived. Filmed at the Wagner and including sites throughout Philadelphia, Nevarez and Tevere’s project evokes moments from Chris Marker’s La Jetée and the diaspora of the accordion as a “specimen” across time and culture. Their project further developed through a collaboration with the Wagner archives, where the artists found programs of the Institute’s 19th century “musicales”. During this performance, Jarana Beat will interpret songs from these historic concerts in a style reminiscent of Mexico’s Afro-Amerindian traditions. After the performance, join us for a reception in our museum where attendees can meet the artists and the band.


Memory of a Time Twice Lived (work-in-progress), Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez

Video stills - Image from La Jetee / Re-enactment of image at Wagner Free Institute of Science

On Thursday, November 5th, 2015, the Wagner will host the premiere of Memory of a Time Twice Lived, which features scenes shot in our historic natural history museum. More information coming soon.


About the artists:
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Their interests lie in the formation of itinerant, performative, and discursive-based social spaces with works that move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio, and transmission. Nevarez and Tevere's practice and research span well over a decade of projects, performances, and art world experiences created together, and in project-based collaborations with musicians, radio practitioners, and city agencies.

Nevarez and Tevere have produced new works for exhibitions at: MoMA, NY; Manifesta 8, Spain; Casino Luxembourg, LU; New Museum, NY; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden/Oslo, Norway; Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; and Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; Creative Time, NY; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (among others). Their recent fellowships and grants include a Creative Capital fellowship, an Art Matters grant, an NEA project grant, and a Franklin Furnace Performance Art fellowship. Both Nevarez and Tevere were Studio Fellows at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program and artists-in-residence at the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), Stockholm, SE.

Nevarez is an artist, musician, and Faculty in the MFA Fine Arts Program at SVA, NY. Tevere is an artist and Associate Professor of Media Culture at the City University of New York / College of Staten Island.

About the band:

Since 2007, Jarana Beat has aimed to share the unknown sounds of Mexico, present a new interpretation that melds the traditional with the contemporary, roots, and how these bear fruit within a collective of artists in New York.

The band fuses elements of Mexico’s African and Amerindian traditions with other Latin American rhythms in its present-day take on folkloric music, having formed in Argentina as part of NYU’s 2007 Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro.

Musical director Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza has mined the musical traditions of his native Mexico and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct style with roots, resulting in the creation of this musical amalgam.

Teaching and performing in venues such as Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Berklee College of Music, The Bowery Ballroom, Symphony Space, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, an interview on NPR’s Tell Me and SXSW, Jarana Beat weaves a truly colorful journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico.









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