Tonight at La Peña: Madelina y Los Carpinteros bring you the rich folklore of Latin America - with music from Argentina and the Andes to Puerto Rico and Mexico! See you! #latinosunidos #folklor #argentina #chile #bolivia #peru #venezuela #puertorico #mexico y más! #represent ... See MoreSee Less
Entre Sur y Norte
September 30, 2016, 8:00pm - October 1, 2016, 12:30am
Entre Sur y Norte
Madelina y Los Carpinteros and Friends
Premiering @ Berkeley's La Peña.
$15 adv. $20 door
Meandering between the South and the North is La Peña's debut concert of Madelina y Los Carpinteros and Friends. The group features the sensual gritty voices of Madelina Zayas and Brandon Vance (Buena Trova Social Club), and richly layered and deeply rooted acoustic performance from former members of Grupo Raíz, Fernando Feña Torres and Denis Schmidt and Bay Area jewels Ruthie Dineen, Craig Thomas, Brandon Vance and special guests. Special sikuri and dance performance by Master Luis Valverde (Valverde dance and former Grupo Anqari).
Following the tradition of the Nueva Canción and Nueva Trova - movements that came out of The Americas' liberation struggles to freshly embody the folk roots with an enriched lyricism - this concert will premiere Fernando Torres' own compositions as well as unique interpretations of music from Puerto Rico to the Andes Mountains and US.
It is not a coincidence that Madelina y Los Carpinteros will be debuting at La Peña. Since its inception 41 years ago, the Berkeley's venerated hut has become the casa of the nueva trova/nueva canción, where the attentive ear and lovers of the genre can enjoy the musical gems of its originators as well as the work currently developed locally. A not-to-be-missed summer evening with some soulful and rhythmic picks into the Latin American cancionero, including originals from Fernando Torres and unique interpretations from Osvaldo Torres, Simón Diaz, Rafaél Manríquez, Roy Brown, Juan Antonio Corretjer, Rafael Hernández, Fernando Solanas and Roberto Goyeneche amongst others. ##
ARTIST BIOS FOR (R)EVOLUTION 2.0
Emory Douglas was born May 24, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1951. Douglas attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. He was politically involved as a member of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, from February 1967 until its discontinuance in the early 1980s. His art was featured in The Black Panther newspaper with full-page illustrations that reflected the rhetoric and ideals of the Black Panther Party. Douglas’s art was also widely circulated and published around the world. His skills as a commercial artist were useful to the Black Panther Party’s development of its printed materials. Douglas’s poster art was pasted on the exterior of many buildings, walls, windows, and telephone polls across the United States.
BILLY X JENNINGS
Billy X Jennings, a de-facto historian for the Black Panther Party, was a member of the Oakland chapter from 1968 to 1974, when he worked at the party’s national headquarters. He served as an aid to Huey P. Newton and ran Bobby Seale’s campaign office in East Oakland, when Seale ran for mayor in 1972 and 1973. Since then, Jennings, who also regularly gives Black Panther tours of Oakland, has amassed an impressive collection of underground newspapers and photographs from the height of the Civil Rights era.
Caleb Duarte, born 1977, migrated from Northern Mexico to the farm working communities of the Central Valley in California. He began to paint at an early age and continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Duarte has exhibited his work in Pienza Italy, Mumbai India, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Santiago de Cuba, Mexico, Miami, New York, and through out the Bay Area. His work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art LTD magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, SPARK public television, and others. Duarte has worked with communities in Honduras, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, and the US. His work explorers the possibilities that art can have in celebrating creative thinking and social awareness, transforming the residue of tragedy into opportunities for healing.
Mahader Tesfai is an Eritrean visual artist residing in Oakland California. Since 2002, Mahader has been using found objects, acrylic, oil, and enamel to create beautiful, empowered works works of art that affirm the nuanced beauty and complexity of African identities and communities, whether in diaspora or their homelands.