From the comfortable alt-rock of PJ Harvey to the hypnotic antagonism of Anohni, new protest music offers a relief from the official rhythms of war and peace.
This is the sound of when art meets activism.
It’s not easy to disrespect the disabled and the military in the same breath.
On the 14th Anniversary of the imprisonment of the Cuban 5 The Institute for Policy Studies joins with The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 to present a musical tribute by the leading voice of the Cuban Nueva Trova Movement
Attend an exciting evening with actor, director and activist Danny Glover, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, an art exhibit, poerty music and more, all in support of freeing the Cuban 5 and normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations.
Join the Institute for Policy Studies and the Letelier Theater for this special screening of Nostalgia For The Light, preceded by rich cultural performances. This event is a fitting lead-up to IPS’ annual Letelier Moffitt Human Rights Awards ceremony on October 12th, the following week.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is marking its 10th annual conference with a special benefit concert with world-renowned violinist and oud player, Simon Shaheen.
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On June 30, 2010, the Democratic Republic of Congo will celebrate its 50th year of independence from Belgian colonial rule. Celebrations will take place throughout the globe commemorating this golden anniversary. Not all Congolese are celebrating, however. Nor are peace and justice loving people as a whole, who value and respect a more united and elevated African continent. That ultimate independence and liberation of the Congo has yet to be achieved.
Guitarist Patricio Zamorano’s mentors were Margot Loyola, winner of the National Art Award and the most respected folk specialist in Chile, and Cuncumén, a musical group with 50 years of history, where Victor Jara started out on his musical path. Even though Patricio Zamorano’s roots are in the Chilean folk tradition, he has developed an urban style in his compositions with a message focused on the human being and his/her history, social issues, human rights, and also love and hope for a better world.
Music did not disarm the fellow with the machete, but it did unite scared Americans and the Yoro tribe of Papua New Guinea in celebration afterwards. Music can only point the way towards a global community graced by understanding. We must walk there on our own.
Do you feel a warm fuzzy attachment to your credit card? No? You feel abused? So why do you keep going back?
This special event will feature poetry and art by Francisco Letelier and music by Jacqueline Fuentes. Join us on October 14 at the Letelier Theater (named in honor of Orlando Letelier) as these artists create a vision of possibility through images, words and music.
Francisco Letelier is well-known for his moving visual art, as well as for his powerful spoken word poetry, which examines and celebrates struggles for human rights. He is the son of Orlando Letelier, the Chilean diplomat who was assassinated by agents of Pinochet in Washington, DC in 1976, on his way to work at the Institute for Policy Studies. Francisco has carried on the legacy of Chilean culture, creating opportunities which bridge continents and disciplines.
Jacqueline Fuentes is an intense experience, a fusion of love, awareness and revolution. Audiences are mesmerized by the power of her voice and the beauty of her lyrics. The volatile political injustices of her native Chile, culminating with the 1973 coup d’etat, gave a voice to folk music and the plight of the people it represented. Jacqueline was heavily influenced by this movement and by such great artists as Mercedes Sosa and Violeta Parra, not only for the beauty of their music but how it had the power to move so many people. Crossing the boundaries of language, religion, and geography their music formed a collective of inspiration and solidarity.
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This performance is in honor of this year’s Letelier-Moffit Human Rights awardees, the Indian Workers Congress and Francisco Soberón and Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) of Peru for their courageous advocacy of human rights. The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights awards program will take place Wednesday, October 15, at the National Press Club — visit the event page for more details or to purchase tickets.
The Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to join the Embassy of Chile and Georgetown University’s Center for Latin American Studies to sponsor this concert by Patricio Zamorano, an award-winning performer and composer of Latin American folk music.
Concierto de Fiestas Patrias
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Location of ICC Auditorium
This auditorium is one and a half blocks from the campus entrance at the corner of 37th and O Streets in Georgetown.
Roberto Brodsky, Chilean writer
Juan Maldonado, Guitarist
Mauricio Betanzo, Cellist
Philippe de Pontet, Percussionist
Kevin Williams, Sound Technician
About Patricio Zamorano
His mentors in Chile were Margot Loyola, winner of the National Art Award and the most respected folk specialist in that country, and Cuncumén, a music group with 50 years of history, where Victor Jara started out on his music path. Even though his roots are in the Chilean folk tradition, he has developed an urban style in his compositions with a message focused on the human being and his/her history, social issues, human rights, and also love and hope for a better world.
He plays some of the most traditional South American instruments: guitar, charango, tiple, cuatro, ukelele, quena, zampoña, and ravel.
He has revived all rhythms from the depths of his country and culture, and projected them on to the urban world and stages. He has also gathered old folk songs directly from musicians in the Chilean countryside; these songs are also part of his repertoire.
Patricio Zamorano has performed on many stages both in Chile and the United States, including TV and radio programs, theaters, schools, universities, clubs, cultural centers, libraries, and embassies; also political events to support human and civil rights. In Chile, as part of Cuncumén he performed at the most important national theater, the Teatro Municipal of Santiago, a venue normally reserved for classical repertoire, which opens its doors to folk music and artists on rare occasions.
Zamorano and the members of Cuncumén are winners of the 1996 award for best folklore album from the Association of Journalists Covering Entertainment (Premio APES) and he’s a member of the Sociedad del Derecho de Autor, SCD (Chilean performing rights organization).
More information can be found at the Chilean Embassy website.