The Pajaro Valley's local Grange, serving the communities of Watsonville, Pajaro, Royal Oaks and Moss Landing
Springboarding off of the success of our first Son Jarocho concert, on Tuesday, October 30th from 5pm to 8 pm, 5 traditional string musicians from Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico, will visit the Springfield Grange. The $8 admission will help fund the groups’ trip so that they may share their art and knowledge with others throughout Mexico and the U.S.
The artists along with documentary film maker and activist Simon Sedillo will show their latest documentary and give a live and spirited performance. The event will also include an engaged discussion of their work, and how they use music and dance as a tool for community organizing. Performers will also share with us information about the current political situation in Mexico, including the effects of neoliberalsm on communities in Veracruz, the so-called war on drugs, and the current electoral fraud scandal.
Here is a taste of Manovuelta’s music:
Simón Sedillo is a community rights defense organizer and filmmaker. He has spent the last 9 years documenting, producing and teaching community based video in Mexico and the U.S. Through lectures, workshops, and short films, Sedillo documents, explains, and struggles against neoliberalism, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and violence against indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color on both side of the border. Through collaborative media projects, Sedillo’s work has contributed to a growing network of communities whose primary objective is to share, teach, and learn from one another, all in an effort to foster more horizontal networks who work collectively to defend community rights.
Manovuelta works on different types of community based media productions with indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color both in the US and in Mexico. Ayer, Hoy y Mañana: Música Tradicional de Cuerdas (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Traditional String Music) is the project that will be touring at the Springfield Grange this Fall 2012.
Son Altepee, a traditional music and dance group with a radical cause, make and repair their own instruments, teach string music, participate in traditional community celebrations, work with elders and youth throughout southern Veracruz, all while supporting several struggles for liberation and self determination in Veracruz and throughout Mexico. They describe themselves as follows: “We are a group of youth from different parts of southern Veracruz who see string music as a tool of social consciousness in a shared environment: the huapango, a traditional celebration of our indigenous communities. We promote community based organization and participation. We believe it is possible to achieve a common good through community values, as opposed to the social structures imposed by the high circles of power. The mass media and official educational structures show us that individualism, corruption, violence, and oblivion are the foundations of modern day life. Through our contact with elder musicians from our region we have learned that there are many different ways to live this life, which can be based on a sense of community, memory, collective work, respect and equality. These are the foundations we have to build a society based upon the collective inheritance of our peoples.”