LEYENDAS Y SOMBRAS
(Legends and Shadows)
Supported by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Buffalo Exchange, and Mr. Wesley Green.
MARIACHI LUZ DE LUNA
and PUPPETS AMONGUS
Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 8:00 PM
On March 4th, ChamberLab returned with a concert featuring new music inspired by traditional Mexican folk tales.
In a departure from our usual classical behavior, the ensemble for the evening was the renowned Mariachi Luz de Luna. As composers, we’re tremendously excited by the possibilities and unique sound of these traditional instruments, and thrilled to work with such a prestigious group (frequent Calexico collaborators) here in Tucson, a city full of Mariachi history and activity.
LIVE SHADOW PUPPETRY BY MATT COTTEN
Visual artist Matt Cotten of Puppets Amongus, presented the tales with live shadow puppetry in the Grand Parlor of the historic Scottish Rite Temple while the music played. Matt created beautiful storyboards and character designs for each tale, and the composers scored each one like a silent film. Matt was assisted by Bradford Trojan.
Here are the three folk tales as performed that night, with video shot by Daniel Buckley.
The composers for the evening were ChamberLab mainstay Marco Rosano (of Orkesta Mendoza), joined by ChamberLab newcomer John Contreras, member of Mariachi Luz de Luna, and mariachi director at Pueblo High School, home of Mariachi Aztlán. Working with puppeteer Matt Cotten, each composer selected a traditional Mexican folk tale for inspiration.
All in all, it was a magical evening.
Our Co-Presenting Sponsors
We would like to thank our Co-Presenting Sponsors, without whom this concert would not be possible. We are grateful for the generous support of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Buffalo Exchange, and Mr. Wesley Green!
Our Supporting Sponsor
We wish the thank the Tucson International Mariachi Conference for their support in making this program possible.
More Support By …
This concert was also made possible by a stART Grant from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
As well as the support of the following individuals:
Kipp Metzger & Sharon O’Brien
Jean-Paul Bierny and Chris Tanz
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