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In 1933, when Carlos Chávez was director of the Department of Fine Arts of Mexico (1899-1978), he created the Orquesta Mexicana, an ensemble of traditional indigenous and mestizo instruments, which he conducted in 1940 as part of the Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art exhibition of the MoMA.

In 2013, Mixtec musician and researcher Rubén Luengas Pérez revived the Orquesta Mexicana with the Orquesta Pasatono (Oaxaca) as an act of re-appropriation of an expropriated musical territory. In the repertoire composed for the Orquesta Mexicana, Pasatono discovered a unique set of rhythms, styles, and musical forms in the context of indigenous and mestizo instrumentation: Zapotec brass and wind band from Oaxaca, the ritual percussion of northwestern Mexico, and an abstraction of pre-Hispanic percussion. This Pasatono Orquesta Mexicana program channels the diverse legacy of musical traditions encouraged by the initiative of Carlos Chávez.

Conducted by Rubén Luengas, the program will also feature special guests like the students of the Percussion Studio of Dr. Burritt and the Hispanic and Caribbean Ensemble of Dr. Moore of the Butler School of Music.

Parking is free, pick up a pass from the MACC front office! 

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Pasatono Orquesta Mexicana September 22nd 7pm to 8pm in the MACC Auditorium
Jesus Varela