Andrés Flores (Maestro de Son Jarocho) from Veracruz Brings New Dance and Music Traditions
for Dia de los Muertos to the 4th Annual Panteón de Sacramento
(Sacramento, CA) As the 4th Annual Panteón de Sacramento approaches (Nov. 2-3, 2013), La Raza Galería Posada (LRGP), has added exciting new programming aspects to the popular Dia de los Muertos two day event held in midtown Sacramento at the open air 2020 J street location. While the centerpiece is always the 60+ large public altares created by families and friends of those who have passed, deep dance and music traditions are part of the Panteón as well.
This year, Andrés Flores (Maestro de Son Jarocho) from Veracruz, Mexico and Maria Luisa Colmenares of Danzantes Unidos de California will lead dancers for the Fandango that will "call the muertos" at 10pm - Midnight on Saturday, Nov. 2. They will be joined by live musicians.
Originally from Alvarado, Veracruz, Andrés is a renowned luthier of son jarocho instruments, a musician and singer and is a specialist in playing the percussive instruments of the son jarocho. He has directed his own professional group (Quemayama) and heads his Taller Cascabel (a school). Andrés has been a member of the internationally renowned son jarocho groups “Chuchumbé” and “Quemayama,” both groups of the highest caliber and comprised of some of the most well known musicians of the son jarocho. Both groups have recorded several CDs and have toured throughout Mexico, in the US, Europe and Latin America. Over the last year, Andrés has toured several times in Colombia with PianoXarocho.
Several days of rehearsal with dancers from Sacramento and northern California have been held the past few weeks. Irma Abella, director of Sacramento's Nube de Oro, and many of her dancers are participating, along with other ballet folklorico groups and interested individuals.
The popular Viejada dance procession will happen again this year also following the Fandango. Last year over 80 dancers participated. Here is a representation of the tradition, complete with masked devils, angels and catrinas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1RrF-xHkEI.
The public is welcome to join in.
About the Panteon de Sacramento:
La Raza Galería Posada (LRGP), Sacramento’s 41-year-old nonprofit Latino art and cultural center, presents the 4th Annual Panteón de Sacramento, a 48 hour celebration of Dia d los Muertos/Day of the Dead held on Nov. 2-3 in Sacramento.
The Panteón de Sacramento ( Sacramento's Cemetery) is an urban recreation of Dia de los Muertos which takes place every November 1 & 2 in small towns throughout Mexico and is considered Mexico's most important tradition-the belief that death is an extension of life. The Panteón in Sacramento is a free two day/night outdoor display of sixty large, colorful altares. Families, individuals, artists and local not for profit organizations create the altares for public display. Over 5000 people enjoyed the Panteón in 2012 with visitors coming from all over California. Sacramento was one of two cities (along with Los Angeles) who brought the
Dia de los Muertos celebration to the United States in the early 1970s through the effort of La Raza Galeria Posada. Now it has spread throughout the world.
For more programming details on the 4th Annual Panteon de Sacramento, and dia de los Muertos workshops in October, please go here: www.LRGP.org
Vendors, altars makers, sponsors and volunteers can sign up by contacting the Galería office at 916-446-5133 or email email@example.com.
Complete Panteón programming during the month of October will include sugar skull making and mask making workshops and several off site events leading up to the November weekend. Details at www.lrgp.org.
La Raza Galería Posada hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 6 pm. Hours subject to change.
About La Raza Galería Posada: LRGP is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary cultural center and public spaceserving the
Sacramento community, offering Latino/Chicano and Native arts exhibitions, art education programs,workshops, films and concerts and serves as a community gathering place. La Raza Galería Posada islocated at the Miller Art Complex, 2700 Front Street, Sacramento, California. 95818. School tours andgroup tours are offered Tuesday Saturday by reservation.
Office: 916-446-5133. Full event calendar details available at www.lrgp.org
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