American Sabor Matinée Series, Part 1 presents
“ACCORDION DREAMS” and “LALO GUERRERO: THE ORIGINAL CHICANO”
Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and Latino Public Broadcasting for a three-part documentary series presented in connection with the exhibition “American Sabor: Latinos is U.S. Popular Music” currently on view in the Smithsonian’s International Gallery in the Ripley Center. For more information, please visit here.
American Sabor Matinée Series, Pt.1 features the screening of ACCORDION DREAMS by Hector Galán and LALO GUERRERO: THE ORIGINAL CHICANO by Dan Guerrero and Nancy De Los Santos. The program will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 2pm-4pm at Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW Washington,DC. Free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.
Producer: Hector Galán
ACCORDION DREAMS is a musical journey into the heart and soul of conjunto, a unique musical tradition born in the 19th century that continues to thrive today. Conjunto, like jazz, blues, and rock and roll, is a distinct American musical genre that has had a major impact on the Mexican American community of the United states and one that is gaining fans around the world. From its early German origins and humble beginnings at the turn of the 19th century in South Texas, ACCORDION DREAMS showcases period recordings as well as rare archival footage and photographs of the distinguished pioneers.
From lively polkas to smooth waltzes, ACCORDION DREAMS captures an exhilarating musical style that is rapidly gaining fans worldwide. This program looks at today’s young rebel accordionists who have expanded this musical style to the fringes of rock, blues, and pop, while paying homage to its pioneers.
LALO GUERRERO: THE ORIGINAL CHICANO is an hour long documentary that celebrates the life and career of Lalo Guerrero, while documenting the contemporary history of Mexican Americans through his music. Taped interviews with Linda Ronstadt, Paul Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Ry Cooder, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, Cheech Marin and others, will describe the influence and impact of Lalo’s music from a personal and professional point of view.
Taped re-enactments and historic news footage illustrate the times he lived and the music he wrote. Lalo, himself, tells his story as no one else can – with insight and humor. Rare photographs from the Guerrero Family Trust and clips of both television and live performances complete the tapestry.
About The Smithsonian Latino Center
An Educational Outreach and Research Center of the Smithsonian Institution focused on ensuring that Latino contributions to art, science, and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and its affiliated organizations across the United States.”American Sabor: Latinos in U.S Popular Music” was created by EMP Museum, Seattle, WA. 971 Views