Dec 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm
¡Un Saludo! Voice, Memory, and Migration in Cumbia Sonidera
Conversation and listening with Jace Clayton (DJ /rupture), Alexandra Lippman (Xandão) & Alejandro Aviles (Sonido Kumbala)
Cumbia sonidera is Mexico’s bass-heavy, sound-system reinterpretation of Afro-Colombian folk music. During performances, the sonideros (DJs) mix songs and get on the mic to recite fans’ dedications to people and places. These shout-outs (called saludos) trace an auditory archive of memory, migration, and longing across the US-Mexico border. Hosted by Jace Clayton, who features a chapter on NYC cumbia and Sonido Kumbala in his book Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture, this evening will use tracks from NYC- and LA-cumbia sonidera compilations by Sonido Kumbala and Xandão to spark discussion on the roles of the sonidero, immigrant media systems, and translation.
Afterwards, stick around for the Annual UNDO Holiday Party – DJ sets from Kumbala, Xandão , and DJ /rupture!
Listening & Talk Back
Alejandro Aviles, also known as Sonido Kumbala, is a DJ and prominent figure in New York City’s sonidero scene
Alexandra Lippman is a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCLA affiliated with the Institute for Society and Genetics. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her interest in the anthropology of sound and innovative methodologies led to her founding of the online research collaboration, the Sound Ethnography Project in 2010. Her primary research explores how globalizing alternative intellectual property practices and technological changes impact creativity, access to knowledge, media, and music. Her manuscript is based on ethnographic fieldwork she has conducted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since 2008. Her work experiments with modes of ethnographic attention and with creative scholarly transmissions beyond or in excess of text.
Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in Manhattan, also known for his work as DJ /rupture. Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. His book Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Recent projects include Sufi Plug Ins, a free suite of music software-as-art, based on non-western conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces; Room 21, an evening-length composition for 20 musicians staged at the Barnes Foundation; and The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a touring performance piece for grand pianos, electronics, and voice.
As DJ /rupture, he has released several critically acclaimed albums and hosted a weekly radio show on WFMU for five years. Clayton’s collaborators include filmmakers Jem Cohen, Joshua Oppenheimer, poet Elizabeth Alexander, singer Norah Jones, and guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex).
Clayton is the UNC-CH/Duke Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor. He is a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Literature fellow, a 2013 Creative Capital Performing Arts grantee, and recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Art artists award. He joined the Music/Sound faculty of Bard College’s MFA program in 2013. Clayton has been an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Eyebeam Art + Technology Atelier, and a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow. Clayton has performed in over three dozen countries, and has given artist talks at a number of museums, universities, and other institutions.