Miami, July 14, 2021 – From music to language to unique spices for cooking, our day by day lives are sometimes influenced by different cultures. In Level of Convergence – A Musical and Dance Voyage developed by Cuban guitarist and sitar participant Arsenio Diaz, we see the intersections the place cultures join. Catch the efficiency at Miami Dade Faculty’s (MDC) Koubek Heart on Saturday, July 31, at 8 p.m.
Level of Convergence is a celebration of the great thing about multiculturalism by showcasing the convergence of two seemingly totally different cultures: Afro-Cuban and Indian. The present will characteristic a various and skilled ensemble, together with fellow Cuban multi-instrumentalist Michael Gil and multi-instrumentalist Manuel Clua (additionally a former member of DJ Ma Non Troppo), dancers and choreographers Marisol Blanco and Aparna Matange, and percussionists Sudhir Limaye and Eduardo Rodriguez. This system will discover uncommon instrumental mixtures and a wide range of music and dance, from ragas to rumba and from spiritual dances addressing Shiva and the Yoruba deity Changó to a preferred conga.
“The 2 cultures manifest their spirituality and their reverence to their gods maybe not with the identical melody or the identical rhythm, however with the identical artwork kind,” Diaz stated. “I see Level of Convergence as a journey from heaven to earth. We’re going to start out with very religious issues and finish with a road occasion.”
His inconceivable story with the sitar and Indian classical music is a story of artwork transcending cultural borders. Diaz found the sitar in Havana, whereas listening to The Beatles (forbidden music in Cuba on the time). A classical guitarist by coaching, he was fascinated by the sound of the sitar, an historic string instrument from the Indian subcontinent utilized in Hindustani classical music, and the way it labored in trendy, non-Indian music. However there have been no sitars or academics in Havana. In 2006, a 12 months after settling in Miami, he lastly discovered each, turning into a scholar of Bharti D. Chokshi, the manager president of the Affiliation of Performing Arts of India (APAI). He later labored with the Luyano Band and DJ Ma Non Troppo, adventurous, cross-cultural ensembles utilizing each historic and trendy devices led by Gil.
“These traditions have so moved me, and but, throughout this time of the pandemic, I’ve seen a lot hate. It looks as if as a substitute of in search of unity, we’re in search of variations,” Diaz stated. “This can be a solution to counteract that. We now have a lot in frequent — at the same time as we’re totally different. The thought is unity by means of artwork, which is my technique of expression.”
WHAT: Level of Convergence – A Musical and Dance Voyage by Arsenio Diaz
WHEN: Saturday, July 31, at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Miami Dade Faculty’s Koubek Heart
2705 S.W. 3rd St.
TICKETS: $15 / https://koubekcenter.brownpapertickets.com/
In regards to the Koubek Heart
A South Florida landmark with an extended and wealthy historical past as a cultural hub, The Koubek Heart is devoted to constructing neighborhood by means of the humanities. Over the previous a number of many years, the Heart has supplied numerous actions, together with workshops, artwork exhibitions, theater performances, literary readings, and concert events. It’s a place for artists and native arts organizations to discover and experiment, interact in collaborations and share their work with the neighborhood. The Koubek Heart features a 200-seat theater, an expansive backyard, school rooms, rehearsal, and multi-use areas. Constructed-in 1929 by Austrian dealer John J. Koubek as a present to his spouse, it was later donated to the College of Miami and purchased by Miami Dade Faculty in 2011. For extra data, go to www.koubekcenter.org.