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Resisting Paradise
Public Program - San Juan
Cierre: Resistencia y contaminación en la música caribeña

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
:Pública
1057 Ave. Ponce de León, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 10pm and by appointment

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Providing closure to the exhibition Resisting Paradise, musician Jorge Mundo will lead an auditory tour of Caribbean music, looking at the differences between their messages and the foreigners who adopted the songs.

En el marco de la exhibición Resistir el Paraíso, presentamos la charla/sesión musical Resistencia y contaminación en la música caribeña con Jorge "Jota" Mundo.

La canción Siboney, compuesta en 1929 por el cubano Ernesto Lecuona en un momento de añoranza por su patria, fue reinterpretada y popularizada por varios cantantes, incluyendo a Connie Francis en 1960. En ese momento, era popular reinterpretar boleros en español, y la versión de Siboney de Francis cambió por completo la percepción de la canción a través de su canto sensual y jadeante, que reflejaba una actitud de exotismo hacia el lenguaje, y los orígenes culturales de la canción. Reflexionando sobre la historia de la canción, el video/performance de Joiri Minaya, también titulado Siboney, es un ejercicio sobre cómo los productos culturales —una canción, o un estampado tropical— son internalizados y reproducidos laboriosamente por el sujeto en el que se originan.

Para cerrar la exposición Resisting Paradise, el músico Jorge "Jota" Mundo llevará a cabo un recorrido auditivo de la música caribeña, observando las diferencias entre sus mensajes y los extranjeros que adoptaron las canciones. Algunas canciones que serán abordadas son la versión de Siboney de Bing Crosby, y otras reinterpretadas por las Andrew Sisters, Loretta Lynn con Jack White y Willie Colón.

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Resistance and contamination in Caribbean music

The song Siboney, composed in 1929 by the Cuban Ernesto Lecuona in a moment of longing for his homeland, was covered and popularized by several singers, including Connie Francis in 1960. At the time, it was popular to reinterpret boleros in Spanish, and the Francis version of Siboney completely changed the perception of the song via her breathy, sensual singing, reflective of an attitude of exoticism towards the language, and the song’s cultural origins. Reflecting upon the song’s history, Joiri Minaya’s video/performance piece, Siboney, is an exercise on how cultural products —a song, a tropical print— are internalized and laboriously reproduced by the subject in which they originate.

Providing closure to the exhibition Resisting Paradise, musician Jorge Mundo will lead an auditory tour of Caribbean music, looking at the differences between their messages and the foreigners who adopted the songs. Some of the songs that will be addressed are Bing Crosby’s version of Siboney, and others by the Andrew Sisters, Loretta Lynn with Jack White and Willie Colón.




Resisting Paradise is an apexart Open Call Exhibition curated by Marina Reyes Franco.

Jorge "Jota" Mundo es músico, productor y dueño del estudio de grabación El Dorado en Caimito, Puerto Rico. Es miembro de varias bandas, incluyendo Los Vigilantes, EspaZmos y Bajo Mundo.

Jorge "Jota" Mundo is a musician, producer and owner of El Dorado recording studio in Caimito, Puerto Rico. He plays with several bands, including Los Vigilantes, EspaZmos and Bajo Mundo.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, Spencer Brownstone, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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