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Celebrate Mexico Now Festival - October 28 to November 1 2014 in New York City

From a media release

New York, NY: October 28-November 1 2014:
Celebrate Mexico Now Festival


10/28/14, 7:00 PM - LA TACOPEDIA, Book signing
10/29/14, 7:30 PM - DEL SALÓN AL DANZÓN!, Concert
10/30/14, 6:00 PM - XIMENA PEREZ GROBET, Artist Books (Art Exhibit)
11/01/14,  8:00 PM - ALONDRA DE LA PARRA, Concert

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The young female conductor who brought some of the America’s forgotten orchestral gems to the world. A historian who knows all the ins and outs of the humble taco. A book artist, who turned the act of printing and creating into a powerful visual and conceptual statement.

There are all Mexican artists, and their contemporary visions honor roots while leaping into the world conversation in their creative fields.

Now in its second decade, Celebrate Mexico Now brings together the performers and creators, the makers and chroniclers to show how vibrant and thrilling the country’s arts scene is. From October 28 to November 1, 2014, Mexico’s many regional and cultural identities will shine at events around the city, that stimulate all the senses.

“As a festival, we focus on iconic sounds, sights, and tastes,” explains Festival Director Claudia Norman, “while highlighting how fluid these roots are, and how tuned in to international conversations and scenes Mexican artists are.”

This year’s edition showcases Mexican musicians’ current fascination with the wealth of 20th century orchestral works and pop songwriting, by the composers who often drew heavily on traditional musical forms. Pianist Cesar Reyes had dedicated years to finding and performing long-lost piano arrangements of Latin American composers. He presents an evening of favorites at Del Salón al Danzón! (October 29).

For the festival’s grand finale Day of the Dead (November 1) concert at Town Hall, Alondra de la Parra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas will return to the festival that gave the dynamic young conductor her start. The program will pay tribute to Mexican composers unknown to U.S. audiences, including songwriting legend Agustín Lara, with help from Latin pop darling Natalia Lafourcade.

A retrospective that pays tribute to a Mexican artist of a very different kind, Ximena Perez Grobet, will open October 30. Grobet’s artist books—the distillation of her interventions and installations in book form—engage viewers with the nuances of book as object, in ways both playful and thought provoking.

In an ongoing tradition, the festival will present winning shorts from the Morelia International Film Festival (October 31), including a documentary about rural Atoyac women in Guerrero State coping with the loss of their husbands and sons to the suppression of revolutionary Lucio Cabañas’ guerillas in the 1970s. (Director Anaïs Pareto Onghena will be available at the screening for a Q&A)

Sometimes humble forms gain international acclaim and are then elevated to high art. Such is the tale of the taco, as told in La Tacopedia (October 28), a new work of social history and culinary savor by writer and visual artist Alejandro Escalante (pictured left). Festival goers will get a chance to savor this history--as well as other culinary pleasures from Mexico’s varied cuisine--thanks to Taste of Mexico Now, a special initiative uniting Mexican chefs around New York. Taco aficionados can download a map to taco bliss at the festival website, which will lead them to festival-themed specials at Bar Bruno, Café Frida, Hecho en Dumbo, La Palapa, El Mitote, Papatzul, Sembrado en NY, Toloache, Tacuba, Los Tacos No. 1 and Taquería Nixtamalito.


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