Ethnomusicologist Thomas George Caracas Garcia (music) will present "El Condor Pasa: The Andean Band Phenomenon" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at 212 MacMillan Hall. The lecture is part of the Center for American and World Cultures' UniDiversity program.
Garcia, a guitarist and lutenist, is an active solo and chamber music performer specializing in Brazilian music. He performs throughout the United States and spends several months each year in Brazil, performing in concert settings and in traditional popular music settings.
He is a former editor of the Lute Society Quarterly and is the North America contributor to Roda de Choro magazine. He is co-author of Choro: A Social History of a Brazilian Popular Music, which explores the history of the Brazilian music style popular in the 1920s and 1930s and which today is viewed as a type of popular folk/traditional music in its own right.
In his lecture Garcia will discuss how in recent years Andean bands, which traditionally played music for local consumption, have expanded into the international market, reflecting the tendency towards globalization of popular and ethnic music. Garcia will examine what prompted this move from a regional to a global audience and look at the social and economic impacts of this trend.
The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures. A Peruvian meal will follow the lecture for those who reserved a space by Nov. 16. For more information, contact the center at 9-8309.