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Vanderbilt University is proud to announce two Performances by Guillermo Galindo

Thursday, October 25, 2018,

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  • Location: Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
  • Room: Public Square Park

Vanderbilt University is proud to announce two performances by “post-Mexican” experimental composer and sound artist Guillermo Galindo:

Public Performance “Sonic Re-Activation: Unearthing Public Square’s Forgotten Pasts”:

October 25, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Nashville Public Square Park

Solo Performance “Sonic Borders III”: October 26, 2018, at 6:00 pm at Turner Recital Hall in the Blair School of Music

Newly commissioned by Vanderbilt University, the process-oriented sound performance “Sonic ReActivation” on October 25 unearths the complex history of Nashville’s Public Square. Known for his work addressing contested spaces, Galindo’s new performance piece draws attention to the less known stories of Public Square highlighting those of Native and African Americans. Galindo’s interest in the deep and complicated history of the Americas drew him to Public Square and its many roles: in the founding of the city, as the former site of a slave market, its proximity to the Toll Bridge along the Trail of Tears, and as a site of political activism during the city’s Civil Rights history. The work culminates a three week collaboration with students and faculty from Vanderbilt University.

Galindo’s solo performance “Sonic Borders III” on October 26 is a sonic ritual featuring some instruments built with materials found around the Mexican-U.S. border fence that has been performed in museums and concert halls around the US and Europe. “In building his instruments, Galindo ignores the borders set by musical convention. He listens to found objects and, in effect, lets them speak as they will. He thus creates not only innovative musical textures but a political model for the treatment of those cast adrift by global unrest.” (Brian Froitcour, Art in America)

Both performances are free and open to the public. Post-Mexican composer and performance artist, Guillermo Galindo, is in residence at Vanderbilt for the month of October. Galindo is an experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist and visual media creator who redefines the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition and the intersections between all art disciplines: politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality and social awareness. While in residence, Guillermo is working with students on a newly commissioned sound piece they will perform for the community in Public Square addressing its contested history on October 25.

Galindo’s artistic practice emerges from the crossroads between sound, sight and performance and includes everything from orchestral compositions, instrumental works and opera, to sculpture, visual arts, computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, film making, instrument building, three dimensional installation and live improvisation. His acoustic compositions includes major chamber and solo works, two symphonies commissioned by the UNAM (Mexico university symphony orchestra), the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and choir, and two operas.

Border Cantos, an award winning book published by Aperture Foundation and a traveling exhibit featuring a unique collaboration between Guillermo Galindo and American photographer Richard Misrach featuring Galindo’s sonic devices and musical scores made from detritus left behind by immigrants has been shown at the San Jose Museum of Art (2016), Amon Carter Museum, Texas (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas (2017) and Pace Gallery, New York (2017). Galindo's interactive string quartet Remote Control commissioned by the Kronos Quartet for the Fifty for the Future series premiered at the San Francisco Jazz Festival in April 2018.

Galindo's graphic scores and three dimensional sculptural cyber-totemic sonic objects have been shown at major museums and art biennials in America, Europe, Asia and around the world including documenta14 (2017), Pacific Standard Time (2017) and CTM Festival, Berlin (2017), FIAC Art Fair, Paris (2017), Rusk Festival, Finland (2017), Miami Art Basel (2017) and The Tang Museum, NY (2018).

Galindo’s residency at Vanderbilt is a collaboration between the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the Department of Art, the Blair School of Music, and the Program in Comparative Media Analysis and Practice. Through the Visiting Resource Professor program, CLAS hosts distinguished scholars, artists, politicians, and writers for month-long residencies to participate in seminars with Vanderbilt students, and engage the community through public lectures, interactive performances, or creative projects.

In honor of Galindo’s presence on campus, Vanderbilt University will also hold a one-day symposium on October 26, 2018, “Border Elegies: Refugees, Migrants, and Contemporary Art and Literature.” Presenters will explore different artistic responses to the issue of migration and discuss the human rights implications of today’s flows of refugees. The event is open to the public. Click here for more information.