Music as a Liberatory Process - A Community Songwriting Workshop

The Alachua County Library District  Headquarters Branch is pleased to welcome Dr. Martha Gonzalez and Juan Perez of the East LA Chicano rock band Quetzal for a collective songwriting workshop.

Dr. Martha Gonzalez is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist) musician, feminist music theorist and Associate Professor of Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She is also a lead singer, songwriter and percussionist with the Grammy award-winning band Quetzal.

Juan Perez is a renowned bass player in the son jarocho and rock world.  He is a music composer and a versatile player with a unique sound.

Together, Gonzalez and Perez will lead a collective songwriting workshop. Gonzalez trains local Los Angeles-based artists in the Collective Songwriting method, and she works with The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) on implementing the method. She has been active in implementing the collective songwriting method in correctional facilities throughout California and Seattle, Washington.

This interactive workshop will focus on a particular point of geographical and historical connection between blackness and Latinidad and will connect African musical traditions and Mexican culture. It will be held March 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room A of the Headquarters Library.  No previous music experience is required, but if you play an instrument, please bring it!

Martha Gonzalez and Juan PerezMartha Gonzalez and Juan Perez

This program is co-sponsored by Intersections of Blackness and Latinx Identity Group, the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere,  the UF George A. Smathers Libraries, the UF Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies, and the UF Center for Latin American Studies.

Intersections of Blackness and Latinx Identity Group UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere  UF George A. Smathers Libraries  UF Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women's StudiesUF Center for Latin Studies


Posted by JeanH on February 9, 2020