The Latin American Popular Music Ensemble (LAPME) will present De la contradanza al son: The Predecessors of Latin Dance Music at 8pm on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Performing Arts Center.
De la contradanza al son will be a night of Cuban music from the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The concert will feature new arrangements by Guido Sánchez-Portuguez and Francisco Cortés-Álvarez of traditional contradanzas, danzones, rumbas, and sones, tailored to the unique instrumentation of the LAPME.
The evening will also include a pedagogical component highlighting the musical features that led to the development of some of the most internationally recognized Latin dance music of the twentieth century: mambo, chachachá, and salsa.
“Most Americans are familiar with genres such as the mambo, chachachá, and salsa, but know little about the Cuban music that influenced the creation of these genres. What is most interesting, to me as a teacher and historian, is how the genres that we will showcase in the concert parallel similar musical developments in U.S. popular music, such as ragtime and jazz. The aim is that audiences not only enjoy listening and dancing to the music, but also learn about the shared musical and historical context between Cuba and the U.S.” explained Marysol Quevedo, LAMC visiting lecturer and researcher.
The concert will include contradanzas by Ignacio Cervantes, danzones from the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, including the “first” danzón “Las Alturas de Simpson,” as well as rumbas and sones for the audience to join in singing and dancing. The event will be held at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Performing Arts Center, a venue well suited for the LAPME’s performances because it allows for close interaction between performers and audiences.
De la contradanza al son is presented in conjunction with IU’s Latino Cultural Center La Casa as part of the activities celebrating La Casa’s fortieth anniversary. It is free and open to the public holding tickets. Tickets will be available to the public 2 hours before the event at the Waldron Arts Center.