Mapping Latino Musical Migrations

A free presentation to spark community conversation: April 27th, 2014. Harstine Island Community Choir Partners With Humanities Washington To Bring Antonio Davidson-Gomez, Musician, Teacher And Lecturer To Shelton For A Dynamic, Interactive Speakers Bureau Event.

Harstine Island Community Choir and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Antonio Davidson-Gomez, a presenter for the 2013-14 Humanities of Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place April 27th, 2014, at Harstine Island Community Hall, from 2:00-3:00PM. For more information, contact Elizabeth Berndt at 432 9940 or .

About this program
What’s in a pop song? There are stories that run deeper than catchy lyrics might suggest. The instruments, the language, the style – even a song’s structure can show us how ideas and experiences are traded between diverse communities. In this hands-on experience, participants will play instruments from U.S. Latino and Latin American traditions and literally “connect the dots” on a map to see how Latinos have contributed to popular music in the U.S. We’ll explore typically “Latin” styles such as salsa, Tejano and reggaetón as well as Latina and Latino’s integral contributions to rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop and country.

About Antonio Davidson-Gomez
Antonio Davidson-Gómez has played and studied percussion for more than 20 years, with an interest in Afro-Latin and Mediterranean/Middle Eastern music. In addition to music, he is passionate about teaching and learning. He has been a classroom teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels and is an experienced facilitator for audiences of all ages. Currently he serves as the Educational Services Manager at KCTS 9 public television, where he also developed bilingual programming for Vme, the Spanish-language sister network of PBS. Gómez wrote the online teacher course for the EMP Museum’s American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music and developed a world-music class combining cultural study with music and ethnography.

March 14, 2014