Oaxacan ensemble Pasatono Orquesta and acclaimed African American folk musician Dom Flemons come together for an evening of music and discussion, exploring the black and indigenous roots of what we understand as American music, hosted by journalist and musician Rubén Martinez.
Orquesta Pasatono is an ensemble dedicated to rescuing and reinterpreting the sounds of the endangered musical cultures of rural Mixteca communities, blending traditional instruments, indigenous rhythms, and modern arrangements. Festive with a touch of nostalgia, their music has played for audiences from Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City to Lincoln Center in New York. Known as “The American Songster” for his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes, Dom Flemons is a music historian and a multi-instrumentalist. In 2005, Flemons cofounded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won a Grammy for "Best Traditional Folk Album" in 2010.
This program is copresented with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.
Support has been provided by the Dean of Humanities and Sciences, the Vice President for the Arts, and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
Copsonsors include El Centro Chicano y Latino, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, African + African American Studies, Women’s Community Center, Markaz, Black Cultural Services Center, Asian American Activities Center, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Residential Education, and Institutional Equity and Access.