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Fulcrum Point

Fulcrum Point celebrates arts education and Latin rhythms

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 12:12pm — Margaret Sutherlin
Oct 17, 2012

Fulcrum Point musicians, Flamenco dancer Chiara Mangiameli, and the Sones de Mexico Ensemble are creating quite the musical mashup next week, when arts education and new music and Latin culture come together.

In a performance benefiting Fulcrum Point’s Sound Tracks education programming, the Fiesta Latina is definitely a celebration of music and dance says Stephen Burns, executive director of Fulcrum Point.

Tuesday’s concert promises to be a combination of music and dance, and something Chicago-based flamenco dancer Chiara Mangiameli (who you might remember from the Looking Glass production of Rick Bayless’ Cascabel), has been working long and hard on with her students in Soundtracks. She says her own love of dance, particularly the story that comes with the flamenco music is really exciting for the kids.

What shall we call this stuff?

Tue, 9/26/2006 - 10:23pm — Stephen Burns
Sep 26, 2006
After 500 years of Western Art music I think we need a new name for this stuff. Clearly we have carved out names for each style specifically: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque. Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic, Modernist, Neo-Classical, Neo-Romantic, Serial, 12-tone, Minimalist.... Post-neo-minimal-Modernist.

While it is not really important to narrow it down to one pigeon hole, it is interesting that we cling to the narrow appellation of Classical Music, considering that it relegates this entire genre to music created between 1750 and 1820, if you want to get academic about it.

As Chamber Music America has welcomed Zorn & Jazz into its hallowed halls since 2000, where do we put improvised, highly chromatic music of the Hard-Bop, Post-Bop, Free Improv, Afro-beat, AACM, AEC, Steve Lacy, Dave Douglas, Django Bates, Sun Ra, or any other artist who defies category?

We live in challenging times. The question is:

Are we creative or reactive?

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