Sergio Navarrete Pellicer - Community & Citizenship: Brassbands in Oaxaca, Mexico
May 21, 2014
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
|Where||3201 Hart Hall (Risling Room)|
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The talk will address the power of sound as a protocol for political secularization and modern citizenship. I will address the role of the church in indigenous societies and the use of music in catholic ritual for evangelization during the colonial times. As we move forward to the 19th century after Independence from Spain, I explain how liberalism and an open market economy led to the introduction of wind bands in music chapels (the music institution of catholic church carrying the european music tradition for centuries) and soon later transformed these ensembles into philarmonic bands which continue playing masses, vespers, maitins and other religious repertoire but also the ball room dance repertoire (waltz, schotische, paso doble, polka and italian overtures) to strengthen patriotism, individual citizenship, and a secular municipal power. In this proces I will point at the important role of music merchants to enhance and facilitate this policies. I will wrap up with a reflection on the enduring ideology of community thoughout this historical process.