- This event has passed.
Nuestras Canciones de Liberación / Our Liberation Songs – An online arts and activism workshop with Dr. Diana Alvarez
March 21 - March 22
Who are you and what are your liberation songs? Singer-songwriter, artist, and scholar Dr. Diana Alvarez will lead you through listening, writing, improvisation, music, and performance exercises to ignite your creativity. Rooted in the traditions of Queer BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists, Dr. Alvarez will interweave works and teachings by artists who resist oppression and build family through art into this workshop. We will explore, create, and share songs of nourishment and liberation. Join us online to build and share your creative fire in a safe community space!
All ages, and all levels of experience are welcome.
The dates are March Saturday March 21-22.
The cost for the workshop is $100 and covers instruction throughout the weekend. Workshop participants will meet as a group and in individual sessions with Dr. Alvarez via Zoom throughout the weekend beginning 10:30am on Saturday morning and ending at noon on Sunday.
Dr. Diana Alvarez’s fierce Xicana Xingona voice creates a gripping atmosphere that audiences call “transcendent. Alvarez’s soulful, bilingual songs exalt queer love and liberation, and are drawn from her origins in the borderlands of South Texas, where she grew up singing to the Gulf of Mexico. In her music, Alvarez often grapples with her solo migration to the Northeast as a means to shift the tides of oppression in her family and beyond. Her songs are offerings for familia, and honor the “in-between-ness” of culture, identity, and language.
Dr. Alvarez is the composer and filmmaker behindQuiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera, a multimedia performance described by the press as “a visually and acoustically stunning performance meant to honor women, non-binary and genderqueer people of color.” Quiero Volver features Alvarez’s original music, sonic text scores, a poem-script for ensemble performance, and documentary video portraits of artists Sharon Bridgforth, Magdalena Gómez, Vick Quezada, and Nicole M. Young. In 2018, Quiero Volver was produced by grassroots organizers and Smith College at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA, where it raised over $10,000 to support immigrant justice initiatives.
Dr. Alvarez’s music is fueled by her simultaneous work as an award-winning poet, documentary filmmaker, and scholar. Her poetry chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published by Toadlily Press in 2009, and two of her poems appear in The Best of Toadlily Press (2011). Alvarez has been commissioned to create documentary works for artist Sharon Bridgforth and has directed a music video for internationally-recognized singer-songwriter and jazz musician Pamela Means.
A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Alvarez earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, and her PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Alvarez teaches music and writing in Western Massachusetts and is a touring performer and an invited guest lecturer / keynote speaker at venues and schools across the US. www.diana-alvarez.com
Photo Credit: Yasmina Mattison-Sudan