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American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music

Saturday, November 16, 2013
10:00AM to 5:30PM

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"American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music," a traveling exhibition that showcases the profound influence Latino musicians have had on traditional genres of music in the U.S., will be on display Nov. 16 through Feb. 9, 2014 in California State University, Los Angeles' (CSULA) Fine Arts Gallery.

The University will host a public open house Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (agenda below). The day-long celebration will include guided tours of the exhibition, and feature Latino music, art, film and dance.

The exhibit showcases the musical contributions of Latinos from the 1940s to the present and the influence they have had on such genres as jazz, rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, and hip-hop. "American Sabor" also explores the social history and individual creativity that produced renowned musicians and performers, such as Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena. Musician Mark Guerrero, a CSULA alumnus and son of the legendary Mexican American musician Lalo Guerrero, is also featured in the exhibit.

"Cal State L.A. is excited to partner with 'American Sabor' in celebration of the rich music and cultural heritage of Latinos in the U.S. Much like 'American Sabor' itself, the university provides the exhibit a perfect venue that incorporates art, music and learning for students and the community," said Peter McAllister, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at CSULA. "We are also proud to host the exhibition in Los Angeles, which makes sense since many renowned Latino musicians have their roots in Los Angeles. Some have performed their first gigs in the university's backyard."

"American Sabor" (sabor is the Spanish word for taste or flavor, commonly used to describe good music) is a 2,500-square-foot learning experience designed for smaller museums and cultural centers. With engaging bilingual (English and Spanish) text panels, striking graphics and photographs, a dance floor and compelling listening stations and films, the exhibition celebrates the true flavor, or "sabor," of Latin music in the United States.

The exhibition also documents the roles of post-World War II U.S. Latino musicians as interpreters and disseminators of Latin American genres while highlighting their innovations in various traditional U.S. genres.

"The impact of Latino musicians on American popular music moves beyond the unmistakable rhythms and dance," said Anna R. Cohn, director of SITES. "'American Sabor' tells the broader story of Latino communities and how their artistry expresses their experiences as Americans."

"Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to support 'American Sabor' as part of our long-standing commitment to Hispanic arts and culture," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "Visitors to the exhibition will experience the many contributions that Hispanic musicians have made to American music and the richness of Latino sounds."

The exhibition is complemented by an interactive website that includes expanded exhibition content, historic photographs, lesson plans, video oral histories from Latin music stars, a jukebox featuring a special "American Sabor" playlist and a mixing-board interactive activity.

Nov. 16 Open House Agenda:

· 10 a.m. "American Sabor" opens to the public – Fine Arts Gallery

· 10 a.m. Salsa Performance – Walkway Concert Area

· 11 a.m. Latin Drumming Workshop – Music Recital Hall

· 11:30 a.m. Cha Cha Dance Workshop – King Hall Dance Studio 1

· 12:30 p.m. CSULA Mariachi Ensemble – Walkway Concert Area

· 1:30 p.m. Salsa Dance Workshop – King Hall Dance Studio 1

· 2 p.m. Latin Jazz Music Workshop – Music Recital Hall

· 3 p.m. CSULA Salsa Club Performance – Walkway Concert Area

· 4 p.m. Salsa Dance Workshop – King Hall Dance Studio 1

· 5:30 p.m. CSULA Afro-Latin Ensemble – Walkway Concert Area

The exhibition at CSULA is bolstered through dynamic community and educational programs. For a listing of the music concert series, speaker forums, dance workshops, film series and a music contest, go to: http://www.americansabor.org/exhibition/venue/1534.

The exhibit is located in CSULA's Fine Arts Gallery, building 9A.The University is located at 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Exit Eastern Avenue from the 10 Freeway. Free parking permits for the media are available at the Info/Welcome Center on Paseo Rancho Castilla Ave. Park in Parking Structure C or Lot 5. For a campus map: http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/campus_map.pdf .

Sponsored by: Developed by EMP Museum and University of Washington, and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, "American Sabor," its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.
Category Music
When Saturday, November 16, 2013
10:00AM to 5:30PM
Where CSULA Fine Arts Gallery
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Admission Price: Free to the public
Contact (323) 343-4040
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