Author: Mark Rabideau

Mark Rabideau
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Music is often said to be a universal language. But the truth is that music has many languages, each with a particular story about culture, history and values. With that in mind, we at 21CM are thrilled to announce a new initiative. Every few months, we will release an issue that focuses on the music of a particular region of the world. In doing so, we hope to connect musical cultures – celebrating what makes us different as well as what makes us the same – all while introducing our readers to musical practices they may not have known about. 

This month, we celebrate the music of South America – and our first dual-language issue!

We begin with Ana Luisa González’s take on how a surge of independent record labels in Bogotá, Colombia has popularized traditional music among young audiences. 

Then, Gabriel Alegria discusses forming an ensemble at the intersection of centuries-old Peruvian rhythms and modern American jazz. Members of his Afro-Peruvian Sextet demonstrate playing techniques on traditional percussion instruments.

Elizabeth Nonemaker explores the inseparable relationship between Latin American dances and their visceral call to move our bodies. Sybarite5 violinist Sami Merdinian joins us as this month’s POP Picks curator to feature some of his favorite people, organizations and projects across South America and beyond. 

In the words of Andrés Tapia, “Diversity is the mix, and inclusion is making the mix work.” As musicians, our task is to use musical languages to communicate in spite and in celebration of our differences. Perhaps we occupy a more central role than we knew in “making the mix work.” 

Thanks for joining the conversation.

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM

English

Dicen que la música es el lenguaje universal. Pero la verdad es que la música abarca una amplia gama de lenguajes diversos, y cada uno nos ofrece una historia particular con relación a la cultura, la historia y los valores de la humanidad. Teniendo eso en mente, en 21CM estamos entusiasmados de anunciar una iniciativa nueva: cada pocos meses lanzaremos una edición enfocada en la música de una región específica del mundo. Al presentar la riqueza del mundo musical de esta manera, damos pasos hacia la creación de un vínculo entre múltiples culturas musicales, celebrando lo que nos diferencia y también lo que nos une. Al mismo tiempo, presentamos a nuestra comunidad de lectores detalles abundantes sobre varias prácticas musicales, algunas que posiblemente desconozcan.

Este mes celebramos la música de América del Sur, como parte de nuestra edición debut en formato bilingüe. Iniciamos nuestro viaje en Bogotá, Colombia. Ana Luisa González echa un vistazo a la proliferación de sellos discográficos independientes en Bogotá y la resultante popularización de la música tradicional entre el público joven. Para ahondar en el tema, Gabriel Alegría platica con 21CM sobre la formación de su sexteto afroperuano, un conjunto situado en la intersección de ritmos antiguos de Perú y el jazz moderno norteamericano. Algunos miembros del sexteto muestran varias técnicas de cómo tocar instrumentos percusivos tradicionales de Perú. Elizabeth Nonemaker nos habla de la relación inseparable entre las distintas danzas latinoamericanas y el impulso de moverse. Sami Merdinian, uno de los violinistas de Sybarite5 y curador de los POP Picks para esta edición, comparte con nosotros algunos de sus favoritos entre la gran cantidad de gente, organizaciones y proyectos artísticos de América del Sur y más allá. En las palabras de Andrés Tapia, “La diversidad es la mezcla; la mezcla que funciona es la inclusión”. Como músicos somos los encargados de fomentar la comunicación a pesar de las diferencias que existan entre nosotros. Es posible que los músicos tengan un papel más importante en el funcionamiento exitoso de “la mezcla” de lo que pensábamos. Gracias por formar parte de esta conversación.

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM

Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment.

Mark's own entrepreneurial spirit has generated projects ranging from producing and hosting Live from Smoke (a radio show from NYC's
upper-westside), founding and serving as Executive and Artistic Director for Artists Now (a not-for-profit arts organization), producing Worlds End (an original work with the American Repertory Ballet), and founding Art in Unlikely Places (a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved).

Mark regards his bravest moments as a performer as those spent playing with “The World’s Most Dangerous Orchestra” (Juárez, Mexico) and those most cherished while commissioning, performing, and recording new chamber music with his quartet, CTQ.

Mark has a job. He is the Director of the 21st-Century Musician Initiative.
Mark has only one hobby. He collects curious, creative people in his life.
Mark has a wife he adores and three beautifully talented children.

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