In a time when then news is filled with clashes of cultures, it is important to recognize the parts of our cultures that make us stronger. As part of this year’s theme, “Now is the Time,” TEDxSanAntonio speakers Paula Sullivan and Jose Amador represent the multi-cultural language of music and dance as a way to bring us together while celebrating our differences at the Main Event on November 18, 2017.
Flamenco, a Cultural Collective, a Gateway to Duende
Paula Sullivan, owner of Carmens de la Calle Café, has a personal passion for flamenco history and culture that grew out of a curiosity that could not be satisfied. She explored flamenco’s roots and found that it is not Spanish, but a multi-cultural art form.
“We may not all speak the same language but, there are experiences which allow us to feel connected at the human level. Flamenco is one. It is a gateway art form which draws you in with its strength of presence and storytelling. Flamenco is a cultural experience which can be enjoyed locally as an inclusive and accessible event….Flamenco builds on our cultural connections.”
As an extension of her love for curating flamenco events for friends, family, and patrons of her cafe, Sullivan’s talk will include a performance to showcase flamenco elements, including the musical and emotional range common to the art form. Read more about Sullivan.
NATIAO Latin Jazz Change and Innovation Through Diversity
Native Puerto Rican and US Army veteran, Jose Amador, leads NATIAO, a Latin Jazz band that showcases the multi-cultural influences present in San Antonio. Amador has lived in San Antonio for more than 20 years and has seen the evolving cultural impacts on the local musicians.
“That influx of talent has arrived in San Antonio and altered our music scene and cultural outlook. It is no longer only Mariachis, Cumbias and Tejano. It is now Salsa from Puerto Rico and Cuba and Bachata and Merengue from the Dominican Republic…. It is innovative and different because we are adapting to a new way of delivering the arts and entertainment. Successful groups are adapting to the new sounds and rhythms that the San Antonio multi-cultural and bi-cultural audience demands.”
Amador will speak to his band NATIAO, diversity in the music of San Antonio, and the importance of live performances in the digital age. Read more about Amador.
We invite you to join us for both Talks and many more at our Main Event on November 18, 2017 at the Witte Museum. Visit www.TEDXSanAntonio.com to learn more about our events, become a sponsor, or join the team.
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DATE AND TIME
Sat, Nov. 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST