Luz Elena Mendoza
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This project, EL AGUA DE MI SER, is a cross-cultural, intergenerational collaboration between Latin folk artist Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba, the award-winning Camas High School Choir, and arts education nonprofit Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington.
EL AGUA DE MI SER will draw from themes explored on Y La Bamba’s MUJERES, including the complexity of bicultural childhood — from summers in California and strict Catholicism to mariachi and machismo. The piece is certain to be informed, too, by its context in the Eurocentric choral music world (as well as the predominately white Pacific Northwest). For Mendoza the collaboration is an “invitation” to students to work towards understanding her roots and modes of expression through music and her native Spanish. Through the creation process and this sharing of cultural history, Mendoza also hopes to inspire her collaborators (and audiences) to show up for oppressed communities.
The choir, under the direction of Ethan Chessin, will be performing all new music, composed by Mendoza specifically for this collaboration. Building on the success of a composer-in-residence partnership Young Audiences has fostered between contemporary artists working in the professional music industry and the Camas High School Choir since 2016, Mendoza has been working with Chessin and his students this school year to create an original performance for a rock band, woodwinds and 200 high school singers.
This project is sponsored by The Standard and Biamp Systems.
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR, 97214