The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) “Planet Siqueiros Pe—a”, series will present a traditional “Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead” ceremony to honor the dearly beloved Thursday, Oct. 28.
The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. The community ceremony will be led by professor Martha Ramirez-Oropeza and UCLA students. Following an intermission, an ensemble of three musicians, Marisoul, Hector Marquez, and Cesar Castro, will perform for visitors.
Marisoul, the lead singer of Santa Cecilia Band, will sing in a style that reflects those of Mercedes Sosa, Astrid Hadad and Lila Downs, a SPARC spokesperson says.
Marquez, originally from Jalisco, Mexico, is an “ethnomusicologist,” director of Proyecto Xochisonero. He teaches workshops to youth exploring various musical genres such as son Jarocho, son Huaxteco, and ceremonial Huichol. Marquez also hosts a Spanish musical program at KPFK.
Castro is from Veracruz, Mexico. After studying son Jarocho with renowned jaraneros, he formally joined El Grupo Mono Blanco, which toured throughout Mexico, Europe and the United States. He has taught son Jarocho and how to make the instruments used in this music in community centers, schools and universities.
In 2003, Castro moved to Los Angeles and has facilitated workshops in community spaces such as Imix Bookstore in Eagle Rock, El Centro Cultural in Santa Ana, Frida Khalo High School in Los Angeles. He has received grants from the Alliance of California Traditional Arts, the ARC Grant, the Master Musician Fellowship and the Durfee Foundation.
Information, (310) 822-9560 ext. 15.