Seeking a ‘Mexamorphosis’ Through Classical Music

Mezzo-soprano and Mexamorphosis artistic director Guadalupe Peraza is working on a multimedia show to premiere in Union City, New Jersey, free of charge to the public. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Mezzo-soprano and Mexamorphosis artistic director Guadalupe Peraza is working on a multimedia show to premiere in Union City, New Jersey, free of charge to the public. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

One of the most impressive examples of Mexican classical music is in the works in Union City, New Jersey, and is set to premiere in October, during Hispanic Heritage Month. The producers are seeking support from the public to complete the project.

The multimedia concert, entitled “Mexamorphosis,” will feature musicians from diverse nationalities playing pieces alluding to traditional Mexican music.

“Mexamorphosis is an interdisciplinary production with music, dance and multimedia projections in real time,” mezzo-soprano and producer Guadalupe Peraza told Reporte Hispano. The Mexican singer received an honor on May 5 in Union City, in New Jersey’s Hudson County.

Peraza said that, over the centuries, Mexican music has been greatly influenced by European culture, and that this blend gave way to traditional music such as son jarocho ‒ from the Oaxaca, Tabasco and Veracruz states, which originated in the 17th century.

“We seek to bring to New Jersey residents the music and artistic expressions created over several centuries, their folkloric variations, influences and transformation, and their links to Mexican traditions, and to put them within the reach of the community through free shows like the one we will perform in Union City,” said Peraza.

The musicians and singers featured in the show will perform pieces from the bel canto repertoire, with visual and musical transitions leading into traditional Mexican music, in this case, son jarocho.

Everything will come together to show our artistic mix, which has resulted from the arrival of European styles such as baroque, like in Mexico and throughout Latin America, as a consequence of the conquest,” said Peraza.

The project has been initially supported by international artists such as Radio Jarocho and musicians James Kennerley, Sarah Stone, Kannan Vasudevan, Marc Molomot and Peraza herself. The creative team composed by Mauricio Trejo, John Rose, Carlos Cuestas, Amanda Sidebottom, Emma Sofía Peraza, Laura Pennisi and Federico Schmucler, among others, has also helped give shape to the idea.

Mexamorphosis will be held on Oct. 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Union City Performing Arts Center, located at 2500 Kennedy Blvd. The event, which will close the events surrounding Hispanic Heritage Month, will be free of charge.

Additionally, before the Union City engagement, the show will be performed twice in New York City, also with free admission. The first performance will be on June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Broadway United Church of Christ, located at 2500 Broadway and 93rd Street.

The second performance will be on Oct. 7 at the same time at the Tribeca Center in the BMCC Theater 2, located at 199 Chambers St. in Manhattan.

The creators are currently fundraising to be able to complete the show and pay for production costs, transportation, some artist fees and other expenses. All contributions are tax-deductible, and they can be made online at: www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=14316

Watch them perform in the video below:

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