On October 2, 2012 we gathered in the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities to share and listen to Martha Gonzalez discuss song-writing as testimonio, art-based community organizing, and the implications for transformative education and scholarship.
A description of the talk she gave is below:
A song is a sonic and literary manifestation of life’s sound-scape, a cathartic memento, and a powerful political tool. Without question, a song is also an important historical text. A person’s testimonio—life views, triumphs and struggles—can be expressed in song, and in the end, a song gives witness to experience. In a communal context, the generation and performance of such songs can build common ground and transform consciousness.
Entre Mujeres, a translocal music composition project, engaged female musicians on both sides of the border in mutual dialogue through joint song-writing, making the voices, ideas, and lifeworlds of Chicanas/Latinas and Jarochas/Mexican known through the medium of song. The songs they have written and recorded together stand as testament to the kind of collective knowledge that art can create across U.S. Mexican borders.
Martha Gonzalez is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, a singer-songwriter “artivista,” and a founder of the Seattle Fandango Project.
You can find more information about Martha here.www.marthagonzalez.net
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