In this very special episode, Angélica Negrón and friends talk about death, grief, and the accompanying melodrama inherent in Latinx culture. Brooklyn-bred vocalist, composer & visual artist Raquel Acevedo Klein conjures voices from el más allá with her haunting layered vocals and El Living Room’s very own director, the undisciplined artist, musician & filmmaker Macha Colón makes a special appearance to talk about her recent film Perfume de Gardenias, a black comedy about Puerto Rico’s funeral culture. Multi-hyphenate, larger-than-life-and-death Miss Colombia herself, Lido Pimienta, calls in for an El Wassap catch-up to talk transitions, trauma & telenovela-level family secrets. We’ll shed off the heaviness with an escapist, psychic cool-down with Mela Pabón as she guides us through a no-nonsense meditation to soothe our deepest, most irrational fears.
Leadership support for The Greene Space’s Artist-in-Residence program is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation and the MetLife Foundation. Additional support for this project is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys, and electronics as well as for chamber ensembles, orchestras, choir, and film. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) while the New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise.” Negrón has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, loadbang, MATA Festival, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sō Percussion, the American Composers Orchestra, and the New York Botanical Garden, among others. She has composed numerous film scores, including Landfall (2020) and Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016), in collaboration with filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo. Upcoming premieres include works for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, LA Philharmonic and NY Philharmonic Project 19 initiative.
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Raquel Acevedo Klein is an active conductor, vocalist, composer, and instrumentalist from Brooklyn, NY. Raquel has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall, BAM, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Little Island, National Sawdust, the Guggenheim, Rockefeller Center, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and elsewhere. She has premiered works and operas by Philip Glass, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, and George Lewis to name a few. She has recorded and performed with artists including Glen Hansard, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The National, Grizzly Bear, Cory Smythe, Sufjan Stevens, The Knights, NY Philharmonic, and International Contemporary Ensemble among others. She conducts for the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among others. Her performances and curations have caught the attention of publications including the NY Times, LA Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York.