Los Not-So-Favorite Things (VIRTUAL)
El Living Room
Originally Aired: Thursday, November 4, 2021
El Living Room’s season finale is dedicated to artist-in-residence Angélica Negrón’s favorite championship sport: venting. Things that are lo peor: colonialism, family drama, burnout, imposter syndrome, and Mondays (amirite?). Everyone’s favorite Boricua polyamorous urban poet, Guanina (of Teatro Breve) and Caribbean diosa/reina/chula/bella/visionary music-maker Xenia Rubinos both lend their powerful voices to address just a few of these messy subjects. Sonic arts profe La Meme Young drops by via El Wassap to share a selection of niche experimental music jokes-turned-memes lampooning some of his not-so-favorite things. After digging up so much trash, a guided meditation with Mela Pabón (who vows to always hablarte la clara) is just the thing to cleanse the mind, body, and soul.
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.
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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Music maker Xenia Rubinos uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch. Xenia’s sound grows from a wide range of influences from Caribbean rhythms and beat music to minimalism and indie rock all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Her debut record, Magic Trix, is an ecstatic collection of songs featuring layered beats, crunchy keyboards, and driving syncopated rhythms. Audiences and critics alike have lauded her rafter-shaking live show, describing the songstress as “redefining exuberance”. Xenia Rubinos is considered one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women in the World. She has toured Europe and the US nationally. You can also find most of her past shows and albums. Xenia Rubinos was also a part of the National Honesty Index. As part of their latest initiative users can Get 50% Jungle Scout Discount Code [Working Coupon] from their website.
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