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September 30, 2014

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Drumtalk: Between Skin and Frame

Friday, September 19, 2014 7:00pm
George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center
1165 Angelina St
Austin, TX 78702
Free and open to the public

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drumtalk: Between Skin and Frame by t. negresco lyles and a community ensemble including Ayana Flewellen, drea brown, Dora Santana, Katrina Simpson, Lillian Stevens, Lourdes Navarro Vida, Manuel Quinto-Pozos, Odaymara Pasa Kruda, Olivia Kruda Prendes, Rose Pulliam, Stephanie Lang, Tameika Hannah,  and Tonya Pennie.

This is a drumversation about the journey of one black lesbian into the world of West African drum and dance culture in the United States. It is an exploration of women in the subculture, the dynamics of “place” and status, the heterosexism in the staging of drum and dance, and the complexity of identity and its compartmentalization.

The performance is of song, dance, spoken word, call and response, storytelling, and voicescape.

Tonya Lyles is an innovative multicultural world percussionist whose musical background is rooted in African, Latin American and Middle Eastern traditional rhythms. Her style is diversified and influenced through her experiences as a solo African dance class djembe accompanist, West African drum and dance ensemble member, West African dancer, multicultural storyteller, hand percussion instructor and gospel, funk, soul, folk vocalist and auxillary percussionist. Her path has converged with some of the greatest World percussion instructors in the United States Babatunje Olatundje, Mabiba Baegne, Mohamed Camara, Abdoulye Diakate, M’bemba Bagora, Edwina Tyler, Carolyn Brandy, Karuna Warren, Ubaka Hill, Mouminatou Camara, and Alseny Sylla. She is currently a member of Color of Sound, a collective musical experiential improvisation ensemble where she plays multiple percussive instruments: djembe, djun djun, shakaree, vocal gourd, shakara, bata, bango cajon, Mbira, kalimba, talking drums and dumbek.

 


Work the Work in Austin Tejas

 

The allgo (Austin) One on One slots are full/but there are openings for Sessions in New York City and via Skype. Infuse Your Art Practice With Tools That Fuel Creativity, Spiritual Growth, Health, Personal Development & Joy.

https://sharonbridgforthblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/one-on-one-sessions-in-nyc-austin-via-skype/

Infuse Your Art Practice With Tools That Fuel Creativity, Spiritual Growth, Health, Personal Development & Joy

Apply NOW to book your
1 Hour – One on One Session
With Artist Consultant
Sharon Bridgforth
All sessions will happen in Austin, Texas at allgo
on September 3, 2014 between 1PM & 8PM

WHO
Artists from all backgrounds, experience levels and forms
that are interested in breaking through blocks and limitations through a process that uses the personal (identity-culture-memory-family histories-dreams) to release into clarity, direction, self-determination and wholistic art practices.

YOU CHOOSE THE FOCUS OF THE SESSION
A specific text (or project)
Living as an artist
Taking work from page to stage
Creative process
Finding your voice
Goal setting
Or you suggest a focus

To apply email riverseestorybank AT gmail DOT COM
with responses to the following questions:
What would you like to focus on during your session?
What do you hope to get out of the session?
Talk a little about where you are in your Life as an artist.

THE COST
Sliding scale $75-$125. A limited number of scholarships are available. Payment details will be sent with application correspondence.

For more information visit https://sharonbridgforthblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/work-the-work-at-allgo-in-austin/

 

 

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.
Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com

 


allgo presents D’Lo in D’FunQT

 

Saturday September 6, 2014 7:30pm


MACC Blackbox Theater
600 River St. Austin, TX 78702
Free and open to the public

Metered parking

D’FunQT (pronounced defunct) is filled with D’Lo’s humorous musings, rants and stories
of being a queer boy/stud/transgender person who grew up in a strict immigrant family,
trying to make it all work peacefully while radically and bizarrely challenging mindframes
in choosing to exist unapologetically.

No matter how free we think we are, fierce queers and folks of color are being
challenged daily in merely surviving; fighting against being defunct.

Defunct (dih-fuhngkt):

no longer operative or valid no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning
having ceased to exist or live; dead

 


Classes with t. negresco lyles


African Dance Class Saturday, August 30th 12:00-2:00pm

facilitation: t. negresco lyles

(Locations given with confirmed RSVP)
Workshop is Free but RSVP is required as space is limited
RSVP with priscilla [at] allgo [dot]org

This class explores the West African dance culture, traditional movements, and their intersection with gender politics in drum/dance culture. Many of the traditional dances re-enemphasize normative traditional heterosexual gender roles and strictly reinforce “appropriate” movements from men and women. This class is about freedom of movement expression and interpretation across gender lines. We will explore/re-choreograph a flirtation initiation dance, a dance of strength, and a sensual “women’s” dance. This class is taught in the traditional West African dance technique-with a warm-up, review of dance movements, and line dancing barefoot across the floor. All dance levels are welcome. Dress comfortably for movement.

The Drums: djembe & Djun  Sunday, August 31st 11:00-1:00pm
facilitation: t. negresco lyles

This class begins with basic drum technique (hand patterns) and stickwork for the West African djembe and djun drums. We will learn and play two traditional djembe/djun orchestrations and develop a drum/dance (at the same time) piece. In addition, we will dialog on gender roles, myths, and history of West African drum culture and etiquette in the U.S.

This class is open to all levels. Djembes (9)/djuns (4) are available first come Auxiliary instrumentation is available for folks not wanting to drum.

(15 spaces available-up to 25 if participants have their own drums)

Participants in the drum and dance classes are invited/encouraged to perform in the September 19th production. You can be a part of the dance, music, call and response, voicescape, readings, staging or set or costume design.

There will be 4 rehearsals prior to the production.
Friday Sept. 5 7p-10pm
Sunday Sept. 7 5pm-8pm
Friday Sept. 12 7pm-10pm
Sunday Sept.14 5pm-8pm

Tonya Lyles is an innovative multicultural world percussionist whose musical background is rooted in African, Latin American and Middle Eastern traditional rhythms. Her style is diversified and influenced through her experiences as a solo African dance class djembe accompanist, West African drum and dance ensemble member, West African dancer, multicultural storyteller, hand percussion instructor and gospel, funk, soul, folk vocalist and auxillary percussionist. Her path has converged with some of the greatest World percussion instructors in the United States Babatunje Olatundje, Mabiba Baegne, Mohamed Camara, Abdoulye Diakate, M’bemba Bagora, Edwina Tyler, Carolyn Brandy, Karuna Warren, Ubaka Hill, Mouminatou Camara, and Alseny Sylla. She is currently a member of Color of Sound, a collective musical experiential improvisation ensemble where she plays multiple percussive instruments: djembe, djun djun, shakaree, vocal gourd, shakara, bata, bango cajon, Mbira, kalimba, talking drums and dumbek.

 

 

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com

 


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