Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Celebration
Sunday, November 2, 2014
701 Tillery Street Suite A-1
Austin, TX 78702
This celebration will include a community altar exhibit, artistic expression and reception honoring the lives of those who have gone before us and in celebration of their memories that live on within us.
Artistic expression by:
Please bring memorabilia to add to the community altar.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
AIDS Walk Austin 2014
1:30 pm Opening ceremonies
4:00 pm Leap for Life Drawing
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.