Join us for a free concert on Friday, December 19th at 7:00.
Pasatono Orquesta are nine musicians, self-described ‘Twenty-first Century Oaxacans’, whose music is festive with a touch of nostalgia.
Pasatono Orquesta’s music includes some surprising references to dixieland jazz, which was popular in Mixtecan villages in the 1930s and 40s, as well as the presence of Africa, expressed through danzón and rumba. There are melodic lines that might have come from Hungary via the gypsy caravans that used to take cinema to the indigenous villages of the region. There’s also the chilena, considered to be ‘traditional Mixtecan musicas well as the polkas, paso dobles, marchas and mazurkas that came from Europe and took root in the local repertoire. Rubén Luengas adds his own personal journey to this mix: pieces of what he calls, “Mixtecanhaiku,” that reflect his interest in minimalism, the tonality of his native Mixtecan language and environmental sounds.
Doors open at 6:30 and seating is first come, first served.