Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Meet the Author - Luis Diaz Santana Garza



Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs 
Tuesday – July 26th       1-3 PM 
Historia De La Musica Norteña Mexicana 
With Luis Diaz Santana Garza, 
And music performance by Sonia Medrano (singer) and 
Javier Díaz Santana (accordion). 

HISTORIA DE LA MÚSICA NORTEÑA MEXICANA: 
DESDE LOS GRUPOS PRECURSORES AL AUGE DEL NARCOCORRIDO. 
El presente trabajo analiza el origen, evolución y difusión de la música del conjunto norteño, representante histórico de una identidad local, que se transforma en una identidad del noreste, para luego dar paso al norte de México, y más tarde ser asimilada nacional e internacionalmente. Esta visión de largo aliento en torno al conjunto y las formas musicales que emplea, como la polca, el corrido, la canción y el bolero, así como sus transformaciones y aportaciones a otras culturas sonoras, es analizado en términos de cómo puede articular significados, organizar nuestro sentido del tiempo y la memoria, y contribuir a la construcción social de las identidades individuales en la frontera. La música popular puede proporcionar un sistema para la presentación y la negociación pública de la identidad, así como para construir fuentes de poder y significado alternativas. A pesar de no haber sido impulsada directamente por ninguno de los dos estados-nación donde prolifera, la música regional de acordeón y bajo sexto es uno de los principales referentes de la identidad mexicana y chicana desde mediados del siglo xx, desplazando hoy incluso al mariachi, gracias a que los migrantes mexicanos reclamaban su música, mientras que al sur, el poder económico del noreste del país ha tratado de imponer una hegemonía cultural y económica por medio de los sonidos armónicos. 
―Sin duda el trabajo de Luis Díaz Santana es de las contribuciones que la etnomusicología mexicana ha esperado por mucho tiempo y que tiene que ver con las músicas urbanas. El autor ofrece importantes avances en la investigación histórica sobre aspectos fundamentales como la identidad en un ámbito fronterizo, migración, cultura y cultura popular, música popular mexicana, industrias norteñas como factor de cambio sociocultural, los músicos y sus conjuntos como actores de la gestación de una nueva tradición‖. Dr. Arturo Chamorro Escalante, UDG. 
 

Luis Díaz Santana Garza nació en Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. Es Licenciado en Música, Maestro en Humanidades y Doctor en Historia. Ha publicado el libro Tradición Musical en Zacatecas, (1850-1930), y se encuentra en prensa "Historia de la música norteña mexicana: desde los grupos precursores al auge del narcocorrido". Actualmente es docente-investigador “Titular C” en la Unidad Académica de Artes de la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas.  






Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs 
Tuesday – July 26th       1-3 PM 
Historia De La Musica Norteña Mexicana 
With Luis Diaz Santana Garza, 
And music performance by Sonia Medrano (singer) and 
Javier Díaz Santana (accordion). 
The overall objective of the present book is to analyze the origin, evolution and dissemination of the norteño and tejano conjunto, a group that represents, historically, a marginalized local identity, which was transformed primarily into an identity of the northeast, then giving way to the whole northern México and the American Southwest, and later assimilated as mainstream genre nationally and internationally. My purpose is to give a long-term historic vision of conjunto and the various musical forms that uses, such as the polka, the corrido or cancion (song), and more recently the bolero and the cumbia, as well as their transformations and contributions to other sonic cultures.

Luis Díaz-Santana Garza was born in Monterrey, México, in 1970, studied a Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and PhD in History, and has done research of music from the baroque period until the present, performing with original instruments, such as the baroque guitar and the 19th century Mexican seven-string guitar. He is Professor of guitar and music history at the Music Department of Zacatecas Autonomous University, and has received several fellowships from CONACULTA, INBA and PACMYC. His recordings include mexican songs and dances of the 19th century, the Opera San Francisco Xavier from Bolivia, and two records of mexican music for guitar fron the 19th century. He wrote the books "Tradición Musical en Zacatecas, Una historia socio-cultural, 1850-1930", "Transcription of guitar works", and his new book about the history of conjunto norteño and conjunto tejano 
Please note the book is published in Spanish.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 
For information call us at 956-433-5057 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

August Meet the Author - Patty Raymond



Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday – August 13th       1-3 PM
“It’s Too Windy”
Discussion and reception with author, Patty York Raymond

It’s Too Windy! is about family and how establishing long  lasting traditions leads to developing close family ties that last a lifetime. This enchanting book is about Jessica and David, a young sister and brother, who come to town every chance they have in order to visit with their grandparents and to play with their cousins.

One thing they like to do when they visit their grandparents is go swimming in their backyard pool. “Hooray! Yeah!  Yippee! Yahoo!” they exclaim as they run out of the house in anticipation of getting into the pool. However, their grandmother has other plans for them. She redirects their play and cites unsatisfactory weather conditions as the reason for not letting them get in the pool. It doesn’t take the reader long to determine that the grandmother has an ulterior motive for not letting her grandchildren get in the pool-- but what is it?

The reader will enjoy the repetitive text, rhyming words and the rare and unusual vocabulary words throughout the story. There are numerous opportunities for the children to infer as well as to predict how long the grandchildren will have to wait in order to get into the pool or even if they are able to get in the pool.

Patty York Raymond earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston and her Administration and Supervision from Texas A&M International University.  Patty has enjoyed working with children, families, and educators in a variety of roles including social worker, teacher and administrator. She and her family reside in McAllen, Texas where she is an independent education consultant as well as owner/director of Abrazo Case Management Services for Children and Pregnant Women.

It’s Too Windy! is Patty’s first book, and it has recently been honored with the International Latino Book Award for 2016. Her next book, The ABCs to Ranching, is about a mischievous little boy who goes to the ranch to help his father with the chores. With one mishap after another, he gains an appreciation for nature and develops a strong connection with his father and their heritage. The ABCs to Ranching will be in bookstores late 2016.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057