Welcome to Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 programme.
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The US jazz expert Ted Gioia, a musician, composer, writer and lecturer, will talk to Mariana H. Together they will explore some of the ideas about music that Gioia has presented in his latest book, Music. A Subversive History (2019). This long essay presents the history of music, but instead of looking at matters of technique or style, it focuses on the relationship between music and everyday life, human experience, socio-political movements and pop culture. The conversation that all music-lovers have been waiting for.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of Editorial Turner of its 50th Anniversary
The first night of the festival comes to an end to the sound of Afro-funk and Latin music, with the Queretaro group Solovino, who will light up the stage with their sabrofunk and vibrant mixture of Latin rhythms. Let’s dance!
James Rhodes (United Kingdom) is neither a pianist or a writer. Besides being one of the most eminent renovators of classical music on an international level, he is the author of one of the most impactful memoirs of recent years: Instrumental, where he exposes the child abuse he suffered and praises the healing power of music. A Save the Children ambassador and tireless campaigner for the improvement of laws that protect childhood all around the world, Rhodes will talk to Lydia Cacho, another great example of international activism, in a conversation that promises to be both revealing and significant.
Event in English with Spanish subtitles
Tonight’s concert will feature the Queretaro group La Maganza, who will give a performance for all the family, with an impressive show involving legends and traditions from local culture, conveyed through music and the spoken word.
Based on an academic musical education and well as a profound interest in different kinds of music, such as Mexican popular music and jazz, Saxodia has created a unique style for saxophone quartets. The group was founded in Queretaro city in 2006 with the goal of creating a space for young people to learn the instrument and experiment with its possibilities. To end the day, the ensemble will offer a concert that fuses the best of jazz with some Mexican touches.
Joselo Rangel is a founder member, guitarist and song-writer with one of the great bands of Mexican rock, Café Tacvba. He has also had a respected literary career, with the publication of the book of essays Crócknicas marcianas, followed by the book of short stories One hit wonder (2015), the novel Los desesperados (2018) and his most recent book, La niña aburrida (2021). He will talk about the links between music and literature, his literary work, and the book he is writing now, with Mariana H.
La Delicia de Alicia play a vibrant, elegant, modern and experimental mixture of jazz with elements of pop genres such as funk, rock and hip hop, topped off with the addition of afrobeat, Latin jazz and Eastern rhythms. To bring a delightful end to the festival Saturday, we present the grooves of La Delicia de Alicia.
The grand final concert opens with the spectacular Armando Servín Quintet, a project that was founded in October 2014 and whose mission is to disseminate jazz among the new generations; and continues with the La Rumorosa Blues Band, a music ensemble from Queretaro state, founded in 2010, dedicated to experiments in the composition and performance of the blues, in all its varieties and sub-genres, creating a unique musical proposal that they call “rocknblues”. With Pek Santiago (vocals and guitar), Favio Olvera (keyboards), Jorge Cuenca (bass), Jorge Mejia (drums) and Poncho Ortiz (guitar).