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New York and the International Sound of Latin Music
October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
New York has long been a nexus of the transnational Latin music scene. Nowhere else do so many players from throughout the Caribbean come together to perform. In this new study of the years between the start of WWII and the end of the century, Benjamin Lapidus gathers all the musicians in the city under one mighty sound, including many who have gone unnoticed. While interrogating the forces of segregation and discrimination, the Grammy-nominated musician and John Jay College professor finds that music was often a unifying social force. And by focusing on those who bridged the gap between cultural and musical backgrounds, Lapidus spotlights the impact of all the ethnic groups who changed song and composition in New York, and well beyond.
Jairo Moreno, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, joins in conversation.