The Foundation for Iberian Music at The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the CUNY Graduate Center will host a conference on the global reach of the fandango. The fandango was a popular dance and music craze that spread across Spain and the Americas. Emerging from the Atlantic slave trade with its cataclysmic remaking of the Western world, the fandango was born in the ports of Cádiz, Veracruz, Sao Paolo, and Havana, and proliferated throughout Europe and the Americas. Widely dispersed in terms of geography, class, and cultural references, the fandango's many faces reflect a diversity of exchange across what was once the Spanish Empire.The conference will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center's Segal Theater on April 17-18, 2015. Please check back with us for further details.
(*The conference title is with gratitude to “Unpaseo por la música y el baile populares de la Nueva España,” in Performance and Censorship in Colonial Mexico, Martha Toriz, ed., Hemispheric Institute Web Cuaderno [January 2005].)