7 to 8 pm ET
Rita Indiana. (Image courtesy of the artist)
Rita Indiana: Tu nombre verdadero
The Dominican musician and writer premieres her latest songbook.
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Tu nombre verdadero is a bilingual, acoustic songbook written and performed by Rita Indiana about her experience at the frontier between languages and cultures and about the Dominican-American stories that cross it. The songbook pays homage to western, country, blues and merengue típico dominicano and visits mythical and historical parts of the relationship between the United States and Dominican Republic. The staging of this musical performance will be directed by Noelia Quintero Herencia.
Rita Indiana is a Dominican-born, New York-based composer and writer, a driving force in experimental Caribbean popular music, and a key figure in contemporary Latin American literature. Her novel Tentacle won the Grand Prize of the Association of Caribbean Writers in 2017. She teaches at NYU’s MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish.
Americas Society’s Music Program commissioned Rita Indiana and Noelia Quintero Herencia to create Tu nombre verdadero, a bilingual, acoustic songbook written and performed by Indiana about her personal experience at the frontier between languages and cultures, and about the Dominican-American stories that cross it. The songbook pays homage to country music, blues, and merengue and revisits the relationship between the United States and the Dominican Republic. The performance will feature lights and video projections of archival images related to the history of the relations between the United States and the Dominican Republic.
The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ ArtsForward program, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Fall 2022 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Howard Gilman Foundation and New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund.