For Immediate Release
Two Great Latino Music Performances with "Dr. Loco"
(Cambridge, March 6, 2012) Ethnomusicologist Jose Cuellar, a.k.a. "Dr. Loco," brings the sounds of the Latino diaspora to Cambridge in two unique musical programs.
First, it's the Music of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, an evening performance and talk with "Dr. Loco." Cuellar will combine his experience as a Mexican-American anthropologist, musician, and educator to bring the music of his native U.S.-Mexico borderlands to Harvard's Tsai Auditorium at 1730 Cambridge St. (in Cambridge) on Thursday March 29 at 6 P.M. A reception will follow. The event is co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
The second performance on Wednesday, April 11, features "Dr. Loco" center stage with ZUMIX, East Boston's own award-winning young musicians, in an exploration of the musical impact of the Latino diaspora in the U.S. Recently, Michelle Obama presented ZUMIX with a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The program begins at 6:00 P.M. at Harvard's Geological Lecture Hall, (24 Oxford St., Cambridge), followed by a reception at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Ave.).
"You'll hear some favorites and some surprises, including some original compositions in the Latin tradition by ZUMIX musicians," says Dr. Cuellar. "This is a marvelous opportunity to share Latino culture and music with the community, while showcasing these exceptional young ZUMIX performers. It's going to be very exciting."
Dr. Cuellar is the Peabody Museum's 2012 Hrdy Fellow and an affiliate of the David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies. As the Hrdy Fellow, he is in residence at Harvard for spring 2012, researching and recording Native American instruments in the Peabody Museum collection, and "curating" these two events for the Peabody, plus a family program Fabulous Flutes, Marvelous Music on March 17. He is also Professor emeritus of Latina/Latino Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.
About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.
Hours and location: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., seven days a week. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children, 3–18. Free with Harvard ID or Museum membership. The Museum is free to Massachusetts residents Sundays, 9 A.M. to noon, year round, and Wednesdays from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. (September to May). Admission includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For more information call 617-496-1027 or go online to: www.peabody.harvard.edu. The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station.