Gracias a La Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Chile’s Legendary Voice
will be held on Saturday April 25, 8PM at
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
click here for Disney Hall info on parking and directions
Part of World Music 1 Series at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles in which leading Chilean artists pay tribute to rebel legend Violeta Parra. Special guests that night will be Illapu, Ana Tijoux, Francisca Valenzuela, and Columbina Parra. Each of the artists have an “About the Performer” page at the LA Phil website.
This musical tribute event to Violeta Parra is called Gracias a La Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Chile’s Legendary Voice. Click here to directly link to the LA Phil website. A direct quote from this link to LA Philharmonic best describes the experience to be had: “Experience music of unmatched emotional power as generations of musicians pay homage to Violeta Parra, the most important singer-songwriter-storyteller in the history of Chile. You’ll be moved by her songs about struggle, defiance and triumph – songs that were the basis for Chile’s New Song (Nueva Canción) movement, which spread throughout Latin America and beyond. Join Ana Tijoux, Illapu, Francisca Valenzuela and Colombina Parra for this once-in-a-lifetime tribute to Parra as they reinterpret classics like Gracias a La Vida, Volver a los Diecisiete and many more. ”
Immediately below is a documentary by Luis Roberto Vera Vargas, titled “Viola Chilensis”, a 2003 Spanish documentary with English subtitles about the life of Violeta Parra. It is a good introduction of who Violeta Parra was during her lifetime: How she was truly rooted in her Chilean culture and tradition and her innovative and rebellious revolutionary spirit.
For a transcript in English of the above video, please visit the website of Transcripts Videos Archive by clicking here.
In connection to “Gracias a La Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Chile’s Legendary Voice” concert, there will be an ALOUD event. ALOUD are Conversations, Readings and Performances produced by The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and held at the Central Library in downtown LA. In their words: ” [ALOUD] brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles.”
This event at the Central Library is called “Rebel Spirit: Lyrics of Power and Protest – Ana Tijoux in conversation with poet and translator Jen Hofer“. It will be conducted in Spanish with an English translator. ALOUD’s introduction to the upcoming conversation: “Raising her voice for women’s rights, immigration reform, environmental activism, and more, GRAMMY-nominated musician Ana Tijoux has transformed the global stage with her politically powered verses. Unbounded by geography and genre, Tijoux’s songwriting reflects the literary influences of her youth and the rich musical traditions of her native Chile. From Eduardo Galeano to Violeta Parra, hear—through conversation and song—the inspirations that fuel her rebel spirit.”
Richard J. Riordan Central Library
click here for info on parking and directions
Since this event is labeled “FULL” on the Library Foundation of LA – ALOUD page, please note the following quote from that page:
As most [ALOUD] at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.
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