María Claudia Parias: when music has the say

29 Sep 2021 – 2:00 a. m.

The executive president of the National Batuta Foundation talks about the II International Seminar on Music and Social Transformation, which will be held until October 1 in Ibagué.

What previous experiences nurtured the idea of ​​holding the II International Seminar on Music and Social Transformation?

This idea originates from the first seminar we organized five years ago, when Batuta turned 25. It seemed important to us to generate a discourse and a global reflection on the value of music as a tool for change, on issues such as social inclusion, the guarantee of rights, the integral management of communities and the dignity of the lives of people who they are in very complex social situations. We summoned for this first Seminar fifty experiences from all over the world that are aligned with these purposes.

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What are the specific topics that the event will address?

The second Seminar is divided into four days. One of them is dedicated to music education for today and the future. There, the panel New ways of teaching will take place, which will be attended by Alex Ruthman, from New York University Steinhardt, and Emily Howard, from the Center for Practice and Research in Science and Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. among other figures. Musicians and people who are in the musical environment ask ourselves why we are training musicians, from where and with what logic.

Music and territory will also be discussed …

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That’s how it is. Another theme will be dedicated to music and musicians facing physical and symbolic limits. There will be presented the lecture by Laura Paniagua, an academic from Costa Rica who did the study “Migrant Latin America drawn by music.” For the millions of people who move throughout the American continent, music is the main instrument to resist these crusades.

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Will there be time to reflect on what happened to the music industry in the pandemic?

Yes. The third day of the event will reflect on music before, during and after COVID-19. What role did music play in the lockdown and what will happen next? There were horrible things, like the cancellation of the concerts and the live offer was finished, but there were also outstanding projects that circulated through the use of information and communication technologies.

Music has also played a leading role in the resistance. How will this be reflected in the Seminar?

On the last day of the Seminar we will be able to listen to experiences such as Vivir Quintana, who did a northern corrido, Song without fear, against the genocide in Mexico, where a woman is killed every ten minutes. We will learn from the experience of Ukhoi Khoi, a group of musicians from South Africa who use the techniques of academic music to recover the sound traditions of the country’s tribes. And we will have the presence of Adriana Lizcano, Colombian musician who leads the Batucada Guaricha, made up of women from Santander.

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Why is the Seminar held in Ibagué?

This year Ibagué presented its candidacy to be a member of the Unesco Network of Creative Cities. It is very important that, from the public point of view, cities that seek to associate with music generate these spaces for reflection. In fact, we are going to have a table with historians from Ibagué so that they can tell us why it is said that this is the musical city of Colombia.

How and who can participate in the Seminar?

All the people who want. It is a hybrid seminar, in person at the University of Tolima Auditorium, which can be accessed online at