La Nación / After the Grammy, Berta Rojas returns with Jeporeka

From November 30 to December 6, a virtual space will open in which music, culture and science will come together for analysis and the conjunction of knowledge and experiences. “Paraguayan Sounds”, a series of conferences with the participation of local and international references, will close the 2022 cycle of Jeporeka.

To participate, just follow the broadcast on the project’s social networks. led by the Paraguayan soloist, recent winner of two Latin Grammys, Berta Rojas. This year’s cycle, which included the “A day with…” initiative, closes with the virtual conferences “Paraguayan Sounds”, which will bring together exponents from different sectors to explore aspects of musicality in our country. “The contributions of these figures honor the Jeporeka project, I hope you enjoy it!” said Rojas.

The talks will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on Jeporeka’s social networks (Facebook and YouTube) on different days. The first day will take place this Wednesday, November 30 and the following ones will be on Friday 2, Sunday 4 and Tuesday 6 December.

To participate, those interested simply have to be aware of the networks and the transmission. At the end of each conference, a space for debate will be set up with the exhibitors through the Zoom platform (the link will be shared on the Jeporeka networks).

How were the figures of the Paraguayan mestizo, bilingualism and the Paraguayan woman constructed? What are some myths consolidated through historical nationalism and how can we reflect on them? These are some of the questions that will be addressed on the first day of November 30, led by the researcher Gaya Makaran.

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In her space “Paraguayan nationalism and its myths: miscegenation, bilingualism and the beautiful kuña”, where the distortion of nationalist narratives and discourses to promote conscious reflection about them will be the axis of the presentation of the member of the Research Center on Latin America and the Caribbean, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

The Doctor of Music Evandro Higa, who has carried out work on the subject, will present the paper “Paraguayan music in Brazil: processes of appropriation, hybridization and redefinition of musical genres”, on December 2. The strumming and the jacket are part of historical-social processes developed at this time that generated an impact on the musical offer of the region.

This December 4, the musician and orchestral and choral director Nicolás Ramírez Salaberry and the researcher and musician Migue Antar will present fragments of musical pieces developed between 1960 and 1980 in their talk “Wiring new formulas: electrification and experimentalism in Paraguayan music”.

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Music, in addition to art, involves science. Different research methodologies and the interdisciplinary application of social theories and interpretation of facts and results are part of their study. This is what the musicologist and ethnomusicologist Alfredo Colmán (Baylor University), the researcher Simone Krueger-Bridge (John Moores University – Liverpool, United Kingdom) and the professor of musicology Timothy Watkins (Texas Christian University) will share in the last talk of December 6 called “An approach to Paraguayan music: methods, techniques and perspectives.”

Jeporeka was created in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020. It included various activities such as the collective creation of the work Pytû Mimbi, which reflected the emotions of the very atypical year that was lived in 2020. In the 2021 evolved into a contest of musical pieces, which was accompanied by teachers such as Popi Spatocco, Juan Quintero, Víctor Heredia, Mónica Salmaso and Lizza Bogado, among others.

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La Nación / After the Grammy, Berta Rojas returns with Jeporeka