Acuerdo de Música Libre/Free Music Agreement
Collaborations by improvisers
from Texas, Mexico and Puerto Rico
Mexico City: January 13, 14, 15
concerts co-presented with
Centro de Experimentación y Producción de Música Contemporánea (CEPRO Music)
Houston: January 21 (8pm) & 22 (5pm)
concerts co-presented with
Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA)
(FB event page for Houston day 2:
Each concert is different, featuring multiple sets by varying ensemble combinations.
from Mexico City:
Sarmen Almond – voice
Rolando Cantů – oboe, English horn
Juan Garcia – double bass
Denis Cisneros – guitar
Ryan Edwards – guitar, viola
Jason Jackson – saxophones
from San Juan:
Ivette Roman-Roberto – voice
One of the most active and creative, experimental music scenes in the world can currently be found in Mexico City. On any night, listeners might catch locally sourced improvisation, noise, free jazz, contemporary composition or sound art. Rich histories of modern music (not to mention other forms of music and art) have laid the foundations for an energetic and growing generation of distinctive young artists. Healthy mixing across mediums such as digital art, performance art and theater often leads to a creative blurring of genre distinctions. Mexico’s cultural diversity, including its open-ness to foreign expats, provides fertile ground. Life in the massive and intense city offers plenty of energy, emotion, content and motivation for artistic expression. In experimental music, Mexico City is definitely doing its own thing.
Though it’s common for Texans to express cultural affinities with Mexico, what factors determine the basis for cultural exchange, and which cultural imports are actually received here? Why isn’t the Mexican experimental music scene as well known as its counterparts in Berlin, London, New York or Chicago?
First presented in 2010, Nameless Sound’s Acuerdo de Música Libre (Free Music Agreement) was motivated by these questions. More importantly, “Acuerdo” was inspired by our own community of creative musicians and students here in Houston, many of whom have family on both sides of the border.
Houston’s own experimental music scene is as active as it’s ever been. And though it can be hard for home-towners to understand the treasures of their own city, we happen to think that Houston’s creative musicians are uncommonly original. They are as exciting as those who can be heard anywhere. Now in its third edition, Acuerdo cultivates collaborations between Texan and Mexican improvisers (and this year, we include the addition of one Puerto Rican artist). The festival features concerts in both Mexico City and Houston, with a company of seven musicians exploring different ensemble combinations on each program. Each concert is unique.
Strangely enough, the scheduled Mexico City and Houston concerts fall on either side of a certain Presidential inauguration. In the US, imminent regime change was campaigned with promised threats of walls built to keep out “bad hombres”. Whether or not these will become actual walls (in practicality), the chill of xenophobic isolation is bitter. Join us in bringing these musicians together in the spirit of collaboration and musical dialog. Let’s water the seeds of the artistic “Acuerdos” for years and years to come.
This project is funded by a Transnational Cultural Remittances grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).
Jan 21, 2017
$13 - $40 (FREE under 18)
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm