In the best tradition of the OSF Green Show, we have brought together two groups of musicians: ¡Aparato!, from the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, and the Terra Nova Consort, former resident ensemble at OSF, under the direction of producer, Sue Carney. The goal is to recreate the music of Los Angeles, circa 1835, and to share some songs and fandangos together with our audience.
¡Aparato! was formed in the summer of 2009 by Alexandro D. Hernández (electric guitar and jaranas) and Nancy "Cat" Méndez (vocals, electric guitar, melodica, and jaranas). In the latter portion of 2011, Vaneza Calderón joins ¡Aparato! to introduce the acoustic mariachi bass ( guitarrón ) into their ethereal punk sound. This band unites traditional Mexican instruments such as the jarana jarocha and jarana huasteca into the rock band format.
¡Aparato! strives toward a style that is unique to the Chican@-Latin@ experience in the U.S. by bridging the terrestrial with the ethereal, with the goal to motivate and inspire the listener through music and encourage social transformation. The lyrical content not only encompasses heartfelt human emotion, the hidden transcript of imagination via space themes, but also contains a strong desire for social justice and human dignity.
¡Aparato! will perform a solo show Wednesday, August 22. To find out more about them, visit their company biography on this site.
The Terra Nova Consort
Beginning as the resident ensemble of the acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Terra Nova first achieved international notice in 1998, when they were awarded a contract with Dorian Recordings in the first Dorian/EMA International Recording Contest. They made their European debut at the Tage Alter Musik Festival (Regensburg, Bavaria), later returning as the festival’s opening headline act. Since that time, the Consort has appeared throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico, playing at such notable venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the Dumbarton Oaks, and the International Cervantino Festival, of Guanajuato, Mexico. Their ongoing collaboration at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with Indianapolis troupe Dance Kaleidoscope, has built a seasonal audience of 100,000 enthusiastic west coast fans, and created a wealth of opportunities to explore diverse contemporary and historic styles, from the world over. The Consort has also been active in creating and premiering original works.
These rich musical experiences inform and inspire performances, as Terra Nova journeys to the ancient roots of contemporary World music. The audience is invited to listen in on the intimate musical conversation and join the gathering of old friends. Barriers-of culture, language and time- are left behind, as the music takes over, sweeping all preconceptions before it. Afficianados of Flamenco, World and Early Music discover an unexplored world, where past and present share today's concert stage.