Casa Azul Infusion Series

The multiple facets of Latino cultural integration

 Casa Azul of Greensboro presents an exploration of cultural and individual identity through Latin Art in downtown Greensboro. This is an event series happening throughout the Summer 2017, exploring the dynamic nature of Latino cultures and the tendency for cultural blending throughout time. The name In-Fusion specifically refers to today’s mix of cultural identities and the ways these interact to create rhythms, visual and performing arts.

In this series, each event engages the audiences with participation and dialogue around individual experiences. We hope to learn more about how we form our own identities and to help build bridges across our community to unite us in the spirit of learning.

The word “In-Fusion” refers to today’s mix of cultures and how these interact to create rhythms, visual and performing arts.

  1. Exploring Latin American Rhythms
    Friday, June 23, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm. LeBauer Park, Downtown Greensboro

Move to the rhythm of the night under downtown skies! A Percussion performance by local musicians Fernando Martinez-Lopez, originally from Cuba, and Cesar Oviedo, a native of Nicaragua. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring their own favorite percussion instruments if they have them, and join the performance at the end for an interactive activity. Everyone from all backgrounds and ages are invited to this free event.

  1. From Appalachia to the Andes: A Conversation About Art, Fusion, and Identity

Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.

A panel composed of Dr. Claudia Femenias and musicians and artists Joe Troop, Pau Andrés Barjau Mateu, Mariana Rodriguez-Pardy will explore and dialogue with the audience, the dynamic nature of how we define ourselves over time based on the cultural and environmental influences we encounter. We’ll explore how this is evidenced in the art forms that emerge from different regions. Enjoy a music demonstration from Joe Troop and his band Che Apalache, an Argentinian band playing “Latin Grass” is a blend of Appalachian bluegrass and Latin American sounds. This is a free event.

Learn more about Che Apalache at JoeTroop.com.  Watch their latest videos: Maria    Cambalache    Prisionero

  1. Appalachia Meets the Andes: A Latin Grass Musical Journey with Joe Troop and Che Apalache

Friday, July 21, 2017.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Concert begins at 7:30 pm.

Triad Stage. 232 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401

Casa Azul of Greensboro presents a concert by Che Apalache, or “my Appalachian homeboy.” While Che Apalache is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the band members hail from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Joe Troop, a North Carolina native, leads the four-man string band which plays a unique genre of music known as “Latin Grass.” Latin Grass unites the bluegrass sounds originating from Appalachia with traditional Latin American musical styles for a truly unique sound you are sure to enjoy! Following the concert, attendees are invited to an open discussion with Che Apalache to learn more about their music and their lives, exploring common grounds found through the enjoyment of art.

Learn more about Joe Troop and Che Apalache at JoeTroop.com.  Watch their latest videos: Maria    Cambalache    Prisionero

  1. Máscaras [Masks] in the Americas Workshop

August 26, 2017 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Cultural Arts Center CTG Room, 4th Floor, 200 N. Davie Street, Greensboro

The cultures of Latin American people today are a result of cultural blending over hundreds of years with strong influences from African, European, and Indigenous heritages. One fascinating expression of any culture is the use of masks for ceremony and display. Whether they are found on actors, dancers or the faces of individuals celebrating holidays like Carnival or Day of the Dead, masks grab our attention, play with our emotions, and excite our wonder.

Join us as we explore this cultural fusion found throughout the Americas today. Create your own masks and exchange their meanings and significance with new friends you meet at the Máscaras in the Americas Workshop. This is a free event and open to people of all backgrounds and ages.

North Carolina Humanities Council

This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Weaver Foundation

This project is also made possible in part with the support of the Weaver Foundation of Greensboro and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

Thank you to the above businesses for their generous support of the In-Fusion Series.