La Luna Nueva
Multidisciplinary arts festival
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month
September 13-28, 2013
La Luna Nueva or, New Moon, is a phase in which the moon is between the earth and the sun, present but invisible to the eye. The beauty of the moon is unseen, waiting to be revealed…La Luna Nueva is also Milagro’s renowned festival that, night by night, reveals the beauty of Latino arts and culture from around the world! Join us for evenings of spirited flamenco and tango, passionate Latin guitar and poetry, celebrations of Pablo Neruda and Frida Kahlo, a visual art exhibit, and fun events for the whole family!
•PACO PADILLA & HIS BAND — Mexican folkloric singer/songwriter
Charismatic and insightful, Paco Padilla’s music represents the Mexican New Song movement, a fusion of traditional Mexican music with contemporary sounds that reflects both the profound and the everyday. With a musical career spanning over 32 years, Paco Padilla’s lively music combines a critical eye with the strength and humor of popular Mexican culture. In this rare concert Paco Padilla performs with his band of talented musicians for the first time in Portland at the intimate Milagro Theatre stage. This performance is the centerpiece to a series of residencies in schools around the region, and launches Milagro’s fifth Luna Nueva Festival and 30th Anniversary Season!
• “TRAVESURAS” — Flamenco
• “SOMTIR” — Gerardo Calderon
Gerardo Calderon is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Mexico City where he grew up surrounded by music, dance and culture, Gerardo is the musical director of Grupo Condor and Nuestro Canto. While living in Mexico City he studied classical guitar at the Escuela Superior de Música and then began his investigation of traditional Mexican music. Gerardo currently studies Music Therapy at Marylhurst University. Gerardo’s first solo CD, “Somtir” features a blend of gentle string sounds and the soothing sounds of the pan flutes, and 20 copies will be distributed free to the first ticket buyers! Visit the Grupo Condor website to explore the Calderon’s fine original compositions: www.grupo-condor.com
•Play Reading in Spanish – “QUE NO SE CULPE A NADIE DE MI MUERTE” by Humberto Robles
• Play Reading in English – “MUMMIFIED DEER” by Luis Valdez
• “NOCHE DE NERUDA” — Los Porteños
• “CINESCOPIO: LUCHA LIBRE” — FusionArte & Joaquin Lopez
FusionArte is an organization that commits to promoting Latin American arts and culture through educational programming and cultural events. Cinescopio explores Latin American culture through classic era films with a mission to connect today’s generation to yesterday’s Latin American golden films!
• “LATINO COMEDY NIGHT” — Stand-up comedy with Shane Torres & Friends • English
Shane Torres is one of Portland’s favorite comics, performing locally and across the country for over five years. In the past six months Shane has competed in The Seattle International Comedy Competition, and performed at The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta. Shane also performed at “Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch” at Helium Comedy Club.
Anthony Lopez is part of an up-and-coming generation of Portland comedians who perform regularly at Down to Funny, a standup comedy night at the EastBurn bar in Portland. He has performed at Bumbershoot, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Seattle’s Comedy Underground, UCB East and opened for the Whitest Kids you Know. Hailing from Portland, Anthony Lopez started performing stand up in 2009, blending absurd humor with heartfelt stories from his life. Anthony was picked as one of the Portland Mercury’s “Ones to Watch.”
David Mascorro: By channeling his extroverted style and charisma through the microphone David Mascorro has found a natural rapport with people and audiences in general. Being inspired to perform when his uncle gave him a Richard Pryor cassette tape as a young child, he began performing stand-up in Chicago. Half a decade later he has come a long way working at clubs throughout the country, including Zanies, the IMPROV and the Laugh Factory as well as alternative rooms and venues such as Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago Underground Comedy, Lakeshore Theater and working with many talented acts among them Steve Byrne, Carl LaBove and Tim Meadows. All while studying at Second City and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He now lives in Portland, OR where he performs regularly all over the city and produces a monthly storytelling show called The Awkward Phase.
• “THE ART OF BRAZILIAN GUITAR” — Alfredo Muro
• “EL NIÑO DIEGO” — Teatro Milagro’s Family-friendly World Premier. Bilingual
• Play Reading Bilingual – “MACHOS” by Vicente Guzman-Orozco
Vicente Guzman-Orozco is a longtime collaborator with Milagro. As resident playwright from 1995 to 1998, he penned eight plays for Teatro Milagro’s touring company. This past season he returned to the company to perform in Dance for a Dollar. He was last seen in Milagro’s Entre Villa y una Mujer Desnuda in 2010. Other memorable shows from Vicente’s many years at Milagro include The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa, Heroes and Saints, and Te llevo en la sangre. Other favorite productions include the premiere of Cupid and Psyche (Stark Raving Theatre), ¡Entusiasmo! (Do Jump!), A Streetcar Named Desire and Take Me Out (Artists Repertory Theatre). Celebrate the return of Vicente Guzman-Orozco’s work to Milagro and his first play in La Luna Nueva! See Milagro’s blog for the latest news about the play, author and cast: www.miracleinsider.blogspot.com.
• RICARDO CÁRDENAS – Latin American Guitar
As composer Ricardo has written music for guitar, jingles, theater and documentary videos. He recently composed the music for an independent documentary film on the Guatemalan indigenous community (title TBD). He is currently composing the music for Milagro’s upcoming production, “Ardiente Paciencia” which celebrates the life and history of the renowned Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.
• Play Reading in Spanish – “MADE IN LANÚS” by Nelly Fernandez Tiscornio
Nelly Fernandez Tiscornia was born in América, a small town west of Buenos Aires. For 30 years she was a professor of mathematics. In the 1960s she wrote a series of works, including the prize-winning novel La Juana Díaz (Editorial Planeta de Barcelona Prize). Her work includes over 100 television and film scripts. Visit Milagro’s blog for the latest news about the play, author and cast: www.miracleinsider.blogspot.com.
• “WHAT THE TANGO?!” – Including members of the Alex Krebs Tango Sextet and featuring Vicente Griego
Argentine Tango started off as a popular music form in Buenos Aires. This show will present tango in a modern popular music light, combining it with influences of jazz, rock and flamenco. The show will also feature traditional flamenco as well as flamencos arranged in a tango style. Tango and flamenco dancing will also be featured.
Alex Krebs has been teaching Argentine Tango internationally for the past 16 years, playing the bandoneon and directing various groups for the last 12 years and has run the all-tango dance school “Tango Berretín” in SE Portland for the last 12 years.
Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” from Dixon/Embudo, NM, has devoted his life to the study of Cante Flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. In 1992, Vicente began touring the US, Canada, and Latin America with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, where he was mentored by Caño Roto singer Alfonso Gabarri, “El Veneno” of Madrid, Spain.
• “FRIDA, UN RETABLO” Bilingual
The play’s third time on national tour is inspired by constant requests from Milagro followers and will make a special stop for La Luna Nueva before continuing its tour around the country!
• “FOR THE DISENCHANTED” — Joaquin Lopez
Joaquin Lopez is the oldest son of the Lopez Family; the Lopez family who brings us one of Portland’s popular eateries —La Bonita in the Alberta Arts District and Overlook neighborhoods. Raised in Beaverton, Oregon, Joaquin attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland. At 19, he landed his first acting job as 2nd Young Man in Blood Wedding at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was introduced to the poetry and drama of García Lorca and subsequently become greatly influenced by Lorca’s work. Following in his father’s footsteps, Joaquin picked up the guitar and began writing songs. In 2003 he met flamenco player Stan Olmsted and started a musical collaboration performing the poems of Lorca. Throughout the years he’s developed his own approach to songwriting and often collaborates with different organizations and communities creating and recording songs as a group experience. Joaquin commits himself to promoting Latin American Arts and Culture and producing cultural events—Sabor a Mexico/Taste of Mexico at the Portland Art Museum, Spanish Language performances for Filmusik, and Voz Alta with Portland Latino Gay Pride.
• “TLAQUEPAQUE” – Ceramic Art Exhibition
In addition, ceramic flutes created by Samuel Becerra will also be featured throughout the festival, beginning the evening of Sunday, Sept 15 with a special reception.
September 13-28, 2013
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