New Cumbia #1 with DJ Suxxy Puxxy and composer Jose A. Castillo Rocha
Join us on the Jones Center rooftop overlooking downtown Austin, where music and complimentary drinks will set the vibe for Rooftop Sessions: New Cumbia #1, featuring a DJ set by Perreo Club member DJ Suxxy Puxxy and a performance by composer Jose A Castillo Rocha.
Inspired by the work of artist Eamon Ore-Giron (also known as DJ Lengua, his music alter-ego), whose exhibition Competing With Lightning / Rivalizando con el relámpago is currently on view at the Jones Center, The Contemporary Austin will be amplifying the sounds of various local DJs and musicians that play or perform cumbia, as well as related genres emerging from Latin America, over the course of five monthly New Cumbia Rooftop Session events, curated by Mario Villanueva (Experience and Engagement Manager).
For Rooftop Sessions: New Cumbia #1, DJ Suxxy Puxxy will kick the night off with a set from 6:30 – 7:30P. Composer Jose A. Castillo Rocha will perform from 7:30 – 8:00P, and DJ Suxxy Puxxy will return with a closing set from 8 – 9:00P.
As a DJ, musician, and producer, Ore-Giron has extensively explored the history of Latin American music and is considered one of the New Cumbia Movement’s pioneers. While living in San Francisco, Ore-Giron co-founded in 2003 the highly influential event series Club Unicornio with other artists and musicians, including long-time collaborator Julio César Morales, to highlight new and experimental approaches to Latinx music. Club Unicornio later turned into a record label based out of Oakland, CA, which pressed exclusively on vinyl and has released records from musicians like Chicano Batman and Roger Más. Born in Tucson, Arizona, and based in Los Angeles, Ore-Giron has also resided in different cities in Latin America, including Mexico City, Guadalajara, Huancayo, and Lima, all of which have influenced his unique perspective on cumbia music.
What is cumbia music? Cumbia is a style of Latin American music that originated in Colombia and is highly popular throughout the Americas. The music genre mixes a blend of African, Amerindian, and European styles and employs musical instruments such as drums, flutes, maracas, and accordions, depending on the region.
During Rooftop Sessions, galleries at Jones Center will be open till 9P, so as you make your way on or off the rooftop be sure to visit Ore-Giron's exhibition and the exhibition HOST: Celeste, featuring a large-scale painted tapestry by Mexico City-based artist duo Celeste. Both exhibitions are on view through August 20.
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Exploring the complex layering of identities, histories, and artistic legacies that have influenced Eamon Ore-Giron's (b. 1973; lives and works in Los Angeles) approach to painting, Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el relámpago marks the first presentation to examine the artist’s trajectory over more than twenty years of creative practice.
On view in our newest exhibition space inside the Jones Center, HOST, are works by Celeste, an artist duo based in Mexico City formed by María Fernanda Camarena (b. Guadalajara, 1988) and Gabriel Rosas Alemán (b. Mexico City, 1983). For their exhibition at The Contemporary, Celeste will debut a new textile painting specifically created for the brand-new gallery space, alongside new wall-mounted copper sculptures. The exhibition is conceived as an environment that visitors may enter and activate. A series of public programs will accompany the exhibition.