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Community Folk Art Center to Host Pa’lo Monte Nov. 17

Ensemble combines African-rooted rhythms of the Dominican Republic and Haiti with contemporary musical styles

Nov 13, 2015 — Article by: Sarah Scalese

Photo of Palo Monte

Pa’lo Monte, an urban roots music group, will perform at the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the performance is sponsored by the departments of Art and Music Histories (AMH) and African American Studies (AAS), as well as the Latino-Latin American Studies Program, all of which are housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. CFAC is an academic partner of AAS's.

Pa’lo Monte fuses traditional African-rooted rhythms of the Dominican Republic and Haiti with contemporary musical styles, creating a unique and original sound.

Event organizer Sydney Hutchinson, assistant professor of ethnomusicology in AMH, says the campus community is in for a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

“Pa’lo Monte has transformed from a musical ensemble into an institution for the teaching and preservation of African and Indigenous cultural traditions from the Dominican Republic and Haiti," she says. "The group presents lectures and skill-building workshops in diverse venues, from elementary schools to the United Nations. I encourage students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of this rare opportunity."

Hutchinson says Pa'lo Monte's work is particularly relevant, in light of the current human rights situation in the Dominican Republic, in which basic rights have been denied to tens of thousands of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

For more information, contact her at sjhutchi@syr.edu.

 
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Sarah Scalese
315-443-8085
sescales@syr.edu