On Friday, August 24, come celebrate the full moon with percussive rhythms and drumming styles of Mexican music in our garden. The evening will begin with a workshop led by George Saenz, Music Director with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.
Saenz will demonstrate various Mexican rhythms on huehuetl drums, ayoyote shakers, and bombo, redoblante and pandero – and then jam with the entire group under the full moon. The evening begins at 7:00 PM.
You can reserve your spot and purchase tickets here. (But hurry, there’s only 20 spots!)
What can an audience expect to see/experience at your event?
The audience will listen to and learn about the traditional drumming styles of the Aztecs, referred to as Mexica drumming. Audience members will also be able to participate in playing certain rhythms along with the musicians, using provided percussion.
Tell us about you – how you started as a performer?
I’m George Sáenz, musical director for Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had the love for performing. I’ve been playing music since the age of 3, beginning with the piano and voice, later learning various other instruments including the guitar, button accordion, the trombone and electric bass.
While in high school, I began studying the music of Mexico, including the styles of Mariachi and Norte (music from northern Mexico), as well as the music from my native state of Texas, “Tejano/Tex-Mex”.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Tex-Mex border town of Laredo, Tx and currently live in New York City.
What do you hope audiences discover at your event?
I expect audiences will both discover and/or gain a deeper appreciation and curiosity towards the percussive musical styles of pre-Hispanic Mexico.
What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?
An irreplaceable landmark of history, community unity and the celebration of the arts.
Apart from our upcoming event, Calpulli is celebrating the summer with performances at Summerstage in Queensbridge Park, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, as well as gearing up for a very special Christmas show this coming December entitled “Navidad with Calpulli”.
I’m extremely excited for our upcoming event Full Moon Drumming: Mexico and am looking forward to once again perform at Flushing Town Hall.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.
This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.