Premiere of guillermo galindo’s piece Blood Bolero by Amy X Neuburg and the Paul Dresher ensemble

December 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Blood Bolero Premiere at Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley


Composed by Guillermo Galindo with text by Juvenal Acosta Blood Bolero Blood Bolero is a song that praises the untold love stories of forgotten lovers. The piece celebrates the amorous and erotic joy of the disadvantaged from the inner city neighborhoods of Mexico City, where photographer Maya Goded has documented the long tern relationships between prostitutes and their clients, elderly people and the friends that help them make life bearable. Blood Bolero sings to infatuation, desire and the intensity of last passion in the dark nights of Mexico City.


New works by Paul Dresher, Lisa Bielawa, Jay Cloidt, Conrad Cummings, Fred Frith, Guillermo Galindo, Carla Kihlstedt, Ken Ueno, Pamela Z,
Amy X Neuburg

Neuburg and Dresher commissioned 10 composers to create songs inspired by Diane Arbus’s Guggenheim grant application, American Rites, Manners and Customs. Arbus proposed to photograph everyday people, places, and routines, which to generations of the future “will have been so beautiful.” Each composer found or created a photograph or series of images, ranging from intimate self portraits to stark landscapes, that spoke to him or her in this regard, and used the images as inspiration for the music.