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Cristina Pato Directs “The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey”

Pergamiño VindelThe historical Vindel Parchment, the jewel of Galician secular music where Martin Codax’s cantigas de amigo are collected, returns to its hometown Vigo, after 700 years! The thirteenth-century manuscript will remain in Vigo’s Museo do Mar until March 2018.

Cristina Pato has been invited by the University of Vigo to produce a show celebrating this historical occasion. “The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey” will be held in December with a format that combines music and conversation with experts on the historical document, the concert will include seven arrangements of the original songs made by renowned Galician artists from styles such as jazz, early, modern and traditional music.

The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey will take place on december 19 at the Teatro Afundación in Vigo.

Before that though, Cristina will be touring again through the US with the Cristina Pato QUARTET in November, in a series of performances that includes: Chapel Hill, NC (Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina – November 3rd), Erie, PA (Bruno’s Cafe, Pennsylvania State University – November 14th), Princeton University, NJ (Richardson Auditorium – November 16th), and Longwood Gardens, PA (November 17th)

Cristina at Project Zero 50th Anniversary CelebrationBetween November 20 and 21, Cristina will also take part in a conference held at the University of Santiago de Compostela: I Congreso Internacional da Asociación Galega de Investigadoras e Investigadores en Comunicación “Alén das Fronteiras: Redes na Diversidade”.

In other news, on October 13th and 14th Cristina was honored to represent the Silkroad in the celebration of Harvard’s Project Zero 50th Anniversary, with Howard Gardner, David Perkins and Steve Seidel.

Cristina Pato Receives the Galician Culture Award for Foreign Outreach

Cristina has received yet another recognition for her career: After receiving the Castelao Medal last June, the Conselleiro (Secretary) of Culture and Education of the Galician Government announced yesterday that the jury has selected her for the Galician Culture Award in the category of Foreign Outreach. Presented by the Xunta de Galicia, this awards recognize the work of people and institutions in different fields of creation, heritage preservation and dissemination of Galician culture. The award ceremony will be held in upcoming dates, yet to be announced. Stay tuned!

Cristina is honored and grateful for this new recognition.

“Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration” and Fall US Tour

Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
Carolina Performing Arts Concert
Princeton University Concert
Clark State Performing Arts Concert

From August 7 to September 15 Cristina is immersed in the pilot course she co-created named “Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration” with professors Ken Kosik (Neuroscience) and Kim Yasuda (Arts), at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This course introduces students to the cross-disciplinary field of memory studies and demonstrate how different disciplines approach common questions. Its approach is motivated by Cristina and the musical composition and story that her mother’s dementia inspired, the seminal My Lethe Story, and the power of interdisciplinary education through the arts. This course is possible thanks to the generosity of Jody and John Arnhold.

And if your are in the US, here are the dates for her upcoming US Fall Tour:

The Art of Restlessness: New Column by Cristina Pato for La Voz de Galicia

After almost two years writing the column enlazARTE for El Correo Gallego, Cristina opened in July a new chapter in her press contributions with a new column for La Voz de Galicia, the third most important Spanish newspaper.

The weekly column, titled The Art of Restlessness, appears every Friday on the back page of the newspaper and online here →.

In other news, if you want to read Cristina’s praised Castelao Medals acceptance speech, it’s available here (pdf, Galician) →.

Lastly, Cristina and Wöyza were the protagonists of one of the magical moments of the 25 de Xullo Special Gala on Galician TV channel TVG, with their rendition of Natural Woman. Here’s the video:

Cristina Pato and Wöyza blend World Music and Hip Hop at “Os Xoves de Códax”

Cristina Pato & Wöyza - Os Xoves de Códax 2017
Cristina Pato & Wöyza - Os Xoves de Códax 2017

Last Thursday July 13th, Cristina joined forces with Galician Hip Hop singer Wöyza for a very special performance at the renowned Galician winery Martin Códax, in Cambados. The repertoire was a surprising journey from folk and World Music to Hip Hop and Soul, and even experimental music. The two artists were joined by the choir V-Go Negro Son Coro for beautiful renditions of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Andres Do Barro’s O Tren.

You can watch a video of their performance here:

Cristina Pato to Perform in New York Philharmonic’s Director Farewell Concert

Cristina Pato & NY Philharmonic - 2015

Cristina Pato performing with the NY Philharmonic – February 2015

On June 8th, for the first of NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert’s farewell concerts, Yo-Yo Ma, Edward Perez, and Silk Road Ensemble members Cristina Pato, Johnny Gandelsman, and Shane Shanahan join the New York Philharmonic and orchestra musicians from around the world. The concert, on the theme “celebrating the power of music to unite across borders,” will include Kinan Azmeh’s Ibn Arabi Postlude and Edward Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, the work conceived and commissioned by Cristina and Silkroad for her Latina project. Alan Gilbert himself will join them at the violin.

Cristina has performed with the New York Philharmonic before: in February 2015 she became the first Gaita player ever to perform with the renowned orchestra, when they played Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds. Here’s the link to a video recorded for Galician TVG news on the occasion.

Tickets for the concert are already sold out. For more info visit the NY Philharmonic site →.

An Evening with The Muse Seek Project in Santo Domingo

On May 27, Cristina joins fellow Silk Road Ensemble Members Shane Shanahan and Ko Umezaki for a special screening of Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers hosted by The Muse Seek Project in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Founded by Maria Batlle, the Project fosters inclusion and aims to open up the world of music to deaf children across the Dominican Republic.

The screening will be followed by a performance and panel discussion. More info at The Muse Seek Project website