US Premiere of Galician Bagpiper, Mercedes Peón

On December 8, Mercedes Peón will perform at Elebash Recital Hall as a part of the Graduate Center’s Live @ 365 series. This is the US premiere of this award winning multi-instrumentalist. Peón is a master bagpiper, singer, and percussionist. She has collaborated with musicians such as Xosé Manuel Budino, Manu Chao and Carlos Núñez, and the Guardian has called her “one of the Spanish music scene’s true originals.”


Conference Announcement: Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco

Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco

 An international conference to be held in New York at
the Graduate Center, CUNY, by The Foundation of Iberian Music
October 18 – 19, 2018

Celebrating the publication of Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco (Oxford University Press, 2018) by K. Meira Goldberg, The Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center is organizing an international conference on flamenco as embodying narratives of difference and Otherness. The conference details will be announced by spring, 2018.


Conference Announcement: Transatlantic Rhythms in Music, Song, and Dance

The Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, partnering with the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California Riverside, and the Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura in Veracruz will convene an international conference on the circulation of transatlantic rhythms. We encourage all scholars in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, dance, theater, gender, race and ethnicity, diaspora, and immigration studies to submit proposals by spring of 2018. We will issue a formal call for papers in January.


Gurumbé Screenings in NYC

The date of our Gurumbé film screening and flamenco performance is rapidly approaching and tickets are selling fast. Get tickets here for this special event, December 3rd.

Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories (Canciones de tu memoria negra) is a groundbreaking film that has been screening worldwide. It has been an official selection at more than ten US and international film festivals. Most recently, it screened at the Latin Cinema Festival in Minneapolis, and it is a part of the upcoming African Diaspora Film Festivals in Chicago and New York. Harvey Karten, the founder of New York Film Critics Online just reviewed the film, giving it four out of five stars.


Civilizing the Monster: Romantic Longings in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel began as a late-night parlor game with her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, her stepsister Claire Clairmont, the poet Lord Byron, and Byron’s doctor John Polidori, centering on who could write the best horror tale. Since then, Shelley’s novel has been adapted to stage and film and has generated innumerable interpretations. The story of the scientist Victor Frankenstein and his ill-conceived effort to create a human-like monster has been read as a parable of science gone awry, a critique of Romanticism, a contribution to the tradition of “female gothic,” an autobiographical narrative of tormented creation…


New York Andalus Ensemble Winter Concert

The New York Andalus Ensemble, in residence at the Foundation for Iberian Music, will be holding their winter concert with the full ensemble on December 13th. This year’s concert is in the intimate space of La Nacional.


Catalan Independence Roundtable

The Bildner Center will be holding a roundtable discussion on the current Catalan Independence movement, at the Graduate Center on November 16. The panel will discuss the movement’s background and its prospects.

The Foundation for Iberian Music’s director, Antoni Pizà, will be appearing on the discussion panel.


Newly Rediscovered Quintets: A Concert

February 21 in 2018, Fundación Juan March will hold a concert at their Madrid location as a part of this season’s Aula de (Re)estrenos’s series, to re-premiere some recently rediscovered works by Tomás Bretón and Conrado del Campo.