Recently returned from the Kennedy Center, The Afro Yaqui Music Collective (AYMC) is a multicultural big band which descends from the ensembles of Guggenheim award recipient Fred Ho, whose work was influenced by West African, global Indigenous, and East Asian musics. The Afro Yaqui Music Collective has been acknowledged by the New York Times as “furthering [Ho’s] musical legacy,” and the band has been presented at an eclectic set of venues over the country including through Lincoln Center and Red Rooster in Harlem, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and universities around the Americas from Pittsburgh to Vermont, to Mexico and Cuba.
The AYMC is co-led by Gizelxanath Rodriguez, a Mexican operatic vocalist and cellist of Yaqui indigenous descent who is an internationally performing soprano and activist, and the recipient of a 2014 ACE Award. Gizelxanath co-leads the band with her partner, Ben Barson, the 2018 Johnny Mandel Prize Winner in composition from ASCAP. Barson met Fred Ho and Magdalena Gómez during his undergraduate studies at Hampshire College, and has worked with them ever since. Barson was Ho’s Baritone saxophone protégé who “Ho felt has the heft and sound to represent [Ho’s] assertive approach.” (The New York Times). Barson is also a recent recipient of several compositional awards from ASCAP.
In this spirit of building revolutionary bridges, the Afro Yaqui Music Collective has invited the great Cuban drummer Hugo Cruz, from Havana to collaborate with the collective. Cruz's work crosses boldly between contemporary jazz and the Afro-Cuban percussion traditions embedded in son and tumba francesa.
Also joining the collective is Alberto Villalobos, of the popular New York superground the Villalobos Brothers, a trio of high-octane Mexican violinists, whose music is inspired by the musical styles from Veracruz, Mexico. In addition, Villalobos is an accomplished sculptor and artist whose work documents state violence and cultural memory in Mexico.
The band will also feature the lyrical stylings of Nejma Nefertiti-- a multi~media hip hop artist, producer, sound designer, audio engineer, songwriter, and natural perfumer. Nejma Nefertiti utilizes hip hop and technology as tools to empower black, brown, and first nation youth for generations to come.
BarnArts Music on the Farm Music Series is an eclectic music series held at Feast and Field Market. Music is free, however donations to the programming are encouraged.
Feast and Field is a unique farmers market hosted on the working farm where 4 family farms share a lease.
Fable Farm's culinary team serves up hot food featuring ingredients from all participating farms (Heartwood, Kiss the Cow, and Eastman) and raw ingredients are available for purchase.
Market doors open at 4:30. Music begins at 5:30