performance

Each night Monkey Town Mexico City includes weekly live performance residencies by Mexican and international artists. They perform for 18 minutes in the center of the cube, halfway through the video program, accompanied by video.


Performers

January 30 – Feb 2
Indra Swara, Arte Indonesio

Indra Swara is a group founded in 2003 with the objective of studying and practicing traditional Indonesian music, especially the traditional ensemble known as the gamelan. Asep Mangsah, meaning venerable smoke of time, is the unique name given to the instruments that make up the gamelan, which are baptized at the moment of construction.

With a clear inclination towards traditional music, Indra Swara spent their first years of work focusing only on studying. It wasn’t until 2014 that the group submerged themselves in the interpretation of contemporary music for gamelan, at the hand of composer Jerónimo Rajchenberg (CalArts) and his piece “Equilibrium.” Since then, Indra Swara has maintained a duality between the study and interpretation of contemporary music and traditional music, specifically from the Central Java region.

In this series of concerts the gamelan has perpared an intervention focused on generating an atmosphere based on the oldest pieces composed for gamelan: Corobalem and Kodok Ngorek, as well as playing with contemporary resources such as the mix of modes and scales.


Feb 4 – 9
Paz Lenchantin (of the Pixies)

Paz Lenchantin is the bassist of the Pixies and The Entrance Band. She’s played and arranged strings for Silver Jews, Jenny Lewis, Queens of the Stone Age, Josephine Foster, to name a few. Her previous bands were A Perfect Circle and Zwan.

Her solo performances amplify her multiple talents. Trading off violin, bass, and tambourine, while processing through an array of pedals, Lenchantin creates walls of sound and melody that escalate and layer between haunted vocals. A solo ensemble both primal and mesmerizing.


Feb 11 – 16
Mabe Fratti

Born in Guatemala City, Mabe Fratti is an artist who focuses her practice on sound. Composer and improviser, she has worked with different artists and musicians worldwide through a wide range of approaches and styles. She is driven by a curiosity to discover ways to apply the artistic power of sound, and to tell stories, from the intelligible to the confusing. Though she started her academic education in Guatemala, she has consistently searched for new means to craft sonic experiences, both independently and with different artists.

She has participated in events and exhibitions held by NRMAL, Umbral, Aural, Week of Advanced Music (GT), Volta, Riña Gallery, VERNACULAR Gallery, Jumex Museum, Festival Anxrmal, Derrepente Enderredor, Feminasty, the Digital Culture Center, Present Perfect, Oral.pub, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and others. She has collaborated with artists such as Gudrun Gut, Joachim Irmler, Julian Bonequi, Camille Mandoki, Denise Gutierrez, Angélica Castelló, Antoine Lang, Concepcion Huerta, Gibran Andrade, Alina Hernandez, Fernando Vigueras, Brad Weber (Pick a Piper, Caribou), Alex Hentze, Pamela Flores, ERREOPEO, Dinelka Liyanage, Andy & Hannes Teichmann, Betty Apple, EvilTapes, and CNDSD, among others.

Mabe Fratti has a broadcast program on the community radio station Radio Nopal, in which she focuses her research on the creative processes of risky / “experimental” music in Latin America. Occasionally, she organizes events of music, actions, and poetry under the name of Manada.



Feb 18 – 23

Arantxa Araujo

Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican multidisciplinary artist with a background in neuroscience based in NYC. Araujo is interested in how art changes the brain by allowing curated sensorimotor stimuli to create awareness using video, multimedia installations, LEDs and movement-based performances. Her work explores biobehavioral research, social and gender constructions and politics of migration; its affects and consequences in the construction of identity and performativity. She uses her body in movement and stillness, in endurance and in rituals, to understand physically, energetically and mentally what reality entails. Creating opportunities to contemplate, to become aware, to notice. It is only through awareness, that individuals are able to make informed choices as the first step in personal and social change.

Her work has been shown in the Brooklyn Museum, University Settlement, Glasshouse Gallery, Queens Museum, Panoply Lab, Art in Odd Places in NYC; El Monumento a la Revolución, and El Vicio, in Mexico; RAW during Miami Art Week; The Semel and Huret & Spector Gallery in Boston; and SPACE Gallery and Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh; Nuit Blanche Festival in Saskatoon, Canada. She holds an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College/Columbia University and a BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College. CONACYT scholarship holder, 2012.

Vritti is a multimedia installation and live performance exploring our realities: actuality, virtual, idealistic, imaginary and ultimate. Entering a journey of vortices through consciousness to find stillness and moving towards self-realization.


 

Feb 25 – March 2
Two Sopranos: Vanessa Elena Jara RoblesErika Rosalía López López

Opera singer Vanessa Elena Jara Robles was born in 1990 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her accomplishments within recent years have included her work with the company Opera de Bellas Artes in 2017. This was a multi-state tour of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”, under the musical direction of Allen Vladimir Gomez and the Chamber Orchestra of Zapopan.

She also enacted the role of Orlofsky in the opera “Die Fledermaus” in the San Luis Potosí Opera Festival, with the South Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

One of the most important moments of her career was her debut in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in 2017 as Wowkle in Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West”. That same year she also sang as Filomena in Mexican composer Víctor Rasgado’s contemporary opera in the International Cervantine Festival, as well as debuting as Marcellina in Bodas de Fígaro in Coahuila.


Born in Mexico City in 1986, Erika Rosalía López López started her musical studies at the age of 8 years old. In addition to having participated in festivals in Oaxaca and Zacatecas, she has performed opera in galas around Mexico interpreting repertoire such as: Gilda in “Rigoletto”, Adina in “Elixir de Amor”, Julieta in “Romeo et Juliette”, “I Capuletti i Montecchi”, The Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute”, Lucia in “ Lucia de Lamermoor”, and Cunegonde in “Candide”. She has also performed solos in “Misa de Santa Cecilia” – G. Rossini, “Misa de difuntos”- Amelia Guizar,” Mass No. 2 in G major”- Franz Schubert, D.167 and “Carmina Burana”.

Erika has recently participated as a soloist in Oratory of the Gloria Mass by A. Vivaldi with the Orquesta de Cámara de Mineria 2017. She has also interpreted roles as: Barbarina “The Marriage of Figaro”, Lieschen “Bach’s Cantata Café” 2016 and the Queen of the Night with the opera of Guanajuato 2017. She was part of the 2017 generation of the Bel Canto Institute in the city of San Miguel de Allende, and she has also performed at concerts: V, VII, IX and X of the Vocal Arts Center (2018) where she continues her preparation with the internationally recognized Coach Ángel Rodríguez. She has also colaborated with Gil Gutiérrez (guitarist) in several presentations in August 2018, including one performance that took place in the renowned Angela Peralta theater in the city of San Miguel de Allende.



March 4 – 9
Sampo

Sampo Kurppa’s artistic roots are based in the circus arts. He graduated in Circus Arts from the Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences in 2005, and since then he has worked internationally as a professional juggler, clown, actor, director and teacher of circus arts. In 2007-2008 he studied physical theatre at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France.

Kurppa has acted in plays in Finnish, English, Swedish and French although lines in the two latter languages mentioned were mainly learned phonetically. In general his work is non-verbal and speaks through the universal language of movement. Sampo has performed in 15 countries at Festivals and Social Circus projects for audiences ranging from 10 to 30.000 spectators.



March 11 – 16
Jerónimo García Naranjo


Jerónimo García Naranjo
studied composition at the National School of Music of the UNAM under the tutelage of Julio Estrada. Jerónimo’s repertoire consists of chamber music, electroacustics, and music for movies and theatre. Some of his important works includes the invention of the Huey Mecatl, a giant instrument built on 10 ship containers, performed his composition in Denmark (2013), Chile (2008) and Mexico (2010). In 2013 he also constructed a Giant Music Box” for the company Scribe. In 2014 he opened an Arthouse in Mexico City called Bucareli 69, a place for research and artistic creations where more than 200 artists have presented their concerts and expositions. Jeronimo currently maintains his research around long strings in works such as the Koto Oki exhibiting now in ExTeresa Arte Actual and the Suspended Piano, recently presented in The RedCat Theatre in LA.



March 18 – 23
Anna Azizzy y Jacob Rosati

Anna Azizzy and Jacob Rosati are siblings who make noise together. Anna is a performance artist, video artist, and experimental musician based in Pittsburgh. They strive to tell stories through experimentation, humor, and queerness.

Jacob is a composer and sound artist based in Mexico City. He composes music for films and spaces, focusing on using organic tones in inorganic ways.

Together they are working on a new performance for Monkey Town to keep things fresh.



March 25 – 30
Õbívîå

Õbívîå is the mystic noise diva narrating the fall of mankind in a pitch-shifting keys. Through this persona project Lucia Honey uses vocal modification, noise, and dissonant pop sounds paired with visions of both queer familial relationships and solitude to invoke sonic womanhood. She reverses feminine sound as a weapon, a cathartic battlecry: like hard femme heaven. She engages with feminine energy in attempt to subdue the wounds of patriarchy.

Her work pursues a feeling of tender dysphoria. It lies on the precipice between fact and fiction, reality and magic, male and female. She muddles family history, trauma, violence, romance, and ritual into abstract narratives that weave a certain vulnerable truth.

She has created two albums and is currently finishing her third, titled “Suburban Legend.” She recently completed a 22 min video noise opera “The Bottom”, which will be reconstructed as a live 4 channel piece for Monkey Town. She has performed music and presented video installation work internationally at the Museo de Arte in Santo Domingo, DR, Slut Island Music Festival in Montréal, in Berlin, Germany, in Mexico City, and nationally at Art Center of South Florida & Satellite Art Fair in Miami, as well as MIX NYC. She attended residencies ACRE in Steuben, WI in 2014 and Mexico City’s SOMA Summer in 2012. In 2015 she had her first solo show “Their Their” in Chicago and co-curated “Millennial Tragedy” in New Orleans, where she resides.



April 1 – 6
Jerónimo Zoe Serna Romero

Jerónimo Zoe Serna Romero began his training as a pianist at Escuela Libre de Música and at the Birmingham School, as well as acting seminars with the Bongalow-Williams duo of Argentina

At the same time he has studied music from India, under the instruction of masters such as Francisco Bringas, Akram Khan, Heiko Djker, Abijhit Banerjee, Shashankar Bakshi, Uday Karpoor, Arup Chattopadyhay deep in the Gharana (style) of loknow as dicioulo of Ilyas Hussein Khan

He has also been an Indonesian music performer (gamelan) with the Indra Swara group.

He is the founder of the collective Moots, a project made up of visual artists, dancers, musicians and poets; focused on fusing electronic music, technological media and contemporary artistic expressions with folklore from different parts of the world.

He has composed music for various companies and dance productions from India, Indonesia, regional Mexican, contemporary, theater and puppets. He has recorded different discographies of fusion music and traditional music for Global E. Rack S.A. of C.V, as Temperamentos and El Sabor del Dorado.



April 8 – 13
Mimi Pepini

Mimi Pepini is your host through the future, co-predicting an absurd evolution for the species animalus hominum (human-animal) through performance and play. Her guided fantasies often take form as myth-making playgrounds, survival construction fiestas or immersive fantasy feasts. Civility is shaken out and oiled with intimacy, emphatics on our animality and comedic displays of enjoyment.

The spectacle enters ‘backwards’ into daily situations, making possible the de-/re-construction of social architectures. Mimi Pepini is a geographer, dancer, film-maker, and acrobat born in the U.S. and currently creating work in Mexico City quinceanera halls and parking garages. Her name is derived from her alter ego of nina, and the Portuguese word for cucumber.



April 15 – 20
Indra Swara, Arte Indonesio

Indra Swara is a group founded in 2003 with the objective of studying and practicing traditional Indonesian music, especially the traditional ensemble known as the gamelan. Asep Mangsah, meaning venerable smoke of time, is the unique name given to the instruments that make up the gamelan, which are baptized at the moment of construction.

With a clear inclination towards traditional music, Indra Swara spent their first years of work focusing only on studying. It wasn’t until 2014 that the group submerged themselves in the interpretation of contemporary music for gamelan, at the hand of composer Jerónimo Rajchenberg (CalArts) and his piece “Equilibrium.” Since then, Indra Swara has maintained a duality between the study and interpretation of contemporary music and traditional music, specifically from the Central Java region.

In this series of concerts the gamelan has perpared an intervention focused on generating an atmosphere based on the oldest pieces composed for gamelan: Corobalem and Kodok Ngorek, as well as playing with contemporary resources such as the mix of modes and scales.