Exposición : "INSIDE THE ARCHIVE OF OSWALDO LARES - Music Across Venezuela 1969-1989"

Music Across Venezuela 1969-1989 

Presented by Guillermo Lares and Laura Jordan
Scenography by Kinderhook & Caracas 

Opening reception Friday, July 3. 16-21h
Exhibition runs from July 3 - September 20, 2015

In the late 1960s Oswaldo Lares (b. 1932, Maracaibo, Venezuela) began making weekly excursions from Caracas along rural roads spanning from Caribbean villages to Los Llanos (the plains) to the Amazon rainforest, intent on meeting those people who continued to embody Venezuela's musical heritage. Inspired by the diverse indigenous, African and European influences he found in each town, Lares began to document the musicians, dances and festivals in order to introduce them to a wider audience. In 1971 he acquired a portable Nagra reel-to-reel recorder with which he built an expansive audio archive over the next two decades.

While documenting and archiving the sounds of Venezuela was integral to his goal, its static nature left a disconnect between the listener and the true essence and profundity of the social experience. To remedy this, Lares started a music group called Convenezuela in 1974 which learned traditional songs from all over the country and performed them in Caracas and internationally. This live element was also supplemented by a regular radio show in which Lares told stories and played the music he had recorded, meticulous is his descriptions of the locations, dates, and players.

With the aim of keeping the archive active, Guillermo Lares and Laura Jordan (Oswaldo's son and daughter-in-law) have initiated a project designed to generate new dialogs around it, introducing its wealth of content and knowledge to new communities and generations through meaningful and creative engagement.

The first phase of this project is the opening of the archive at the Berlin project space Kinderhook & Caracas, inviting the public to enter 'inside' the archive to explore the rich, and often overlooked rural musical traditions of Venezuela within a setting designed to welcome congregation and interaction. 

Accompanying the extended exhibition is a program of on- and off-site events including discussions, concerts, listening sessions, and visits with Oswaldo Lares himself.

Special Events:

15. Juli.  Doors 19h Start 20h
Noche de Música Venezolana with special guests: 
Oswaldo Lares, Ricardo Sandoval, Leonidas Rondón, Katherine Lasso, Carolina Riaño, Lionza
at Acud Macht Neu, Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin

18. Juli.  17-20h
On Music Archives: Between Preservation and Appropriation
Listening Session and Panel Discussion with Oswaldo Lares, Gilles Aubry and Peter Cusack.
at Errant Bodies, Kollwitzstrasse 97, 10435 Berlin

25. Juli.  14-18h
Visit with Oswaldo Lares
at Kinderhook & Caracas, Kreuzbergstraße 42e, 10965 Berlin

[Image and attached audio: Tocadores del Tambor Mina en Juan Diaz, Barlovento, Venezuela, 1976. Photo by Oswaldo Lares]
Kreuzbergstraße 42e
10965 Berlin
map: http://g.co/maps/sf72a



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