About the Artists

Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez co-founded the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, an ensemble that combines Afro-Asian musical and political affinities with inspiration from the struggles of the Yaqui of northern Mexico. They work to incorporate voices of regional and Indigenous communities in the creation of their boundary-pushing interdisciplinary works.


  • The Division of the Arts has canceled upcoming spring Interdisciplinary Arts Residency events. Read more.

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Barson and Rodriguez will guide and inspire students to participate in the construction of a new performance module of the recent jazz opera, Mirror Butterfly: The Migrant Liberation Movement Suite. Students will experience how dialogic art can be life-altering, in its communal generation and re-creation.

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Upcoming Events

Fri 10

CANCELED: Behind the Beat Jazz Series

April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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