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 spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency starts on January 22, 2020! Visit the events page to learn how to participate.

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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

Feb 27
Feb 28

Tandem Press Friday Jazz Series

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm