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.
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.
- Ben Barson, Gizelxanath Rodriguez, and Mario Luna Romero appeared again on the 8 O’Clock Buzz on WORT FM Thursday, March 5. Tune in around the 52 minute mark.
- Ben Barson and Nejma Nefertiti appeared on the 8 O’Clock Buzz on WORT FM Thursday, February 27. Tune in around the 47 minute mark.
- “Barson, Rodriguez welcomed as spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Artists-in-Residence,” courtesy of UW–Madison School of Education News