Bajo Sexto: Max Baca
Accordion: Josh Baca
Bass Guitar: Noel Hernandez
Drums: Cougar Estrada
" Energizing the allure of South Texas conjunto music…infectious enough to get even the most sedentary crowd moving "
– The Washington Post
Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album
Get ready to rock with the scintillating Tex-Mex groove
The Grammy-winning, genre-busting tejano band Los Texmaniacs was founded in 1997 by Max Baca, a veteran member of the legendary Texas Tornados. Baca, a singer and prominent performer of the bajo sexto (a 12-string guitar-like instrument), took the authentic musical traditions near the Mexican border and infused them with heavy doses of contemporary rock, blues, country and R&B.
The Texmaniacs’ style of conjunto (meaning “ensemble” in Spanish) has both delighted young audiences and garnered recognition by Smithsonian Folkways, a record label dedicated to documenting and preserving American roots music. The group has recorded three critically acclaimed albums for the label, including Borders y Bailes, which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album. Their live performances, as well as frequent radio and television appearances, have served a huge helping of genuine Tex-Mex culture to audiences around the world.
Ana mía (My Ana) - canción-polca
Los barandales del puente (The Railings of the Bridge) - canción mexicana
Artist and director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) refused to be guided by texts, placing the emphasis on the visual elements of theatre.
Kantor combined radical props and stage design with happenings (different art forms brought together in a live performance) to manifest the absurdity and emptiness of reality. In 1975,Kantor created Dead Class,
a controversial play from
which he developed the Theatre of Death concept, probing such motifs as death, memory, spiritual transcendence, and the most basic human desires.
This form of theatre is derived from the ideas and work of director Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999). Poor Theatre seeks to distil the essence of the dramatic art form.
Grotowski argued that interaction between actors and spectators is the only necessary element in theatre, with lighting, sound effects and set design minimised in his productions.
In his view, even the stage could be abandoned. Grotowski also developed training methods that demanded his actors constantly engage in self-exploration,
fusing their inner beings into performances.
The unique conjunto sound was born a century ago as the music of different migrant groups merged in South Texas. In this session, members of Los Texmaniacs demonstrate how to arrange and perform conjunto. Bring an instrument to jam with the quartet and create a whole new vibe!
Speakers: Los Texmaniacs
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Backstage Level 8 GR3