On Sunday, November 15, 2015, Sol y Canto celebrates their 20th anniversary with a rare performance of musical director Brian Amador's SABOR Y MEMORIA (Flavor and Memory): a Musical Feast in Seven Courses. Sponsored by Celebrity Series, the performance is free, but tickets are required. Click here to reserve. In this suite for Latin ensemble and string quartet, Sol y Canto will be joined by Boston Public Quartet in a suite dedicated to food!
With music, poetry, and stunning projected photomontages by renowned photographer Jon Chomitz and others, Sabor y Memoria explores the connections between music, food and identity. The music features a wide variety of rhythms from across Latin America, combining Latin American musical genres in much the same way that flavors are blended in the cuisine of a new land, each movement representing a dish in an imaginary meal.
The audience is welcomed to the feast with a joyous manifesto: “Don’t talk to me about fast food….I want food made with love, pride, and tradition.” Subsequent movements sing the praises of vegetables, address the immigrant experience and nostalgia for one’s homeland, celebrate the joy of cooking and how it connects us to our ancestors, explore the issue of hunger, and follow the extensive trajectory of tamales from their origin in Mexico to all corners of the Spanish Empire. Like any good meal, this one ends with chocolate: “elixir of the Aztecs...delicious medicine, full of antioxidants, good for heartache.”
The November 15 performance of Sabor y Memoria will be recorded for a DVD package featuring the music, poetry and photography. After production expenses are met, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of SABOR Y MEMORIA DVDs will go to Haley House, a nonprofit organization based in Boston's South End and Roxbury neighborhoods that helps thousands of people and provides a wide range of services. They operate a soup kitchen, food pantry, elder meal, and clothing room, provide permanent, affordable housing, and create garden partnerships that aim to encourage healthy lifestyles, build community, and contribute to healthy and local food access. In addition, they operate the Haley House Bakery Café, which offers healthful, organic, affordable fare as well as an after-school program teaching health, nutrition, and culinary arts to over 300 youth each year, while also providing employment, individualized job-training and job-placement assistance for ex-offenders. We've launched an Indiegogo campaign to cover recording and production expenses. To contribute and to order your copy of the DVD, click here.
Straight from the Amador household kitchen, featuring a Cooking Class, Performance Videoclips and an Intimate Chat with Rosi & Brian Amador about "Sabor".
Brian at MacDowell Artist Colony
MacDowell Artist Colony Selects Fellow Brian Amador to Compose SABOR Y MEMORIA: A Musical Feast in Seven Courses! Click here for more information.
How to Involve Your Community at the Venue:
- Latin Chefs offer Delicious Food Tastings
- Local Agricultural Sustainability Organizations
- Local Hunger Organizations
- Propose an accomplished local String Quartet
WBUR - Radio Boston: "You might call Rosi and Brian Amador pioneers on Boston's Latin music scene. They founded their current ensemble, Sol y Canto, in the mid-1990s and have made their mark by inviting audiences, Spanish-speaking or not, into their world of Latin music and culture.
"Last year, Amador won a coveted MacDowell Fellowship to create a new project for the group, a multi-media performance about music and food. He calls that project "Sabor y Memoria." Sol y Canto will perform its new suite this weekend and we speak to Brian and Rosi Amador about food, music and the Latin scene in Boston."
Voice-Over and On-Camera work
Rosi Amador for voice-over and on-camera work
Rosi and Brian amador featured in People en Español magazine.