APRIL 06, 2012
PKN Queretaro Vol. 5
Here are a few photos from the recent PechaKucha Night in Queretaro Vol. 5, along with some commentary from team member Lilian Gonzalez.
The 5th Queretaro Pechakucha Night was a unique and memorable event dedicated to music. It was part of the Musical Instrument Makers Congress by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). The event took place at the majestic Queretaro City Museum. The night opened with the music of Guillermo Muñoz, welcoming the audience.
The PKN started with Marvin Salgado, who shared his knowledge about violin construction. Immediately after, the audience was surprised by Andrea Avedaño’s poem, who made a narration about “Les demoiselles d'Avignon” by Pablo Picasso, continuing with Ruy Guerrero who talked about “Cardenche’s music”; this type of music is considered one of the saddest in the world. There are only 4 people left that play this traditional Mexican music.
Miguel Zenker, a recognized Luthier (musical instrument maker - particularly violins) talked about a 1856 William Hall & Son fortepiano restoration. This presentation ended the first part of the PKN. The intermission was enjoyed with red wine and “Jaranas and Zapateado,” traditional Mexican music where ingenious lyrics are improvised on the spot.
The second part of the evening started with La Compañía Banyan de Marionetas, a magic improvisation performance with shadow puppets, Mexican guitar and dance. Afterwards, Lilián González, spoke about interactive art and the control that artists like Marie Sester and rAndom International use. The night finished with the Physics Ph.D Víctor Castaño, who talked about the Golden ratio, or Divine Proportion, a number represented by the Greek letter φ, taking the audience on a tour from the Egyptians to the novel prize.
Since music speaks directly to our souls, this PKN captivated the audience and made it a unique night that will be treasured by those who were lucky to attend.