Archive for June, 2010

Aspects of Mexico

June 22, 2010

For those interested in the new “Aspects of Mexico” classes being offered by Warren Hardy Spanish as an ongoing addition to his curriculum beginning summer, 2010.  This is a personal invitation from our class instructor, interdisciplinary artist and educator, Tim Hazell.

I am an artist/educator who will be launching new Mexican culture classes, “Aspects of Mexico,” with an emphasis on many themes students have expressed an interest in at Warren Hardy Spanish.

I’ve worked with Tuli and Warren – giving concerts featuring Instruments of ancient Mexico and lectures on a wide variety of humanities and arts movements in Latin America at their school – for many years.  I hope we can make the new concept a success this year.  I’m slated to give classes one or two days a week with a required minimum of six students to start. 

I hope that these courses will become a success — a way to create a unique experience at Warren’s school.  Let’s create some excitement at the beginning, if we can!

I plan to give the classes in Spanish and English. It’s a good mix for everyone and is the same formula I used for my last BFA classes in comparative aesthetics and anatomy at the Instituto Allende and as Artist in Residence in March, 2010 at Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas, as part of a liberal arts interactive course for faculty and students.

I have a web site at www.tim-hazell.com with many links to areas that might be of interest if you would like a bit of background on my work.

I hope you have time to visit the site and look forward to the upcoming class schedule.  Some of the themes we will be covering are listed below.

Mexico – A Land Apart:– The native traditions of Mexico. Its myths and motifs
– Mexico as an Indian nation, 62 languages, a melting pot of customs and traditions
– Literature of ancient Mexico: Olmec jaguar and creation myths
– Mayan poetry, creation and the sagas of the Popul Vuh
– Nezahualcoyotl: Mexico’s Chichimec poet, architect, warrior and prince
– Popular native and folk tales, elegant verse from the Aztec royal court

I’ve had additional inquiries from advanced students who wish to supplement the above with topics that focus on the arts and humanities in Mexico and Latin America.  If there’s enough of a demand for an advanced class, the following can be added:

Rich Traditions of Mexican Art, Literature and Verse:– Colonial authors in Spanish and Nahuatl
– Writers for Independence and Revolution, Mexican authors in politics
– The Mexican muralists, Orozco, Siguieros and Rivera – their turbulent careers
– Links with revolution and the Mexican Communist movement – great works of artistic genius
– Frida Kahlo, Ruffino Tamayo and Remedios Varo.  Surrealism and magic realism in Mexico
– Cosmopolitan destinations for arts and innovation in Latin America
– The role of Mexico as a traditional haven for artists
– Its contribution to the international arts and cultural scene today

For further information about the tentative fee structure and other details, please contact me directly at hazell(at)cybermatsa(dot)com(dot)mx or Warren and/or Tuli Hardy at info(at)warrenhardy(dot)com or 154-4017 directly at the school after June 22.

Best regards,

Tim Hazell

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A Walk in Wild Herbs

June 22, 2010

Summer Festival Publicity 2010

World Premiere, “A Walk in Wild Herbs”

with Tim Hazell, Turkkan Osman Macias and Collar del Viento

“A Walk in Wild Herbs” will premiere in its entirety August 6, 5:00 p.m. at the Bellas Artes Salon Miguel Malo as part of the exciting San Miguel Chamber Music Festival’s 2010 lineup of special events, workshops and concerts. The original suite provides an eclectic feast for the senses with movements such as “Fresh Cilantro,” “Earthly Pleasures,” “Andalusian Potpourri,” “Black Herbs” and “Gigue,” featuring composers Tim Hazell and Turkkan Osman in collaboration with San Miguel’s well known pre-Hispanic music ensemble Collar del Viento (Necklace of the Wind). Tim Hazell, who is widely acclaimed for his musical compositional works and performing appearances, as well as his artistic achievements in fine arts, theater, education, and creative writing, will perform on the oud, sarod, 12-string guitar, electric guitar, sitar, dulcimer, Mesoamerican flutes, silbatos, ocarinas, effects, and percussion. Turkkan Osman Macias, presently a student at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York, will perform on violin and piano. This World Premiere will feature nine movements which demonstrate the power of theme development on diverse instruments, blending compositional and improvisational skills while reaching back to the “impromptu” and “fantasy” styles of many of our classical, romantic composers. “A Walk in Wild Herbs” integrates traditional elements with modern interpretations and unusual soundscapes. The exotic addition of instruments from Mexico’s diverse ancient civilizations performed by Collar del Viento provides the counterpoint, a revitalizing glimpse of this country’s living archeology. This special concert presentation will include a native dance arrangement.

Collar del Viento has won the hearts of San Miguel’s Mexican and foreign communities alike with their spellbinding and hypnotic music, composed on authentic copies of actual museum pieces of ancient instruments from Mexico. They are the living exponents of an inalienable cultural heritage. The group has enjoyed the support of La Biblioteca Publica, Department of Education and Culture, the San Miguel Community and Golden Rule Foundations, the Casa de Cultura and the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

Native music is meant to inspire religious fervor and is an expression of the native Mexican’s desire to honor and appease his ancestral gods. It is an expression of his faith and hope, his fears of the gods whether pagan or Christian. Collar del Viento performs with consummate skill and professionalism. Their music can only be alluded to in words. It is powerful, rhythmic, mantra-like and uplifting. Audiences are treated to instruments duplicating sounds of rain, crickets and birds. Their concerts are profoundly moving experiences. The ensemble has received international attention, invitations to perform abroad and reviews in U.S.-based publications.

Camie Sands, President of the Festival’s Board of Directors, has noted that this coming August, audiences will enjoy the World Premier performance of the complete instrumental suite in nine movements as part of an ongoing “New Horizons” vision, committed to bringing together the fresh new talents of emerging musicians and composers with those who have achieved acclaim in Mexico and abroad. This concept is new – fundamental to the festival and its acclaimed student program, a dynamic first step in providing a true continuum of innovation and creativity to the musical fabric of San Miguel. The resulting concerts, along with the possibility of music scores and recordings, have the potential to share unique characteristics that emerge only when seasoned experience is combined with the sense of wonder and risk that is the natural province of youth.

Curriculum Vitae

Composer Tim Hazell (www.tim-hazell.com) is an interdisciplinary artist in the areas of painting, music, poetry, theater, education, writing and research with a focus on Latin America and its indigenous roots. He is the former Director of Art of the Instituto Allende, was their academic consultant and professor of fine art in 2008, and has acted as a consultant to the faculty of the University of Juarez for the implementation of creative arts programs. Hazell is a widely published poet, essayist, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Grants and awards include the San Miguel Community Foundation, 2009, Schreiner University Writers Conference stipend, 2007, the San Miguel Educational Foundation, 2006, the John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund, 2005, San Miguel Educational Foundation, 2002, National Endowment for the Arts, 1996 and 1997, PROCAN for best vocal work, 1987 as librettist for “The Stars Would Have Me Weep” (with composer Omar Daniel). As a painter, he has had over fifty exhibitions worldwide, with works in private collections in Canada, The United States, Mexico, South America and Europe. He is co-composer and project director of “A Walk in Wild Herbs,” (with Turkkan Osman), composer of “Recipes for the Senses” (a five-movement suite for solo guitar dedicated to Roberto Limón), co-composer and project director of “Kid’s Incredible Adventure,” (with Ken Bichel) and “A Forest of Americas,” (with Doug Robinson), a member of the Executive Board of San Miguel el Grande Pro Musica, and a founding member of the Bajio Repertory Company.

Turkkan Osman Macías, began playing the violin at the age of 9 in his home town of San Miguel de Allende, where he was born in 1989, the son of the late American artist Ed Osman and Maria Estela Macías de Osman. He started on the violin with the Suzuki String Program here and soon began studying with Professor David Mallory, a former resident of San Miguel. He also studied piano and musical composition with the late Margaret Galloway. Turkkan attended a bi-lingual school in San Miguel and received periodic instruction over several years with the famed violinist Jorge Risi from Italy, Mexico and Uruguay. In 2004 Turkkan joined the student program of the summer Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende where he received master classes with the Ying String Quartet and other world-renowned artists. He attended the Escuela de Mùsica “Vida y Movimiento”, Centro Cultural “Ollin Yoliztli,” in Mexico City, studying with the Russian violinist Serguei Gorbenko, and he finished his 4 year high school studies there in June 2008.

In the summer of 2007 Turkkan studied with the Juilliard violin professor Naoko Tanaka at the nine-week highly competitive Aspen Festival and Music School. Presently he is a full-time student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where his teacher is Ms. Patrinka Kopec, Associate to the famed Pinchas Zukerman at MSM. Turkkan’s strong interests are chamber music and improvisation in the modern classic style on both the violin and piano.