Dear friends, we at La Donna Musicale and Rumbarroco are both saddened and outraged by the news we see every day. We add our voices to the chorus for positive and tangible change. Even after the news cycle shifts, we must remain committed to social justice. With constant work, we can foster a more equitable society.
For its upcoming season, Rumbarroco is proud to offer a concert that we have been researching for a long time which delves into Africa’s lasting musical legacy. “Black Villancicos and the New World” focuses on this emotionally charged and rhythmically powerful repertoire. We’ll explore the intersection of early European music, with the unspoken African traditions, and current Latin American sounds as well as the fusion of “learned” music with folk and popular forms.
We look forward to sharing details of this event in the future. For now, please enjoy one of our early performances of this overlooked yet delightful music:
We wish you and your loved ones health, safety, and peace. We trust that today’s suffering can translate into tomorrow’s healing and lasting equality. It must.
– RUMBARROCO / LA DONNA MUSICALE
To unite diverse communities by highlighting the fusion and confluence of the cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Americas through musical performances and educational outreach.
RUMBARROCO’s Mission We show the European influence on Afro-American and indigenous music in Latin America, as well as how the fusion of those types of music with European classical music produced new musical genres. We recreate, preserve, and popularize the diverse multicultural aspects of the rhythmic patterns that have been passed down from the Middle Ages to today. And for this purpose we have formed a Latin-Baroque Fusion ensemble of musicians using period, folk, and contemporary popular instruments. Rumbarroco also aims to promote awareness and enjoyment of the musical and cultural similarities and distinctions between Orient and Occident, and among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as experienced through Latin-American music. We seek to unite today’s diverse communities through the powerful transformative passion of the music we play. Finally, we employ music as a tool for cultural integration, especially for the empowerment of youth in their personal growth.