Arquetopia, Foundation for Development

Arquetopia is a non-profit foundation promoting Development and social transformation through educational, artistic and cultural youth programs. Students participating in the program are immersed in a process of broadening their options as future adults, getting access to high-quality instruction, developing professionalism and social awareness through artistic and cultural development in an international community.
Mar 17, 2014

Arquetopia's Music Programs: Working Hard!

Traditional Mexican Wind Ensemble
Traditional Mexican Wind Ensemble

This year has started off with a loud bang at Arquetopia (in the music room)! In February, an intimate recital was staged in Puebla in which students performed a wide variety of orchestral miniatures specially arranged for the group to feature students of various levels and their director/instructor, Christopher Davis.

The students in our programs have been working hard on various concepts of music including theory, history, solfege, and, of course, performance. Each student was assigned an in-depth research project that involved analysis of several cornerstone works in the repertoire prior to choosing the pieces that student would be practicing and performing this year in concert. For some of the students, the emphasis is on performing solos with orchestra, while for others, it is on learning how to perform in small chamber ensembles. An integral part of this curriculum is the study of opera and the human voice, and how singing concepts dramatically affect a wind-instrument musician’s abilities and instincts regarding sound production.

Another facet of the students’ spring studies was a series of museum trips to learn about the invention and development of historic musical instruments in pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico.

Arquetopia continues its additional focus on the sponsorship of one particular young student, Ángel Montellano of Oaxaca, Mexico, who made his public debut as a soloist last year as part of Ensemble Arquetopia’s summer concert series. This year, Ángel is working on an especially challenging curriculum of varied repertoire from which he will be choosing in order to expand his presence as an up-and-coming artist in different regions of the country.

From generous donations from our Global Giving project supporters, Arquetopia was able to obtain more critically needed equipment for students such as mouthpieces, reeds, instrument repair and maintenance kits, and orchestral music stands. Numerous educational resources were also recently purchased for the program including method books, sheet music and scores for the music library, music notation books, and music learning software for the students’ use. Currently we are having several instruments professionally refurbished and are always accepting donations of additional instruments (new and used) to build our programs. As well as the permanent building we are hoping to obtain this year, we hope to eventually purchase a digital piano for the classroom, to be used both for teaching complicated theory and harmony concepts and for performances.

As we push through the windy spring and head into southern Mexico’s seven-month monsoon season, we thank all of you for your generosity and continued support. Arquetopia’s music programs will continue to provide quality music education –and valuable life lessons– to marginalized but talented youth in the vibrant kaleidoscope that is this developing nation.

Angel Montellano in Clarinet Lesson
Angel Montellano in Clarinet Lesson
Historic Flute Carved from Human Bone (Mexico)
Historic Flute Carved from Human Bone (Mexico)
Master Flautist Andrik Arias in Rehearsal
Master Flautist Andrik Arias in Rehearsal
Director Christopher Davis in Recital
Director Christopher Davis in Recital
Our Neighborhood: Oaxaca, Mexico Historic District
Our Neighborhood: Oaxaca, Mexico Historic District

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Dec 5, 2013

The Possibility for Action

Kirsten Buick discussing Gloria Hernandez
Kirsten Buick discussing Gloria Hernandez's work

Creating social awareness to reduce violence is one of Arquetopia's dearest principles and greatest challenges.  Not only does it mean to persist in developing artistic projects that promote ideas of social change but to examine our own behavior and face it with a greater sense of responsibility.  The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas summarizes it in simple words: "Real violence doesn't consist so much in injuring and annihilating persons as in interrupting their continuity, making them betray not only commitments but their own substance, making them carry out actions that will destroy every possibility for action."

Throughout the summer and fall, Arquetopia launched an extensive program incorporating young students, local artists, and curators as well as our staff and board members in the discussion and understanding of violence through social issues, discrimination, and injustice.  We all pitched in and developed an ambitious program starting from Arquetopia's core and extending to museums, artists studios, and open spaces.  The results were a series of workshops, lectures, studio visits, exhibitions, and public art projects. 

We had the privilege to work with brilliantly talented people including Kirsten Pai Buick, Gustavo Larach, Emmanuel Ortega, Martí Peran, and Jakub Szczesny who generously participated sharing their knowledge and establishing one-on-one dialogues with local artists. We presented the results of outstanding Art Educators Residencies such as Yveline Etienne’s pinhole photography project at Fototeca Juan C. Méndez, Lindsay Sparagana’s digital photo project at the children museum Imagina, and Bronwyn Treacy’s printmaking installation in collaboration with students from Bachillerato 5 de Mayo BUAP at Museo de la Memoria Histórica Universitaria BUAP.  All projects engaged young students in the critical discussion of social issues and extending the dialogue to broader audiences.

This is only the beginning, and with your help we will continue to raise questions, reeducate, and engage artists in projects that actively contribute to social justice.  You are welcome to join us in the dialogue. 

Thank you again for your generous support!

Emmanuel Ortega leading a workshop at MUTEC
Emmanuel Ortega leading a workshop at MUTEC
Round table with Jakup, Gustavo, and Ernesto
Round table with Jakup, Gustavo, and Ernesto
Yveline Etienne with the young photographers
Yveline Etienne with the young photographers
Lindsay the group of young student artists
Lindsay the group of young student artists
Bronwyn Treacy working her students
Bronwyn Treacy working her students
Students from 5 de Mayo h.s. installing their work
Students from 5 de Mayo h.s. installing their work
Students enjoying the installation process
Students enjoying the installation process
Detail of the installation at Museo de la Memoria
Detail of the installation at Museo de la Memoria

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Nov 5, 2013

ARQUETOPIA'S MUSIC PROGRAMS: SUCCESS!

Concert Teaser Poster (Oaxaca)
Concert Teaser Poster (Oaxaca)

Arquetopia’s music programs have made solid strides in progress since our last report, intertwining growing educational programs for young musicians with important professional opportunities.  This past summer, Arquetopia sponsored two very successful chamber music concerts in two of the most prominent venues in Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

The first of the two summer chamber music concerts, held July 28, was performed to a full house at the Capilla del Arte, a beautiful art museum and concert space of the Universidad de las Americas (University of the Americas) in Puebla’s downtown Historic District.  The concert showcased the new Ensamble Arquetopia, a new “collective” of international professional musicians dedicated to performing chamber music from the Renaissance to the present.  The musicians featured on this concert were American clarinetist and Artistic Director Christopher Davis; Mexican clarinetist Citlalli Rosas, principal clarinetist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Puebla (State Symphony Orchestra of Puebla); and special guest artist Lisa Maresch, Japanese-American concert pianist and prominent music educator now based in San Francisco California, who was Artist-in-Residence at Arquetopia for four weeks of collaboration during July and August.  The ensemble performed memorable works by Mendelssohn and Baermann, followed by Maresch who took the stage with a valiant solo program of piano works consisting of Liszt, Baley, and Scriabin.

 

The second summer chamber music concert of Ensamble Arquetopia, held August 11, was performed to a full audience in the spectacular cloister of the Exconvento de Santo Domingo, a magnificent former monastery in Oaxaca’s Historic District.  This longer concert featured Davis and Maresch; Mexican flautist Andrik Arias; and thirteen-year-old clarinet prodigy Ángel Montellano, also from Mexico.  Maresch performed a demanding solo recital of piano music consisting of Liszt, Baley, and Scriabin, and the ensemble performed difficult works by Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Mendelssohn, and Baermann, receiving a standing ovation from the large audience and several offers for future concert engagements.  Highlighting the concert was young clarinetist Montellano’s formal public debut as soloist; he was particularly well-received by the emotionally charged audience.  The concert received much coverage by the local press.

 

Currently, classes are back in session and Arquetopia's educational music programs are back in full swing with regular intensive lessons and rehearsals.  The rapidly growing Ensamble Arquetopia is now planning for future workshops and concerts to be performed in Puebla, Mexico City, and the United States (exact locations to be determined).  These concerts will again feature Davis and Montellano on clarinet as well as several international musicians, students and professionals alike, on various instruments.  Arquetopia will also soon unveil a new scholarship opportunity for a deserving young musician.  This scholarship will provide the opportunity to participate in a three-week educational music residency at both locations of Arquetopia in southern Mexico.  More information to come!

 

From deep within our hearts, all of us at Arquetopia thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to keeping you informed about our upcoming activities and progress.  We wish you a happy autumn and a memorable holiday season.

Maresch Rehearsal (Puebla)
Maresch Rehearsal (Puebla)
Maresch, Rosas, Davis Post-Concert Bows (Puebla)
Maresch, Rosas, Davis Post-Concert Bows (Puebla)
Arias, Maresch Rehearsal (Oaxaca)
Arias, Maresch Rehearsal (Oaxaca)
Montellano, Davis, and Maresch in Concert (Oaxaca)
Montellano, Davis, and Maresch in Concert (Oaxaca)
Ensamble Arquetopia Post-Concert Bows (Oaxaca)
Ensamble Arquetopia Post-Concert Bows (Oaxaca)
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