Event | Discussion

Ispilu: Mirrors of Identity in Music

Venue: KJCC Auditorium • 53 Washington Square South

Join Galician musician, writer and educator Cristina Pato (NYU KJCC Chair 2019-2020) and Basque musician Lore Amenabar Larrañaga in a conversation about cultural identity and its relationship with musical languages.

In this dialogue with Steinhardt Department of Music's SPAIN arts & culture visiting artist, we will explore Lore’s commissioning project Ispilu, while learning about the quarter-tone accordion and its possibilities in contemporary music.

This event is a co-production of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the KJCC, and the Spanish Embassy.

Lore Amenabar Larrañaga

Lore Amenabar Larrañaga completed both her Bachelor and Master’s studies at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, with Prof Matti Rantanen, Dr Mika Väyrynen and Dr Veli Kujala, having graduated with first-class honours. At present, she is pursuing a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is generously supported by ‘La Caixa Foundation’. An accomplished performer across styles – from folk music to the classical canon – Lore is especially passionate about artistic collaboration and performing new music. This has led to the release of her debut album Ispilu (Divine Art Recordings, Métier), a CD that comprises eight pieces written collaboratively for her self-designed Quarter-Tone Accordion.

Cristina Pato

Musician, writer, educator and producer, Cristina Pato has been hailed as “a virtuosic burst of energy” by The New York Times. Her professional career is focused on exploring the role of the arts in society through teaching and producing. Cristina has served as artist-in-residence at New York University (NYU), Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition, she collaborated for over fifteen years with The Silkroad Project, the non-profit organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Since 2017, Cristina writes a weekly column titled “The Art of Restlessness” for Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia for which she was awarded the XVII Afundación Journalism Prize: Fernández del Riego. Cristina divides her time between New York City and Galicia and shares her life with photographer Xan Padrón.


Wednesday, October 18, 2023 6:30pm

KJCC 53 Washington Square South
Free and open to the public


Saturday, October 21, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Paulson Center, Recital Room 570 181 Mercer Street

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