Shot on location throughout Latin America and Spain, this documentary film, which I co-wrote and narrated, takes a revisionist look at the first century after contact — not “conquest” — between Spain and indigenous America. A national PBS production.
VARIEDADES is an interdisciplinary performance series that brings together music, spoken word, theater, comedy and the visual arts, loosely based on the Mexican vaudeville shows (“variedades”) of early 20th century Los Angeles that my Mexican grandparents performed in as a musical duo. Each show is focused by a particular theme.
I’ve always worked across genres, and music runs deep in my family (my Mexican grandparents performed both opera and popular music). During a writing project I often compose songs that mirror the themes and narratives, kind of a literary soundtrack. Here are a batch of songs from the time that I was writing Crossing Over. I plan to record the songs that I wrote during the time I was working on Desert America soon.