So many feelings, so little time/emotional bandwidth. In our first episode of “El Living Room,” Angélica Negrón and friends explore los feelings and their sonic manifestations. Percussion duo NOMON (sisters Shayna and Nava Dunkelman) stop by to take emotional expression to new levels of physicality, while stand-up comedian, musician & writer Marcia Belsky bares her soul through her witty, feminist songs. Plus: a special video call via El Wassap with the queer piñata rey himself, mixed-media artist & podcast host Justin Favela (“Latinos Who Lunch” & “Art People Podcast”) as well as a candid, no bullsh*t, guided meditation by “one of Latinternet’s most beloved Instagram astrologers,” Mela Pabón (@checkinmela).
Leadership support for The Greene Space’s Artist-in-Residence program is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation and the MetLife Foundation. Additional support for this project is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys, and electronics as well as for chamber ensembles, orchestras, choir, and film. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) while the New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise.” Negrón has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, loadbang, MATA Festival, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sō Percussion, the American Composers Orchestra, and the New York Botanical Garden, among others. She has composed numerous film scores, including Landfall (2020) and Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016), in collaboration with filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo. Upcoming premieres include works for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, LA Philharmonic and NY Philharmonic Project 19 initiative.
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Marcia Belsky is a New York City based stand-up comedian and musician. She co-wrote Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical which played through 2019. Recently her comedy was featured on Comedy Central digital, including her hit song “100 Tampons”.
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Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by museums including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and El Museo del Barrio in New York. He is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, “Latinos Who Lunch” and “The Art People Podcast.” He holds a BFA in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Shayna and Nava Dunkelman (NOMON) are both musicians and percussionists, born and raised in Tokyo, Japan to an Indonesian mother and an American father. NOMON’s music is as visual as it is aural. The physicality of the performance has a choreographic quality as it is when immersed in playing percussion. The music lives in the intersection of electronic soundscapes and intricately composed percussion parts.
In addition to solo performances, Shayna toured with Pulitzer Award-Winning composer Du Yun, Balún, Emily Wells, Grammy Award-Winning Attacca Quartet, Ali Sethi and Xiu Xiu, among others. Nava’s other projects are electro-percussion duo IMA. She has performed with Fred Frith, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, William Winant, Matmos, Pauchi Sasaki and many others.