Virtual Screening & Discussion: Con Alma
February 5, 2021
Con Alma: Exploring the Creative Process with Paola Prestini & Magos Herrera
Screening of videos from the Con Alma project, including a world premiere video, La Creación de las Aves (The Creation of the Birds), followed by a live on-line discussion and open Q&A session with Paola Prestini and Magos Herrera, moderated by Cristina Baccin from KUNM’s Raices program. The discussion will be hosted by the National Hispanic Cultural Center via Zoom, in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes de Albuquerque and UNM’s Latin America and Iberian Institute. Prestini and Herrera will discuss the creative process, the social engagement, and the creation of the virtual event.
Donations will be accepted on the AMP Concerts webpage
Con Alma is an album and live digital experience of original works by composer Paola Prestini and vocalist and composer Magos Herrera, along with some classics from the Mexican and jazz songbook, created and recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, that explores the question of how we can find communion in a time of isolation. The album grew out of the personal and collective experience of this moment of deep division—be it spiritual, ideological, political or geographical—and seeks to use music to create a shared sense of the experiences that we are all going through together, alone.
“Con Alma is a sonic painting representing a 15-year friendship through a collaborative process of writing, telling the story of shared ambitions and triumphs, love, trials, hope, and losses,” Herrera and Prestini wrote in a joint statement about the project. “The artists we worked with form our international musical family, and it’s a joy to be able to connect through this album, leaving an artifact of this time, and our response to the pandemic: alone, but together.”
Born in Mexico City and now based out of New York City, Magos Herrera presented a concert, blending classical jazz styling with Latin melodies, at the NHCC in 2012 as part of the Center’s signature Latin Diva Series.