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#1429 – Live at the Greene Space

This week, we bring you some creative insights from musicians and performers, live from WNYC’s Greene Space. Soundcheck host John Schaefer joins Maria Hinojosa to interview and hear performances from psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular and Argentinian musician Juana Molina. We also look into diversity in New York theater with members of the Labyrinth Theater Company.


We would like to thank the folks at the Greene Space and WNYC, especially John Schaefer, Joel Meyer, Jennifer Sendrow, Katie Bishop, Dan O’Donnell, Ricardo Fernandez, and Irene Trudel.

Also thanks to Federico Mayol and Canyon Cody from the Latin Alternative Music Conference.

 

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john-schaeferJohn Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and theNew Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990);The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley.

 

fotonoticia_20131120133150_465 Juana Molina stands out as one of the most talented Argentinian singer-composers of her generation. Raised in a family of tango musicians, Molina first made her name as an actress, starring in a quirky and popular sketch comedy show titled “Juana y Sus Hermanas.” Since 1996 she has released six albums as a musician to great acclaim in South America, the US and Europe – most recently 2013′s Wed 21. Her music skirts many lines: both experimental and pop, electronic and acoustic, contemporary, yet rooted in Argentinean folk music.

 

 

48414-wppt_main_19553588271La Mecánica Popular puts a twist on a classic Latin sound: salsa. Led by Peruvian singer and pianist Efraín Rozas, the NYC-based band melds the heavy Afro-Caribbean grooves of salsa dura with the mind-warping textures of psychedelic rock. They replace the classic horn section with fuzzed out guitars and angular synthesizers, ultimately using the idea of “psychedelic salsa” as a meditation on the relationship between the body and the mind in representations of Latin culture. The group’s self-titled debut album is currently out on the Brooklyn-based label Names You Can Trust.

 

 

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Paula Pizzi is an actress and director. Theatre: Los Monologos de la Vagina (Westside Arts), Unerneathmybed (Rattlestick Theatre), Face Cream (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Wit (original Off-Broadway company – Long Wharf Theatre, MCC Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Union Square Theatre), Where’s My Money? (Manhattan Theatre Club/Labyrinth Theatre), Clean (Atlantic Theatre/Hartford Stage), Another Part of the House, (Classic Stage Company) Dark Rapture (Pope Theatre) Dating Dummies (Labyrinth)  Director: All the Bad Things (Labyrinth) T.V./Film: The Smurfs, Fragil, Lloro. Law and Order, City of Angels, L&O: Criminal Intent. Paula wrote her first play “Hopping on Rooftops” and it was workshopped at Labyrinth where she is a founding member . She is also a member of Circle East.

 

 

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Cusi Cram is a playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, teacher, occasional performer, and a passionate advocate for women in the arts. She is also one of very few people who can claim the honor of Bolivian and Scottish heritage – her parents met at the United Nations.

 Cusi has received three Emmy award nominations for her extensive writing in children’s television, most notably for WGBH’s, Arthur. She was also a writer on the Showtime series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney. Her play, Dusty and the Big Bad World, was optioned by Points West Films  (Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, producers). She is currently developing several original pilots for television, a web series about tour guides in the West Village, and a feature film titled, Three Graces, which she plans to direct.

 

 

Photo by Michael Katzif

La Mecánica Popular: Psychedelic Salsa

We hear the beats of the psychedelic salsa group La Mecánica Popular and Maria Hinojosa and Soundcheck’s John Schaefer talk to the band’s leader, Efraín Rozas, about the group’s inspiration and their new take on Latin dance music.

Watch their performance here.

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48414-wppt_main_19553588271La Mecánica Popular puts a twist on a classic Latin sound: salsa. Led by Peruvian singer and pianist Efraín Rozas, the NYC-based band melds the heavy Afro-Caribbean grooves of salsa dura with the mind-warping textures of psychedelic rock. They replace the classic horn section with fuzzed out guitars and angular synthesizers, ultimately using the idea of “psychedelic salsa” as a meditation on the relationship between the body and the mind in representations of Latin culture. The group’s self-titled debut album is currently out on the Brooklyn-based label Names You Can Trust.

 

 

 

Photo by Michael Katzif

Labyrinth Theater: Challenging the Status Quo

Maria Hinojosa and John Schaefer talk to members of the Labyrinth Theater Company, one of the nation’s leading ensemble theater companies that’s driven by a diverse group of over 120 actors, directors, playwrights and designers, about how they began and diversity within the New York City theater scene.

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Paula Pizzi is an actress and director. Theatre: Los Monologos de la Vagina (Westside Arts), Unerneathmybed (Rattlestick Theatre), Face Cream (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Wit (original Off-Broadway company – Long Wharf Theatre, MCC Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Union Square Theatre), Where’s My Money? (Manhattan Theatre Club/Labyrinth Theatre), Clean (Atlantic Theatre/Hartford Stage), Another Part of the House, (Classic Stage Company) Dark Rapture (Pope Theatre) Dating Dummies (Labyrinth)  Director: All the Bad Things (Labyrinth) T.V./Film: The Smurfs, Fragil, Lloro. Law and Order, City of Angels, L&O: Criminal Intent. Paula wrote her first play “Hopping on Rooftops” and it was workshopped at Labyrinth where she is a founding member . She is also a member of Circle East.

 

 

CusiCram_LAB

Cusi Cram is a playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, teacher, occasional performer, and a passionate advocate for women in the arts. She is also one of very few people who can claim the honor of Bolivian and Scottish heritage – her parents met at the United Nations.

 Cusi has received three Emmy award nominations for her extensive writing in children’s television, most notably for WGBH’s, Arthur. She was also a writer on the Showtime series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney. Her play, Dusty and the Big Bad World, was optioned by Points West Films  (Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, producers). She is currently developing several original pilots for television, a web series about tour guides in the West Village, and a feature film titled, Three Graces, which she plans to direct.

 

 

Photo by Michael Katzif

The Hypnotic Sounds of Juana Molina

Juana Molina plays music from her most recent album Wed 21 and Maria Hinojosa and Soundcheck’s John Schaefer talk to her about leaving television and creating the work she wants to create.

You can watch her performance here.

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fotonoticia_20131120133150_465  Juana Molina stands out as one of the most talented Argentinian singer-composers of her generation. Raised in a family of tango musicians, Molina first made her name as an actress, starring in a quirky and popular sketch comedy show titled “Juana y Sus Hermanas.” Since 1996 she has released six albums as a musician to great acclaim in South America, the US and Europe – most recently 2013′s Wed 21. Her music skirts many lines: both experimental and pop, electronic and acoustic, contemporary, yet rooted in Argentinean folk music.

 

 

 

Photo by Michael Katzif

This week’s captions: Live Show At The Greene Space

This week, we bring you some creative insights from musicians and performers, live from WNYC’s Greene Space. Soundcheck host John Schaefer joins Maria Hinojosa to interview and hear performances from psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular and Argentinian musician Juana Molina. We also look into diversity in New York theater with members of the Labyrinth Theater Company.

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#1428 – Blue

This episode of Latino USA explores Latino mental health. From suicide to alcoholism, these issues can hit sometimes too close to home. We hear about a couple and their life with depression—and the devastating impact it’s had. And we learn how one woman came to terms with her drinking, and learned to stop.

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The Latino Mental Health Picture

People of all backgrounds can suffer from mental health issues, but some groups fare better than others.

Latinos are considered a high risk group for issues like anxiety, depression, and addiction. They are also less likely to get help. The reasons are both internal and external.

We talk to two experts to get an overview of the state of Latino mental health.

 

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Manuel Guantez, Psy. D., LCADC

Dr. Manuel Guantez has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Turning Point since June 2001.

Dr. Guantez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University followed by a Post Doctoral Fellowship at New York University.

In his very early career, Dr. Guantez worked in residential and outpatient addiction treatment conducting individual, group and family therapies, and coordinating programs for some of the more challenging treatment populations, including adolescents and persons with co-occurring disorders.

Dr. Guantez is an international speaker and consultant working with the United Nations to help other countries achieve the gains in combating addiction that we have seen here in the United States. A former U.S. Marine and Presidential Honor Guard, Dr. Guantez brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to our field. He lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey.

 

 

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Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, LCSW, MS, MPH, PhD

Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is a professor and director of the doctoral program at the Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has expertise in the role of families in promoting adolescent health, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies. Additional research interests include parent-adolescent communication, intervention research, HIV prevention, and alcohol and drug use. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has conducted research primarily in urban, resource-poor settings, including the South Bronx, Harlem, and Lower East Side communities of New York City. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has extended his focus to HIV-prevention among vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at the Silver School. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos received his PhD in social welfare from SUNY Albany, and his MSW from New York University. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos holds a master’s degree in management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU and a master’s degree in public health from the Global Health Leadership NYU MPH Program.

 

Photo by Pascal Maramis via Flickr

My Tia’s Battle With Mental Disorder

Blas Díaz is a social worker at a nursing home for the mentally ill in Chicago. Even though he spends his days helping people battle mental disorders, he was shocked to discover his own aunt had been battling bipolar disorder her entire life. Blas sat down with his tía and talked about the struggle to find the right medicines, the ever-present temptation of suicide, and the family support that’s helped her come this far. She has chosen to remain anonymous for this piece. Blas’ story comes to us by way of the Vocalo Storytellers Workshop from Chicago Public Media.

Deena and Jay: Living with Depression

Ever since she was a young girl, Deena realized that something wasn’t right – that she never felt happy or comfortable in her own skin. She suffered from depression. But in the South Texas, Mexican-American family she grew up with, there was a stigma around mental illness that prevented her and her family from seeking treatment.

In college, Deena met Jay. They got married, had kids. After each birth, Deena suffered really bad post-partum depression. After she miscarried her third child, things fell apart. Deena’s depression was getting worse. On top of it, her marriage to Jay began to unravel. She decided to try getting on medication.

The doctor prescribed her Lamitrogine (also known as Lamictal), an epilepsy drug with a secondary use of treating manic-depressives. A week later, she developed flu-like symptoms, then irritation in her eyes and throat. She didn’t realize it at first, but these symptoms were the beginnings of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a life-threatening condition that often happens as the result of an immune reaction to medication.

With Stevens-Johnson, cell death causes the outer layer of the skin to separate from the body and die, including the the epidermis inside your body and internal organs. Deena has to be airlifted to a military hospital, where doctors saved her life by oxygenating her blood outside of her body for almost a month while she was in a medical coma.

Deena survived. But with various medical complications ranging from damaged eyes to a scarred throat, life is full of new challenges that impact her mental health. While she was under, her husband Jay had to make the decision to put her on the machines that saved her life. Deena says that sometimes she wished he had let her die.

Now they have to figure out how to pick up the pieces of their life and marriage, and raise their kids. Nothing about it is easy.

 

My Friend Elaine and Alcoholism

When Elaine Rivera succumbed to cirrhosis, her friends were shocked. Her story proves that alcoholism can hide in plain sight. Journalist Rose Arce dug into the circumstances surrounding her friend’s death, learning about the high rates of alcoholism among Latinos and trying to understand how Elaine became a victim of a trend she had railed against.

If you need help with alcohol addiction, you can visit the following websites:

 

Photo by Josef Pinlac

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Rose Arce is a Pulitzer and Emmy award winning journalist who has devoted much of her career to advocating on behalf of diversity in the media. She has worked at Newsday, the NY Daily News, CBS News and CNN. She is currently Executive Producer of Starfish Media Group, an independent media production company founded by Soledad O’Brien.

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