Tejiendo Redes: The Process of Collective Songwriting across Cultural Spaces and Virtual Platforms


Xochitl C. Chavez (University of California, Riverside)

Tejiendo Redes: The process of Collective Songwriting across cultural spaces and virtual platforms. Musical practices and sonic formations organized by indigenous Oaxacan women musicians in brass bands merit recognition and this paper intends to acknowledge the creative process of collective songwriting (Gonzalez 2014). The goal of this paper is to elaborate on the processes of music-making across cultural/linguistic contexts and virtual platforms. I will focus on the process in which musicians wrote the lyrics and create the musical arrangements for the title track song “Mujeres” as a way to voice their place as Indigenous women musicians. Since then, band members of Mujeres del Viento Florido of Oaxaca, Mexico continue to forge networks and write with university students in California.

Part of 36-05 Cultural and Social Pedagogy in the Sites of Ethnic Mexican Music-Making, Wednesday, October 20, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm