The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

El Maestro Toledo

I am supposed to take photos of Maestro Fransisco Toledo some time soon..... maybe.  Not only is he one of the the world's most popular and famous artists, a remarkable patron and one humble dude, but he can regularly be seen on the streets of Oaxaca.
I wonder if he minds the attention?  As he says in the article. "I am not interested myself, I am interested in others."  Instagram and  Igers?  It is a whole new world out there, isn't it?

There is a new film out about him (from La Jornada)
Francisco Toledo made a series of engravings, inspired by a Report for the Academy of Franz Kafka. Albino Alvarez took that work as an axis to make a documentary about the Oaxacan artist. The Toledo Report (2008) moves from Toldeo's native Juchitan to Paris, London and Madrid, to closing in Oaxaca.

Men like Toledo, considered the director of the film, "are always necessary." They are needed apart from any country or culture; "men honest, generous, artists committed who shed their community, who are interested in getting the culture and that they care about the preservation of the historical heritage". He continued, in an interview: "They are essential for any culture." "As well as Francisco Toledo, he also includes Bertolt Brecht and many others"

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