Tag Archive: MECA

(Dec 16th, 2014)

Have always enjoyed this tradition. It is a wonderful thing that MECA does this every year. Not unlike walking through the neighbourhood with lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival when growing up in Singapore.

La Posada is a community-based reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Posada festivities traditionally begin on December 16th and continue through January 5th. In this reenactment, a procession with lit candles and seasonal songs approach the doors of neighborhood houses in the Old Sixth Ward. A musical fiesta ensues with traditional food, drink, and a piñata for the children.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/20141216-La-Posada/46717047_SJDCJ9


[Stage] Speed Killed My Cousin

(Nov 15th, 2014)

An artistically superb and powerful presentation by The Carpetbag Theater. “Speed Killed My Cousin”.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/20141115-Speed-Killed-My/45801384_Mh7T5Q 


(Sept 13th, 2014)

Houston Museum of African American Culture and Nigerian-American Multicultural Center presented  “Parallels” – Devotional Music from the African Diaspora. Hosted by MECA, and performances from Journeymen For Christ and RCCG Restoration Chapel Choir. The contrast and similarities of Gospel music and an almost full African Choir should be a real visual and audio feast for any ethno-musicologist.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/20140913-Parallels/44332253_626J4V 


(July 21st, 2014)

Recently struck up an acquaintanceship with the folks of Yetlanezi. A 3 person (sometimes 2) orchestra. That is how big their sound is. They also play on mostly instruments they make themselves.

They let me spend some time with these seemingly humble, but high craft, instruments.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portrait-Series/Instruments/43105208_nhjVs4


(March 21st, 2014)

David Dove of Nameless Sound transforms 100 year old MECA campus into a sound scape.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20140321-David-Dove/43007287_Km6Ls3


(April 25th, 2014)

Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afro Horn Jazz Ensemble  performs at MECA.

With Sam Newsome (soprano ) Alex Harding (baritone), Aruan Ortiz (piano), Roman Diaz (percussions), Hilliard Greene (bass) and Francisco Mora Catlett (drums).

More images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/Francisco-Mora-Catletts/38831213_w6Tsk7

(Feb 21st, 2014)

Nameless Sound presents Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.

Kahil El’Zabar (Chicago) – drums, percussion, kalimba, voice
Hamiet Bluiett (New York City) – baritone saxophone, clarinet
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins (Chicago) – saxophone

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/20140221-Ethnic-Heritage/37468189_c3sz9p

(Feb 14th, 2014) Viva El Amore Concert. @ MECA . Featuring HSPVA Mariachi, Vanessa Alonzo, Cecilia Duarte, Octavio Moreno, Joseph Li and Jesus Pacheco.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/20140214-Viva-El-Amore-Concert/37105832_kjXG3f

(May 24th, 2013)

KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble and MECA host a workshop by Souleymane “Solo” Sana.

More images at : http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/ExhibitionsPerformances/20120524-Master-Class-with/29838792_5rg74R