Juan Jaula es John Cage is a non-traditional documentary made by video artist Zen Cohen about Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo’s confrontation of his musical heritage and education against taboos of the musical “avant-garde” by rehearsing with a Mariachi band to perform a John Cage score.
The project began in 2006 and was completed in July, 2015 with the premiere at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The documentary includes interviews with John Cage scholars and musicians, documentation of rehearsals and performances in both San Francisco and Mexico, as well as animations, found footage, and an original score by Guillermo Galindo.
This screening will be followed by a conversation with Zen Cohen and Guillermo Galindo led by Bay Area curator Julie Lazar.
This event is organized in association with the San Jose Museum of Art’s exhibition “Border Cantos: Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo.”