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La Raza Group Presents – CHE ARGENTINA!
A Fund-Raiser for La Raza Group’ s Argentinean Mural and Orphan project in Buenos Aires.

Canadian Art Collective La Raza Group requests your attendance at their official Montreal-Argentina project launch on Friday, March 24, 2006.

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Please bring friends and guests.

Featuring; Tango Performances by: Marjolayne Auger and Elias Navas, plus music from Argentinean pianist Victor Simon and also a premiere showing of the La Raza Group documentary film "La Raza : Full Circle" by director Tom Tobin.

At The McAuslan Visitor Centre
5080 Rue St Ambroise,
Montreal, Quebec

Directions http://www.macleod9.com/contact.html

International Art Collective La Raza Group www.larazagroup.com have organized this fund-raiser for their public mural and orphan outreach program. They have been invited to Buenos Aires this October to create a series of outdoor murals and participate in a series of street performances with Tango dancer Marjolayne Auger www.tangoyalgomas.com to raise funds for Argentinean orphans. This initiative is also designed to encourage art and music exchanges between Montreal and Buenos Aires.

So join us at the McAuslan Visitor Centre for a night of Art from La Raza Group, Tango from Marjolayne and Elias, and music by Argentinean pianist Victor Simon http://www.victor-simon.com/ and his band Ensemble Montreal Tango http://www.emontrealtango.com/.


Evenings Program:

  • 5:00 Introduction by Scott MacLeod - history of group and upcoming project in Argentina
  • 5:30 Marjolayne and Elias (Contemporary Tango Dancers) will present three Tango vignettes.
  • 6:00 Gallery tour of La Raza Group’s work 2nd floor.
  • 7:00 Film “La Raza – Full Circle”. *Filmmaker Tom Tobin will present his film on La Raza Group the following night Saturday the 25th for a second screening at 7:00 p.m.
  • 7:30 Cocktail with Argentinean food and wine accompanied by Ensemble Montreal Tango.

*For more information contact Scott MacLeod at 514 487 8766 or therace@larazagroup.com

 

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La Raza Group Art collective - Francis Caprani, G. Scott MacLeod, & Gerald Pedros
http://www.larazagroup.com/history_timeline.html http://www.larazagroup.com/commitment.html

“each still adheres to the principles of artmaking they originally believed in.  Conformity, art programs, and museology have reduced the terrain of independent art collectives like La Raza Group.  They were open-minded, exhibited wherever they could, even in pool halls, and internationally.  They had no agent or exclusive dealer.  They were free to organize activities independently, always with a public mind.”    
- John K. Grande

 

Marjolayne Auger - Tango Dancer www.tangoyalgomas.com

Mon désir est de m'affranchir et de repousser mes limites personnelles. À travers les voyages, l'apprentissage de nouvelles techniques de danse, je me déstabilise, me sors des paramètres que j'ai d'abord connus, afin de revisiter l'essence de la vie, de mes valeurs et de cerner le coeur de ma recherche. Ainsi, j'espère maintenir le sentiment d'ouverture, de curiosité de l'enfance et du débutant pour éviter de m'enliser dans un cadre fermé. C'est pourquoi je renouvelle les défis.
Optique de recherche : en Asie, le même mot est utilisé pour les deux, c'est-à-dire qu'un acteur est aussi danseur, il n'y a pas de séparation entre ses deux professions. J'ose espérer qu'en plus, je deviendrai d'autant plus humaine, accessible et ouverture d'esprit au fil des ans.

 

Victor Simon - Musician http://www.victor-simon.com/ http://www.emontrealtango.com/
Victor commence à gratter la guitare à l'âge de cinq ans. Deux ans plus tard, lors d'une visite chez des amis de son père, il découvre le piano. Victor se souvient avoir commencé à pianoter nonchalamment et d'avoir joué tout naturellement quelque chose qui pouvait ressembler à une Chacarera (musique folklorique argentine) ; il était sans doute influencé par le genre privilégié des musiciens de sa famille. Ce moment fut le départ de sa passion pour le piano. Son bonheur d'enfant ne pouvait être complet sans qu'un piano ne vienne garnir leur maison. Ce qui fut fait quelques temps plus tard. Cet engouement pour la musique l'amènera à faire des études dans cette discipline. A l'école, il étudie le répertoire classique. Mais c'est en autodidacte qu'il acquiert et perfectionne ses connaissances du folklore.

 

TOM TOBIN - Filmmaker

Growing up in the small town of St. Thomas, Ontario, Tobin had several local artists as mentors. While studying fine art and photography as a teenager, he discovered foreign cinema, awakening his perception of the potential of film as a medium. As Tobin's love of cinema grew, so did his attraction to the unconventional and the surreal, influenced by filmmakers Buñuel, Godard, Bergman, Jeunet and Gilliam. Tobin's works tend to deal with issues of the subconscious, interconnectivity, dimension theory and perspective. He has worked in film and television for over ten years and has been fortunate to mentor under such talented Canadian directors as Bruce McDonald (Hardcore Logo, Dance Me Outside) and David Wellington (Long Day's Journey Into Night, I Love a Man in Uniform.) With a feature-length surrealist/narrative film in development and several short projects in production, Tobin continues to explore and experiment with the medium. La Raza : Full Circle is Tobin's first documentary.

La Raza : Full Circle candidly explores the working dynamic of a small, close-knit group of visual artists. It documents the group at work as well as the complex interactions between its members. The setting is Montreal 1995, where the impending vote on Quebec’s potential separation from Canada is mirrored by underlying questions of separation within the group. The voyeuristic, cinéma vérité style, captures these artists as they move from creators to promoters to salesmen in order to survive and succeed.

 

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