Fully aware of the importance of placing music as an indispensable realm of reflection about Dominican and Caribbean culture, and of the promotion of the practice of musical research in the Dominican Republic, Centro León executes, since 2006, a Dominican and Caribbean Ethnomusicology Program aimed at researching, developing and promoting music in the Caribbean region. Its main objective is to generate a continuous dialogue between students, musicians, instrument builders, professors and promoters of the musical scene as well as the cultural scene in general.

In the last few years, the program has been developing some fundamental projects, among which the Music, Identity and Culture in the Caribbean Congress (MIC) stands out, which is held every two years in collaboration with the National Institute of Caribbean Studies (INEC ) and the Culture Ministry of the Dominican Republic. The four editions that have been held until now have been dedicated, respectively, to merengue, the son-salsa complex, bolero and jazz from the Caribbean perspective.

Another project of vital importance within Centro León's Dominican and Caribbean Ethnomusicology Program is the organization, research, cataloging and dissemination of the Fradique Lizardo Dominican Folklore Fund. This project has put in the public's reach of this important national folkloric researcher's archive and fieldwork recordings.

As part of this great effort, León's Dominican Center and Caribbean Ethnomusicology Program convenes, in coordination with Syracuse University, to the First International Caribbean Ethnomusicology Course: Salves, Palos and meringues, targeted to all who are interested in the study of folk music in the Caribbean region.

Note: The music that you are listening to is part of the fieldwork recordings of the great Dominican folklorist Fradique Lizardo Barinas (1930-1997) and belongs to the Fradique Lizardo Dominican Folklore Fund, which Centro León is currently preserving, researching and disseminating. You can find out more about this material clicking here.

First International Ethnomusicology Course: Salves, Palos y Meregues

Fully aware of the importance of putting music as an indispensable area of ​​reflection on Dominican and Caribbean culture, and the promotion of the practice of musical research in the Dominican Republic, the Leon Center carries out, from 2006, a Program of Ethnomusicología Dominicana y el Caribe, directed to research, development and promotion of music in the Caribbean region. Its main objective is to generate a permanent dialogue between researchers, musicians, constructors of instruments, teachers and promoters of the music scene, as well as the cultural scene in general. In recent years, the program has been the development of some fundamental projects, among which the Music, Identity and Culture in the Caribbean Congress (MIC) stands out, which is celebrated every two years in collaboration with the National Institute of Studies Caribeños (INEC) and the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic. The four editions that have been held so far have been dedicated, respectively, to the merengue, the son-salsa complex, the bolero and jazz from the Caribbean perspective.

Another project of vital importance within the Dominican Center of León and the Caribbean Ethnomusicology Program is the organization, research, cataloging and dissemination of the Lizardo Fondo Folklore Dominicano Fradique. This project has placed within the public reach part of this important archive of folkloric national researcher and field work recordings.

As part of this great effort, Dominican of the León Center and the Caribbean Ethnomusicology Program convene, in coordination with theSyracuse University, in the First International Ethnomusicology Course: Salves, Palos y meregues, aimed at all those interested in the study of folk music in the Caribbean region.

Note: The music that is heard is part of the recordings of the fieldwork of the great folklorist Fradique Lizardo Dominicana Barinas (1930-1997) and belongs to the Fraizar Lizardo Dominicana Folklore Fondo, León Center is currently preserve, investigate and disseminate. You can find more information about this material by doing click aqui