One of the objectives of the Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music (CILASiM) is to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of Latin American classical music. In support of this mission, the Institute seeks to provide the public with interesting and insightful information about Latin American classical music through various kinds of writing and speaking, which ranges from opinion pieces published in newspapers to guest lectures on college campuses.
In addition to his leadership role as president of the Cayambis Institute, John L. Walker is a musicologist who has written extensively about the classical music tradition in Latin America, and particularly about this tradition as it pertains to Ecuador. Although some of these are not necessarily freely available, we are nevertheless proud to provide the following links to some of his most recent articles:
John is currently writing a series of short essays about the six principal types of Latin American instrumental music for The Woove, the online journal of WUVT-FM, which is the student-run radio station at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
And other, though equally important, pieces like this one:
The Institute maintains a blog, “Latin American Classical Music,” which is a forum for the appreciation of all things related to the classical music of Latin America. If you’d like to contribute to our blog, please let us know.
Conferences and Presentations.
On May 26, 2021, John presented a paper, “Drama and Conflict on the Musical Stage of Ecuador’s International Exposition of 1909,” at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference.
Finally, on Sundays from 3 to 5 pm (ET), John is hosting episodes of his radio program, “Latin American Classical Notes,” on WUVT-FM.
With an objective to explore the richness and diversity of Latin American classical music, the musical selections of each episode will be based around a common theme, such as the music of a specific composer, a particular style, time period, or country. Tune in to 90.7 FM on your radio dial, or listen online!
In the meantime, please enjoy this special episode that aired on November 21, 2021, during which John interviewed musicologist Dr. Carol A. Hess.