Music On Hold: A multi-media project focusing on experiences of people in immigrant detention centers

Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
MECA Houston, 1900 Kane St, Houston, Texas 77007

The new non-profit arts & community organization, Concertia, is proud to present its first program and collaborative event. Music on Hold is a multi-media project that focuses on an experience that people detained at immigration centers across the nation. When they call out of these centers, they are greeted by music; this music is part of a system to monitor and regulate out-going calls, noted as "music on hold" by the industry of call engines, where the project get its title.

The program will consist of music that utilizes and re-imagines material from these systems and re- purposes for new works inspired by the experience of inmates in these centers. A series of short films will accompany each movement and will be based on the same ideas and themes explored by the composers, as well as a performance.

The concert features music by University of Houston student composers, J.E. Hernandez, Carlos Cordero, and Benjamin Mabarak; a small ensemble of UH Moores musicians, and Alejandro Basulto as conductor. Presented at MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts), the program will consist of about an hours worth of media, and will take place at the venue on Friday, September the 22nd at 8:00PM. MECA is located at 1900 Kane St; Houston, Texas 77007.