Betto Arcos with Mayumi Tsutakawa
A book literally asking to be read aloud, as its contents have largely been spoken or played aloud is Los Angeles-based, Veracruz-born radio journalist and music curator Betto Arcos’ Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio. Published out of Mexico City by Fogra Editorial, the engaging, informative pieces on various aspects of Latin American music that comprise this book were written for aural presentation - on NPR, PRI’s ‘The World,’ the BBC, and KPCC. Music from all over Latin America is explored - with focus not only on the music, but on cultural and political contexts that music comes from. In addition to his ongoing writing on music, Betto Arcos is a founding member of Red de Periodistas Musicales de Iberoamérica or REDPEM. With him in conversation this evening will be esteemed Seattle cultural/arts writer, arts administrator Mayumi Tsutakawa.