¡Así Suena! Music Nights

Curated by Valentina Acevedo Montilla

Join us in the courtyard of The Cinematheque from Friday to Sunday (both festival weekends) for a set of live music by these talented local musicians… and a few gastronomic surprises along the way!

Friday, Sept 8 at 7:45pm

Nadim Woolgar (they/them) is a queer Bolivian guitar and charango player who explores the sounds and rhythms of their beloved Latin America through their music. They will be playing a set of Andean music accompanied by Peruvian instrumentalist René Hugo Sánchez.

Saturday, Sept 9 at 7:45pm

Caro Silva (she/ella) is a Colombian musician, singer, and songwriter who performs Alterlatino music. Her voice and ukulele aim to blend her different influences in commercial music and traditional genres from Latin America. She plays music from artists such as Natalia Lafourcade, Silvana Estrada, and Monsieur Perine. Carolina studied music and has participated in various interdisciplinary projects involving music, dance, and theatre. Her ambition is to share the essence of Latin American music with the Canadian audience.

Sunday, Sept 10 at 7:45pm

Millie Wissar (she/ella) is a DJ and sound artist from Peru. She currently lives in Vancouver, working as a sound designer and audio director for video games. Her performances serve up a sonic exploration of rhythms from house and techno blended with influences from Cumbia, Salsa, Andean, and tropical beats. 

Friday, Sept 15 at 7:45pm

Fandango Jarocho

RCHRDY (pronounced ‘richardy’) is a multidisciplinary artist interested in digging in the ‘spaces in between’. Born in Mexico but currently based in the (stolen) territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Born our of a fandango in Vancouver BC, the Son Jarocho band is an example of how emerging artists from diverse cultural backgrounds can come together to celebrate a musical genre that is so important to Mexican culture. Fandangos are at the heart of son jarocho. They’re kind of like jam sessions, where musicians gather to play, sing and dance. Son Jarocho, in turn, is a style of music that is born from the syncretism between the Spanish, Indigenous, and African communities that coexisted in Veracruz, Mexico, a coastal state full of art and culture that has over 500 years of history.

Saturday, Sept 16 at 7:45pm

Trevor Stewart is a song and dance man. He pays for his groceries by singing, playing the drums, the guitar, and the fool on the streets of Vancouver. This is his second year performing at VLAFF, an opportunity that he considers to be a pleasure, a privilege, and an honour. He plans on singing songs introduced to him by his lovely friends from Latin America. 

Photo Credit: Pedro Augusto Meza IG: @pedroaugustomeza

Sunday, Sept 17 at 8:00pm

Alan Ruiz is a Colombian musician whose style has been influenced by different genres such as jazz, classical, latin, and rock. He is highly involved in the local music community as a producer, session player (guitar, bass, Colombian tiple), and music teacher. He has performed in different venues and festivals in Canada, United States, and Mexico with multiple artists such as John Welsh y los valientes, Adonis Puentes, Wanting Qu, Ahsia, Los duendes, Coco Jafro, and more.

This project has been made possible [in part] by the Government of Canada.