Ballroom Marfa and Ruby City are partnering this spring with an evening of live music at Ruby City’s Sculpture Garden for Music in the Park. The evening will feature the all-female Tuareg guitar group, Les Filles de Illighadad. Music in the Park is an annual program hosted by Ruby City and KRTU Trinity University 91.7FM in San Antonio. This meaningful exchange allows Ballroom Marfa and Ruby City to work together to fulfill their shared mission to foster the creation of innovative expression.
This event is organized by Ballroom Marfa’s programs director, Sarah Melendez.
Les Filles de Illighadad
Les Filles de Illighadad is an all-female Tuareg guitar group from a secluded commune in central Niger, at the edge of the Sahara. Their sound explores two very different sides of Tuareg music: dreamy ishumar acoustic guitar sessions and hypnotic polyphonic tende. Tende is the sound that defines rural Niger and the forgotten root from which Tuareg guitar is inspired. As communal music, tende is meant to be played during celebrations and as a call-and-response among women singing about what’s happening in the village. While tende is a musical form dominated by women, Tuareg guitar has grown into its male-dominated counterpart. Fatou Seidi Ghali, the lead vocalist of Les Filles, is one of the only female Tuareg guitarists in Niger. In a place where gender norms have created two divergent sounds, Fatou and Les Filles are reasserting the role of tende in Tuareg guitar and reclaiming its importance in the genre.
Ruby City is a contemporary art center in San Antonio, TX, dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. Envisioned in 2007 by the late collector, philanthropist and artist Linda Pace, Ruby City presents works from the Linda Pace Foundation Collection of more than 900 paintings, sculptures, installations and video works. The new building, designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE is part of a campus, which also includes Chris Park, a one-acre public green space named in memory of Pace’s son, and Studio, an auxiliary exhibition space which presents curated shows and programming throughout the year.
Linda Pace Foundation is committed to the charitable vision of its founder. Guided by the donor’s conviction that contemporary art is essential to a dynamic society, Linda Pace Foundation fosters the creation, presentation and understanding of innovative expression through contemporary art.