Diversidad del Chocó Brings Music and Nature to Guttman

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February 15, 2019 | Campus Events, Events, Global Guttman, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Performing Arts

Musicians with instruments at the Diversidad del Choco event

On February 14, Guttman Community College hosted Diversidad del Chocó: Music, Culture and Biodiversity from the Colombian Pacific Coast, a campus event bringing together musicians, scientists and students to raise awareness of the Itapoa Project’s conservation efforts in the wonderfully biodiverse Chocó Region of Colombia and Ecuador.

During the musical performance in the Info Commons, the audience had a chance to experience sounds directly from South America. The renowned Grupo Bahía, featuring Director Hugo Candelario González and Cantaora Nidia Gongora, presented songs inspired by their homeland and played on traditional instruments such as the marimba and cununo. They are passionate about their work. During the discussion about their performance and the Chocó rainforest, the musicians said that music and the environment go hand-in-hand because they are the most powerful tools that people have. Their songs are about and from the jungle and the river; they tell history. Through music, they hope to help preserve the natural beauty and resources of the rainforest.

Diversidad del Chocó was a continuation of the relationship Guttman has with the Itapoa Project. Professor Derek Tesser, who organized the event with Professor Angelina Tallaj, continues to travel to the Chocó Region with students through the Global Guttman program. This year will mark the College’s fifth expedition to the Ecuadorian Chocó to study its various endemic species, biodiverse environment and work with the Itapoa Project to help conservation efforts.