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Thu, Aug 19


ND Snite Museum of Art

Merrimans’ Playhouse @ the Snite Museum: Gustavo Cortiñas Sextet - FREE @ SNITE MUSEUM

Cortiñas presents Desafio Candente, original compositions inspired by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano’s “The Open Veins of Latin America.”

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Merrimans’ Playhouse @ the Snite Museum: Gustavo Cortiñas Sextet  - FREE @ SNITE MUSEUM

Time & Location

Aug 19, 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

ND Snite Museum of Art, 301 Snite Museum of Art 100 Moose Krause Circle University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556


About the Event

Merrimans’ Playhouse @ the Snite Museum: Gustavo Cortiñas Sextet

FREE - NO tickets or registration required. Just show up at the ND Snite Museum of Art 

Thu Aug 19, 2021, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

This Concert takes place at the Notre Dame Snite Museum of Art (NOT at Merrimans' Playhouse venue).

Series curated by Stephen and Mary Merriman of Merrimans’ Playhouse.

We are the curators, the Snite is hosting the event.

Spend a summer evening grooving to jazz in the Mary Loretto & Terrence J. Dillon Courtyard. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and settle in for some great music. PLEASE NOTE: To ensure this event is safe for everyone, we are limiting seating to the first 75 people.

Museum galleries will also be open. Convenient, free parking is available in the lots south of the Notre Dame Stadium. A map and walking route can be found here. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved into the Museum Atrium. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic refreshments are welcome inside.

The Gustavo Cortiñas Sextet includes Drew Hansen on trumpet, Artie Black on reeds, Euán Edmonds on trombone, Joaquin Garcia on piano, Kitt Lyles on bass, and Gustavo Cortiñas on drums. Cortiñas returns to the Snite Museum to present Desafio Candente, a work of fourteen original compositions that draw inspiration from Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano’s “The Open Veins of Latin America.” In his third discographic release, Desafío Candente, Cortiñas brings together more than 30 collaborators, from over 10 different countries, on a 14 song journey through the rhythms, music and landscapes of the American continent, as well as its history of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Neo-liberalism.

Reviews of CD:

“A musical meditation of the book The Open Veins of Latin America, by the esteemed author Eduardo Galeano. It is a brilliant exploration of jazz mashed up with various sounds from Latin America.”

NPR’s Alt.Latino

“"Listeners familiar with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra are sure to experience a bit of reverie after hearing the beginning fanfare. “Cortiñas has produced a veritable musical score, replete with all the revolutionary nuances and cadences invoked by Galeano... The revolt against oppression reaches a climax that is better understood with Galeano's book in your hand, and Cortiñas' music in your ears."


“Gustavo Cortiñas’ third release as a leader, the magnificent Desafio Candente is an ambitious work both in depth and breadth. The spontaneous ensemble is intricately textured and lyrical with distinct individual styles complementing one another. Desafio Candente is innovative, elegant, and relevant. It is socially engaged music with themes that are simultaneously timely and timeless.”


“The Chicago-based composer, drummer and percussion colourist has created a musical palimpsest that carries the weight of the history of colonialism and neocolonialism of the entire southern part of the Americas. Moreover, with inspirational ideas he plumbs the folkloric traditions or various cultural outposts – not only Mexican – resulting in an epic and heroic narrative of resistance, pathos and triumph of human endeavour.”

Latin Jazz Network

“Gustavo Cortiñas explores Latin American history, culture, and resilience on Desafío Candente. Despite Desafío Candente’s despairing explorations of the tragedies throughout nuestra historia, the album left me with a sense of triumph—it ultimately feels like a celebration of the many cultures and peoples who came together, survived against all odds, and continue to create beauty today.”


"Cortinas’ music has super-syncopated, Afro-Caribbean beats with cool intoxicating rhythms. . Lyrics and narration are in Spanish but the music speaks a universal amen.”


“The wide variety of sounds and moods are like a smorgasbord of atmospheres, with the spoken openings an intimate insight to life a so close yet so far. A musical museum.”






  • FREE - NO tickets required


    FREE - No tickets or registration required. Just show up at the Snite Museum (NOT at Merrimans' Playhouse). We are only the curators, the Snite is hosting the event. You do NOT need to bring a ticket print out.






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