Martha Gonzalez

Martha Gonzalez is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist) musician, feminist music theorist and Associate Professor in the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at Scripps/Claremont College. Born and raised in Boyle Heights she is a Fulbright (2007-2008), Ford (2012-2013) and Woodrow Wilson Fellow (206-2017), her academic interests have been fueled by her own musicianship as a singer/songwriter and percussionist for Grammy Award (2013) winning band Quetzal. In addition, Gonzalez along with her partner Quetzal Flores has been instrumental in catalyzing the transnational dialogue between Chican@s/Latin@ communities in the U.S and Jarocho communities in Veracruz, Mexico. Both Gonzalez and Perez have been active in implementing the collective songwriting method in correctional facilities throughout California and Seattle WA. Most recently, and as a testament to the body of music and community work Gonzalez has accomplished on and off the stage, in the summer of 2017 Gonzalez’s tarima (stomp box) and zapateado dance shoes were acquired by the National Museum of American History. Gonzalez’s book Chican@ Artivistas: Music, Community, and Transborder Tactics in East Los Angeles is due out on University of Texas Press in the Spring of 2020. Gonzalez lives in Los Angeles with her husband Quetzal Flores and their 14 year-old son-Sandino.

Martha González es una artista y activista chicana, teórica de la música feminista y Profesora Asociada del Departamento Intercolegial de Estudios Chicanos y Latinos del Scripps/Claremont College. Nacida y criada en Boyle Heights, es becaria Fulbright (2007-2008), Ford (2012-2013) y Woodrow Wilson Fellow (206-2017). Sus intereses académicos se han visto impulsados por su propia musicalidad como cantante/compositora y percusionista del grupo ganador del premio Grammy (2013), Quetzal. Además, González, junto con su compañero Quetzal Flores, ha sido fundamental para catalizar el diálogo transnacional entre las comunidades Chican@s/Latinas en los Estados Unidos y las comunidades Jarocho en Veracruz, México. Tanto González como Pérez han sido activos en la implementación del método de composición colectiva de canciones en las instituciones correccionales a través de California y Seattle WA. Más recientemente, y como testamento al cuerpo de música y al trabajo comunitario que González ha realizado dentro y fuera del escenario, en el verano de 2017 la tarima de González y los zapatos de baile de zapateado fueron adquiridos por el Museo Nacional de Historia Americana. El libro de González “Chicanos Artivistas”: Music, Community, and Transborder Tactics in East Los Angeles se publicará en University of Texas Press en la primavera de 2020. González vive en Los Ángeles con su esposo Quetzal Flores y su hijo de 14 años, Sandino.

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