Migrant Songs

Four figures in reflective rain coats with their backs turned to the camera as they walk up a long series of stairs

Migrant Songs

Migrant Songs is playing:

March 28th at 7:15pm
March 29th at 7:15pm 
at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Plaza Mayor
1701 4th St SW

These performances are free and open to the public.

Directed by Szu-Han Ho
Performed by Tzvi Asherah, Luana C. Berger, Amy Alisana Chavez, Diana Delgado, Priscilla Mariah Gomez, Szu-Han Ho, Rex Hoeltke, Gena Lawson, Ellisif V. Leishman, Martin Ly, Joe McCanna, Lina Ramos, Jenny Shalom, Cheryl Sharps, Paul Strasser
Composed byAna R. Alonso-Minutti, Candice Hopkins and Raven Chacon, Peter Gilbert, Marya Errin Jones, and Szu-Han Ho
Conducted by Lina Ramos
Movement by Diana Delgado and Szu-Han Ho


Migrant Songs is a choir performance that combines stories and songs from human and non-human migrants. This experimental visual and sound performance incorporates interviews with migrants living in the city of Albuquerque who come from many parts of the world, including Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, The Philippines, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania, to name a few. These stories of human migration are woven together with bird songs from the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico to explore how we think about belonging, our sense of home and dislocation, as well as the biological role of song in both humans and non-humans.

Thank you to the interviewees who generously shared their stories: Flora María Gutierrez, Isabell Solis, Jennifer Zafra, Khadija Al Alwan, Maggie Kentilitisca, Margarita Copas, Martha Gamboa, Msambya-Amisi Eboko, Razia Ayab, Samia Assed, Selene Vences-Ortiz, Sumaya Almansur, Sylvester Niyongira, Thao Nguyen, Tiba Abdul Jabbar, Zahra Ishaq, and others who wished to remain unnamed.

Special thanks to Juli Hendren, Elsa Menendez, Celia Yapita, Parwin Hussaini, Saja Lilo, Peace Izabayo, and Regina Carlow for their support.

This project is funded in part by the University of New Mexico Research Allocation Committee Grant and  a Faculty Research Fellowship from UNM Art & Ecology supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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