University of Colorado Boulder: ‘Soundscapes of the People’ explores Pueblo’s history through music

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The College of Music’s American Music Research Center (AMRC) has embarked on a research project aimed at documenting, preserving and engaging with diverse musical and cultural influences in and around Pueblo, Colorado.

Backed by a CU Boulder Research & Innovation Seed Grant and a CU Boulder Outreach Award from the Office for Outreach and Engagement, Soundscapes of the People explores ways that musical traditions have served to bridge social, ethnic, urban/rural and religious identities.

AMRC Director and Professor of Musicology Susan Thomas—who also serves as the College of Music’s Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion—and CU Boulder alumna Xóchitl Chávez, who now teaches at the University of California, Riverside, visited Pueblo last month. Watch the research team as they interview key figures representing different ethnic communities and musical practices in Pueblo.

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