Martha Gonzalez

Martha Gonzalez

Song: Palomo Vagabundo

Martha Gonzalez is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist) musician and feminist music theorist. She is an assistant professor in the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/Latina Studies at Scripps College.She is also a lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter for the band Quetzal, which won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Album.

Gonzalez holds a PhD degree in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies from the University of Washington and a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Gonzalez and her partner Quetzal Flores have played a key role in connecting Chicana/Latin communities in the U.S and Jarocho communities in Veracruz, Mexico. In September 2011, the U.S. Library of Congress and Kennedy Center invited Gonzalez to perform and speak as a part of their “Homegrown” music series.

Selected Research and Publications

2015 - “Sobreviviendo: Immigration Stories and Testimonio in Song:” Center for Latino Research at University of De Paul University.

2014 - “Creating a Mexican-AfroCuban American Beat” in What It Means to be American Zocalo Public Square. December.

2014 - “Mixing in the Kitchen: Entre Mujeres Feminine Translocal Composition” in Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist and Everyday Enactments. Ontario, Canada. Demeter Press.[9]

2014 - “Introduction: Digital Humanities, Public Humanities.” New American Notes Online (NANO). New York City College of Technology. New York, July.

To view her full performance: Link

Image source: Los Angeles Times