The US-based pianist and composer Gabriela Montero has launched her fiercest attack yet on the political involvement of El Sistema and its leaders with the unpleasant regime that rules her native country, Venezuela.
Montero, Venezuela’s best-know female musician, describes the regime’s institutional violence, racism and abuse and argues that El Sistema is complicit by acting as a propaganda instrument. She describes Gustavo Dudamel as ‘the face of Sistema’ and says that ‘what he does is collaboration’.
Read the interview here (auf Deutsch).
Montero’s new recording of her Venezuela lament, ‘Ex Patria’, is released today.
The Caracas government has announced plans to nationalise food distribution, with the aim of controlling widespread shortages.