During a busy July 2-8 visit, pop fusion trio APEX toured Costa Rica through the Department of State’s Arts Envoy Program and reached over 1,000 Costa Ricans through performances and workshops, as well as tens of thousands via the Embassy’s Facebook Live broadcasts and over 50,000 listeners at the leading English radio station, Radio Dos. The opera-trained duo of Aaron Sperber and Jamal Moore joined forces with acclaimed DJ/EDM producer, Paul Kaleka, in an effort to meld their different styles and create an entirely new sound. Together, they aimed to bridge man and the machine; to fuse the popular dance beats of Electro Pop with the raw, honest power of the human voice. The result: they got the whole country dancing!
Highlights of their visit included a rousing concert at the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano and a pop-up concert at the International Arts Festival on the steps of our American Corner’s bookmobile. In addition, the group held a concert for youth from communities in the Western Sector of the Capital, which included participants of the Embassy’s prevention programs. They also conducted a workshop at the Cave of Light, a program inserted in the heart of La Carpio community, which aims to promote personal growth and social inclusion through teaching and learning artistic skills. Finally, APEX spent a morning at Hospital Mexico’s oncology ward, encouraging cancer patients to think positively and making them smile with music and dance.
The Arts Envoy program is one of the Department of State’s outreach initiatives which showcases the richness and diversity of American arts and culture throughout the world. These productions are possible thanks to the collaboration of key Costa Rican institutions who welcome the opportunity to co-organize these events in connection with the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section.