Latest news

New blog post: Writing El Sistema’s historyA response to recent press articles by Osvaldo Burgos and Marshall Marcus.

See also several recent publications:

Articles on El Sistema and politics in The Conversation and The Guardian.

Big Noise in Raploch? Published in the Scottish Review.

The IDB reports on El Sistema: New perspectives on the history and historiography of Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras. Published in Epistemus (in Spanish).

Too little, too late: Venezuelans respond to Gustavo Dudamel. Published in VAN magazine. 

IDB study sheds doubt on El Sistema’s claims of social inclusion and transformation


A complete archive of my English posts is now available at El Sistema blog

The Spanish posts are archived at El Sistema blog en español.

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