Donate
Spark

Transplanting a Tradition

Spark unearths the cultural richness in the Bay Area as immigrant artists transplant their cultural traditions. Chinese classical painter Li Huayi, from the first generation of Cultural Revolution artists, reinvigorates Chinese landscape painting with his modern abstract vision. Striving to keep the pure form of danzón alive, Roberto Borrell and his band, Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, enliven the scene with passion and dedication to the performance of classic Cuban dance music. Continuing a tradition that dates back to his Moorish ancestors, Algerian artist Khalil Bendib paints ceramic tiles using methods that evoke another time and place.

[Original air date: Wed, Jul 09, 2003]

This program is not currently scheduled for broadcast.



Featured Profiles:

Khalil Bendib

Meet Khalil Bendib who creates ceramic tiles using methods that evoke another time and place.

Roberto Borrell

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición introduce a new generation to the sensuous pleasures of classic cuban danzòn.

Li Huayi

See how Li Huayi blends western influences with the ancient Chinese art form of landscape painting.

Also on KQED.org this week ...

Sacramento Capitol Building
The Most Important New California Laws of 2015

More than 900 new laws are hitting the books in 2015. Here's our annual list of the most important and/or interesting, as picked by KQED news, science, health, and politics and government editors.

Yo Yo Ma
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

Sponsored by