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Festival Ecos Urbanos 2018 - Mexico City

I am super thrilled about participating in this year’s Festival Ecos Urbanos Electro-Acoustic Music Festival in Mexico City! I’ll be presenting the world premier of my piece Island of the Dolls, inspired by Mexico City’s own island on Lake Xochimilco.

The concert will be held on November 15 at 7pm at Fonoteca Nacional de México in Coyoacán (Frida Kahlo’s old neighborhood!). Admission is free!

You can take a look at the full lineup of concerts and events at their website: Ecos Urbanos 2018

 Program note:

"The Island of Dolls"

Matt Petty

United States


World Premiere



The Island of the Dolls is a multimedia performance piece for processed trombone and electronics. Inspired by Don Julian Santana Barrera’s infamous visionary art site, “La Isla de las Muñecas” on Lake Xochimilco. According to legend, Don Julian began collecting dolls to appease the spirit of a young girl that he found drowned in one of the lake’s canals. Today the small island is covered with hundreds of deteriorating dolls and is rumored to be haunted by the girl’s spirit. Upon discovering this island for myself, I was struck by Don Julian’s immense and unresolved fear. Expanding on this idea, I created a cut-up poem using bits of poetry about dolls, sirens, and shipwrecks paired with video from the island. Together, this piece is meant to symbolize the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing our borders and world future.