San Antonio Artist Collective Celebrates Nature, Art, & Sound With Local Performance
Pamela Martinez, a local San Antonio artist, is hosting two free and open-to-the-public sonic art performances at two San Antonio dams this March. This local composer, and sound artist is presenting two free and open-to-the-public sonic art performances at two San Antonio dams this March. Each performance explores water as a carrier of culture throughout our city with a rotating cast of collaborators to create sound and ceremony under the name Teletextile. These performances are sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture.
A celebration of nature, infrastructure, and performance, this free public series seeks to bring awareness to local waterways and their importance in cultural connection. The inaugural event for the series took place last October at the Espada Dam in collaboration with the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and highlighted the historical landmark as well as the acequia system created there during Spanish colonial times.
Two new events in the series happen in March and highlight the infrastructure around the water. The first event occurs on Saturday, March 4th at Lake Elmendorf’s 19th Street Dam at 5:00 pm with two acts. The first act, dubbed Transformation, is a 30-minute immersive performance where the audience is invited to walk into the labyrinth dam’s teeth and experience a collaborative interpretation of transformation as it relates to the different states of water and a person’s ability to transform. Martinez remarks “When I look at a dam, I see an opera house. The majestic stage is set for the drama that is our lifeblood in the inevitable overflowing of water.” The second act, Our Power Together, invokes the power that humans, nature, and music can make together to carry and hold the culture like the water in the dam. Our Power Together features an original score from Teletextile’s Pamela Martinez music for percussion, horns & choral elements.
The second event takes place Saturday, March 25th, starting at 5:30 pm at the Roosevelt Flood Control Tunnel Outlet Park. The sonic experience will begin with musicians floating on kayaks on the San Antonio River for a reprisal of Our Power Together. The second act, dubbed Flow, will invite guests to parade with singers and musicians along the river up to the floating pavilion above the river and the unseen three-mile water tunnel beneath their feet. As a conclusion to the artistic experience, there will be a repeat rendition on the park’s pavilion of Martinez’s composition DAM! A Song of Water that was performed at the Spanish Colonial Mission which originally opened the event series in October.
Both performances are about an hour long and free to attend, but guests need to RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve a program and obtain any need-to-know details before the show. Guests can also upgrade their ticket by 1) Buying a digital download of the music being made and recorded for the project and 2) reserving a seat, though walking will still be a part of both performances.
Note To Audience:
Performances will be inside of the dams and near the San Antonio River. There will be wet areas and guests are encouraged to dress appropriately in closed-toe or waterproof shoes with traction, especially for Lake Elmendorf’s 19th St Dam. For safety reasons, performances will be rescheduled if there is rain because the event will be held inside of the dams.
Lake Elmendorf’s 19th Street Dam
Sat March 4th, 2023 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
3700 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207 Google Map Link to exact location
Roosevelt Tunnel Outlet Park
Sat March 25th, 2023 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
655 Lone Star Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78204 Google Map Link to exact location
Echoes Geo Map Audio Experience
Teletextile has created a listening experience for guests to explore leading up to the events. In order to listen to the audio collage participants must download the Echoes app which enables audio mapping via GPS. Through the DAM! audio tour different spaces will trigger different sounds on your phone’s speaker. Headphones are preferred for the full audio experience. Near the dam, the tour is meant for walking, but participants can keep listening to and from the drive home as the audio expands to Highway 1604. This audio piece includes interviews about water’s nature, field recordings of the San Antonio River, and music written and recorded by Pamela Martinez for The DAM! Series. Many of these recordings were created with the local community at the inaugural event at Espada’s DAM! on October 9th, 2022. Those who wish to experience this unique audio tour can listen here via the Echoes app.
About Pamela Martinez & Teletextile:
San Antonio native Pamela Martinez spent her early career as an international touring musician until switching gears and working on Whisperlodge, an immersive theater work that gained national attention including reviews in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Netflix. After her return to the river city Martinez began blending her musical talents with her ability to create immersive site-specific performing arts and has won numerous grants in support of these ambitious and unique projects. Martinez is a musician in healing, immersive performer and creator, reiki master, and composer specializing in deep listening, sound baths, and sonic expressions with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Pamela created The Teletextile Ritual Arts Ensemble, a cast of rotating collaborators that weaves together a tapestry of music, movement, reiki, and other healing rituals to create a mixture of performance and wellness practice. Martinez has worked with The Park Ave Armory, REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Tobin Center, SAY Sí, Trinity University, UTSA, The Parks Foundation, The River Foundation, Jump-Start Performance Co, The McNay Art Museum, Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival, and Blanton Museum. Martinez passes on the craft of music and well-being by teaching and leading workshops at the Southtown Music Studio (SATX) located at Mercury Project Contemporary Art Space.