IMC Executive Board co-opts three new members


Paris 01.07.2020

Under the leadership of President Alfons Karabuda, the Executive Board of the International Music Council has co-opted three new members.
Patricia Caicedo (Colombia/Spain/Catalonia), Ghita Kaldi (Morocco/Senegal) and Maria Claudia Parias (Colombia) join the Executive Board in its task to steer the implementation of the roadmap adopted by members at the last IMC General Assembly held in Paris in September 2019.

Considered the voice of the Iberian and Latin American art song and often described as its ambassador, soprano and musicologist Patricia Caicedo is one of the leading interpreters and researchers of the Iberian and Latin American art song repertoire. She is the founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song®, a 10-day Summer Course and performance series on the history and interpretation of the Latin American and Spanish vocal repertoire. Her interest in exploring the possibilities of technology brought her to create Mundo Arts, a company comprising a business unit, a music publishing house, a record label, and an online store. She has developed numerous international projects that incorporate the internet of second-generation, streaming, and interactivity. Patricia holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Medical Doctor´s degree from the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina.

Ghita Khaldi is a cultural projects manager and founder of the Moroccan association Afrikayna that promotes intercultural exchange, development and cooperation in Africa. Through the same association, she initiated the launch of the first Moroccan mobility fund for African artists, called Africa Art Lines. Ghita is also in charge of the coordination and production of Festival L'Boulevard in Casablanca and Festival Jidar – Toiles de rue in Rabat on behalf of EAC L'Boulevard. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Music in Africa Foundation, the African Culture Fund and the Moroccan Association of Music Professions (Morocco).

Maria Claudia Parias is a journalist (Universidad de La Sabana, Bogotá), with a Master’s Degree in Cultural Management from the University of Barcelona. She has worked in the culture scene for more than 25 years and has participated in the design and execution of local, national and international cultural projects. In the cultural management circuit, she was involved with the Arts Festival of Cali; the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá; the Cultural Action Service of the French Embassy and the Convenio Andres Bello. She worked for the Colombian Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO as Executive Secretary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia as Director of Cultural Affairs, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra as General Director and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia as Regional Promotion Director. She currently serves as Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta.

The three new members join President Alfons Karabuda (Sweden), Executive Vice-President Sheila Woodward (South Africa/USA), Vice-Presidents Charles Binam Bikoi (Cameroon) and Xiaogang Ye (China), Treasurer Martí Ferrer (Spain/Catalonia) and the other members of the Executive Board Roula Abou Baker (Lebanon), Paul Dujardin (Belgium), Ardavan Jafarian (Iran), Jacques Moreau (France) and Naomi Pohl (UK).
Alfons Karabuda expresses his satisfaction: ”As president of the IMC, the membership community and I rely on the Executive Board, based on their competence and experience, to execute the operations according to our mutual principles and goals.
In the middle of the COVID pandemic, this brings an even more significant challenge to the musical ecosystem. This is why I’m thrilled to have the IMC reinforced by three additional co-opted board members bringing us strength and know-how.
Adding to this that they are all doers with a track record of not taking no for an answer makes me confident that we are all having a much better position in countering any obstacle in moving forward with the strategy set by the General Assembly in Paris in September.”

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