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Young Argentinean musician comes to Aberystwyth & Cardiff to find his ancestors     

Young Argentinean musician comes to Aberystwyth & Cardiff to find his ancestors Musician, Agustín Araneda Rogers who lives in La Plata, 50 km south of Buenos Aires, is travelling in Wales with members of his family on his first trip to Europe to rediscover his Welsh ancestry. On Sunday 27th July he will be in Aberystwyth for two days and then will travel on to Cardiff.

Agustín Araneda Rogers is a recent graduate of composition with Electroacoustic Medium at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (20 kilometers from Buenos Aires). There he studied with composer Oscar Edelstein who many times has visited Wales to make master classes and seminars at the department of Theatre, Film and TV in Aberystwyth University and the former Centre for Performance Research (Aberystwyth). Edelstein also gave piano recitals with Cardiff multimedia artist Deborah Claire Procter who has lived for many years in Aberystwyth, at the Tabernacle (Machynlleth) and Cardiff University Concert Hall on Corbett Road.

Araneda Rogers can trace his family tree back to a James Rogers of Llanelli whose son, William J.Rogers (Pembre-Llanelli) (1820 -1909) married Martha Williams. Their offspring, Sara Roberts was born in Scranton-Pensylvania-USA and married John Daniel Rogers. Their son William David Rogers was born in Gaiman, Chubut, Patagonia in 1897. He married Elizabeth Ann Davies (born in Rawson, Chubut, Patagonia). It was their son Ariel Bruce Rogers (1934), who married with Teresa Cristina Llargues in 1940, that is the grandfather of Agustín on his maternal side - the father of his mother, Geraldine Rogers who married Pedro Araneda.

On his great grandmother’s side Agustín Araneda Rogers can trace his family back to Aberystwyth to Thomas Davies (born 1807) who was by profession a mason. He married Ann Davies and their son Lewis Davies married Rachel Ann Watkins (from Newport). Their son David Charles Davies, born in 1868, married Elizabeth Davies and their child Elizabeth Ann Davies (1898) was born in Patagonia

Araneda Rogers commented, “This trip is my first trip to Europe so is very special for me to discover the Welsh part of my family. It is made even richer for me because in June I just finished working in Buenos Aires on the premiere of an opera by composer Oscar Edelstein, where the multimedia was designed and realised by Deborah Claire Procter (Cardiff). In part of the opera she sang a Welsh folk song, and it was good to hear about both Cardiff and Aberystwyth from her. I hope to connect to other recent performing arts graduates like Gwion Llŷr who in 2012 worked on “The Clockhouse” installation with Procter and Edelstein at Aberystwyth harbor, and also Talog Morris Dafydd who having studied Latin American Studies at University of Liverpool is tri-lingual. With the 2015 anniversary I am sure that this trip will be the first of more evocative cultural interchanges between Wales and Argentina.”

Araneda Rogers has been awarded grants to carry out research at LAPSO (Laboratory of Acoustics and Sound Perception - National University of Quilmes) where he collaborated with Edelstein and his team as part of the Acoustic Theatre research program created by Edelstein. The laboratory is a pioneer in the integration of art and science at a global level, and Edelstein is a composer with an international reputation.


Procter commented from Buenos Aires, “I’m delighted that Agustín is making this journey to Wales to research his family. Apparently they lived on Skinner Street and North Parade in Aberystwyth. I first went to Argentina following a Wales Arts International travel grant in 2003 with Ceredigion ceramist Angharad Taris. Hearing Welsh spoken in Esquel and Trevelin was life changing for both of us. I returned again in 2005 and many many times since. The connection has been fundamental to my work as a video maker and vocalist so I hope that Agustín will be similarly inspired. By coincidence this week a bi-lingual book and double album of Oscar Edelstein’s where I am a vocalist on various tracks has been released. In the book and one of the tracks we pay tribute to Harold Rubens, the Cardiff concert pianist and his family, including his sister, viola player, Beryl Rubens. Near or far, Wales leave it’s traces on the heart and in the imagination.”

Agustín is travelling with his aunt and uncle, Ingrid Grisel Rogers and Eduardo Ariel Williams, and their children (Agustin’s cousins) David Owen Williams Rogers and Julia Williams Rogers.
 
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