Cristina Baccin

Host

Bilingual Journalist/Periodista (English/Español) - Latino Public Affairs, Music, History and Culture

  As a former Professor of Journalism and Social Communication in Argentina and Spain, she brings her professional experience to KUNM as much as her deep vital understanding of living in countries that suffered long oppressive times and underdevelopment, working mostly in educational, community and participatory communication.

 

A member of Raíces Collective since 2008, Cristina hosts and produces bilingual “Raíces” shows joyfully sharing the richness and diversity of music and culture from throughout the Americas. She also hosts and produces “Corazón Tanguero”, inviting you to dive into tango music, history and popular culture from Argentina and around the world. 

 

Since 2013, Cristina has served as Coordinator of “Espejos de Aztlán”, a Latino Public Affairs show that highlights the issues that concern the Chicano/Latino community bringing the voice of people who are rarely heard, with all its beauty, courage and strength.

She speaks English fluently and is a native Spanish and Italian speaker. Her interviews are humorous, sensitive and deeply in touch with the audience such that they get to know her guests professionally and personally.

Mon. 6/6, 8:30p:A nomadic duo of musicians from Grand Rapids (Michigan), FOLIAS stops in our station as part of their US Tour. FOLIAS Duo, flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron perform live tango & South American folk music, and their own compositions in RAICES hosted by Cristina Baccin.

www.guayasamin.org (Fundación Guayasamín)

Mon. 4/4, 7p: This month we celebrate Children´s Day in several countries, so host Cristina Baccin converses with our guests, Dr. Verónica García, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children and  Ms. Amber Wallin, Director of Kids Count about childhood in New Mexico. More information: http://www.nmvoices.org

Listen here:

http://www.conchabuikamusic.com/
Photo: Javi Rojo

Sat. 3/19, 3:30p: Born to Equatorial Guinean refugees in Spain, she captured the culture and flamenco music from her gypsy barrio. She sings with an unique timber of voice; in her performances she captures your soul by diving deep in the wounds, love, and courage of her songs.

Sat. 3/19, 2pm: A Galician gem, vocalist Uxía and guitarist Narf coming from the roots of folk music, they open it to poetry in Galician language, and build bridges from their diversity to the contemporary sounds and diasporas. In their last CD "Baladas da Galiza imaxinaria" (Ballads of Imaginary Galicia), gallegos are a symbol of the spirit of human journeys. Enjoy this interview and live performance hosted by Cristina Baccin.

Uxía & Narf performances in New Mexico:

Art by Luis Carreño

Mon. 3/7, 7p: We celebrate International Women´s Day and the strengthen of Latina writers in an interview hosted by Cristina Baccin with UNM Faculty (Chicana and Chicano Studies Department), Dra. Patricia Rosas Lopátegui about one of the most important Mexican literature figures: Elena Garro and her political assassination.

Sat. 2/27, 3p: New Mexican ensemble Lone Piñón plays live and shares their new CD “Trio Nuevo Mexicano” with host Cristina Baccin.  We enjoy their mischievous Mexican music of Tierra Caliente and traditional from El Rio Grande del Norte (Northen New Mexico and Southern Colorado) with Gregorio Glassman (guitar, vocals), Jordan Wax (fiddle, vocals) and Noah Martinez (guitarrón).

More info: http://www.lonepinon.com/

http://www.duyhuynh.com

Mon. 2/15, 1:30p: I  accompany you during the afternoon with music from the milky way to around the corner...: from fresh music pearls such as the Celtic electric harp of Alan Stivell to today´s Grammy nominee Malawi´s Zomba Project. Host: Cristina Baccin

Sat. 1/16, 3p: Guitarist Sabino Iturbe will play live Argentinian rhythms and his own compositions. A faculty at the New Mexico School of Music, Mr. Iturbe brings his passion about jazz improvisation and his own Patagonian folk roots, playing a classic guitar along with guitarist Melissa Rios and Fidel Gonzalez on bombo legüero.

Photo credit: Carlos Puma, for UC Riverside

Last week, US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera visited New Mexico to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Somos Un Pueblo Unidos and participate in activities organized by the UNM Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.

Espejos de Aztlán was founded by another Latino poet, Cecilio García Camarillo (1943-2002), so we couldn´t miss the opportunity to interview Mr. Herrera.  This year, he was honored with the nation’s highest award in poetry; he was named Poet Laureate of the United States, the first Latino awarded this honor.

Photo: Los Poblanos / http://www.lospoblanos.com

Mon. 12/7, 7p: We´ll be in the kitchen of the architectural historic local treasure, Los Poblanos and La Quinta, with a New Mexican culinary treasure: Chef Jonathan Perno. He cooks for us a MEXICAN CHOCOLATE pie to share in our holidays. It´s easy to prepare in your own kitchen with your children around: enjoy this ¡Espejos de ... chocolate! Be ready to smell it...

http://www.gocriogrande.com

Our guests are bikers dedicated to protecting the victims of child abuse. They are  GUARDIANS OF THE CHILDREN,  a humanitarian service that provides protection and works with  prevention following the motto:"Don't Let Your Silence Drown Out Their Cries".

http://www.gaby-moreno.com

Sat. 11/21, 2p: Best New Artist Grammy Award winner 2013, Los Angeles based singer and songwriter, Guatemalan Gaby Moreno seduces audiences with amazing vocal versatility: from blues and jazz to the most beloved Latin American songs, she can grab your heart  singing in Spanish or in English while strumming her guitar.

http://somosunpueblounido.org

Mon. 11/2, 7p: We celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the valuable organization Somos Un Pueblo Unido for its advocacy for workers and civil rights in New Mexico: our guests, Marcela Díaz –Executive Director- and writer Dr. Lois Palken Rudnick. We´ll talk about the milestones of their organization, and the “American Dreams/Border Realities” Film Series that will be hosted in Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematèque to honor Somos Un Pueblo Unido .

www.lascafeteras.com

Sat. 10/17 2:15p: Las Cafeteras  is both a new and old sound from the Latino soul, nurturing a sense of "Latin Americanity":  a vibrant upbeat rythm coming from the son jarocho roots yet empowered with poetic and  socially committed lyrics blended in the cultural roundabout of Los Angeles.

The Palladium Project Poster
www.casaflamenca.org

Mon. 10/5, 7:30p: We´ll warm your heart and your ears! with live flamenco music and an interview with dancers and musicians of "The Palladium Project", and Casa Flamenca founder, Jesús Muñoz.

They´ll perform :

- Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10th, 8pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 

http://www.cimarroncolombia.com/

Mon. 10/5, 7p: The Colombian and Venezuelan plains region is home to one of most engaging musical traditions, the joropo, a musical genre created by ranching people of the Orinoco River plains to accompany their tasks with the cattle.

http://www.jimmylopez.com/discography/

Mon. 8/31, 7p: Jimmy López  is among the younger generation of South American Composers. Born in Lima, Perú, his life trip looks like the Lord of the Air, one of his most important compositions about the flight of the Condor, the emblematic bird of the Andean Region.

Graciela Pesce CD Cover "Tango para chicos y sus hermanos"

Sat. 9/5 4:15p:  Tango for Children! We´ll feature tango music composed for children to play with, to dance, and to learn at school. Graciela Pesce, founder of the project "Tango para chicos", shares her music from Buenos Aires with Corazón Tanguero.
Pictures: Graciela Pesce CD Covers

Workers on front

Sep 4, 2015
http://blog.workingamerica.org

Mon. 9/7, 7p: Espejos de Aztlán celebrates Labor Day with New Mexico Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) President, Jon Hendry, and leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME, New Mexico Council 18): Joel Villarreal (Staff Representative) and Miles Conway (Communications Coordinator). We talk about what are their main goals to achieve, the main topics that workers organizations need to face, and what´s the future of Unions.

Sat. 8/15, 3p: Samuel Formell, Director of the legendary Cuban musical group, LOS VAN VAN (2000 Latin Grammy award) converses with us about how Los Van Van managed to produce the most popular dance music in Cuba, and how it became one of the icons of Cuba. He also talks about his father´s legacy, bassist and Director Juan Formell, founder and leader from 1969 until his death in 2014, and about Los Van Van´s future.

www.cabq.gov/culturalservices

Mon. 8/3, 7p: Do you know where does LA BAMBA come from? We explore it and share SON JAROCHO music with local group "LUZ DE LUNA".

 

http://lulacruza.com

Sat. 8/1st, 2:30p: Luis Maurette, from Argentina, and Alejandra Ortiz from Colombia met in Berklee College of Music in Boston. A love story was born in a nest of the Americas´music. Their compositions are woven with sophisticated electronic sounds, and yet grounded in folk music from the heart of their homelands. During this US Tour, the duet LULACRUZA celebrates their 10th Anniversary, with a 5th Album “Orcas”, a tribute to life through a soulful exploration of Latin American music.

www.tanghetto.com

Sat. 8/1, 4:15p: TANGHETTO has been nominated three times for the Latin Grammy awards, and it won twice Argentina´s Premios Gardel (Gardel  Award), the top prize honoring Argentinian music. Its bandleader and founder, Max Masri converse with us from Buenos Aires, about how Tanghetto has been flourishing globally  since the late 90´s.  

Poster: Detail of Poster "Nacha Mendez sings Chavela Vargas" / http://www.mesaprietapetroglyphs.org/july-25-2015---nacha-mendez.html

Sat. 7/18, 3p: “Amor puro y duro” (Pure and hard love) is a documentary about Mexican music icon and legend, Chavela Vargas. In the documentary, her world is explored through the eyes and voice of Nacha Mendez, a beloved New Mexican singer.

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Mon. 7/13, 3p: The powerful sweetness in her voice melts your heart in a warm, charming embrace: Tracey Whitney, a former voice of Ray Charles´Raelettes, joins us  to share her achievements, projects, and dreams. We tried to find out how the enchantment of this land is inside her dreams since she relocated from Los Angeles. Besides, Ms. Whitney was inspired to sing something a cappella in her unique, velvety voice: "Georgia in my mind":

Tracey Whitney next concerts (more information here):

Cover Picture: "Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest. A Self-Portrait of a people" by John Donald Robb / UNM Press

Mon. 7/6, 7p: “Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest” is a fine folk music portrait written by  John Donald Robb based on his 1941-1979 collection (published by UNM Press)

Dr. Enrique Lamadrid and Jack Loeffler guide us through this music treasure of around 3.000 songs available to the public through John Donald Robb Trust.

Cover: "Tango Greco", Universal 2007

Sat. 7/4, 4:15p: This week´s  Greece debt crisis has been compared often with Argentina´s financial collapse in 2001: the money disappears from the banks,  long lines of desperate people at closed banks looking to rescue their wages and savings from the ATMs, and a common anxiety and fear about their future.

In solidarity with the Greek people who are suffering the same incertitude and anguish that Argentinians continue suffering, CORAZÓN TANGUERO offers a tango embrace, featuring Greek tango singers and composers.

Hotel Mariachi

Jun 29, 2015

Mon. 6/29, 7p: A unique visual and narrative approach to the strengthen, and survival of mariachi musicians through a place: HOTEL MARIACHI.

Yesterday, “Hotel Mariachi. Urban space and cultural heritage in Los Angeles” published by UNM Press won the Award as Best Non-Fiction Multi Author book at the 2015 Latino Book Awards during the Annual ALA Conference (American Library Association), held in  San Francisco.

BOOGAT

Jun 19, 2015
www.boogat.com

Sat. 6/20, 3pm: He holds a  deep “Latin Americanity” sentimiento at his heart. Son of Paraguayan and Mexican parents raised in Canada, Boogat embraces his heritage creating  fearless rap poems, MC and electronic cumbia among his musical choices, sung in Spanish and French.

Catholic Charities Center for Refugee and Settlement / http://www.ccasfnm.org

Mon. 6/1 7p: An interview with refugees Gised Aboy-Reina (Cuba) and Sanaa Yagoob (Irak) along with Beatrice Villegas, Program Director of the Center for Refugee Settlement and Support (Catholic Charities, New Mexico). We´ll talk about how their life is since they arrived as refugees in New Mexico. 

 

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