Mon. Dec. 1st, 7p: We´ll share the joy of a popular wisdom that comes in very small pills, wrapped by few words: "dichos" (or sayings). New Mexican photograper, educator, and writer Don Usner began to “chase” this little popular pearls with his mother, following the traces of their community and family legacy in Chimayó, New Mexico.
We´ll navigate this popular wisdom with Don Usner through his new book "Chasing Dichos through Chimayó (UNM Press, Querencias Series, 2014)
Mon. Nov. 3, 7p: Is the Chicana and Chicano Movement still alive? We explore it in a conversation with Prof. Irene Vásquez, co-author with UCLA Prof. Juan Gómez-Quiñones of the book "MAKING AZTLÁN", just published by the University of New Mexico Press. Passion and struggles from the sixties and seventies to today.
Mon. Oct. 13th, 7p: Enjoy a short avant-première of the play ¡Bocón! that will be performed by Working Classroom very soon. ¡Bocón! is a bilingual fable filled with humor, magical realism, and songs directed by Rebeca Mayorga and written by Lisa Loomer.
A 12-year-old boy, Miguel, flees a repressive Central American military regime for a new life in Los Angeles. Along the way he meets up with an unusual travelling companion who you might know...
Sat. Oct 4th, 2p: OCTOBER 4th is WORLD ANIMAL DAY established in 1931 by a group of ecologists in Florence, Italy to celebrate endangered species and all kinds of animal life (in coincidence with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals).
Celebrate our best friends with Latin American songs that honor animal life: el tecolote, el caballo, la vicuña, el perro, el gato, el tucá guazú, el yurumí, and more! ¡FELIZ DÍA DE LOS ANIMALES!
Sat. Oct. 4th, 4:15pm: They look like a garage band with 11 musicians whose age ranges from 25 to 35 years old. They introduce their new albums in an old factory. They compose and play dark tangos, following the shadows of their rock icons, like the legendary El Indio Solari, leader of "Los Redonditos de Ricota".
Mon. Sept. 29th, 7:30p: Jesús Muñoz of Casa Flamenca drops by to discuss his next performance, "Techarí". In the Gypsy Caló, techarí means ¨to be free¨-not under the control or power of another. He´ll share with us his inspiration for this new work . When & Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque Journal Theater, Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, 8pm
At 8:00 pm, Andrés Moreno and Colin Butts, cast members of the UNM production of the Federico García Lorca play, "As Five Years Pass" will open some surprises of this "pearl" of the theatre.
Mon. Sept. 29th. 7p: Olodum in Brazil, Orquesta Cateura in Paraguay, and A.G.D. in Albuquerque´s South Valley are examples of music serving as a powerful transformative tool for youth development that creates solidarity with their community, and builds self-respect.
Javier Alvarado, Xavier Barreras, and Omar Torres, the rap group A.G.D. releasing their first CD later this week, describe their involvement and contributions to the successes of the South Valley Male Involvement Project, along with Carlos M. Flores, project coordinator.
Sat. Sept. 27, 3p: From Colombia to the Globalquerque, the day after their big concert, Beto Jamaica and his band shared with RAÍCES stories about vallenato and its origins. Mr. Jamaica is one of the most important vallenato and cumbia musicians of his country, and winner as Rey of the "Leyenda Vallenata Festival" in 2006.
Enjoy with us the music and the conversation from the backyard of Armando Ortega´s house in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque with friends and sheep as our witnesses...
Sat. Sept. 2nd, 4:15p: A new generation is bringing a crude, and complex social reality to their tango compositions.
In CORAZÓN TANGUERO, we travel the road of Contemporary Argentinian tango composers who speak to today´s reality, a challenging, and less traveled road. We´ll listen to : LA VIDÚ, a tango orchestra of 13 musicians, including 4 bandoneon players, and 4 violins. And Josefina Rozenwasser, a Buenos Aires young woman with great resolution to make her own way in music, playing bandoneon, singing and composing.
Wed. 8/20, 3p: We´ll travel through Rahim AlHaj poetic world with his powerful oud, one of civilization's most ancient string instruments.
Twice Grammy nominated, Mr. AlHaj is considered among the few oud virtuoso players. From Bagdad to Albuquerque, we´ll travel with Iraqi musician performer and composer Mr. Alhaj as he shares a journey for peace through stories, poetry, dreamlike music, and the fresh breeze of an ancient culture.
Sat. Aug. 16, 4:15p: Para honrar la memoria colectiva, we´ll celebrate that the Argentinian grandson Number 114, Ignacio Hurban (Guido Montoya Carlotto) was found. He was one of the 500 children kidnapped by Argentinian dictatorship (1976-1983). His grandmother Enriqueta Estela Barnes de Carlotto, leader of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, and 2003 United Nations Prize of Human Rights, looked for him for 37 years.
Ignacio/Guido is a tango and jazz musician. We´ll feature his music, and tangos related with the need of historical memory and justice.
Sat., August 2nd at 4:15p: We´ll share music of a contemporary generation of tango musicians and composers from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Néstor Basurto with "Recalada" ("Dropping By") and Pablo Covacevich, a guitar virtuoso, with a new album release, "Olivia". Both musicians keep tango vibrant and alive today. More information:
Sat. August 2nd at 3p: A descendent from the South American country Guyana and 2014 New Mexico Music Award for Best Jazz CD, Faith Amour shares her deep velvety voice with us. She takes us on a musical trip from her life in New Mexico, the Caribbean and African heritage of her ancestors, landing at a contemporary jazz with French flair.
Enjoy this conversation with artist Faith Amour about her choices as a musician, a singer, and a woman in the man's world of music.
Ms. Faith Amour will perform in Santa Fe from August 6 -12:
Mon. 21 July, 7:00 p: One of the state´s largest elementary schools is named after him, a veteran of the Vietnam war returning home with the need to bring beauty and light against the darkness in the world through his art, the recipient of the 2013 Governor´s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Edward Gonzales talks with us from his studio in Bernalillo.
Sat. 21 July, 4:15p: Argentinian Sexteto VENDAVAL (strong wind) from Rosario with "InTEmperie" ("Under the open sky"), and FLORES NEGRAS (Black Flowers), a women only vocal quartet from Buenos Aires, will keep us feeling the live beating heart of tango.
Sat. 5 July, 4:15p: Adrián PLACENTI, Argentinian pianist and composer, shares "Mis tangos de ayer y hoy", and QUINTEGASETO from Rosario, will keep us feeling the live breath of tango. ¡EL TANGO VIVE! Tango lives!
Credit Cover: Música Electroacústica De Compositores Latinoamericanos (Electroacoustic Music By Latin American Composers) / Compiled by: Ricardo Dal Farra - www.http://www.discogs.com/Various-M%C3%BAsica-Electroac%C3%BAstica-De-Compositores-Latinoamericanos-Electroacoustic-Music-By-Latin-Ame/release/2672132
Mon. 30 June, 7p: An interview with Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra, composer and multimedia artist, researcher, educator, performer and curator. We´ll talk about how was Electroacustic music developed in Latin America.
Dr. Dal Farra´s Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection is part of the Digital Latin America exhibition, organized by 516 Arts, in Albuquerque. You can visit this Collection here:
Sat. 21 June 4:15pm: Grand Rapids, MI based Folias Flute and Guitar Duo with flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron play live their own compositions in a studio session. We talked about the crossing experience of concert chamber music with Argentinian folk and tango, and their connection to nature as inspiration for their compositions.
Sat. 14 June, 3pm : Music and interview with "La Marisoul" o Marisol Hernández, lead singer of La Santa Cecilia, and José "Pepe" Carlos (accordion and requinto). Both have lots of stories to share: La Marisoul, a daughter of immigrants, lead a new generation of Latinos through social commentary with the Los Angeles based band. Pepe is a "Dreamer" and a member of this Grammy winning band (Best Latin Rock Album 2014) for their album Treinta Días.
Sat. 7 June, 4:15p: We´ll feature VIOLENTANGO, a new generation of musicians recreating tango from the "Rock Nacional" of the 60´s and 70´s, with a touch of the Buenos Aires melancholy. (http://www.violentango.com)
And AMORES TANGOS, a carnaval-tango orchestra... all tango vivo!
Mon. 2 June, 7p: From the deepest corners of Latin America we enter the digital world. Access into the digital age modifies, creates feedback and opens new perspectives on art and folklore in Latin America.
To sample we need a window. Sisa Toaquiza, Flor de los Andes (Flower of the Andes), an indigenous singer, a Tiqua from the Ecuadorean Highlands, shows how access to the internet and digital media permits an artist to reach a global audience from the farthest reaches of our American continents.
During his live performance for RAÍCES (May 3rd), Cipriano Vigil, New Mexican musicologist and musician shares his songs, and his new book, “New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del Folklor Nuevomexicano” (UNM Press, 2014).
Mon. 5 May, 7p: Four years ago, Ramón Dorado Mendoza was rapidly deported after being stopped by Airport police on the I-25 as he was driving to his college classes. He came with his family to Albuquerque as a child of 6 years old from Chihuahua, México.
Sat. 17 May, 4:15pm: In an interview with violinist James Anderson, founder of the Austin Piazzolla Quintet we´ll talk about the connection of the Quintet to Piazzolla´s music, the freedom to create, improvise and recreate through Piazzolla´s inspiration.
You´ll listen their awe-inspiring, and at the same time, playful brushes of music all along the show!
Sat. 3 May, 4:15 pm: From an iconic tanguero neighborhood of Buenos Aires, La Boca, we converse with Pablo Bernaba, founder of QUINTETO NEGRO LA BOCA.
In their impressive successful show Tangos negros y libertarios, the QNLB performs traditional, new, and socially-involved tango with the lyrics of the Argentinian writer, Osvaldo Bayer (author of La Patagonia Rebelde).
Sat. 19 April, 4:15p: Different versions of two classics: "Naranjo en Flor/Orange tree in bloom" (1944, brothers Homero and Virgilio Expósito), and "Primavera Porteña/Buenos Aires Spring" (1970, Astor Piazzolla), to celebrate the beginning Springtime en clave de tango ...