2020 Música del Corazón - Mariachis y Flamencos
New Mexico's Beloved Stepchildren
November 22, 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Recorded at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Mariachis and Flamencos: New Mexico's Beloved Musical Stepchildren
The John Donald Robb, Jr. Concert, "Musica del Corazón VII" 2020
LINK to NHCC YouTube channel for the CONCERT
PROGRAM NOTES and BIOS
please click on buttons below for PDFs with curator notes and song texts (Spanish/English)
Part One - The Concert
Part Two - The Panel
LINK to NHCC YouTube channel for the PANEL
By most historical accounts, Mariachi and Flamenco first took root in the fertile musical landscape of New Mexico by the mid-twentieth century. Their intertwined music and dance have inspired the people and resonated deeply with us. What is it about Mariachis that inspires cultural pride and respect? Why do we identify with the defiance and cultural resilience of the Gitanos, the Spanish gypsies? After four generations, both traditions have fully naturalized here. We can now identify Nuevomexicano styles of Mariachi and Flamenco. With their origins in west central Mexico, and southern Spain, both traditions musically remind New Mexicans that we are as Mexican as we are Spanish. Mariachi and Flamenco have flourished to such a degree that newcomers often imagine that they have been here much longer.
The Mariachi invasion came with the charro movies, Mexican westerns, and their singing heroes. As demand grew, ensembles emerged to play for fiestas and family celebrations. Flamenco became popular after World War II, when dance troupes toured the U.S. and Flamenco families settled and flourished. At this point, we cannot imagine New Mexico without them. Both cultural traditions were born by the early nineteenth century and matured in the crucible of political change and the emergence of nations. Mariachi has surpassed the regions of Jalisco and Michoacán to become a national treasure. The same is true of Flamenco as it spread from Andalucía to the north, and then to the world as a symbol of Spain. ¡Que vivan!
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