Join us on the NHCC YouTube channel for this special online event.
Música del Corazón - Mariachis y Flamencos: New Mexico's Beloved Stepchildren
Seventh Annual John D. Robb, Jr. Concert
An online presentation by the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Solo voice and guitar: Frank McCulloch
Mariachi - Lorenzo Martínez, Larry Martínez, Miguel Ojeda, Joseph Santiago, and José Carrillo.
Flamenco - Vicente Griego, Eloy Gonzales, Javier Saume Mazzei
and a panel discussion led by UNM Distinguished Professor emeritus Enrique Lamadrid with Marisol Encinias, Executive Director of the National Institute of Flamenco, and New Mexico State Historian Rob Martínez.
Enjoy New Mexico’s talent presenting Mariachi and Flamenco with a Nuevomexicano twist and learn about how these forms have developed to become part of our rich and ever-growing cultural heritage.
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. At this point, we cannot imagine New Mexico without them. 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!
Image: Frank McCulloch, Saliendo, with permission.