At the request of our performers and in compliance with UNM guidelines, Masking and Proof of Vaccination are required and will be checked at the NHCC entrance.
The performance will be streamed via the Robb Trust You Tube Channel.
The University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust and National Hispanic Cultural Center will present the Eighth Annual John D. Robb, Jr. Concert: Música del Corazón: Fandango Roots and Flowers on Sunday, November 14, at 3 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The event, which shares and promotes the legacy of New Mexican folk music and John Donald Robb’s compositions, is free and open to the public.
Música del Corazón: Fandango Roots and Flowers will be curated by Professor Emeritus Enrique Lamadrid of the UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Performers include: "Son Veracruz" with Otilio Ruiz, Leticia Cuevas, Kateri López, Daniel Salazar, and Anabel María; Vicente Griego, with Lidón Patiño Berjas and Javier Saume Mazzei from the National Institute of Flamenco; and César Bobalé*, with Janet Harman, Pilar & Frank Leto, and Ricky Carrido.
Fandangos are an intercultural tradition of intertwined music, lyric, and dance that spread to the most remote corners of the colonies of Spain by the year 1700. The word itself is of African origin, as are the percussive rhythms and energetic dance of the sub-Saharan peoples who lost their freedom, but not their music. The slave trade traveled up the west coast of Africa to Iberian ports to the Americas. Along the way, the musical traditions of Andalusian, Gitano, Afro-Latino, and Native American peoples blended and evolved.
Fandangos are also events, cultural gatherings, and popular dances. In Spain, all social sectors participated, from village fiestas to royal courts. The craze spread to the rest of Europe and was adapted for salons and stages by composers like Scarlatti and Mozart, whose opera The Marriage of Figaro features a fandango. Over the next three centuries, fandangos evolved into venues of resistance, empowerment, and liberation.
Música del Corazón will feature these living traditions. In future concerts, the Robb Trust will explore the musical recovery of the New Mexican fandango and celebrate the Baroque fandangos of New Spain and Europe.
The UNM Robb Trust prides itself in supporting the music and musical legacy of John Donald Robb, to further his inspiring commitment to education, and to advance the understanding of music of the Southwest. The Robb Trust, in partnership with composers, performing artists, educators, students, and audiences, enhance the legacy of Dean Robb by preserving the traditions of Southwest folk music, promoting the music of John Donald Robb, and supporting the composition of contemporary music.