OCTOBER 26, 2014
Traditional songs of northern New Mexico were celebrated during an afternoon of discussion and music at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos on Oct. 26. Audrey Davis, Johnny Archuleta and friends performed songs, some of which were recorded 70 years ago by John Donald Robb during excursions to communities across the state. His recordings now anchor the Robb Musical Archive at the University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research.
New Mexico scholar Enrique Lamadrid examined how Robb preserved traditional music in [NEW LINK TO COME] Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest: A Self-Portrait of a People. This exhaustive study based on Robb's extensive research was originally published in 1980. Now, 34 years later, UNM Press has republished what is still considered one of the most complete syntheses of Hispanic folk music in print. Lamadrid wrote the prologue for the new edition. Lamadrid welcomed a special guest, Eleanor "Dollie" Valdez, who was recorded by Robb when she was a teenager.He played that song from the Robb Archives.
The event was presented by the John Donald Robb Musical Trust in collaboration with the Harwood Museum of Art, and continued the 25th anniversary celebration of the Trust.