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Lone Piñon A Delightful Surprise at Globalquerque!

March 12th, 2016

It was my first time attending Globalquerque! – New Mexico’s annual celebration of world music and culture that featured 17 acts from 5 continents on 3 stages.  I blissfully floated between the three stages and let myself be transported —the way only music can transport me—  all over the world.  But of all the amazing groups that played at the festival, Lone Piñon made the biggest impression on me.  It was an old sound, but with such a new and fresh life to it.  And now I just learned that Lone Pinon recently recorded their first album, live, at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, NM.  Check it out on their website!

Lone Piñon is an acoustic trio from Santa Fe, NM that plays the music of Mexico’s Huasteca and Tierra Caliente regions, and traditional music from the area known as El Rio Grande del Norte: Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.  The band features Greg Glassman (guitar and vocals), Noah Martinez (guitarrón), and Jordan Wax (fiddle and vocals).

Apps for Dance Teachers

March 12th, 2016

What is the best APP for playing music in a dance class?  I recently found some interesting new tools after asking my dance teacher friends which APP they used regularly.  Here is a quick summary of what I discovered.

Hungary’s World Music Party

October 21st, 2015

WOMEX begins today, but I had to spend an hour processing the incredible music I heard last night at Hungary’s “Pre-Party”, the Folk and World Music Showcase Day at Fonó.  It was a stellar event that brought together 10 select bands — representing the best global music offerings from this ethnically diverse country.

My favorite discovery was Zombori.  They combine an energetic indie/rock groove with the mesmerizing vocals unique to Hungarian folk music.  It was enchanting.  Here is a short sample…please forgive the videography.  I was operating the camera with one hand and holding a glass of red wine in the other!

I also loved Babra.  They play South Slavic tambura music influenced by Hungarian, Bulgarian, Armenian and Gypsy traditions.  These adorable up-and-coming musicians played on the “Small Stage” here at the Fonó, yet they attracted a great crowd that went wild with enthusiasm.  You can’t help but jump and dance to it.

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There were other wonderful bands that I will feature in a future post, including the David Yengibarian Trio, Fonó Zenekar, and Parno Graszt.  Bravo to Fonó, Hungarian Heritage House, and Hangvetö for putting this Showcase together.  On to WOMEX!

 

Almost Ready to Rock the World!

October 11th, 2015

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