This special, holiday edition, focuses on Cantos de Alabanza, the liturgical hymns associated to the centuries-old rituals and ceremonies cultivated by the Catholic brotherhoods known as Los Penitentes in the small towns along the mountains of Rio Grande del Norte. The alabados are slow and mournful songs associated to the Semana Santa processions, the funerals, New Year Days and other community or ceremonial events. Folk musicians and scholars tell the story of this old tradition. This is a program of the special series “Raíces: Songs and Tales of Rio Arriba.”
Guests: Cipriano Vigil, Master Folk Musician and Educator, El Rito, NM; Roberto Mondragón, Master Folk Musician, Educator, Former State Legislator and Lt. Governor of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM; Roberto Martínez, New Mexico State Historian, Santa Fe, NM; Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, Professor Emeritus of Spanish Language, University of New Mexico, Author of “Nuevo México Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Land” and other Books, Albuquerque, NM; Lorenzo Martínez, Master Folk Violinist, Los Reyes de Albuquerque, NEA National Heritage Fellow, Albuquerque, NM; Dr. Brenda Romero, Professor and Founder of Ethnomusicology at University of Colorado, Boulder, “Canciones de mis Patrias: Early New Mexican Songs and Ballads” CD, Española, NM; Angela Pérez, Folk and Ceremonial Violinist, Albuquerque, NM.
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