Northern NM Music: Past & Present

This virtual performance on Facebook LIVE on May 21 was the result of project director Chris Arellano’s initial research on the musical heritage and traditions of local villages: Questa, Cerro, Costilla, Amalia, and surroundings, and how they’ve percolated into the present.

Chris’s interviewees were part of the concert and discussions,  broadcast from the old historic plaza in Costilla: with Michael Rael, Bernie Torres, Joseph Marquez, and other guests joining in.

This project began by posing the question: How has musical expression in its many forms shaped the culture and people of this region? It explores historical roots, celebrates current expressions, and gives voice to elders whose knowledge had not yet been captured for the next generation.

Several websites and digital archives will house his interviews: the Questa Creative Council; Questa Stories; and the Manitos Community Memory Project. (Additional history on these topics can be found on the Questa History Trail website.)

This project is funded and supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Taos Community Foundation.

Ernie Marquez
Michael Rael
Chris Arellano
Joe Marquez
Chris, left, with Bernie Torres

This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.