The San Luis Valley community will have a great opportunity to enjoy the musical repertoire of Chuy Martínez and Otilio Ruiz of Albuquerque, NM, who form the musical duo, “Los Trinos.” They will present a concert featuring music of Latin America.
Martínez is a singer, songwriter, folklorist and community cultural worker with more that 40 years in music and theatre. He has shared the stage with many national and international artists and is the host of the popular television show “Lo Maduro de la Cultura.” Martinez has received numerous awards for his contributions to his community, including the Human Rights Unsung Hero Award and the New Mexico Bravo Artist of the Year.
Ruiz began playing and writing music at the age of 11 and studied at the Music Conservatory in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. His love for Latin American music inspired him to develop a great passion for string instruments. Formerly, Ruiz was a member of the international music group, Tlen-Huicani of the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, where he studied under the renowned Alberto De La Rosa Sánchez and toured Asia and North and South America. He also toured throughout Europe with the Achille Zavatta Company, an international artistic company based in Paris. Presently, Ruiz teaches music in the Albuquerque Public Schools and is the director of “La Rondalla de Albuquerque.”
Together, Chuy and Oti have recorded “Pa’ Uste’” in 2002 and “Hoy Soñé Con Mi Pueblo” in 2008. They will provide an afternoon strings/vocal workshop planned for local musicians interested in “Rondalla” serenade style selections. Songs learned will be presented at the evening concert. For additional information on attending this workshop, contact 719-589-6156.
Concert tickets are $10 and are available at Papers of Distinction and SLV Federal Bank in Alamosa.
The workshop fee is $25 and includes a concert ticket, and is scheduled from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and the concert is at 7 p.m. Both events will be at the Adams State Theatre Main Stage on Saturday, October 20.