Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mariachis, Why?

Prior to the arrival of Cortes the music of Mexico, played with rattles, drums, reed and clay flutes, and conch-shell horns, was an integral part of religious celebrations. Quickly, however, as Christianity spread, in many areas these instruments gave way to instruments imported by the Spanish: violins, guitars and harps, brass horns, and woodwinds. They were readily accepted in all the Americas.

"Dancers don't repeat gossip - so read this very carefully ---"

The Indian and mestizo musicians not only learned to play the European instruments, but also to build their own, sometimes giving them shapes and tunings of their own invention. Music and dance were important elements of Spanish theatrical productions, blending with the establish Indian music. They became enormously popular throughout the Spanish speaking world during the colonial period.

"La Golondrina" - (The Swallow) a song written in 1862
by Mexican physician Narciso Serradell Sevilla

The typical Spanish theatrical orchestra of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries was comprised of violins (usually two), harp and guitars (or guitar variants). It was from this group that several of the most distinctive regional ensembles of Mexico developed, including the Mariachi, who added the horns.

"Cien Anos" por Pedro Infante

We have not been able to make contact with Live music on Oahu. They are doing well with their own public relations. And they have more fans in the listener faction than in dancing. So we must make offers to the next one that will be coming in and that is the Mariachis. I just saw my first Mariachi group represented by one violin, one guitar and one trumpet. You cannot get any smaller than that but we will help them all.

I was just informed of the new Trump dance step. "All you have
to do is take three steps forward, two steps backward,
then side-step, side-step and turn around."