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Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Ecos Latinos
Fri, September 16th, 2022 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
In partnership with Ecos Latinos, NOMA hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration featuring a night of music in the Lapis Center for the Arts. Performers include violinist Ángel Ríos, Bodoma Garifuna drummers and dancers, Patrice Fisher and Arpa, Mariachi Jalisco, and Mexico Y Sus Raíces dance group.
Doors open at 6:00 pm, and performances begin at 7:00 pm.
$10 general admission | $5 for NOMA members
About the Performers
Honduran violinist and composer Ángel Ríos mixes elements of traditional Garifuna Afro-Caribbean music from his country with jazz. Born in San Pedro Sula, Ríos began to study violin at the age of seven, and he continued his musical studies at the Victor Lopez School of Music and Tiradientes College. He is a graduate of Francisco Morazon University in music. He has recorded three albums and performed as a soloist and with an orchestra around the world. Ríos currently lives in Miami, where he directs his own Camay Orchestra and uses his classical training to arrange and compose music that expresses the culture of Honduras.
Bodoma Garifuna Group
Carlos “Bodoma” Norales is a Garifuna singer, drummer, and composer who, through his music, connects youth with ancestral traditions. Bodoma was born in La Ceiba, and at the age of thirteen, he traveled to San Pedro Sula to study. He became interested in Garifuna cultural activities and began composing in the rhythms and style of Garifuna cultural traditions. In 2007, he met Latin jazz composer Patrice Fisher, and they started an ongoing collaboration involving Honduran, Garifuna, and New Orleans-based musicians.
Patrice Fisher and Arpa
Latin jazz harpist Patrice Fisher favors the music of Brazil and Cuba, saying that, not only is the harp “comfortable” harmonically with the music, but that she herself is drawn to the rhythmic complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Fisher is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. She lives in New Orleans, where she has been composing and performing since the 1980s. She has also appeared at local and international jazz festivals with her group Arpa, in locations such as Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and Guatemala.
El Mariachi Jalisco was started in Baton Rouge in 2010 as the first mariachi group in the state of Louisiana. Eider Martinez and other group members decided to revive the Mariachi Jalisco Havana Cuba, a musical group that they had in their native Cuba. All the members have over ten years of experience in this genre of traditional Mexican music and are graduates of various musical conservatories. They have performed ten times at the International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara, and made various television appearances which have been broadcast throughout Latin America and the United States.
Mexico Y Sus Raíces
Mexico Y Sus Raíces is a Mexican folkloric dance group that shows the beauty of local dances in Jalisco, Mexico, through music and colorful mariachi costumes.
About Ecos Latinos
Ecos Latinos is a monthly performance series featuring Hispanic musicians, poets, dancers, and visual artists—both local and international—at schools, hospitals, libraries, and festivals in Louisiana. Additionally, Ecos Latinos produces professionally edited documentary videos showcasing the music of Louisiana composers.
The Ecos Latinos Hispanic Heritage Celebration is supported by grants from Arts Council of New Orleans, City of New Orleans, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Louisiana Division of the Arts, South Arts, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund.