Over the weekend of March 27 to 28, students from the SFYSA Mariachi programs attended the sixth annual Las Vegas Mariachi Conference.
Approximately 170 students participated from around Northern New Mexico, including attendees from Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Mora, and Taos. The conference offered students two full days of music workshops followed by a student showcase concert on Saturday night, where 6 student groups were invited to perform a short set.
SFYSA Mariachi Director, Jose Santiago, also performed a set with professional Mariachi group, Mariachi Tradicional. Finally, ALL 170 workshop attendees performed ten new songs they learned during the workshop alongside Mariachi Tradicional.
The Las Vegas Youth Mariachi Conference is organized by Martin Sena. Martin runs the mariachi Programs at Robertson High School and Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas.
Photos: Courtesy of Jose Santiago and Saul Bencomo-Rascon (Click to view large)
Mariachi Estrella Performance Video
Round Mountain has a unique take on folk music that’s both foreign and familiar, blending dusty American grit with a worldly amalgam of global influences. Between them, Robby and Char play a dozen instruments during their concerts, leading them to be called “the two-man singing folk orchestra.”
The Rothschilds have strong personal connections with all three of the groups that will appear with them on the Lensic stage. The Santa Fe Youth Philharmonia, part of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, is conducted by Richard Snider, who was Robby and Char’s band teacher at Alameda Junior High School and Capital High School. The brothers studied music at the College of Santa Fe, which is now the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). And both brothers teach music in Santa Fe: Char at the Turquoise Trail Charter School, Robby at SFUAD.
Round Mountain’s March 13 concert presents them with the opportunity to share their own musical heritage with a hometown audience.
"As Santa Fe kids, we were lucky to grow up in this unique confluence of musical cultures,” says Char. “Some of the biggest influences on our journey happened in our school years—Richard Snider, who'll be conducting the Youth Symphony as they perform with us, was a formative influence throughout junior high and high school.”
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