“Queen of Mariachi” Prepares New Album!

by Katherine Glen

If someone enjoys singing ranchero music that is THE QUEEN OF MARIACHI, (“La Reina Del Mariachi” in Spanish) Katherine Glen. The name that her audience baptized her with for many years! An artist born in the United States who interprets Mariachi songs for all Latinos and New Yorkers alike. A singer with a lot of Charisma that fills the audience with sold out shows. La Reina del Mariachi (The Queen of Mariachi) is also a writer, who has published 10 books of poetry, revealed details of the preparation of her musical album.

“There are 6 songs that I wrote with a lot of love for all my fans. I recorded at a studio where celebrities such as Mariah Carey and artists of the Sony Music caliber recorded”, explained. With Colombian parents, La Reina del Mariachi fell in love with Mariachi music since she was little, when her mother bought a record of this genre and decided to change the vallenato and salsa, by the songs of Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel and Ana Gabriel.

“The first song that is on my album of the released songs is titled” La Reina Del Mariachi” and then follows, “How Much I Miss You”, “Baby Kisses”, “You Played with My Love”, “I Want to Know” and “Like a Dove”. These are the themes that I wrote many years ago and that tell a story. I have sung many songs in the genre of Mariachi, but for me, these songs have been the hardest to interpret, said the star.

“The first year that I competed in the First Univision Mariachi Festival, next to Mariachi Vargas and in which Ana Bárbara was a judge, was with that theme and I was among the first six finalists”, the only Winner in the state of New York. I have many songs written, since I like to write and every day I get inspired more!.

She thanked all the community and followers for the support they have given her during her career.

“My followers are mostly Mexican, but I have fans from all over the world, although I am especially grateful to the Mexican community because throughout my career they have opened the doors”, she said.

Next week she will perform on a Telemundo Network program and then start her promotional tour.

“I have planned the promotion of the album in California, Miami, Mexico and Colombia; on radio and television, “concluded Glen, who has opened concerts for Juanes, Shakira, Marco Antonio Solís and many more!

Find her on youtube; La Reina Del Mariachi and on google play, iTunes Mazon and all digital platforms or you can go to her website at www.La-Reina-Del-Mariachi.com.

Using select text from Shakespeare

R.Evolución Latina and Pregones/Prtt’s Raul Julia Training Unit Partner in an Interdisciplinary Professional Training workshop

by Katie Rosin

The Beyond Broadway Workshop Series (BWS), an interdisciplinary (acting, dance, music) professional development workshop and outreach program with professional teaching artists from Broadway, Film and TV, was started by Luis Salgado and R.Evolución Latina (RL) an organization that utilizes the arts to empower the Latino community. Now in their tenth year, RL is partnering with Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT) and their historic Raúl Juliá Training Unit for this year’s BWS, offering excellent, affordable training, combined with rehearsal and performance opportunities, training students to face challenges, building their self-confidence while cultivating the leadership skills necessary to unite and inspire.

Using select text from Shakespeare, integrating music and dance, the BWS will culminate in a devised piece of theatre, developed by the RL creative team supported by PRTT’s Raul Julia Training Unit, and will be performed at the Harlem School for the Arts. In order to constantly grow as artists and activists, those selected to be members of BWS’s Class of 2018 will have performance and outreach events throughout the workshop and throughout the year.

Luis Salgado, RL director, states, “This year’s thematic focus is “language”, “going beyond” and “embracing your tribe” through the words of Shakespeare.” He is excited that “participants will not only move beyond their fears and the realities of society as artists and/or immigrants, but they will also share their truth, their humanity, and their own artistic contributions. We believe that it is opportunities like this one that build a greater community. We seek artists that are dedicated to growing and giving back through their art.”

“Partnering with R.Evolución Latina’s Beyond Workshops Series is a coherent, exciting step for our Training Unit. We have a common goal and commitment to rigorous arts training, and to creating exciting opportunities for growth and impact in our communities,” states Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director Pregones/PRTT.

RL has provided approximately 30 scholarships between Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and beyond, to continue to inspire young professionals and expose them to an overall artistic experience in NYC.

Press Release provided by Media Representative: Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR. For more information go to
http://revolucionlatina.org/

Science, Tango, Hugs: a Profile of Joaquin Canay

by Maximilian Eyle

Joaquin Canay is a professional tango instructor turned biotech-engineer. He hails from Buenos Aires but has lived in New York State for more than 15 years. He is very tall, with lots of curly brown hair and a bubbly personality. Joaquin sat down with me to discuss what he has learned living in the United States and what he feels the United States could learn from Argentina.

You were born in Buenos Aires, how did you come to live in Buffalo, NY?

When I was 18 years old I moved to New York City. I didn’t speak any English but I spent 3 years there. I taught a little tango, took some English classes, and worked odd jobs as a bouncer and promoter in the music scene. Eventually I found an opportunity to teach tango in Ithaca. I did that for 11 years full time. Back in Argentina I had taken one year of med school, so I decided to get my associated degree at Tompkins County Community College in Biotechnology. The teachers were incredible – some of the best I have ever had. I was then accepted into the biotech program at University of Buffalo where I earned by bachelor’s degree.

What type of work do you do now?

I work now for Thermo-Fisher in the research and development group where I help design new products. Right now we are working on developing mediums for cell growth in the lab. When scientists have to growth cells in a petri dish, they have to put the cells in a substance so they grow. We make that substance for laboratories across the world, it’s very exciting.

What do you miss most about life in Argentina?

I miss my friends and family the most, of course. Argentina is a gorgeous country but people are what you miss the most. They have a different attitude toward life. People are much closer in Argentina, in terms of physical space. They touch, they stand closer. Here, they are not used to such contact. When I came here, people were bothered by how close I would stand when I talked to them. In Argentina, we hug and kiss all the time. Here, people are much more distant.

For example, you can just stop by a friend’s house without warning back home. If they are feeling bad, you can just go and take them out. Here, you need to call first. Friends are an extension of the family. In America, the term doesn’t mean quite the same thing. It is hard for people to form those stronger friendships without feeling comfortable being open and close with each other.

I also miss dancing. I used to dance every day but now it is once every week or two. Tango was always my salvation to help me adapt to this culture much faster. In tango, you have so much personal contact, you are hugging the person for the duration of the dance. It grounded me and made this foreign land seem familiar. It is hard to describe the feeling you get when you dance, but I miss it. Even though I like my job very much, after a year of working there, I haven’t touched any of my coworkers. It is a very strange feeling.

What could Americans learn from Argentineans?

We are all animals, and our lives are short and pointless. For this reason we must enjoy it. The “time is money” philosophy reduces people’s ability to enjoy their lives. They have coffee with a friend for an hour but are in a rush because they have to be somewhere else rather than enjoying the moment. Americans need to learn how to enjoy the small moments better, to live within the community and with less pressure.

Maximilian Eyle is a native of Syracuse, NY and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He works as a media consultant and writes each month about a variety of issues for Spanish-language papers across New York State. Maximilian has a love of Hispanic culture and learned Spanish while living in Spain where he studied and worked as an English teacher. He can be contacted at maxeyle@gmail.com.

Tangoing Across Central New York

Every Wednesday night, a group gathers at the Skybarn on Syracuse University campus. It is a mixture of students, community members, men, women, old people, young people, Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, Latinos, and more. What brings them together is Argentine tango, a dance that has enjoyed a strong following across Upstate New York for decades. In addition to Syracuse – Ithaca, Buffalo, Utica, and Geneva all boast their own tango communities and many dancers travel from city to city to take classes and dance with new people. These tango events include “practicas” where dancers gather informally to practice and learn from one another, and “milongas” – more formal social dances with lots of wine and food.

As I learned more about tango, I began to wonder how an Argentinean dance spread so far and attracted such a diverse array of devotees. The story begins in Buenos Aires during the late 1800s and early 1900s. As a powerful seaport, the city had lots of traffic coming in and out from Europe and other parts of the world. Tango had developed locally but carried strong influences from abroad. Many of its most influential composers have Italian names and the instrument most associated with tango – the bandoneon, is of German extraction. Buenos Aires was plagued by a lack of women compared to the number of men, and tango grew in popularity as a way of allowing men some contact with the opposite sex. Though it started in the brothels, bars, and rougher areas of Buenos Aires, the dance was spread across the world by sailors. It would catch on in Europe and eventually across the world.

At its basic level, Argentine tango is based on walking in unison with your partner in connection to the rhythm of tango music. I call it “walking while hugging”. However, as it develops for the individual dancer, it becomes an incredibly creative dance. Individual movements are strung together in an infinite number of ways in an improvised manner, so that each tango danced is a unique experience. Additionally, you can dance to the melody of the song instead of just the rhythm. Rather than memorizing figures, dancers develop the connection to their partner so that each step is communicated individually. When the connection is strong, the result is magical.

If you are interested in visiting a tango community near you, the local schedules are summarized below:

Syracuse: Wednesdays at the Skybarn on SU Campus (7:30 pm – 10:30 pm)
Ithaca: Thursdays at the Baker Portico on Cornell Campus (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Utica: Sundays 6:15 to 9:15 pm at the Function Better Studio, 5094 Commercial Drive, Yorkville NY Buffalo: Every Wednesday except the last Wednesday of the month. Movement 716 at 3111 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)

About the author – Maximilian Eyle is a native of Syracuse, NY and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He has experience working in the drug policy field and writes about it every month for CNY Latino. Maximilian learned Spanish while living in Spain where he studied and worked as an English teacher. He can be contacted at maxeyle@gmail.com.

Reflections within the Labyrinth

by David Paulino

As I sit and reflect on how time passes by so quickly. Throughout this year, I learned that I must decide on one specific goal in order to escape the labyrinth. This labyrinth is the labyrinth of solitude influenced after reading Octavio Paz’s Labyrinth of Solitude. The labyrinth serves as a means for my continued struggle of finding myself and it reflects my indecisiveness.

I ponder about what I have learned about myself, and I can say that I learned that I lack many hard skills that do not make me as marketable or as beneficial to any company or startup. I interned with a Startup during the summer and I was very excited to catch a glimpse of the “real world”.  There I only caught a reflection of my flaws.

As the internship was ending I found myself less motivated to go because I knew that I would not be contributing to any project. Nor did I sincerely believe in their vision. I felt that I was wasting their time and mines as well, before the internship ended I left and said my farewells.

This experience taught me many things, one is that if I do not believe in the vision of a company, then I will not be as productive and enthusiastic to work for said company. Another is that my decisions are not long term, they tend to be sporadic and reactionary, and my decisions are not thought out because they appear out of a whim. Lastly, it taught me that sometimes we just have to take a risk when it comes to developing ourselves. In thinking this I learned that I am in no way shape or form a risk taker. I think too much on the possibility of it failing and that I have to start from square one that I do not end up moving at all.

I live in my head way too much that by the time I notice the day is almost ending and I put everything I had to do today for tomorrow and then the cycle continues. While reading one of Alfonso Sastre’s essay one phrase stood out and that I will remember to this day, “Those that change the world are the ones that are truly enraged by it” not a day goes by when I do not think on that phrase and I cannot help but wonder, when am I going to be enraged by my state of stagnation? When will this state of complacency go away? Fear of failure is what has frozen me but in not doing anything, I have already failed.

I write this article as a form of a therapy which was what writing became for me, but I found that I am writing less and less which I know is a problem. This article is for me and for any young person that may feel the same way I do. I know is not much of a good advice because there is no answer, but merely that we ourselves are the answer to our problem. We ourselves have created this labyrinth and we ourselves will destroy it.

My name is David Alfredo Paulino. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a international studies major with a concentration in Global Political Systems and my minors are Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Asia and the Middle East. I was born in Manhattan, NYC, but I currently live in the Bronx with my Mother, little sister, and Stepfather. Although I was born here, most of my fondest memories come from my frequent visits to the Dominican Republic, and always being there. I even stayed there for a year. Due to my constant going back and forth, I grew to love the atmosphere there and sometimes I yearn for it more than the actual city.

Team Puerto Rico created a Movement even in a Loss

by David Conde

Every four years dating back to 2006, the World Baseball Classic takes center stage and nations come together with their best players showcasing their skills for the whole world to witness.  Major League Baseball started this tournament to give countries the opportunity to show that baseball is not just America’s National Pastime.

Many countries have participated and have advanced through the rounds, but three have so far reached the ultimate goal of being crowned champions, Japan (2006, 2009), Dominican Republic (2013) and United States (2017).

In 2013, Team Puerto Rico faced off against an unbeaten Dominican Republic team in the final of the World Baseball Classic. The classic did not end as Puerto Rico expected as they lost 3-0 to a DR team that ran the table finishing 8-0 in the Classic.

Fast forward four years and Puerto Rico entered the 2017 Classic on a mission with something to prove and it started from the first round as they opened the tournament in Charros de Jalisco along with host country Mexico, Venezuela and Italy.

In their first game against Venezuela, Team Puerto Rico sent a message to the rest of the field that this year would be different as they defeated the South American country 11-0 in just seven innings. On the next night they faced Mexico and scored four runs in the top of the ninth to pull away to a 9-4 victory. In game three, Puerto Rico found themselves down 2-0 in the first, but scored nine runs in five innings and once again won an impressive game 9-4, showcasing their talented bats and solid pitching to win their opening pool with a 3-0 record.

The second round, which moved to San Diego, California, was even tougher, as they were matched up against the defending champs, the Dominican Republic, a strong USA team and Venezuela, who also advanced from the first round of games.

In the first game, Puerto Rico shocked the Dominican Republic with an impressive 3-1 victory. Then they survived a late rally from Team USA to win 6-5, punching their ticket to the Semi-Finals. In their final game in Round 2, they took care of Venezuela again with a 13-2 pounding, securing a perfect 6-0 record.

In the semi-finals, they were faced with the task of taking on the Netherlands and it truly proved to be a tough assignment as they found themselves down 2-0 in the first inning. But Team Puerto Rico rebounded quickly and scored three runs in two innings and one in the bottom of the 11th to earn a walk-off victory and advance to the WBC Finals.

But this time it was not meant to be for Puerto Rico as they met their match and lost to Team USA 8-0 and once again came up a game short of the Title.

The journey through the classic was more than just a baseball game, it was a movement felt around the world and on the island of Puerto Rico.

These men united together as brothers through prayer, dyeing their hair bleach blonde and sharing a passion for a game and their nation. They made this journey fun and amazing to watch as they brought a whole nation of Boricuas young and old together, showcasing the pride and respect for its people.

The goal was great, but the end result was even better as they showed us all what a team can accomplish when they play as one, united by a love for their nation.

This amazing team included stars like Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Angel Pagan and also a few young guys that played with teams in the Upstate NY area like, T.J. Rivera and Seth Lugo with Binghamton, and Jose Berrios, Eddie Rosario and Kenny Vargas with Rochester.

This Puerto Rican team showed so much class on the field and the passion brought everyone to their feet wanting more and wanting to be a part of this great movement. They showed how fun baseball can be again.

There will be four years before we can all feel this way again, but it will be something worth waiting for, as they can still boast that Puerto Rico is the best Latino baseball team in the World.

The 2021 World Baseball Classic, can’t come any sooner.

David Conde is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck. He is a former Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com. He is a native of Brooklyn, NY and a lifelong Mets and baseball fan. David coaches little league baseball so he can teach his two sons how to play the game he loves. David also has a hobby of taking sports photos which can be seen here on Legends On Deck.

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Roses for Ernesto Lecuona

Roses for Ernesto Lecuona – Returning to Cuba – The music opens frontiers and hearts.

by Ana María Ruimonte

Ana María Ruimonte arrived in Havana with Alan Lewine looking for that certain composer, dazed by Ernesto Lecuona’s beautiful music that she felt defines her. “My mother heard me in recital singing the aria of “Maria la O” and she opened my eyes and set my fate with her words “that song suits you perfectly”…

Two years later, Ana María performed a recital dedicated entirely to the music of Ernesto Lecuona. The recital, in New York at The National Opera Center of Opera America, was part of the Owlsong concert series, “Ruimonte’s Manhattan Series” supported in part by the Association of Artists and Interpreters, AIE.

Thanks to google search, Ana María found the pianist she was looking for, Huberal Herrera, the world’s leading interpreter of Lecuona’s music. She traveled with Alan Lewine to Havana for the first time to start to work with him and prepare this music for performance at Museum of Fine Arts of Havana. “We worked together and performed the recital in the theater of Havana’s Fine Arts Museum, and when I was returning he gave me a bunch of rare Lecuona scores that he had chosen especially for me, so I could continue working with this repertoire”.

Huberal Herrera recorded the complete piano works of Ernesto Lecuona in 2000 for Spain’s Society of Authors and Performers, SGAE. As he wrote in the notes of the 3 CD set: “I met Ernesto Lecuona in person in the 50’s. He was a tall man, his hair was black, with expressive eyes and a man of few words, but nice and accessible. In his house, where he was always surrounded by friends, there were often spontaneous performances where someone sang and others played piano. Once I was there and when he asked me, I sat to play… Afterwards, he sang my praises and asked me what I did. I told him that I had three university degrees, in legal specialties, and that I had also just finished my piano studies. He said he was impressed, especially since I was quite young at that time. Since that day, we started a great friendship… He gave me the opportunity to perform his pieces… he gave me advice that to today continues to add to my understanding of his pieces, and he favored me with a present of some handwritten original pieces that I felt fortunate to premier.”

The maestro agreed to collaborate with Ana María Ruimonte to record a new CD to be titled “Roses for Ernesto Lecuona” in the studios of Pablo Milanés, PM Records in Havana in January’17, with famed engineer Adalberto “Berty” Hernandez at the controls. This CD promises to be quite special. As Huberal told an interviewer in Havana, “these recordings rescue these really beautiful songs from oblivion, as they are rarely sung recently. They were chosen with exquisite taste by this soprano, to further enrich the vast repertoire of Iberoamerican music.”

Having a direct connection to Ernesto Lecuona, working with maestro Huberal Herrera provides an interpretation in the style the composer wanted. Lecuona had such trust in the young Huberal Herrera that he personally asked him to review and revise some of his music during the compositional process.

Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) was a leading composer of his era in the Spanish-speaking world, publishing over 400 songs, 31 orchestral pieces, numerous theatrical works ranging from opera to zarzuela and dozens of ballets, film scores, concertos and chamber works.

Lecuona often praised the young Huberal Herrera for his profound knowledge of his music frequently expressing his delight when listening to maestro Herrera play the piano. Ruimonte said, “The piano style of Huberal Herrera is different and distinguished. His melismas, harmonic changes, his improvisation full of Lecuonian fantasy, the dynamics and rubatos, the ornaments and expressive approach, his rhythmic sense, the total rapport with the melody and context of the vocal line, the resulting colors, the melodic dialogues… I am really proud of the detailed work we did, and I feel like the luckiest singer in the world at this moment because I have had the opportunity to work on this repertoire with so excellent a connoisseur of the music of Ernesto Lecuona. Huberal Herrera is all heart and passion, and his agility and interpretive imagination exemplifies perfection. We want him to come to the United States to perform this music with us in theaters and auditoriums, so America can enjoy his art and this beautiful music, which is the pride of humanity.”

Owlsong Productions expects to release the album “Roses for Lecuona” before the summer 2017. More Info: www.owlsong.com

Photo caption: Huberal Herrera, Alan Lewine, Ana María Ruimonte y Adalberto “Berty” Hernández in the Pablo Milanés PM Records Studio in La Habana. Photos courtesy of Roberto Bello.