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Lone Piñon

with special guest Camilla Cantu
Thursday, February 10, 2022
7:30-9:00 PM
Keene Theater East Quadrangle Map
East Quad Keene Theater | 701 E. University
Thursday, February 10 at 7:30pm
Free & Open to the public
U-M requires all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose when indoors on U-M property.

Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) will host the New Mexico-based Latinx roots music ensemble Lone Piñon on Thursday, February 10, 2021 for an evening performance. Lone Piñon is a New Mexican string band, or “orquesta típica”, whose music celebrates the integrity and diversity of their region's cultural roots. With fiddles, upright bass, guitars, accordions, vihuela, and bilingual vocals, they play a wide spectrum of the traditional music that is at home in New Mexico. In addition, Detroit based singer and guitarist Camilla-Isabella Cantu, from the band Mariachi Feminil, will open the show with a solo set.

In 2014, Lone Piñon was founded as a platform from which to explore and strengthen the oldest sounds of traditional New Mexico string music, sounds that had all but disappeared from daily life. Through relationship with elders, study of field recordings, connections to parallel traditional music and dance revitalization movements in the US and Mexico, and hundreds of local and national performances, they have brought the language of the New Mexico orquesta típica back onto the modern stage, back onto dance floors, into a contemporary aesthetic/artistic conversation, and into the ears of a young generation. The musicians of Lone Piñon learned from elder musicians who instilled in them a respect for continuity and an example of the radicalism, creativity, and cross-cultural solidarity that has always been necessary for musical traditions to adapt and thrive in each generation.

In the past seven years Lone Piñon has played extensively throughout the Southwest and the US and recorded four studio albums: "Trio Nuevomexicano” (2016), "Días Felices," (2017), "Dále Vuelo,”(2019), and “Nuevas Acequias, Río Viejo: Traditional Music of Northern New Mexico”(2020). In August 2018 Lone Piñon was invited by the Library of Congress and the American Folklife Center to Washington DC, where they recorded a concert and an oral history of their work with New Mexican and Mexican musical traditions.

In 2019 they were honored to teach and perform Northern New Mexico fiddle and dance alongside traditional masters from across North America and Europe at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA. A documentary film about their work with traditional music, “En Donde los Bailadores se Entregan los Corazones,” premiered in 2019 and won several awards at film festivals in the US, Canada, and Mexico. In 2019 the band received the Parsons Award from the American Folklife Center, which brought them back to the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2020 to study the Library’s collection of field recordings of Northern New Mexican musicians and to record another program of music they have learned and revived from the Juan B. Rael archive.

Additional info about Lone Piñon and individual band members can be found at:

If you require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777 or Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.
Building: East Quadrangle
Event Type: Performance
Tags: arts at michigan, Concert, Culture, Department Of American Culture, Free, Humanities, Latin America, Latina/o Studies, MESA, Music, Storytelling
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for World Performance Studies, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Residential College, Department of American Culture, Latina/o Studies

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