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La Musica de Mexico 2018 Music Series

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

June 7, 2018 - Conference and recital on the traditional Sones of Jalisco with artist and ethnomusicologist Cornelio García

As part of its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present a talk and performance on the traditional Sones of Jalisco with artist and ethnomusicologist Cornelio García.

A fascinating, entertaining, and informed conversationalist, Cornelio García will share his passion for music, life, and people and-most importantly-he will sing a number of canciones jalisciences with his quixotic tenor voice, accompanied by his faithful quinta de golpe.

Cornelio García is a multifaceted artist born in Tenamaxtlán, Jalisco, a small town that is considered by some to be the authentic birthplace of Mariachi music. Cornelio is equally at ease as one of Mexico's premiere graphic artists, as an active musician and ethnomusicologist, or as a producer of radio and television cultural programs. His formal art studies took place at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City. Cornelio's International travels have taken him to many parts of the world, with substantial séjours in East Los Angeles, South America, several European cities, and Zambia, where, upon detecting the striking similarities between the local music and Mexican mariachi sones, he founded a number of what must have been the first all-African mariachi bands. A sophisticated artist of International stature, Cornelio is perhaps most comfortable traveling around his home state of Jalisco. His television show, "De Kiosko en Kiosko", which he has produced and conducted for over thirty years, has taken him to every town in the state, documenting the lives, music, and traditions of locals with inimitable grace and genuine love. Cornelio has also singlehandedly rescued, maintained, and cultivated a large collection of traditional songs and sones from Jalisco, which he performs regularly, be it alone with his quinta de golpe (a traditional guitar) or in the company of the Mariachi Arredondo.