Camino Chronicles - An arts suite of music, storytelling and reflection
Camino Chronicles is a suite of music commissions, performances, essays, and curated conversations about the heritage of the ancient road connecting continents, known as El Camino Real. With a creative theme to investigate the history behind the stories behind the myth of El Camino, Camino Chronicles is an arts and storytelling social justice initiative which elucidates the origin of El Camino Real. Camino Chronicles investigates the Indigenous, colonial and contemporary heritage of El Camino Real through commissions of new music, and live events designed to celebrate, reflect upon and take inspiration from ancient paths which became a legendary road of kings, explorers, storytellers and innovators.
El Camino Real has always been a pathway of connection and oppression, invention and opportunism, a road of dreamers and stories told and untold. Camino Chronicles is a new illumination of that heritage. The CommissionsD´Colonial Californiano for orchestra and flute composed by Gabriela Ortiz
The Road an album of new American folk music by Michael G. Ronstadt and Petie Ronstadt
A Conversation with the Ronstadt Brothers on the business of music, with moderator Benjamin Juarez Echenique
Student Union Theater, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
October 1, 2021
FREE to the public.
Symphony Silicon Valley performs D'Colonial Californiano, Marisa Canales soloist, Joanne Falletta conducting
California Theater, San Jose, California
October 2, 2021 at 8PM PST (World Premier)
October 3, 2021 at 2:30PM PST
Tickets available here.
Michael and Petie Ronstadt perform their new album The Road (World Premier)
Presented by the Camino Chronicles Project
Produced by The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, TomKat MeDiA and CaminoArts.org
Commission Underwritten by the TomKat Foundation
Premier performance supported by:
The San Jose State University College of Humanities and the Arts Artistic Excellence Programming Grant
Hammer Theater, San Jose California
October 3, 2021 at 3:00PM PST
FREE to the public, all attendees must obtain tickets, available here.
The stellar individuals contributing to Camino Chronicles span the worlds of folk, pop, classical and contemporary music. They include Grammy award winning and nominated artists, social justice scholars, and next generation troubadours. Learn about them and our collaborators at TomKat MeDiA.
Program Areas of Focus
Our work to preserve cultural heritage includes digital and traditional content production, and management of educational programs about the heritage music, literature and cultural arts of the Western United States, Mexico and Latin America. Our programs preserve cultural traditions via music recordings, software and curriculum development, concert and conference production, workshops, master class instruction and production of summer music and cultural institutes.
Our curatorial work has been utilized by the White House, private and public universities, public television, regional and international festivals, cultural arts institutions, Mexico's leading universities, international symphony orchestras, ballet companies, theatre groups, and commercial broadcast companies. We create strong creative collaborations in order to amplify the power of storytelling, and strong distribution platforms to broadly share the wisdom of El Camino's community.
Arts and Social Policy
Illuminating the intersection of global policy and the cultural heritage communities connected by El Camino Real is a core program of Camino Arts. Through our collaboration with Urtext Digital Classics, Harvard University and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation, Camino Arts convenes unique events connecting ideas, artists, policymakers, scholars and civic entrepreneurs to address the most critical issues of our day - climate change and fostering resiliency through creativity in these turbulent times.
Recent Op-Eds and News
Marcela is a contributing Op-Ed essayist to the San Jose Mercury News and ModernLatina.com. Read her recent advocacy here.
Benjamin and Marisa are collaborators in life and in the concert hall. Their most recent productions span the North American continent. Learn, listen and experience their creativity here.