Arts Impact: Sustainable Communities
Camino Arts was formed to provide an umbrella initiative for artists from both sides of the border. The common road traveled by our creative endeavors spans the development, creation, distribution and preservation of cultural programs to connect us to the heritage of El Camino Real. Our common vision is cross-border, inclusive and multi-disciplinary. Camino Arts both illuminates the work of individual artists and produces collaborative projects under the Camino Arts brand - using our skill as artists and arts instigators not only to discover common ground, but in these turbulent times, to sustain it. Below is a sampler of our work together and also work completed as independent artists, arts activists and producers.
In 2018: In a partnership with the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, Camino Arts will commission Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz to compose a new work for orchestra and solo artists tentatively entitled "Camino Chronicles." This new symphony is inspired by the heritage and stories of El Camino Real and seeks to illuminate the people who sojourn on this ancient path. Solo artists will include Camino Arts co-founder Marisa Canales and the Ronstadt Brothers. We are delighted to be working with Ms. Ortiz, who is one of Mexico's leading composers and a bright light in the world of contemporary orchestral music. Here are two samples of her compositions, a work for timpani performed by Gabriela Jiménez with the Xalapa Symphony and "Rio de las Mariposas," performed by members of the Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble.
We are delighted to share this unique recording in both Spanish and English of the song, "Remember Me" from Pixar animation Studio's "Coco," performed by Mariachi Cobre. This American mariachi ensemble, founded in 1971, has graced American and international concert halls and regularly performs at Disney's Epcot Center. The group is also well known for its work to promote and provide mariachi music instruction in public schools and at music festivals, and are the founders of the mariachi education and performance festivals in Tucson, San Jose and Albuquerque. These recordings were created exclusively for educational purposes to demonstrate mariachi interpretation and performance style, for an article written by Camino Arts co-founder Marcela Davison Aviles on the history of mariachi music for HIPLatina. Marcela was the lead cultural consultant on Coco.
For more information about Mariachi Cobre visit their bio page at Epcot center, their album page on Amazon or their fan page on Facebook.
For information on Marcela's work on Coco click here.