Again this year, I had the pleasure and honor to collaborate with radio producer Paul Ingles on a public radio and online documentary funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and We the People project. The documentary tells the story of one of the most long-lived and influential traditional New Mexican Hispanic musical groups in the state, Los Reyes de Albuquerque y La Familia Martinez.
The music of Roberto Martinez is housed at the Smithsonian Folkways archives. This issue of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine features a wonderful article about Roberto Martinez and Los Reyes written by Enrique Lamadrid, and our documentary Los Reyes de Albuquerque y La Familia Martinez. To read the article and see the video, click here
We traveled to Roberto’s hometown of Chacon, New Mexico, an isolated mountain village in northern NM to capture images and stories about the beginnings and influences of the music.Â We accompanied Roberto and his group, to performances at senior centers, child daycare centers, pueblos, and famed music halls, listening to New Mexican mariachi music and watching the crowd come alive with joy. We spent time with Roberto, his wife and family, at home in Albuquerque for breakfast and birthday celebrations.Â His music and story are seeped in the culture and landscape of New Mexico, listening to it, learning about it, you learn about the history of a state and people strengthened by faith and community. Â More information and images on the project can be found at: www.losreyesstory.org.