This year’s World Music series, supported by U.S. Bank and the Sponenburgh Trust, is about Nuestro Mundo (Our World), with three concerts of Latin American music. The final concert in the series presents the Lincoln City premiere of Edna Vázquez, the young mariachi singer and songwriter who has been breaking new ground in folklorico music, on both sides of the border. She was raised in Jalisco, the state that is renowned as the soul of Mexican mariachi music, but left her native Mexico at the age of 17, to start a career in the United States. She has achieved international exposure by singing on television shows like Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento in Los Angeles and Sabado Gigante Internacional con Don Francisco in Miami. She performs original compositions, and mixes in her own arrangements of traditional songs. On the LCCC she will perform on set solo, and another with a mariachi quintet.
Our celebration of the spring minus tides will end on June 4, with a concert by the Low Tide Drifters. This six-person band offers Underdog Folk for the Rest of Us, with a host of traditional instruments, sing-along choruses and carefully crafted lyrics that reflect the struggles and stories of everyday people in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Influenced by Woody Guthrie, Utah Phillips, Harry Stamper, Hazel Dickens and other socially conscious songwriters of all musical genres, they bring a respect for the past and a concern for the future to their music.
Italian born violin wizard Luca Ciarla owns the stage with his fiddle and a few toy instruments. Step by step, with a loop pedal he performs live all the parts, playing the violin like a guitar, a cello or a percussion. In this imaginative landscape Luca sings, whistles, plays other little instruments and adds new virtuoso passages; music is continuously evolving into a dazzling solo string band! Luca & il Violino features unusual arrangements of traditional Italian folk tunes, music from the Mediterranean area and original compositions.