You can find some of the best music in places you’d never think of. That’s what I did when I went to a concert earlier this mont at Our Lady of Guadeloupe Church on 14th Street. The evening’s performance featured the grammy award winning La Catrina String Quartet (LCSQ) , whose members all hail from Latin America: Daniel Vega-Albela (Mexico), Jorge Martinez-Rios (Mexico), Simon Gollo (Venezuela, and Jorge Espinoza (Chile). In addition to playing new works by living composers throughout the Americas, LCSQ also programs existing Latin American works that are rarely performed, and interprets classical, romantic and twentieth century masterpieces. I had gone to hear the quartet play their version of Chorizinho, by the American composer Richard Boukas (who’s also one of my teachers); it was absolutely delightful; other highlights for me were Gavota by Manuel Ponce, Wapango, by Paquito de Rivera and the Suite del Angel by Astor Piazzolla.
LCSQ is the string quartet-in-residence at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, where they also conduct outreach programs. They haven’t announced any NYC dates for 2016, but you should keep an eye on their calendar, and catch them the next time they’re in the Big Apple, or you’re in a city where they’re performing!