Los Trinos in Concert
Enjoy an afternoon of the music that once flourished in New Mexico - love songs, ballads, songs to dance to (dancing encouraged) and more with veteran Albuquerque musicians Chuy Martínez, a guitarist, singer-songwriter and folklorist, along with Otilio Ruiz, a virtuoso harpist, music teacher and director of La Rondalla de Albuquerque.
Chuy Martinez is a skilled musician and natural storyteller. He grew up all over the United States as a migrant farm worker. He became part of the United Farm Workers Union, met Cesar Chavez and was inspired by the work he and Dolores Huerta were doing to represent the workers in the field. When he moved to Albuquerque he became a community organizer, taking what he learned from Chavez and the union to help bring about change. He remains active in the community and is a guest presenter with the New Mexico Humanities Council.
Otilio Ruiz was born in Pacho Nuevo, Veracruz in Mexico. He started singing at the age of five and he picked up his first instrument at the age of 11. Later he learned and studied guitar, viola, violin and most other instruments with strings. In 1989, he was invited to be part of a folk group to tour Europe with the Achille Zavata Circus, based in Paris. He later became part of a musical group of the University of Veracruz and traveled with them through the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. He began a career in education in 2004 at Bernalillo Public Schools. In 2009 he transferred to Albuquerque Public Schools at Coronado School where he had the opportunity to form a children's group, Voces De Coronado. He is the recipient of a Creative Bravos Award.
You can hear Chuy and Otilio play every Friday at the Church Street Cafe in Old Town from 6 to 9 pm - and now they will be in Placitas for a special performance. They have also performed with Lone Pinon and other well-known musical groups.