Mariachi Los Matadores to Perform for Musica Latina

Special to the Reporter
Staff Writer

Aida Pantoja, APPLAUSE Series’ Musica Latina Event Chair, is excited that the Texas Tech Mariachi Band, Los Matadores, is coming to perform in Sweetwater on May 5 at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. Pantoja first heard the band at the Paramount Theater in Abilene last year. She immediately contacted APPLAUSE Director Mila Gibson and said, “This is the best mariachi group I have heard outside of Mexico. We have got to bring them to our Musica Latina.” When Pantoja learned that the 2018 event would occur on the actual Cinco di Mayo, she said, “Oh, no. We will never get them on that holiday. Everyone will want them then.” But to her joy, Gibson informed Ms. Pantoja that she had all ready contracted them. “I booked them immediately Aida” Gibson told her. “Your recommendation was enough for me. We booked them over a year early.”
Director Laruryn Salazar is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at Texas Tech University. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Carleton College and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to teaching at Tech, she taught at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and California Institute of the Arts. She plays the Mexican harp, violin (mariachi style) and many other Mexican and Southwest musical instruments. She also studied piano, voice, organ, and harpsichord. In addition to the music of Mexico, she has studied the music and instruments of Indonesia and the Arab world. When not teaching she performs with the Grammy award-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.
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