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Photo credit: Oli Robbins
Tom Frouge in his Placitas home


Photos credit:—Band photos courtesy of !Globalquerque!
Two of many  bands to play ¡Globalquerque! 2014. (above top): Golem; (above) Sondorgo

A world of music made possible by visionary Tom Frouge

—Oli Robbins

Sometimes the most creative artists are invisible, working quietly behind the pomp and majesty. Tom Frouge is this kind of artist. His eyes and ears are tuned into the world around him, and they’re capable of spotting great talent and ensuring that it’s seen and heard. A Placitan since 2004, Tom is co-creator, co-curator, and co-presenter of ¡Globalquerque! He is also the driving force behind Avokado Artists. He is devoted to “cross-cultural understanding through art” and achieves this by culling artists—visual and musical—from all parts of the globe. If you’ve ever been to ¡Globalquerque! (and if you haven’t—make sure to spread your wings and dance to a myriad of beats at this year’s event), you’ve experienced the palpable dynamism, exhilaration, and gaiety generated by the event.

Tom’s colorful and extensive experiences with the world music industry have molded him into a passionate ethnomusicologist. He has worked as a guitarist and songwriter, as a radio music director, and in various roles at record companies. From Bridgeport, Connecticut, Tom felt drawn to and enlivened by music from a young age—“seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan at almost seven years old did it!,” says Tom.

Tom later played guitar in an American Roots band, but it wasn’t until he took a leap and quit his day job, working at an alternative newspaper, that he truly advanced his world music education. Tom was at home tweaking his resume when his friend—who was also the general manager at Connecticut-based American independent Celtic record label Green Linnet—called on him to help the company with a tedious job (specifically, slicing open CD boxes deemed too plastic-heavy and wasteful by the EPA). Before Green Linnet, remembers Tom, “I didn’t know anything about world music—except for The Beatles.” And that never-to-be-forgotten, “pretty awesome” radio interview with Ravi Shankar.

Tom eventually accepted a position as head of the warehouse at Green Linnet, with the caveat that there would be no “invisible fence between the warehouse and the office.” It wasn’t long until Tom became the warehouse guy who was also the go-to guy for sales advice. After only two months in the warehouse, his aptitude was acknowledged and praised, and he advanced to national director of promotions. The next decade saw Tom overseeing several music labels, networking at conferences, managing different groups, and eventually moving to Los Angeles and then New Mexico, where he ran a division of LA record label Triloka. Tom had wanted to live in New Mexico since visiting the state on a cross country trip in ’79. “It just took me 25 years to get here,” says Tom.

Soon after moving to NM, Tom attended a conference in New York City that included a world music showcase event called globalFest. Tom had one of those “aha!” moments when he pictured a similar festival in New Mexico, and ¡Globalquerque! was conceived.

After the conference, at home in Placitas, Tom was inspired. His momentum to create a world music festival remained strong, and he busied himself with attaining support from the city, finding a perfect venue in the National Hispanic Cultural Center and meeting ¡Globalquerque! partner Neil Cooperman. The ¡Globalquerque! seed was planted in January, and the first festival took place in September. The first ¡Globalquerque! was a one-day showcase event with around a dozen performers. The second year, ¡Globalquerque! emerged as the festival it is today—a festival that harmoniously blends different world cultures in the already hybridic state of New Mexico. Says Tom, “I didn’t just want to present the world to New Mexico. I wanted to present New Mexico to the world.”

“From the beginning,” says Tom, “I wanted to have New Mexican traditional, New Mexican contemporary, and Native American music represented... There is really no festival that has taken native (American) music and put it in a broader context, as world music. This is unique about ¡Globalquerque!” And New Mexico is well-suited for such a festival. Says Tom, “of the contiguous states in the country, the two that are the most similar are Louisiana and New Mexico. Both exist because of cultural collisions that didn’t exist elsewhere. Those collisions created cuisines, certain accents . . . and music.”

¡Globalquerque! proved to be not only a professional triumph, but a personal one as well. It was there, at the 2008 festival, that Tom met his wife, accomplished painter Jade Leyva. Leyva attended the 2008 event to see Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, and fortuitously approached Tom to thank him for assembling such an outstanding show, giving him one of her cards to keep in touch. Every year, Tom and Neil select a different New Mexico artist to create the poster art for ¡Globalquerque!, and after viewing Jade’s vibrant and melodious paintings on her website, Tom trusted that Jade could visually articulate ¡Globalquerque!’s spirited and integrative character. Jade took on the commission with fervency, and out of it blossomed a friendship and marriage.

In addition to co-presenting ¡Globalquerque!, Avokado Artists—founded in 2004—manages visual and musical artists and produces a variety of musical performances, outreach programs, and community projects—like SEEDS: A Collective Voice, which focuses on promoting sustainability and seed preservation through its community seed murals. Avokado is currently working on bringing music into the Bernalillo County Detention Center, and is also teaming up again with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present two new music series: New Latin Music Series and Latin Diva Series.

Be sure to attend ¡Globalquerque! on September 19 and 20. You can view the musical lineup and get tickets at globalquerque.org/. A couple of weeks later, on November 9, head back to the National Hispanic Cultural Center to be witness to what’s sure to be the first of many epic New Latin Music concerts, featuring young Chilean guitarist and songwriter Nano Stern.


Dana Patterson Roth to exhibit artwork at PCL

Placitas photographer Dana Patterson Roth will have her work on display from August 30 through September 25 at the Placitas Community Library. A free reception, featuring the artist, will be on September 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For many years, Dana specialized in black-and-white portraiture, but in recent years she has concentrated on nature-based photography. Dana’s latest work features photographs printed on wood in which the grain of the wood shows through the photographic imagery.

See more of her photography online at dpattersonroth.com.


From the Illusion Of Freedom, by Marie Maher

Opening reception for photographer Marie Maher

—Bob Laetare

An opening reception for local photographer’s exibit, “A Collection of Dreams,” will be held on September 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at The Artistic Image, 1101 Cardenas Dr. NE Suite 202, in Albuquerque. The show will run through the month of September, with a closing reception on October 3, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Award-winning photographer Marie Maher explores mystical themes, memories, and other intangibles in this dream-inspired collection of work. The images are often composed using layers of imagery and the interplay of light and shadow, creating a complex and detailed story. Included in the show will be her new series, “The Illusion of Freedom.”For details, call 554-2706 or go to gallery@photoartnm.com.


La Catrina Quartet

Placitas Artists Series begins its 28th season with chamber music, visual arts

—Jay A. Rodman

The Placitas Artists Series kicks off its 28th season on September 21, with a 3:00 p.m. concert, featuring violist Willy Sucre and La Catrina Quartet, comprised of violinists Daniel Vega-Albela and Roberta Arruda, violist Jorge Martínez Rio, and cellist Jorge Espinoza. The program includes the Cuarteto No. 1 by Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Oracion del Torrero by Joaquin Turina, and the Viola Quintet in A Minor by Max Bruch.

The concert is generously sponsored by Dianna and John Shomaker of Placitas.

Prior to the concert, a 2:00 p.m. artist reception will feature the art of Dave Garner (photography), Renée Brainard Gentz (fiber art), Ann Pollard (acrylic painting), and Betty Temple (acrylic painting). Their works, most of which are for sale, will be on display from August 30 to September 26.

The concert and artist reception both take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased for twenty dollars in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550, Bernalillo; or on-line at www.PlacitasArtistsSeries.org. Prices at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 dollars for students.

This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call 867-8080 or visit www.PlacitasArtistsSeries.org.


Tin artist Verne Lucero

Reception for tin artist Verne Lucero

Verne Lucero, acclaimed Spanish Colonial punched tin artist, will be exhibiting his work at the Jemez Artisans Co-Op Gallery from August 29 through September 11.

Verne is a master folk artist who first turned his attention to metalwork in 1994. His newly acquired vocation quickly brought him fame. His exquisite nichos, retalbos, mirrors, chandeliers, and crosses have won many awards.

His ties to Jemez go back to 1881, when his paternal great-grandfather Francisco Perea moved from Bernalillo and operated the springs and a hotel. Perea was also postmaster of the town from 1894 to 1905, then named after him as Perea, New Mexico. 

Lucero exhibits in the Santa Fe Spanish Market and in 1996, he won the “Bienvenidos Award for Most Promising New Artist.” In 1998, he received “Best of Show for Crafts” at the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Show and has repeatedly taken first place awards at the summer Spanish Market. He won the National Veterans Award for the Arts and in 2007, won the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

There will be a reception on August 30, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Artisans Gallery is at 17375 Highway 4, Jemez Springs. For more information, call 575-829-3018.


Placitas couple present art, music, comedy, together

For thirty-five years, Rog Bates and Amy Hautman Bates have been a couple, painting pictures, writing songs, and performing comedy. They’ve each had hundreds, if not thousands of shows and performances. On September 13, at Anasazi Fields Winery, they will present a show for the first time together.

From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Rog Bates will have you laughing and listening with his high-energy comedy, his funny songs about drinking wine, visiting the doctor, dealing with balding, as well as serious songs about peace and love. An accomplished, lifelong musician, Rog Bates also toured comedy clubs for years. He is the author of several books including, How To Be Funnier… Happier, Healthier, and More Successful! Rog is happy to say he has two kids in college, a receding hairline, and a back that goes out more often than he does.

From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., you can sample wines and view Amy’s art, which is on display at Anasazi for the month of September. Amy comes from a family of nationally known artists. She earned her B.A. from University of Minnesota in Studio Arts and Art History. Hautman owned an art gallery in Minneapolis, before moving to North Carolina to raise her family and paint full time. After all these years, Amy continues to find daily inspiration, always aiming toward putting ideas and sensations into visual form.

Anasazi Fields Winery is located in Placitas at 26 Camino De Los Pueblitos, just six miles west on Route 165, off I-25 exit 242. Admission is free.


Book store hosts local authors

—Lara Harrison

Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store will host two book signings by local authors in September.

On September 6, Rio Rancho authors J. P. Hudson will unveil their latest mystery, featuring unlikely heroes Bill Hamilton and Freddie Herrera in Max is Back. When a hit-man approaches Hamilton and Herrera at a Rio Rancho coffee shop, they are forced to help him to save their families and friends. This is the sixth mystery by the writing team of Jack and Pat Hudson. They will be selling and signing Max is Back as well as their other five mysteries, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

On September 27, former New Mexico State Senator Dede Feldman will be selling and signing her new book, Inside the New Mexico State Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Elected to the New Mexico state senate in 1996, Dede Feldman faced the challenges that confront state legislators around the country along with some that are uniquely New Mexican. In this forthright account of the workings of New Mexico’s legislature, she reveals how the work of governing is actually accomplished. Feldman retired from the New Mexico Senate in 2012. This book was published in 2014 by the University of New Mexico Press.

Under Charlie’s Covers is at 120 East Highway 550 in Bernalillo.


Find your story: write your memoir

Every person has a story to tell, but few know how to write them in a compelling way. Authors Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook have provided a compact, accessible guide to memoir writing that shows how an aspiring memoir writer can use storytelling tools and tactics borrowed from fiction-writing to weave personal experiences into the shape of a story. Join them for an informative workshop at the Placitas Community Library on September 13, at 2:00 p.m. There is a materials charge of $19 dollars, which includes their book, Find Your Story: Write Your Memoir. This is an active writing workshop that is limited to forty participants, so bring a notebook and fast-writing pen.


There is no why here: fragments of the holocaust

A new exhibit, created by Karl Koenig, author of Fragments: Architecture of the Holocaust, an Artist’s Journey Through the Camps, is now showing at the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery.

Seventy years ago, the Allies invaded Europe, and the Soviets liberated the first of the Nazi death camps. The Holocaust continued for several more months, but the world was coming to end the killing.

Twenty years ago, world-renowned photographer Karl Koenig began a ten-year project of photographing the ruins of ten Nazis’ concentration camps. He invented a print-making process, called gumoil printing, and applied it to his Holocaust photographs, creating powerful, evocative works of art.

These photographs have been shown in museums and galleries all over the world, and are now coming home to Albuquerque for an exhibit at the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery through September 30. In addition to large prints of the work, the ones shown in the original exhibition first held at the Houston Holocaust Museum, a few original gumoil prints from the series will be available for purchase, as will copies of Koenig’s book.

Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery is in Albuquerque’s Old Town at 303 Romero Street on the second floor in the northeast corner of Plaza Don Luis. The gallery will be open during the exhibition every day from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Further information is on the gallery’s website, www.abqphotographersgallery.com.

 
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