Latin American music scholar and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Dickey and vocalist/ethnomusicologist Sandy Tsukiyama lead Un Recorrido Musical desde México hasta Argentina (A Musical Journey from Mexico to Argentina) in HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 27. The evening begins with the classic folk and popular songs of Mexico, where both Dickey and Tsukiyama grew their Latin American musical roots. From there, they “travel” to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia to explore the rich cultural and folk music traditions of the Hispanic Caribbean. Heading south and crossing the equator, they then take in both the coastal and mountain mestizo (mixed indigenous and Hispanic) musical styles of the Peruvian Andes. The musical journey ends in the Spanish, European, and gaucho melting pot of Buenos Aires with an old tango and a modern, very poetic Argentine zamba.
Reservations for “A Musical Journey from Mexico to Argentina” may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; plus online service charge. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Audience members will enjoy the sounds of the six-string Spanish guitar, tiple (a type of 12-string guitar from Colombia), charango (a small, round-backed, 10-string guitar from Perú and Bolivia), sikus or zampoñas (Peruvian pan pipes), all played by Daniel Dickey. Sandy Tsukiyama provides vocals, and accompanying maracas, güiro, cajón peruano (Peruvian box-drum), and bongó. And guest Duane Padilla adds his violin and six-string Spanish guitar.
About the artists
Daniel Dickey grew up listening to Tex-Mex music in Texas and later began performing in Mexican trios and mariachi groups. After years of travel, residence, and study in Mexico, Central America, and South America, he added many other styles of Latin American music to his repertoire. He holds a Master’s degree in Folklore from the University of Texas at Austin and taught Mariachi, Andean, and Marimba ensembles in the Music Department there for many years. He is the author of a book and several articles about Texas Mexican corridos (ballads). He was also a Spanish teacher and Dean at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin for 31 years. Dickey has performed in México, South America, Europe, and around the United States for almost four decades. His many recordings feature his Austin musical groups Chaski, Los Romanceros, and Takiy Orqo. In 2012, Dickey and his wife returned to Honolulu to be closer to family. He currently performs at several local venues.
Sandy Tsukiyama is a Honolulu native, with a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A recipient of a Rotary Post-Graduate Fellowship for International Understanding, she studied Brazilian folk music traditions and voice at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Escola de Música. During her three-year stay in Rio, she became immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the city, performing backup for numerous well-known artists, and as the house vocalist at Restaurante Antonino in the Lagoa District. While married to percussionist Carlinhos “Pandeiro de Ouro” de Oliveira, she befriended numerous household names on the Brazilian music scene. Since returning home she has maintained her passion for Latin American musical culture through singing in flamenco, salsa, mariachi, Brazilian, and Latin jazz groups. She is the host of HPRʻs “Brazilian Experience” (HPR-2, Saturday, 4 p.m.).
Duane Padilla is well-known to Atherton and Honolulu audiences for both his classical and jazz prowess on the violin. In this concert, he shows again his great versatility delving into the Hispanic folk and popular roots of some of the jazz and classical music he frequently performs. Besides the violin, Padilla will also add some guitar lines.