The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, el Centro cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte and the University of Texas in El Paso are inviting residents to the Concert and Photo Exhibit “Raramuri Roots.”
The Concert and Photographic Exhibition “Raíces Raramuri”or Raramuri Roots, is a fusion of arts and talent, using both music and photos to help bring the Raramuri culture to life.
The musical father-son duo of Juan and Romeyno Gutiérrez will perform. According to the exhibition officials, the father and son duo want “to share with the binational public the richness of their culture through the music.”
Additionally, the work of photographer Heber A. Nickolath, will be on exhibit, guiding residents on a tour of the interior of the Sierra Tarahumara where they’ll be introduced to the colors and traditions of the “light feet”.
The concert and exhibit will be held on July 26 at 6:00 pm at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall of UTEP (500 W. University Avenue)
Romeyno Gutiérrez Luna
Romeyno Guitierrez was born in Retosachi, in Batopilas, Chihuahua. Considered the first indigenous pianist, Romeyno Gutiérrez Luna is a Rarámuri musician whose story is a reminder of the power of friendship and ties between two cultures. His story begins with an American pianist who traveled to the Sierra Tarahumara and fell in love forever, his name is Romeyno Wheeler.
Wheeler taught Romeyno for years. He transmitted everything he knew and showed him Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, whose work ignited the flame of inspiration in the young Rarámuri. The young apprentice could play the piano long before he learned to speak in Spanish. Over the years, the pianist Rarámuri perfected his skills. In addition to the classical pieces of western music, Romeyno began to transcribe and play the music of his people, adapted to the piano.
The Rarámuri pianist has traveled through Europe and the United States with his mix of classical themes and ethnic music, becoming an ambassador of the Tarahumara to the world.
Juan Guitierrez Recalachi
This native musician was born in the heart of the Tarahumara mountain range and now lives in Retosachi, in Batopilas, Chihuahua. The violin has always been his companion. As its shape, similar to the bow, it has the sign of the cross, being able to take it with him any time of the year.
Mr. Gutiérrez learned the art of the violin by listening to the other musicians, the birds, animals and walking along the paths. Over the years he has learned to play more and more “matachines” and “pasches” every day to brighten the heart of God Onoruame and the Rarámuri people.
In 1996 he had the honor of playing in a marathon at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy, at the Zócalo of Mexico City, the festival of the city of Guerrero, Chihuahua and several times in the beautiful Teatro de los Héroes in the Capital of the State of Chihuahua, in addition to the festivities of its beloved Retosachi.
Heber A. Nickolath
Originally from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and 38 years old, this young professional photographer, digital artist and graphic designer has a large collection. Most of his photographs present anthropological-ethnic and traditional studies of Mexico, showing his fascination for capturing the different Mexican ethnic groups, their traditions, costumes and customs.
- Thursday, July 26, at 6:00 pm at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall of UTEP.
- Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, the Mexican Cultural Center Paso del Norte and the University of Texas in El Paso.
- Free entrance.