Rubén Cortiñas is always up for something new.
The musician is part of the Albuquerque-based band Da Terra Meiga.
And the trio will be taking part in The Musical Universe tonight in the planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
The program is a collaboration of New Mexico Culture Squared, a state Department of Cultural Affairs project to build and manage partnerships between DCA institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the impact, effectiveness, attendance and visitor experience of exhibits and programs of DCA entities.
NMC2 teamed up with Amp Concerts to create programs in collaboration with State Historic Sites, DCA museums and various cultural organizations with the goal of increasing public programs statewide and promoting New Mexico as a destination for arts and culture.
“Our goal is to make this series really unique by taking advantage of the cool opportunities being in the planetarium offers us,” says Neal Copperman of AMP Concerts. “There are also lots of visuals available for the planetarium. Obviously there are star charts, so we can explore space and take trips during the show. But there are also full-dome projections, like clouds and birds and the like. We are working with the planetarium staff so that they can VJ the shows for us.”
The performance will include a brief post-show tour of the “Wild Music” exhibit, which tells about the origins of music and how it is created in nature and by man.
De Terra Meiga released its first album, “Guitar and Voice” a few years ago. The album was recorded at Youngblood Production Studios in Albuquerque.
It features five original songs in Galician that were written by Cortiñas and Laura Cruz.
The band is working on a follow-up album at the same studios.
“We have new members in the band, and you can hear their influence,” Cortiñas says. “The songs are of love and tradition. Because the songs are in Galician, it gives us a chance to showcase our language to the community. We’ve lived in Albuquerque for four years and have really become a part of the community. We’ve been welcomed into it.”