ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The “traditional Hispanic music” that Lorenzo Trujillo and Friends will play this weekend covers a lot of territory and a lot of years.
The program will include a familiar Spanish song from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado that has its roots in 11th century Spain.
“It’s the ‘Marcha de los Novios,’ which has its origins in the time of El Cid and it is written about in that epic poem. It is first mentioned in the weddings of the daughters of El Cid,” Trujillo, a violinist and singer, said in a phone interview from Westminster, Colo.
The poem about El Cid is based on a real person, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, a famous Castilian nobleman and military leader.
“What’s interesting is that the song still exists today. They still do the marcha, but the marcha that’s played today is really the March Zacatecas, and that’s not the original one … But traditional families still play the old marcha,” Trujillo said.
Some of the other songs on the program came to the American Southwest during the period that France ruled Mexico in the mid-19th century. That rule brought European polkas, waltzes and schottisches to the French-backed court of Maximilian and Carlota and those dance styles found their way up the Santa Fe Trail, he said.
“Those dances survive today but only in New Mexico because it was so isolated. The ‘Varsoviana,’ or ‘Put Your Little Foot,’ is one of the waltzes. What we do when we play it we do a descant, or overtone,” said Trujillo.
At Trujillo’s Albuquerque concert on Sunday, Feb. 2, he’ll be joined by guitarist-singer Billy Archuleta and guitarrón player-singer John Archuleta of Taos, and mandolin player Scott Mathis and guitarist Linda Askew, both of Albquerque.
The concert is part of the Walk the Walk Series.
“Listeners will hear music of different periods and different styles,” Trujillo said.
Trujillo, who spent much of his youth in Arroyo Seco, was raised in the Denver area.
“My ancestors moved to Colorado from Arroyo Seco and Mora, where they were among the original settlers. So (this concert) is an opportunity to come back to the source – northern New Mexico – of this music,” he said.
“My family is one of the five major families that are the culture bearers in this traditional music from this region.”
The concert, Trujillo said, will also include more modern tunes like “Perfidia,” from the Hollywood movie era.