Los Reyes de Albuquerque Foundation (Albuquerque, NM)


  Older woman dancing with an instructor, with two musicians in the background

Los Reyes de Albuquerque performing traditional music at Share Your Care Adult Day Care Center. Photo by Roberto Martínez

Founded in 1961 by 2003 NEA National Heritage Fellow Roberto Martínez, Los Reyes de Albuquerque is a traditional music group specializing in the Nuevomexicano music of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The group has performed several times at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and as part of the National Council for the Traditional Arts Raices Musicales national tours. The Los Reyes de Albuquerque Foundation complements the group’s public performance schedule by producing free programs intended to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Nuevomexicano music and culture.

Los Reyes de Albuquerque Foundation received an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant of $17,500 to support 60 presentations by Martínez on Nuevomexicano folk traditions in Albuquerque, Pueblo, and several of the state’s rural and underserved areas. The 60-minute presentations comprised brief informative talks on the origin and significance of Nuevomexicano music and song and dance performances. According to Martínez, each presentation takes place "in a relaxed setting where the audience is encouraged to sing along, dance, or simply enjoy the music. Corridos and canciones alternate with old-time dances, including waltzes, marchas, inditas, cunas, and polkas, which are part of the historical fabric of colonial and 19th-century New Mexico, and still popular today." Approximately 3,500 adults and 1,200 youth benefited from these performances.

(From the NEA 2006 Annual Report)