Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Juan Reynoso: Genius of Mexico's Tierra Caliente

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Juan Reynoso: Genius of Mexico's Tierra Caliente

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Juan Reynoso: Genius of Mexico's Tierra Caliente. 2003. Arhoolie Productions CD 509. Produced and annotated by Paul Anastasio. 14 pp. of notes in English (including song texts in Spanish). Song text transcriptions and translations by Zac Salem and Lindajoy Fenley. 2 b/w photographs. 1 compact disc, 15 tracks (74:10). Recorded between 1997 and 2001.

Juan Reynoso may be called a genius north of the US-Mexico border, but to the south, he is known as the "Paganini de Tierra Caliente" (Paganini of the hot lands). There is no question that when it comes to the Mexican folk violin, Reynoso, who hails from the Río Balsas region of Guerrero, is in a class all his own. A farmer for most of his life, Reynoso remained a local treasure until the mid-1980s when he appeared with his group, Conjunto de Juan Reynoso, in a collection of field recordings of regional Mexican son (string ensemble tradition) entitled Antología de Son de México and released on the Mexican Discos Corason label. Reynoso was in his seventies at the time of his "discovery" by the rest of the country and thus began his career as a folk music icon, leading to countless regional festivals and concerts, teaching residencies, and more recordings until his death in 2007 at age ninety-five. …

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