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Published: 10/18/2010

National Hispanic Cultural Center and AMP Concerts Present Colombian Music Sensation Lucia Pulido, November 6, 2010

"Ms. Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context." The New York Times
Albuquerque – The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) and AMP Concerts are proud to present Latin American music star Lucia Pulido for one dynamic night of world music on Saturday, November 6 at 8 pm in the NHCC’s Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $15, $20, $25 with a $5 NHCC member discount and are available in person at the NHCC box office or online at The NHCC is located on the southwest corner of 4th Street and Avenida César Chávez. The box office number is 505/724-4771.

Lucia Pulido is a Colombian singer with one of the richest voices on the international Latin American musical scene today. She has an experimental style marked by a distinct vocal sophistication, and has participated in various projects, ranging from traditional Colombian music to jazz and world music. Raul d’Gama on Latin Jazz Network says “Pulido inhabits the music with body and soul. She alone commands what it will do to the senses - all six of them, which are at once her prisoner until the song becomes the epiphany.”

With her ensemble she pays homage to Colombian music. Traditional genres such as cumbia, bullerengue, currulaos as well as joropos are the point of departure for musical creativity. Lucía's vocal sophistication is enhanced in genres such as herding songs (cantos de vaquería), funeral laments (alabaos) and harvest chants (cantos de zafra) which give the singer the liberty to explore her voice fully.

She is currently working on several projects with musicians in New York City and in different countries in Latin America. Some of these include her New York based Lucia Pulido Ensemble (quintet and trio), performing experimental arrangements of Colombian traditional music as well as newly composed songs written for her; the classic repertoire of Latin American songs of broken love ("despecho") performed with musicians based in New York; an experimental project based on Latin American traditional songs with Argentinean guitarist Fernando Tarrés; a project called "América Contemporánea – um Outro Centro" with Brazilian pianist Benjamim Taubkin and several musicians from different countries in Latin America; and New York cellist Erik Friedlander's "Colombiana" project. Her active career includes performances in Europe, Canada, United States, and Latin America.

Lucia’s visit to Albuquerque is part of the NHCC’s annual Latin Diva Series which pays tribute to women musicians making a name for themselves at the national and international levels. The NHCC typically presents two divas a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. NHCC Executive Director Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez shares, “The Center is proud of this ongoing program which presents Hispanic/Latina musicians from throughout the world. Audiences are always treated to incredible music from these wonderful artists. We are also happy to be working with AMP Concerts this year as they are a big contributor to the world music scene here in Albuquerque and throughout the region.”

The NHCC is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and strives to showcase Hispanic art and culture at the state, national and international levels.
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