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Windsor Tribune - Latin Flavor
Milo Batista, lead singer and performer for the family group called Alborada, played into hearts of the school's children and teachers.Alborada played a variety of instruments - from Andean flutes to instruments made of wood, clay and armadillo - and the group sings in English and Spanish."This is a cultural show in which we have the big opportunity to travel through the United States," said Batista, whose son, Paul, and mother, Mercedes, played backup."We normally tour nine months, and we do about 14 shows a week from kindergarten to high school.We have the opportunity to show that there is another culture that exists and another style of music."Batista, who is from Sonora, Mexico, has traveled to 43 states and more than 2,000 schools across the country."I'm trying to mix the old with the new.We have the opportunity to show them music from about 300 to 400 years old," Batista said.
Maddy Burns, 11, thought the concert was great because of all the moves Batista
The Paradise Post Online
Led by Milo Batista, his group, "Alborada," includes his wife Lordes, his 13-year-old son Paul, his eight-year-old daughter Jhoanna and nephew Jose Serrano.
is hailed as a virtuoso on Andean flutes and has mastered several different folk instruments and styles.His background includes a lifetime career as a teacher of traditional music and instruments as well as the European classics.
Andean music is often mistakenly referred to as "Inca music" though the wind and percussion instruments are indigenous to the Andean world and existed in pre-Columbian America in 1200-1500 A.D.
This was several hundred years before the Incas came onto the scene.
Some archeological studies show that certain musical instruments in the Andean highlands were played before the birth of Christ.
...Before forming Alborada, Mr. Batista was a popular entertainer for 15 years, was the musical director of Khenany and performed with them at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and other noted halls throughout the Americas.He
is considered an outstanding composer and musician, talents that have been stimulated by his
travels and experiences collecting original folk music from Latin America.Alborada
compose and perform music based on the folkloric traditions of countries including Bolivia, Paraguay, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
Parts of his
compositions have been used for a National Geographic Society production and his
goal is to keep the music of the Andean culture alive by performing it with his
family and passing it from generation to generation.
The variety of Andean music differs in instruments, tuning, dance and rhythm, depending on the regions and villages it comes from.
Valley City Times-Record
Milo Batista, long-time musical director of Khenany, with his family band consisting of his wife Lourdes and children Johanna and Paul, play a diverse program of songs and tunes from Central and South America along with popular songs from the United States.The family plays more than 30 different instruments during the course of their show. Milo Batista
was one of the founding members of Khenany
, and with them toured extensively throughout the United States, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in many of the nation's leading theatres and concert halls.He
has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, collecting the tunes he
family now perform.In addition, he
has a lively sense of humor in introducing the instruments and songs to each audience.
02-19-2007 - LCCA Brings Alborada To Rhodeheaver Tuesday
The Batista family features Milo Batista and his wife Lourdes Briceno de Batista and their children Jhoanna and Paul, who play more than 30 instruments.
was one of the founding members and the long-time musical director of the group Khenany
and toured extensively with them, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and many of the nation's leading theaters and concert halls.
Milo Batista, long-time musical director of Khenany, with his family band, plays a diverse program of songs and tunes from Central and South America along with popular songs from the United States.
was one of the founding members of Khenany
and with them toured extensively throughout the United States performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in many of the nation's leading theaters and concert halls.He
has traveled extensively throughout the Americas collecting the tunes he
family now play and sing.In addition, he
is endowed with a lively sense of humor in introducing the instruments and songs to each audience.
Alborada members include, besides Milo
on all instruments and as singer, his
wife Lourdes, son Paul (age 16), and daughter Jhoanna (age 12).